This chapter provides examples of the following tropes:
- Achilles' Heel: This is the first time that Kryptonite appears in the series, and is promptly identified as Superman's only weak point.
- Bodyguard Babes: Lex Luthor is shown to have one of those.
- Chekhov's Skill: Lois being able to make baskets with paper wads. It comes in handy later to neutralize the Kryptonite.