<-- Previous EpisodeNext Episode -->
Jonathan Kent visits Clark in Metropolis. When he found a nude portrait of Martha in the barn, it convinced him that Martha is having an affair with the artist! Meanwhile, Lois inveigles her way into a ten minute interview with convicted murderer Eugene Laderman. When the officer opens the door, Eugene has vanished! But Lois finds him again quickly when he kidnaps her at gunpoint! Lois believes Eugene innocent, and gives him sanctuary at her apartment. Even Lena, Eugene’s good friend and Harrison’s widow, believed Laderman guilty. So why does Lois believe him innocent, and how will she prove it with Detective Reed watching her? And how does it all relate to Harrison’s software project “The Ides of Metropolis?”
Lois: (trying to enter a courtroom) Don’t tell me what the rules are, Ben – I’ve broken every one of them before.
Eugene:Miss Lane, you’re the only one I can turn to. You know all the evidence against me is circumstantial. You know I didn’t kill Henry Harrison.
Lois: I believe you’re innocent, but you’re also an escaped felon, now armed and dangerous.
Jonathan Kent: (after burning himself on a hot skillet) Where’s your pot holder?
Clark: I never need one.
Lois: What I’m about to tell you cannot be repeated. Swear it.
Clark: I swear.
Lois: On the lives of your future grandchildren!
Lois: And no matter what I tell you, can can’t do anything about it!
Clark: Got it.
Lois: Eugene Laderman is hiding out in my apartment.
Lois: (angrily, to Clark) Oh, leave the truth and justice stuff to Superman, would you???
(Eugene has told Lois and Clark that Lena killed her husband.)
Clark: What did Reed say?
Lois: Oh, not much... (staring pointedly at Eugene) ...just that Lena Harrison has an iron-clad alibi for the night of her husband’s death.
Clark: You’re better off not knowing, Chief.
Perry: It’s a little late for that. I know.
Lois: You know?
Clark: What, exactly, do you know?
Perry: You know... about him... where he is...
Clark: So... you do know.
Lois: How do you know?!?
Perry: It’s better you don’t know. But, I don’t know – officially. But, then, if a man in my position didn’t know – unofficially – I wouldn’t be a man in my position.
Eugene: Thank God you’re back. You told me not to use the phone or go out, so I had no way of getting in touch with you!
Lois: What happened?
Eugene: Nothing happened. It’s what’s going to happen. I think. All the programs on your computer were sluggish today so I tapped into the Daily Planet bank. Their systems are slowed down too.
Lois: Eugene, there are more important things going on than a temporary computer slowdown.
Eugene: That file, that Henry was working on? It wasn’t a program. It was a virus – a virus designed to destroy all other software programs. A polymorphic, encrypted virus!
Gloria Campos: “The Ides of Metropolis” appeared this morning on the screens of over a million computers. And with its arrival came a catastrophe of unparalleled proportion: world financial marketse are collapsing. Banks and other financial institutions have closed their doors, creating a mass panic. Doctors are performing emergency surgeries under war zone conditions. Airports are shutting down; several near misses have already been reported. Nothing seems to have escaped this deadly virus, with no end in sight.
Jimmy: Great shades of Elvis.
Perry: You got that right.
Nigel St. John: You know it is amazing. All things considered, Lexcorp came through this computer virus relatively unscathed.
Lex: Well, yes. Tragedy averted. For now.
Nigel St. John: For now?
Lex: Well, yes. You never know when another virus might hit. One that has no code – or, no code that could be broken.
Nigel St. John: Yes, I suppose so. What a horrible and desperate act. Utterly unthinkable. Unless...
Lex: Unless it belongs to me.
The scene where Lois and Detective Reed almost get crushed is lifted pretty much intact from a similar scene in 1977's Star Wars. In the film, droid character R2-D2 manages to deactivate the garbage compactor. Here, a computer failure causes the device to stop.
Gaius Julius Caesar essentially ruled Rome from 49BC until his assassination on March 15, 44BC - the so-called "Ides" of March. As one of the most influential figures in Roman history, Caesar's life has been the subject of many derivative works such as plays and histories. One of these, the Shakespeare-penned play Julius Caesar gave us "beware the ides of March" which has become a sort of idiom for impending doom. Thus, the episode's title and the name of a key plot element could be inferred to be a serious threat to Metropolis.
For a virus intended to confer limitless control over all software on its creator, the Ides of March proves shockingly easy to crack. Its password could be deduced by almost anyone with even a passing knowledge of history, or Shakespeare, or even popular quotations. And while the antidote code did need to be distributed to three distant locations in a very short time, one gets the feeling this was done chiefly because up to this point Superman had played almost no role in this episode. Had there been no Superman, there were certainly other ways to solve this problem. The plot turns on this particular element; one wishes it were just a little better thought out.