Smallville

Season 1 Episode 7

Craving

5
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 27, 2001 on The CW
8.7
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A weight-obsessed teen dieting on kryptonite-infected vegetables gains her fondest dream...but must feed on the fat of others to maintain her enhanced appearance.

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  • A strange but at the same time, a great episode

    9.0
    I don't necessarily understand the hate given to this episode. Surely, a strange plot but is able to be overlooked by great characters, good story development and a great conclusion. However, like some say, in this season Lana is coming off as irritating but the episode itself was fantastic. Pete was a stand out in this episode, like said before me
  • Terrible, just terrible

    4.0
    Yeah this episode was pretty ridiculous. The first bad episode of Smallville. Not only that, but its the worst episode in season 1. Of all the ideas the writers had fresh, they decide episode 7 will be about a fat sucking teenage vampire.



    Clark- Really nothing about him at all in this episode. What I mean by this is that he had no personal plotline. This, IMO brought the episode down alot. I mean this show is about him, Superman!



    Lana- Her birthday. Couldent care less. I think the problem with this season is that Lana dident really have any interesting storylines. They werent bad, just boring. Although Clarks present at the end was sweet.



    Lex- 1 good thing about this episode. I think this episode pushed Lex towards his destiny as it had him investigating Kryptonite. This means that Lex pursues the supernatural which attacts him to Superman in the comics. Interesting stuff.



    Pete- Pete!!!! After barely being shown in the first couple episodes its finally his time to shine. Except its in a crappy episode. Like most Pete episodes,but its whatever.



    Jodi- Pathetic. Also Ridiclous. Very crappy FOTW. Ive already said it a million times in this review but come on??? Already a crappy plot so early in the series?? Also the scene where she eats the deer is laughable. Also 1 last question...how did Clark superspeed out of the greenhouse with Kryptonite around?



    So,while I would never advise skipping a Smallville episode, you can if you want, for this episode is a total filler that offers no importaint plot points.moreless
  • An overweight, weight-obsessed girl at the highschool begins dieting on vegetable drinks affected with Kryptonite, which makes her drastically lose weight and the need to feast on animal or human fat to stay alive. A fair plot, but not well executed...moreless

    7.5
    This review contains spoilers.



    Although I don't out-and-out dislike "Craving", I would say that I would probably rate it as the weakest episode of 'Smallville' up to this point. There is a decent plot mixed in there somewhere, but I found it to be poorly executed, and results in an episode that, compared with the quality of most of the other episodes of the season, comes off feeling much weaker than usual.



    A then unknown Amy Adams plays the weight-obsessed Jodi (complete with fair but very obvious "chubby" make-up job at the start of the episode), who finds herself suddenly thin after drinking the Kryptonite-shakes. Although this could have been an interesting concept, I personally found that it took too long to get the point of the story. Okaaay... she's suddenly thin... now what? What's the "angle"? The whole fat craving thing (be it from food, animals or humans) was introduced far too late in the story for it to have the oomph it should have, and never really feels to be used to it's full effect.

    I know that 'Smallville' has a blend of elements making up it's episodes, but with this one, it felt far too "teen drama"-heavy for me, and left me wishing for much of the time that it would hurry up and get to the real "threat of the week".



    There is the secondary plot, of Lana's birthday, where she is left dateless due to Whitney suddenly being called out of town (which it is subtly suggested that Lex is behind), leaving Clark to jump in and be her date. Naturally, with fat-sucking-girl on the loose, he doesn't make it in time. Although these elements aren't my favourite parts of the series at the best of times, personally, with my wishing that the real "threat of the week" would hurry up and kick in, I did find much of this secondary plot a bit tedious to be honest.



    And I wasn't sure about the whole resolution regarding Jodi. She attacks Clark in the greenhouse; greenhouse blows up, with Clark getting her and himself out just in time... and we hear she has been taken off to hospital. Whaa? Did I miss something? She's a fat-sucking monster; surely just taking her away to hospital won't help? This is one thing that really stuck out to me, and I felt to be wrapped up very ambiguously and poorly.



    The ending, with Clark finally giving Lana her birthday present (drive in Bugs Bunny cartoons, to recreate a childhood memory she had of her parents) is nice I suppose, but I was mostly just left pondering the dodgy tying up of the main plot.



    Although I always try to resist comparing 'Smallville' to 'Buffy' (as I feel there is usually no point; both shows have their own strengths), I do feel that 'Buffy' handles metaphor stories, such as the one that seems to be attempted here, much better.



