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+.