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* GoodIsDumb: In "Tempus Fugitive", it apparently wasn't hard for Tempus to convince Wells to take him on a time travel tour.


* RememberTheNewGuy: "Don't Tug On Superman's Cape" introduces Bad Brain Johnson, an escaped criminal who blames Lois and Clark for his conviction -- which was never shown. Yet the episode treats Bad Brain as a returning villain. In fact, viewers can be forgiven for assuming they either missed that episode or completely forgot about him.


* RememberTheNewGuy: "Don't Tug On Superman's Cape" introduces Bad Brain Johnson, an escaped criminal who blames Lois and Clark for his conviction -- which was never shown. Yet the episode treats Bad Brain as a returning villain.
** In fact, viewers can be forgiven for assuming they either missed that episode or completely forgot about him.
* ResetButton: Lois briefly learns Clark's secret identity in "Tempus Fugutive", before an end-of-episode [[LaserGuidedAmnesia memory wipe]].

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* RememberTheNewGuy: "Don't Tug On Superman's Cape" introduces Bad Brain Johnson, an escaped criminal who blames Lois and Clark for his conviction -- which was never shown. Yet the episode treats Bad Brain as a returning villain.
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villain. In fact, viewers can be forgiven for assuming they either missed that episode or completely forgot about him.
* ResetButton: Lois briefly learns Clark's secret identity in "Tempus Fugutive", Fugitive", before an end-of-episode [[LaserGuidedAmnesia memory wipe]].


* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Clyde Tolson chewing on Perry's credit card.

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* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Clyde Tolson Barrow chewing on Perry's credit card.


* IronicFear; Just before Superman hoists Lenny Stroke up to fly him to jail, Stoke protests that he's terrified of flying. "It's a RainMan thing."

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* IronicFear; Just before Superman hoists Lenny Stroke up to fly him to jail, Stoke protests that he's terrified of flying. "It's a RainMan Film/RainMan thing."


* AbhorrentAdmirer / SimpletonVoice: The museum attendant, Veronica, in "When Irish Eyes Are Killing.. She's actually kind of dishy, but her single-digit IQ and glass-shattering voice rule out any thoughts of romance. Clark found ''Cat'' to be insufferable, how is he supposed to react to this?


* StatusQuoIsGod: Generally averted pretty hard throughout the series - [[spoiler: Lois learns Clark's secret, they marry, Lex Luthor dies, other Kryptonians arrive on Earth and start a minor war, etc. If the show had continued past Season 4, we would've gotten to see Lois and Clark raise a child as well.]]


* ApologeticAttacker: In a saloon in 1866 Smallville, Tempus is elated to meet his "inspiration", Jesse and Frank James. Until he robs thenm.

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* ApologeticAttacker: In a saloon in 1866 Smallville, Tempus is elated to meet his "inspiration", Jesse and Frank James. Until he robs thenm.them.


* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: In the DVD commentary on the Episode Season's Greedings, writer and actor Dean Cain said that it was really fun for him and the rest of the cats to act really greedy. The message he intended to send is that it is a bad thing to be greedy (or at least a bad thing to be very greedy). It did look very fun being greedy, and the character did not suffer any penalty for greed because their greed was a result of the Toy Man's evil toys. So the over all plot has the characters having fun and getting away with it because they have an excuse. The episode was entertaining.

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* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: In the DVD commentary on the Episode Season's Greedings, writer and actor Dean Cain said that it was really fun for him and the rest of the cats to act really greedy. The message he intended to send is that it is a bad thing to be greedy (or at least a bad thing to be very greedy). It did look very fun being greedy, and the character did not suffer any penalty for greed because their greed was a result of the Toy Man's evil toys. So the over all plot has the characters having fun and getting away with it because they have an excuse. The episode was entertaining.


