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.
Clark: Lois, the man shot his boss, then set fire to the room to try to hide the evidence.
Jimmy: Fingerprints on the gun, his clothes had Harrison’s blood on them, not to mention he and Harrison’s wife were doing the deed.
Lois: Jimmy, it’s okay to have an affair if your husband’s a brutal sociopath.
Clark: No, it’s not! It’s not okay!
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.