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Lois & Clark:
The New Adventures of Superman
Season 4, Episode 11
411-myxmas
Air date December 15, 1996
Written by Tim Minear
Directed by Mike Vejar
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When Metropolis is trapped in a time loop on Christmas Eve by Mister Mxyzptlk, Lois and Clark must defeat the imp before all hope is lost.

Summary

Clark tries to get Lois to see the magic in Christmas while Mr. Mxyzptlk, a being from the fifth dimension (played by Howie Mandel), plans to take away hope by repeating Christmas Eve day. Clark learns about this by confronting him in the Daily Planet elevator. As the day repeats itself, people's attitudes change (by them becoming less polite and World peace talks called off). As the day repeats itself more and more and Clark gets more and more frustrated, Mr. Mxyzptlk tries to make a bargain with Clark: If he leaves Earth, Mxyzptlk will give the people of Earth back hope, and become their god. Clark refuses to leave and with Lois' help, tries to restore hope before the day repeats itself again. Even though Clark and Lois restore a little hope, Mxyzptlk still plans to repeat the day but Clark has a backup plan. Before, he and Lois discover that to send Mxyzptlk back to the fifth dimension, one must get him to say his name backwards. So Clark gives Mxyzptlk a present and gets him to read the tag which says "From: Kltpzyxm" (Mxyzptlk spelled backwards) and Mxyzptlk is sent back to the fifth dimension while the people of Metropolis finally get to enjoy their Christmas with Lois at last seeing the magic.

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