* NeverBeAHero: A diminutive loser gains Clark's superpowers and decides to adopt the moniker of "[[FailOSuckyname Resplendent Man]]" and save people... [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts for money]]. Usually haggling over the price with the victim while they were still in danger, and seeing nothing wrong with this because, hey, your own life's gotta be worth a lot, right? When Superman shows up and rescues the victim, Resplendent Man berates him for "horning in on his territory". In the end he loses his powers again and [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo is reasserted]] with an aesop: it takes more than superpowers to make a hero.

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* NeverBeAHero: A diminutive loser gains Clark's superpowers and decides to adopt the moniker of "[[FailOSuckyname "[[AtrociousAlias Resplendent Man]]" and save people... [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts for money]]. Usually haggling over the price with the victim while they were still in danger, and seeing nothing wrong with this because, hey, your own life's gotta be worth a lot, right? When Superman shows up and rescues the victim, Resplendent Man berates him for "horning in on his territory". In the end he loses his powers again and [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo is reasserted]] with an aesop: it takes more than superpowers to make a hero.


* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Tempus quotes this to Jesse James (Don Swayze, brother of [[PatrickSwayze Patrick]]) before demonstrating his modern day automatic pistol.

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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Tempus quotes this to Jesse James (Don Swayze, brother of [[PatrickSwayze [[Creator/PatrickSwayze Patrick]]) before demonstrating his modern day automatic pistol.


* CloningBlues: Somehow, a scientist decides [[TooDumbToLive it would be a smart idea]] to clone AlCapone.

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* CloningBlues: Somehow, a scientist decides [[TooDumbToLive it would be a smart idea]] to clone AlCapone.UsefulNotes/AlCapone.