    All-in-all, it is watchable, and definitely not one of the worst hours of TV I have seen, but for all of the dodgy points I've mentioned, I can only give this episode a lower than usual score of 7.5.moreless
  • dieting is dangerous

    9.0
    ok so the story line itself wasnt that impressive but i liked pete in this one and that is why its rated so high. the girl honestly did not look that bad other than the fact that her fat didnt seem all that real. i like the fact that pete stood up for her. and when she asked him to the party he acted so cute! though i did kind of wonder if he liked her like that before she was thin or just cuz she got thin. i would like to think the first one. i was kinda glad that the mean kid got what he deserved, also felt bad for him though too, come on im not heartless. glad she tryed to spare pete and i was glad that she went to get help in the end. and i am so tired of lex being interested in clark, its nice how he likes him and all but i am afraid its just cuz clark is special...moreless
  • Great Episode

    10
    Jodi Melville is tired of being over-weight, so she creates her own diet, which consists of meteor-rock infected vegetables. The new diet causes her to shed weight faster than she can handle, which forces her to suck human fat to satisfy her ravenous hunger. When Pete arrives to pick her up for the school dance, her hunger gets the better of her and she tries to feast on Pete. Chloe and Clark discover the truth about Jodi's weight loss, and Clark rushes to her house to save Pete. Clark stops Jodi from killing Pete, and gets her the help she needs to maintain a healthy weight. Lex becomes interested in the affects of meteor rocks, and funds a study on the green meteor fragments.moreless
Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Sam Jones III

Sam Jones III

'Pete' Ross

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Whitney Fordman

Joe Morton

Joe Morton

Dr. Steven Hamilton

Guest Star

Amy Adams

Amy Adams

Jodi Melville

Guest Star

Sarah-Jane Redmond

Sarah-Jane Redmond

Nell Potter

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Chloe and Clark are inspecting the dead deer, Clark closes the blinds so they're not seen. When he does so, the shadow of the camera can be see clearly on the blinds' left side.

    • When Jodie is making her shake at the start of the episode, she adds some ingredients, blends them, then adds some more, but does not blend them again. However, when she pours the shake, there are no large lumps in it.

    • Several times during the episode people say that Lana's birthday party is on Saturday. Whitney has his tryout on Saturday with the Kansas Sharks, Lana's "big day". However, later on in the episode, Clark and Chloe see Jodie pigging out in the school's cafeteria. She makes a comment about "being nervous about the party tonight". U.S. schools don't have regular class on Saturdays.

    • Jodi's scale calculates her weight down the first time, but then calculates it up the second time.

    • The letter Lex receives from Dr. Vargas is sent from "Metropolis, KA". There is no postal code "KA" - if they meant Kansas, it should be "KS".

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Lex: I heard the quarterback couldn't make it. Too bad.
      Lana: I knew you'd be devastated.

    • Dr. Hamilton: Don't touch that! You're not sterile and you're not me.

    • Clark: I can't believe we're creeping around looking at road kill...

    • Chloe: I don't get it.
      Pete: Women dig me – get used to it.

    • Pete: Clark, I'm telling you, this is good news for you.
      Clark: Kansas State gives Whitney a full scholarship and Lana gives him a tongue bath. How is that good news?

    • Jodie: I was wondering, do you have a date for Lana's party? (Pete stares at her)
      Clark: (taps Pete) No, he's still free.
      Jodie: Would you like to go with me?
      (Pete grins like an idiot)
      Clark: (pokes Pete) He'd love to.

    • Clark: (doesn't see Lana) Dad. I got the posts in the west field. I hit some granite, but I jammed it through. (sees Lana, pauses)
      Lana: Very impressive.
      Clark: I had a sledgehammer.

    • Clark: Well, if you like, I could be your escort on Saturday--you know, so I can fend off the throngs of adoring fans.

    • Dr. Hamilton: What you're looking for... could take years.
      Lex: I'm a patient man.
      Dr. Hamilton: Tell me: why does a billionaire's son care so much about a bunch of rocks that fell out of the sky twelve years ago?
      Lex: I save that story for the people I trust.

    • Martha: "Escort to fend off the throngs of adoring fans"?
      Clark: What's wrong with that?

    • Chloe: Getting your morning Lana fix?
      Clark: Chloe, don't you ever knock?
      Chloe: It's a barn, Clark.
      Clark: Is there a reason you're here early or do you just enjoy busting my chops?
      Chloe: Little of both.

    • Chloe: This is Smallville, Clark. Land of the weird, home of the strange.

    • Lex: I hear you're escorting the birthday girl. Nice work.
      Clark: (monotone) We're just going as friends.
      Lex: Sure you are. Hope you got her a nice gift.

    • Clark: Time to revisit the fat-sucking vampire theory.
      Chloe: You know if you hadn't been there, he probably would have died, Clark.
      Clark: What I can't figure out is why anyone would want to steal body fat.
      Chloe: I know, it takes eating disorders to a whole new level.

    • Lex: I don't care about the past - I believe in the power to reinvent yourself.

    • Chloe: Cutting the heads off supermodels. It's kind of redundant, isn't it?

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