Lex keeps a hunting bird (a falcon or a hawk) trained to kill pigeons in his apartment, and enjoys watching the animal take prey.
Clark rents a new apartment. It starts out a disaster that needs a lot of work. Fortunately, Clark is fast enough for the job...
Lois: Clark is the before, Superman is the after. (She looks at Clark.) Make that the way, way after!
Lex: What do we know about Superman?
Jules Johnson: We know he can jump pretty far... for a while man...
Lex: Yes, but how far? How high? Is he, for example, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound?
Nigel St. John: Well, of course, he... he is immensely powerful.
Lex: Yes, but how powerful? I mean, more powerful than an avalanche? More powerful than... a locomotive?
Clark: While she was sedated she kept mumbling something about a test...
Lois: A test?
Lex: Superman! Come in...
Superman: You want to know how strong I am, Luthor? (He seizes a large and heavy sword and twists it into a pretzel shape.) You want to know how fast I am? (He takes a pistol from Lex’s desk and points it at Lex. Lex’s eyes widen. Superman fires the gun – and intercepts the bullet, handing the still hot slug to Lex.)
Lex: Does that conclude your demonstration?
Superman: The tests stop... NOW!
Lex: Well, that’d be nice, but... what if they don’t?
Perry orders Lois and Clark to “the Carlin building, corner of Third and Ordway.” Mike Carlin is an executive editor for DC comics, the owner of the Superman character and publisher of his comic books. Gerry Ordway wrote various Superman titles off and on over the years since about 1987. The use of creator names for places, streets and suchlike is a common homage seen in adaptations of comic book properties.
The episode includes several references to the classic Superman catchphrase, faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. The catchphrase appears less frequently in modern times than it did during the character’s early years. Superman explicitly demonstrates his speed by outracing a bullet in Lex’s office, and Lex himself utters the “locomotive” and “tall buildings” phrases while speculating on the parameters of Superman’s power.