ACT ONE

                                  SCENE 1

         INT. DAILY PLANET CONFERENCE ROOM -- MORNING

         LOIS, CLARK, and PERRY are spread out around the conference
         table, discussing what to cover this day.  Other NEWSPAPERS,
         COFFEE CUPS, and the like litter the table.  It's clear
         they've been at this a while.

                               LOIS
                   How about that expose on Medicare
                   fraud?

                               PERRY
                   Boring.

                               CLARK
                   I know.  We've got a great human
                   interest piece.  There's a group of
                   grandmothers that travel from school
                   to school...

                               PERRY
                   Yes?

                               CLARK
                   ...performing rap music to keep the
                   kids off drugs!

         Perry is distinctly disappointed.

                               PERRY
                   Rapping Grannies?  This is the Daily
                   Planet, not the Weekly World News!
                   We are the newspaper of record in
                   Metropolis!  This paper's journalistic
                   legacy stretch back nearly 200 years...

         JIMMY BURSTS IN, carrying a copy of the Metropolis "Daily
         Star."  Its banner headline reads "Stork Shocks SLO Couple."

                               JIMMY
                   Did you see this?

                               PERRY
                   Hand that over, son.

                               JIMMY
                   This woman didn't even know she was
                   pregnant, and then, all of a sudden,
                   she had a baby!


                                                  (CONTINUED)

         LOIS AND CLARK: "Strange Visitor" - 10/26/95 - ACT ONE        2


                               LOIS
                   What?

                               JIMMY
                   Happened out in California.

                               CLARK
                   That's incredible.

                               LOIS
                   Incredible?  That's impossible!  How
                   can you not know if you're pregnant?

                               PERRY
                   Now Lois, I've been in this business
                   a lot of years; I've seen a lot of
                   strange things.  Hell, thanks to
                   Superman, I even believe a man can
                   fly.  But this story... it grabs you.
                   You catch my drift?

                               LOIS
                   Oh, really?  A trip to California?
                   Cool!  I'll pack my swimsuit!

                               CLARK
                   You're going to fly us out there,
                   Chief?

                               PERRY
                   You got a better idea, Kent?  I can
                   see it now.  "Miracle Baby's Parents
                   Speak-- Daily Planet Exclusive by
                   Lois Lane and Clark Kent."

         He glares menacingly at them.

                               PERRY (CONT'D)
                   At least, that's how it better read.
                       (Indicating the Daily
                        Star)
                   They got the jump.  We've got to beat
                   them to the follow up.  Understand?

                               LOIS
                   All over it, Perry.

                               CLARK
                   Don't worry, we'll get you that
                   exclusive...
                       (quietly, to LOIS)
                   ...I hope.



                                                  (CONTINUED)

         LOIS AND CLARK: "Strange Visitor" - 10/26/95 - ACT ONE        3


         They LEAVE the conference room.

                                                              CUT TO:

         INT. DAILY PLANET OFFICES -- CONTINUOUS

                               LOIS
                   This is great.  I have a few questions
                   for the mother, that's for sure.

                               CLARK
                   Sounds pretty odd to me, Lois.  Can
                   you imagine?  Being pregnant, and not
                   knowing?

                               LOIS
                       (smiling)
                   Well, I think I would feel a "super"
                   kick or two, if that's what you mean.

                               CLARK
                       (embarrassed)
                   No... I mean...  Well, it's just...

         Lois is loving his discomfort.

                               LOIS
                   Don't worry, big boy.  We'll burn
                   that bridge when we come to it.

                               CLARK
                   So, you mind if I fly out west alone?

                               LOIS
                   Separate flights?

                               CLARK
                   You might say.

                               LOIS
                   Oh, sure.  You know, we've never really
                   talked about that.  You don't fly
                   commercial very often, do you?

                               CLARK
                   No.  Why?

                               LOIS
                   Control issues?

                               CLARK
                   I'm glad to see that time in therapy
                   hasn't been an entire waste...


                                                  (CONTINUED)

         LOIS AND CLARK: "Strange Visitor" - 10/26/95 - ACT ONE        4


                               LOIS
                   Hey!  When used properly, COUNSELING
                   can be very helpful.

                               CLARK
                   Let me ask you something.  How come
                   you've seen four different "counselors"
                   in the past two years.

                               LOIS
                       (Defensive)
                   I had a lot of issues!

                               CLARK
                   Like what?

                               LOIS
                   Like some flying man, who dropped
                   from the sky, picked me up, and stole
                   my heart!

         Clark gives her an affectionate hug.

                               CLARK
                   Don't worry, Lois.  I only drop from
                   the sky.  I never drop what I'm
                   carrying.

         She heads for her desk, he heads for the door, and we:

         FADE OUT

                              END OF ACT ONE             


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