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* AbhorrentAdmirer / SimpletonVoice: The museum attendant, Veronica, in "When Irish Eyes Are Killing.. She's actually kind of dishy, but her single-digit IQ and glass-shattering voice rule out any thoughts of romance. Clark found ''Cat'' to be insufferable, how is he supposed to react to this?
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Mayson Drake.
* AllPsychologyIsFreudian: Clark is confused by a Lois double who dencounces him at an Anti-Superman rally. He is later skimming a psychology textbook in an effort to try to understand Lois' behavor (Freud is on the cover).
* AlliterativeName: William Wallace Webster Waldecker (aka "Resplendent Man").
* AlwaysCamp: The FrenchJerk party coordinator in "That Old Gang of Mine".
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Tempus quotes this to Jesse James (Don Swayze, brother of [[PatrickSwayze Patrick]]) before demonstrating his modern day automatic pistol.
* ApologeticAttacker: In a saloon in 1866 Smallville, Tempus is elated to meet his "inspiration", Jesse and Frank James. Until he robs thenm.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "Let's see: satellite hijacking, attempted murder, terrorism and -- oh yes -- speeding!"
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Mask of the Ancients in "Irish Eyes Are Killing."
* AudibleGleam: Secret Service Agent Navarro. "You can't protect the President if you don't protect your teeth."
* AvengingTheVillain: Arianna Carlin, following [[spoiler: Lex's suicide]].
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Lex Luthor]].
* BallisticDiscount: A gun merchant who foolishly gives Tempus a demo of his Desert Eagle.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: H.G. Wells decides to grant Tempus his wish: "To live in a violent, hellish dystopia." We cut to 1866 again, where Tempus is in the Kansas State Asylum.
-->'''Tempus:''' I don't belong here! I'm from the future! [[CassandraTruth I have to get out of here so I can build another time machine!]] Hey! Anybody listening to me?!
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: Lenny Stoke puts a nice gloss on his citywide blackmail via EarthquakeMachine, calling it a "sound tax".
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Clyde Tolson chewing on Perry's credit card.
-->"Gold card? ''[[[SniffSniffNom nom nom]])'' Like hell it is."
* BodyguardBabes: Lenny Stoke has two of these.
* BrandX: Golden Springs beer, the telling clue to a killer's identity! Or something.
--> '''Lois:''' Clark, this isn't just ''any'' beer!\\
'''Clark''': I know, it goes with "[[{{Slogans}} sun and good times]]!"
* BrainlessBeauty: While on the rebound from Lois, Clark gets roped into dating Veronica, a dim museum attendant.
* BrawnHilda[=/=]DumbMuscle: Lois's impression of the duo of Amazonian bouncers for Lenny Stoke's Stoke Club in the episode "Wall of Sound," given her scathing choice of words when egging them on.
--> '''Lois''' (''paraphrased''): "You see, he [Lenny] likes his women... smaller than the average cow. So either you lose some poundage or go grazing somewhere else." (''{{beat}}'') "Should I be using smaller words?"
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: In "Chi of Steel", Perry's financial advisor is explaining how his life savings have been converted to bearer bonds, stored in a safe in a room they are in, preparatory to a hooded ninja immediately breaking into the gentleman's club and stealing it.
* BrokeEpisode: During a citywide blackout, Perry orders everybody to prepare tomorrow's edition using old-school printing presses. It pays off, and the ''Planet'' is the only paper with a new issue that following morning.
* CatFight[=/=]MirrorMatch: Lois and her doppelgänger in "Madame Ex". The encounter starts out polite enough, but quickly escalates when the impostor insults Lois' fashion sense. Let the hair-pulling commence.
* CementShoes: Al Capone prefers doing things the old-fashioned way.
* ChangedMyJumper: Lois' business attire doesn't fly in 1866, where she's referred to as "the naked lady".
--> '''Lois''': I'm not naked. These are just new fashions from... France.
* ChekhovsExhibit: A collection of armor belonging to the Roman Emperor Claudius. The emeralds are spolia taken from one of Claudius' campaigns; the villain needs them to reassemble an evil Irish artifact.
* CloningBlues: Somehow, a scientist decides [[TooDumbToLive it would be a smart idea]] to clone AlCapone.
