Smallville

Season 4 Episode 4

Devoted

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 2004 on The CW
8.9
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Clark decides to join the football team over Jonathan's wishes and gets the starting quarterback position when his predecessor attacks Jason over a girl. Clark and Lois investigate and discover that the cheerleaders are using kryptonite in the team's water supply to turn them into obedient mindless boyfriends.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    9.0
    in this ep of the show smallville clark goes and want to join the football team and he does and goes and becomes starting quaterback and thing is him and louis find out that the cheerlearders are dumping krptonight in the water and making the football players become controlled by the girls and so clark and louis must put a stop to it before things get out of hand this was a good ep i thougt and very interesting and that is why i gave the show 9 instead of anyting lower becasuse of a interesting story and it had some funny parts in itmoreless
  • Cheerleaders take over the football squad by spiking their Gatorade with moon rock juice. Chloe shows her more feminine side when she dons a Crows cheerleader uniform and changes the face of cheerleading forever.moreless

    7.0
    This was another Freak of the Week episode. But Chloe was so funny in her "devoted to you" phase that it was worth the watch. The cheerleader bit was great! She made the episode fun to watch. Lois comes across very brassy which makes her hard to like. She's definitely not Teri Hatcher.

  • A perfect mixture of exciting fights and sexy scenes....

    10
    A bunch of crazy cheerleaders create this kyrptonite based love potion so they could conrtol their men. Now I think it's really obvious that if cheerleaders and science mix the results would be catastrophic. The victoms who drank this potion included Chloe and Jason and it's up to Clark and Lois to save the day. Original storyline, non stop action with great scenes and very funny moments. Chloe was a hoot in this episode. Not only did she make a fool of herself but she also told Clark how she felt. Jason and Lana want to keep their relationship a secret and Lex Luthor works hard to win back Clark's friendship. This episode was brilliantly written. The writers aren't afraid to take risks. It's obvious that the show is kept simple. Clark loves Lana, Lana loves Jason and Chloe has a crush on Clark. Not complicated,very obvious and it's been this way for a while and that is a good thing. A show being able to stay consistent in it's storylines and still manage to make the episodes great is a show worth watching. It's also great that the Lois/Clark storyline isn't being rushed. In conclusion I think this episode was really fun to watch. As a critic I would describe it as proof to what this show can accomplish...simplicty storyline wise but greatness in the way every aspect is set out. As a fan I would say, I freakin loved it !!!!moreless
  • SHS football players become love slaves to "Cheerleaders gone wild," and not much else, but it's fun to watch the cast enjoying fall sports. Lois helps Clark counter the effects of a meteor-based love-potion, with Chloe as one of the victims.moreless

    7.5
    High school football season is here, along with a loud rock track to add to the excitement of idol-worshiping cheerleaders spiking their heroes' gatorade with meteor juice. This makes them into love slaves, and one player is sidetracked enough to open up an opportunity for Clark to show his quarterback stuff on the field. Jason's mere glance at one cheerleader moves her boyfriend to 'roid rage with a shotgun, and Clark appears in the locker room just in time to push Jason out of the line of fire. This is different - we don't usually see the heroics in the opening sequence, but it's not very promising for a story.



    Somehow Jason avoids medical treatment for his superficial pellet wound, waiting until that evening for Lana to patch it up. Maybe he was busy giving statements to the police about the attempted murder. They're still hiding their relationship - teacher dates student and all - and his father has cut off his funding. When Clark and Lois see the players waiting hand and cleat on the cheerleading squad, she quips, "Are we in a freakish parallel feminist universe?" Lois is still trying to get into Met U., and it's even more amusing to hear both her and Chloe comment on Clark's letter jacket, which are "not exactly your colors." Lois gets all the hilarious lines in this episode, and they're so good they should be enshrined over the entry door to Smallville High.



