Lois & Clark:
The New Adventures of Superman
Season 3, Episode 11
Air date December 17, 1995
Written by William M. Akers
Eugenie Ross-Leming
Brad Buckner
Directed by Geoffrey Nottage
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When Superman is infected with a kryptonite virus, the only possible cure is to stop his heart, in the hope that the virus will 'die' if it believes he is already dead.


Both Clark's and Lois's parents are in Metropolis for the holidays and so is Mindy Church, the ditzy blonde trophy wife of incarcerated mob boss Bill Church. Mindy presents herself to the public as a spokesmodel for CostMart, the supermarkets that were Bill's front business. However, in actuality she seeks to take over Intergang in her husband's absence, and does so by gassing to death rival mob bosses, then pretending to be a damsel in distress so Superman can be clandestinely injected with a Kryptonian virus.

At home, there is family tension as Lois' father, who is estranged from her mother, shows off a gynoid he worked on, and Lois' mother comments how Sam is a disgraced doctor who has not practiced medicine for 15 years. However, when Superman starts to succumb to Mindy's trap, Lois begs her father to return to the "brilliant surgeon" she once knew. Sam diagnoses Superman with a viral infection and the only way he can think of to cure Superman is an extremely controversial treatment, which would be to bring his body near death. If it fails, Superman will die, but if it succeeds, the virus will die as it cannot be supported by such a weakened immune system. Superman agrees to the procedure and he and Lois over the phone, procure a sample of Kryptonite from the STAR Labs vault which is the only way to all but kill Superman. The procedure is successful and Superman recovers in time to save his parents and Lois from death by a rigged microwave in Lois' apartment.


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