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: The premise of "Whine, Whine, Whine" is that Superman saves a musician from being crushed by a falling amplifier... only to have the resucee [[FrivolousLawsuit sue him for "spraining" his arm]]. The rest of the episode features a lot of {{Ambulance Chaser}}s trying to cash in. At the trial, the court room is rigged with a C12 bomb, and Superman bursts through the ceiling to fly off with it, saving everyone... and the musician claims to have gone blind from getting plaster dust in his eyes. Finally his wife gets fed up, reveals that he's just pretending to be injured, and dumps him in front of the entire court.
* CoolGuns: Tempus is anxious to try out the various forms of crime in the [=90s=]. He makes a beeline straight for a gun store to pick up a Desert Eagle and Beretta.
-->'''Tempus:''' Don't I know you?\\
'''Lois:''' I don't think so. [[DeadpanSnarker Most of my friends are pro-gun control]].
* CoolestClubEver: Stoke Club. He even has [[AmazonianBeauty amazons]] for {{bouncer}}s!
* CowboyCop: Clark lampshades Dan Scardino's not-so-subtle resemblance to [[Film/LethalWeapon Mel Gibson]].
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Lex negotiating with his accountant.
--> '''Lex:''' If you cross me, Bender, [[{{Squick}} I will cut open your chest, and sew up a rat inside]].
* DeadPartner: Dan Scardino's got one.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: In "Don't Tug On Superman's Cape", Bad Brain Johnson is broken out of prison by Tim and Amber Lake, only to be [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness killed off]]. The couple then uses his gadgets along with LatexPerfection to convince Superman that the slain villain is responsible for their own robberies
* DeathByFallingOver: Lois uses her WaifFu to overpower Lenny Stoke's bodyguard, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cory_Everson Cory Everson]]. She looks a bit embarrassed as she lolls on the sidewalk and 'faints'.
* DeathIsCheap: After the tumble he took, [[spoiler:Lex]] ought to be hamburger. But Dr. Tasha Yar freezes his body, and he turns up again in Season 2 no worse for wear.
* DeathOfTheHypotenuse / DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Mayson Drake, after her car blows up]].
* DefensiveFeintTrap: Lois needs to get inside the Stoke Club, but two burly ladies are guarding the door.
-->'''Lois''': Hi! I just thought I'd give you girls a tip. Lenny told me he really likes his women to be...well... how should I put this? 'Smaller than your average milk cow? [...] Should I be using smaller words? [run away]
* DeliveryGuy: Superman, prompting the father to exclaim, "I've just thought of the perfect name."
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Jesse James, after getting outgunned by Tempus.
--> '''Frank James:''' Jesse, it happens to every man once in awhile.\\
'''Jesse James''': Not to ''me''!\\
'''Frank James:''' Look, it's not your fault. [[DoubleEntendre His was just plain bigger]].\\
'''Jesse James''': Size never made no difference before.\\
'''Frank James:''' You gotta get your mind off this Jesse, or it could affect your future performance.
* DragonAscendant: Nigel.
* DruggedLipstick: To be more specific, kryptonite lipstick. Diana Stride [[KissOfDeath plants some]] on Superman after applying it.
* EmptyQuiver: In "Lucky Leon", Superman is duped into diverting a nuclear warhead straight into the hands of Intergang.
* EyeBeams: Patrick Sullivan gains these after donning his cursed mask.
* FantasticAesop: In "The Eyes Have It", evil scientists try to reclaim a device which implants [[NeuralImplanting the entire sum of human knowledge]] into one's brain. The device is later destroyed (forever?), something Perry remarks on as a "good thing".
* FootPopping: In mid-air, no less
* ForeignCussWord: When Clark arrives at Lois' apartment for Christmas dinner, she proclaims "''You'' are going to get stuffed!" The line made quite a stir in Australia.
** Even funnier is that leading man Dean Cain wrote that line himself.
* FourthDateMarriage: Granted, they've been trying to get together for a while now, but Clark proposes to Lois pretty soon after they start dating.
* FriendlyLocalChinatown: "Chi of Steel" revolves around indentured labor, mystical bracelets that allow the wearer to pwn Superman and a Chinese {{Expy}} of Clark.
* GetBackToTheFuture: "Tempus Fugitive":
--> '''Tempus:''' Well, Lois Lane, independent career woman of the 1990s, you're about to be [[TrappedInThePast stranded in 1866]], [[FateWorseThanDeath without the right to vote, own property or write for a great Metropolitan newspaper]]! God, I love irony.
* HaveWeMetYet: In "Tempus Fugitive", Clark time travels to Smallville circa 1966, meets his parents (before the fact), and subsequently helps them adopt his infant self.
* HighAltitudeInterrogation: Superman to John Dillinger (or his clone, anyway).