    Lex presents the team with new jerseys, and drops by the locker room to receive their thanks, but Clark sees this as an attempt by Lex to buy back his friendship. When Chloe gets a sip of meteor mixer, the first one in her sight is the new heart-throb, and that's Clark. Chloe drops the murder story off on Lois, who protests, "I'm busy trying to get out of Mayberry." Chloe realizes she was not "devoted" to Clark, and Lois moves on in a huff to cover the pompon beat, but she's put off by ones-who-are-sassier-than-her.



    At the loft, Clark is surprised to find a very come-hither Chloe, so this would be a good time for Clark to exhibit superspeed. We don't see how he got rid of her - next morning he talks it over with Martha, admitting he's not over Lana.



    Chloe assumes a cheerleader role, so she can be supportive of Clark all the time. "Oh, my god," Lois exclaims, "she's taken the fast train to Stepford." Clark drinks krypton-ade, which has the usual weakening effect on him, and his teammates beat him up good on the field. Jealous Jason, having seen Clark talking to Lana, shows up at the loft to beat up on Clark that evening, interrupted by Lex. He sees Clark bleeding and beaten, so that's a good thing for Clark's secrets. Lex has brought all his files on Clark, hoping for a restoration of friendship with Clark to stave off the darkness that comes upon him. Lois discovers the love molecule, wondering why Chloe has gone "Martha Stewart without the jail time," another great line. She sets Clark up at a team-cheerleader pool party to get the antidote, but when Chloe attacks her in a jealous rage, we all discover that heat cancels the potion's effects, and Chloe is herself again. As the team threatens them, Clark uses heat-vision to fracture a steam pipe, and everyone is back to normal.



    Clark drops in to see Lex, confirming that the investigation is over - Lex offers another chance at friendship, so Clark asks for help with Lois.



    In a cliffhanger football game, quarterback Clark has to throw a "Hail Mary" to win the game in the final seconds. Prayer answered. It's almost an normal life for Clark as he enjoys the accolades from his team for a 60-yard pass. Chloe congratulates him, confessing that, even though she was potion-addled, she still has feelings for him, but Clark is honest - he does not feel that way about her. She is disappointed, but resigned, for now. As to that help from Lex, it seems he used his influence at Met U. to get Lois admitted - she's leaving Smallville High. She's happy, Clark is happy - if only he knew he was sending her on the next step towards her career - we know their paths will intersect soon, and that's the fun of this scene.



    "Devoted" has the weakest, most trivial plot of any Smallville episode to date, but it has a boatload of snappy lines by Lois, and for once, only one major plot line to track, so it's not bad to watch at all. The cast seems to be having fun with their high school outing, so we do, too. Re-run rating C+.moreless
  • Hopelessly devoted...

    1.9
    Oh dear, another jock infested outing. Maybe it's down to the fact I'm not American, but this adulation towards football crosses the line of corny into craziness. Watching Chloe degrade herself to a new, almost Lana-low standard is a rather pathetic attempt at comedy, compromising character for the sake of a cheap laugh. Top it all off with an extremely awkward scene involving Lois attempting to steal something while Clark is having sex with some girl and you have all the subtle humour of an Elephant trying to sneak through a glass shop with its eyes closed. Enough of the Football crap! Allison Mack gives a good performance towards episode's end, which saves it from being entirely pointless.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

Jensen Ackles

Jensen Ackles

Jason Teague

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (13)

    • In the ending scene between Clark and Chloe after the football game, you can see half of the padding of the sports bag's strap on Clark's right shoulder. In the next cut of Clark, the padding is hardly seen but then reappears halfway again in the subsequent cut.

    • In this episode Clark says he got his dad's old position as quarterback. In the first season they said Jonathan played tailback.

    • Prior to when Jason was attacked, the sign to the boys' locker room has the apostrophe placed before the S, (BOY'S instead of BOYS') making the term singular/possessive instead of plural.