* HisNameIs: Bill Church's lawyer is about to finger his boss as the head of Intergang--unaware that Church is listening in. One remote control button push later, and [[StuffBlowingUp blammo]].
* {{Hologram}}: Upon being 'outed' as Superman by Diana Stride, Clark uses a hologram of himself in the Superman outfit to baffle everyone at a press conference. Ma and Pa Kent lend their support.
--> '''Jonathan:''' Oh boy. What am I doing playin' with lasers on a farm?
--> '''Martha:''' You're helping our son! Now get your telemetry straight.
* HopelessSuitor: Mayson Drake and Dan Scardino.
** Maybe those two should have hooked up instead. (It practically writes itself!)
* HospitalHottie: Diana Stride, in one of her many disguises.
* HumanSacrifice: Lois' ex-boyfriend from Ireland has this in mind for her.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Mayson entering the newsroom and yelling "Stop the presses!" A nonplussed Lois points out that [[BeamMeUpScotty nobody ever says that]].
* IDontLikeYouAndYouDontLikeMe: Lois and Mayson Drake in "Hot Copy".
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: [[spoiler:Before she dies, Mayson's last word to Clark was "resurrection". Which we learn what it meant in the next episode with the same name.]]
* ImStandingRightHere: "Luthor was a lowlife, scum-sucking criminal! How could anybody like that guy? [beat] Sorry, Lois."
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Intergang threatens to kill Superman's friends if he shows his cape in their territory. But they [[ExactWords didn't mention anything]] about him dressing as a cop instead.
* IronicFear; Just before Superman hoists Lenny Stroke up to fly him to jail, Stoke protests that he's terrified of flying. "It's a RainMan thing."
* ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime: Clark's response after being called out by Lois for having a secret identity.
* ItsAllJunk: Clark surprises Lois with a batch yellow flowers ( "[[FlowerMotifs yellow is for friendship]]". This after the Prankster had been sending her using romantic gifts as {{Trojan Horse}}s for his crimes, and to make her miserable. Lois assumes the flowers are another trap, and bins them immediately.
* LiteralSurveillanceBug: A robotic beetle used by Intergang to eavesdrop on nosy reporters. As well as attract heat-seeking missiles.
* LockedAwayInAMonastery: Exhibiting peculiar ideas about the nature of love, Lex Luthor believes that he can get Lois Lane to love him by sealing her off from civilization.
-->'''Lex:''' My Lois has turned cruel? Well, see, life in this ugly city wil do that. You'll be more chipper in the Alps.\\
'''Lois''': The ''Alps?''\\
'''Lex''': Yes, I have a wondrous fortress in the mountains. You can scream "Superman" all day long... but it'll get boring.
* MagicBrakes: Subverted. Jimmy frantically tries to slow his runaway car, until Superman swoops in and.... simply [[MundaneSolution turns off the ignition]].
* MagicPlasticSurgery: The imposter hired to frame Lois.
* MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight: Tempus' plot to [[WouldHurtAChild kill Clark as a baby]].
* MirrorScare: In "The Source", a whistleblower has tried to dodge Lois by [[FakingTheDead faking his death]]. He's brushing his teeth in front of the bathroom mirror, opens it to get mouthwash, closes it and sees in the reflection something truly terrifying: A very pissed off Lois. Interestingly, this is also a reference to Lois figuring out he faked his death by the fact that he took his toothbrush.
* MyGodYouAreSerious: Bill Church's Jr.'s reaction to his father announcing that he wants to dismantle Intergang. That's a good one!
* NeverBeAHero: A diminutive loser gains Clark's superpowers and decides to adopt the moniker of "[[FailOSuckyname Resplendent Man]]" and save people... [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts for money]]. Usually haggling over the price with the victim while they were still in danger, and seeing nothing wrong with this because, hey, your own life's gotta be worth a lot, right? When Superman shows up and rescues the victim, Resplendent Man berates him for "horning in on his territory". In the end he loses his powers again and [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo is reasserted]] with an aesop: it takes more than superpowers to make a hero.
* NewAgeRetroHippie: Molly Flynn, a computer genius turned sage-burning [[LuddWasRight Luddite]].
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Perry White dressed as Santa Elvis, in a flying sleigh pulled by Superman himself. ("Season's Greedings")
* NoHonorAmongThieves: Following his return, Lex promptly gets backstabbed and usurped his former butler, Nigel. Nigel defects over to Intergang for little while, but is poisoned by an accomplice.
* NotHimself: Red kryptonite makes Superman unconcerned with doing his job.
* NoteToSelf: Before losing her memory at the end of "Tempus Fugitive" Lois leaves herself a note reading "[-CLARK KENT IS SUPERMAN-]". Clark manages to intercept it, though.
* OffOnATechnicality: "Baby Rage", a street punk who happens to share legal represented with Intergang.
* OppositesAttractRevenge: Lois, fed up with Clark's frequent 'disappearances', rebounds by dating Dan Scardino. Clark is left free to be pursued by the screechy Veronica Kipling; he definitely got the fuzzy end of the lollipop.
* ParodyEpisode: "Don't Tug On Superman's Cape", in which Lois/Clark have alternating nightmares set in the worlds of ''Series/ILoveLucy'' (with Clark as Desi Arnaz), ''Film/JamesBond'' (Lois as the faux [[Film/JamesBond Bond Girl]] Miss Goodbottom), and ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' (Perry as Joe Friday).
** "Ms. Goodbottom" counts as HilariousInHindsight, since it predates Creator/TeriHatcher's role in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' by about two years.
* ThePlague: In "Resurrection", a lunatic plans to unleash a bio-weapon on Metropolis as payback for being fired from STAR Labs.
* RaceLift: Winslow Schott, the Toyman in "Season's Greedings".
* RealMenHateAffection: Perry can only express it toward Jimmy through sports metaphors. Observe.
-->'''Perry:''' Clark, if Jimmy calls, tell him I know it feels like [[HurricaneOfEuphemisms the bottom of the ninth with two outs and two strikes against him but that the Planet is gonna mount a full-court press, and we won't stop until it's game, set, match]], OLSEN!
* RememberTheNewGuy: "Don't Tug On Superman's Cape" introduces Bad Brain Johnson, an escaped criminal who blames Lois and Clark for his conviction -- which was never shown. Yet the episode treats Bad Brain as a returning villain.
** In fact, viewers can be forgiven for assuming they either missed that episode or completely forgot about him.
* ResetButton: Lois briefly learns Clark's secret identity in "Tempus Fugutive", before an end-of-episode [[LaserGuidedAmnesia memory wipe]].
* RippedFromThePhonebook: Clark complains about people who do this in "Madame Ex." Lois, who isn't listening, immediately rips out the page they need.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Jason Mayzik reveals that he got rich by bumping off his dad.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Tim and Amber Lake.
* SmokyGentlemensClub: Perry White has a membership with one of these. Lois objects to the club as a matter of principle, and manages to sneak in with [[SweetPollyOliver a wig and mustache]].
* SneezeOfDoom: Hyper-allergic Dr. Hamilton gives himself and Lois away whilst hiding in a closet (Bonnie Parker's perfume set his sinuses off).
* StatusQuoIsGod: Generally averted pretty hard throughout the series - [[spoiler: Lois learns Clark's secret, they marry, Lex Luthor dies, other Kryptonians arrive on Earth and start a minor war, etc. If the show had continued past Season 4, we would've gotten to see Lois and Clark raise a child as well.]]
* TheSpeechless: Danielle, a traumatized orphan. Naturally, she finds her voice again [[TrueMeaningOfChristmas by the end of the story]].
* ASpotOfTea: Lenny Stoke requests one while preparing a deadly sonic wave.
* SubliminalAdvertising: Ariana Carlin's newspaper column, in which the first letter of each sentence forms an acrostic ("SUPERMAN IS EVIL").
* TimelineAlteringMacGuffin: Tempus' diary, which reveals Superman's secret identity.
* TimeStandsStill: The Prankster's flashy gadget does this.
* TooKinkyToTorture: Diana Stride's henchman, Rolf.
--> "Oh. Am I....in ''trouble''? Are you going to...''punish me?''"
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: Clark decides to give up on pursuing Lois after her near wedding to Luthor, and soon begins dating Mayson Drake, making Lois extremely jealous.
* WeCanRebuildHim: Johnny Corben, aka "Metallo".
* WeWillNotHavePocketsInTheFuture: Tempus in his first appearance.
* WeirdMoon: Big enough to engulf both Lois and Superman. It made in the TitleSequence.
* YouWatchTooMuchX: Mayson Drake watches too much ''Franchise/PerryMason'', according to Lois.
** That was a bit {{Anvilicious}}, given her name. Actually her full name was ''Della'' Mayson Drake, and she may have originally been intended as Paul Drake's daughter.
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: Perry's response to being carjacked by Bonnie & Clyde. He makes the same (mistaken) observation of Al Capone later on.
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