    • The guys attacking Lois and Clark, along with Mandy, should be badly scalded by the hot steam. There's no indication they've been parboiled in the brief shot when they start to recover, but they should be screaming in agony.

    • Jason actually says he sees Clark run really fast to rescue him. But...Clark was moving in his usual F/X super-speed manner, blurs and all. Shouldn't he know no human being moves like that?

    • When Clark first joined the football team he started with a letter, and typically you have to play a full year to get the letter.

    • When Chloe attacks Lois, she hits her pretty hard with a wrench. All Lois does is turn around and then defend herself. She should have had a little more reaction to a wrench in the back of the head. For that matter, Lois lays a kick full-face into Chloe, who of course shows no visible injury whatsoever here or afterward.

    • No one seems the slightest bit curious how a shotgun, while in the hands of an out-of-control student, could spontaneously heat to the point at which the student would sustain second degree burns on his hands? Clark even mentions the gun heating up, so it's clearly common knowledge.

    • Chloe burns her hands on a hot furnace, with the flames inches away from the door she touches, yet shows no blistering, redness of skin, and needs neither gauze nor bandages on her wounded palms.

    • Jason seems to have a pretty good slash from the glass during the shotgun shootout, but instead of going to the hospital or getting stitches, he just has Lana put a band-aid on it.

    • It's varied on and off again in the past, but Chloe specifically says here she only has two reporters - Clark and Lois. Shouldn't she have like...a staff? A high school covering even a mid-sized town (and Smallville is pop. 40,000) usually has 5-10 reporters - if nothing else, it looks good on your college application to do some newspaper work. But the Torch only has...1 editor/reporter and two reporters - this doesn't make much sense.

    • Despite the facial cuts she received in the previous episode, Lana shows no signs of damage or scarring this episode.

    • In the kitchen scene when Clark is talking to Martha about Chloe coming on to him, at one point Annette obviously steps up onto a box to continue the scene with Tom. Later, before leaving for the Talon, she steps down.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Chloe: Uh, you guys, where's Mandy?
      (Clark and Lois see that Mandy is gone)
      Lois: Oh, nice, Clark. You know, you only had one thing to do.
      Clark: Me? You're closer to the door.
      Lois: Okay, so it's automatically my fault?

    • Jonathan: Look, son, if you're gonna be the quarterback, then you have to be the leader. Of course a bunch of the guys are gonna want to challenge that, especially if they don't think you deserve it. Same thing happened to me.
      Clark: I thought your team worshiped the ground you walked on.
      Jonathan: Well, not when I was a sophomore, they didn't. See, the coach made me starting quarterback. A bunch of the seniors didn't like that very much.
      Clark: What'd you do?
      Jonathan: I earned their respect.

    • Clark: (discussing football practice) Some of the guys have been giving me a hard time since they found out I was starting. Missing my passes...
      Jonathan: Nobody said it was gonna be easy.
      Clark: The frustrating part is, I could score every time.
      Jonathan: Clark, we talked about that whole thing, remember? The football field is not a place for you to be using your powers to save the day.

    • Chloe: I would do anything for you. Things that Lana would never do. Things to help relieve your stress.
      Clark: (apprehensive) Like what?
      (Chloe's hand starts wandering down Clark's chest and stomach)
      Clark: Chloe... (her hand keeps lowering) Chloe!
      Clark: (taking Chloe's hand and patting it) Hey, Chloe! Are you feeling okay?
      Chloe: I've never felt happier.

    • Lois: I'm glad you made the team, Clark, but why be a conformist? At least with the whole farmboy plaid thing, as lame as it is, it completely belongs to you.
      Clark: In the future, let's restrict our conversations to "hello" and "goodbye."

    • (as Lana goes to bandage Jason's wound)
      Jason: Ow, ow, ow.
      Lana: I haven't even touched it yet.
      Jason: I'm just practicing.
      Lana: Good, because it's really deep.

    • Lois: Where are we, some kind of freakish feminist parallel universe?

    • Chloe: Wow. So... 60-yard pass to win the big game at the last second. You're gonna be like some superhero around here. I just might have to do an article on you.

    • Clark: Nate, I need you to get open in the end zone.
      Nate: Are you serious? Can you throw that far?
      Clark: Can you run that fast?

    • Lois: Ooh, advanced chem. Exactly how many cheerleaders does it take to draw a double helix?

    • Lois: Oh, hey, we were just talking about you.
      Mandy: Yeah? Well, now you're gonna wish you never crossed me.
      Lois: Yeah? What're you gonna do? Cheer us to death?

    • Lois: Don't worry, I'll visit.
      Clark: Is that a promise or a threat?

    • Lois: If you break (Chloe's) heart, I'll come back and I'll break your legs.

    • Chloe: (about Clark) Wow, superhero and journalist - what are the odds?

    • Lois: Do you know how pathetic it is that you have to resort to chemicals to control your boyfriends?
      Mandy: I'm sick of being a distant second to a football.
      Lois: So you create a bunch of psycho nutjobs. (looks at Chloe) No offense.
      Chloe: None taken.

    • Clark: You know, I thought you made a great cheerleader.
      Chloe: Yeah, well let's never talk about that again, okay?

    • Clark: I'm looking for Coach Teague. He just attacked me in my loft.
      Lois: After that performance on the field today, not surprised.

    • Lex: There's a darkness in me that I can't always control. I'm starting to think that's my curse, why every relationship I have ends badly.
      Clark: We all have a dark side, Lex.
      Lex: Yeah, but I can feel mine creeping over the corners. Friendship helps keep it at bay. It reminds me that there are truly good people in the world. I'm not willing to give up on that.

    • Jason: Well, I guess it could've been a lot worse if Clark hadn't tackled me out of the way. I've never seen anybody move that fast. I got to get him off the bench.

    • Mandy: You want a quote?
      Lois: Yeah.
      Mandy: Back off, bitch.

    • Clark: You know, if you spent as much time studying as you did trying to leave, you'd be in college already.
      Lois: And where'd you get that pearl of wisdom? The Farmers' Almanac?

  • NOTES (4)

    • Music: "Welcome To My World" by Kyle Newvachek, "Feels Like Today" by Rascal Flatts, "Cruel Sun" by Silver, "Don't Say Nuthin'" by The Roots, "On the Run" by Sam Roberts, "Revolution" by Authority Zero, "California" by Hawk Nelson, "Meltdown" by Ash, "Our Mystery" by Bebo Norman, "Better Off by Myself" by Bosshouse, "Medication" by Sub space radio, and "Disco MF" by The Penfifteen Club.

    • John Glover doesn't appear in this episode.

    • During its original airing, this episode begins and ends with a brief tribute to Christopher Reeve (Dr. Swann), who passed away on October 10, 2004, three days before the episode's premiere.

    • The WB advertised this episode as "Thirst".

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Lois: He and the dean did the white man dance and, Shazam, I'm back in school.
      In DC Comics continuity, Shazam is the magic word that transforms a youngster named Billy Batson into Captain Marvel, "The World's Mightiest Mortal", as well as the name of the wizard that endowed Billy with that ability. Shazam is actually an acronym of six mythological figures - Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury - whose god-like powers are bestowed upon Captain Marvel. Captain Marvel has often been compared to Superman. "Shazam!" is also the expression that Gomer Pyle used in the TV series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C..

    • Lois: My cousin goes 'Martha Stewart' without the jail time...
      Referencing the famous hostess who ended up going to jail for insider-trading.

    • Lois: She's taking the fast train to 'Stepford'.
      Referencing the movie, The Stepford Wives where women were turned into robots who are completely devoted to their husbands. The movie was originally released in 1975 and remade in 2004.

    • Lois: Hey, I'm trying to get out of Mayberry.
      Referencing the show with Andy Griffith.

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