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Season 8 Episode 17


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 26, 2009 on The CW
out of 10
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548 votes

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Episode Summary

Chloe discovers how the other half lives when she wishes for a peaceful life like her cousin Lois... and a sorceress transforms her into Lois. Meanwhile, Clark receives a wish of his own.

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  • I was slightly disappointed that Zatanna wore the thigh-high boots.

    Seriously, though: I agree with whomever gave this episode a nine-point-one. Because, it was absolutely _superb!_ We, the fanboys of the DC Universe finally get a live-action version of Zatanna. And, Ms. Serinda Swan did a truly enchanting job in the role. So did the script-writers. They combined certain elements of both her Silver Age comic book origin and her 1992 animated television debut to give us a suitably angsty tale of obsessive love. Whether John Zatara died fighting some supernatural menace, or whether he lost control of some high-tech/high-risk stage illusion, is not specified. All we know for certain is that his daughter is determined to resurrect him. Clark, of course, ultimately dissuades her. And, I couldn't help sensing that the speech he gave also helped give _him_ closure where Lana Lang is concerned. The only thing not resolved was Chloe's marriage to Jimmy Olsen. While I was pleasantly surprised by the reactivation of the Justice League, and Chloe's oracular role in co-ordinating their communications, I was also troubled by the thought that this might lead to them divorcing! Most of me hopes not. The rest of me says otherwise. In any case, ignore that "abysmal" label at the top. This episode was anything but. And, I would gladly rate it so, if only that scoring needle icon would frelling move to the _right_ !!!moreless
  • Smallville became a cartoon....

    This was never meant to be a Golden Globe winnner but it always had some kind of charm or good plot lines but it has become a cartoon...

    This episode was horrible, how did they came up with this idea...and didn't they did the whole switch thing a million times already.

    I mean a witch? granting a wish? I mean a guy from another planet that runs around and saves the world is something we all grew up on but this is really for 4 year old's.

    It fills like the writers don't have anything more to write about, really! It's insulting. We are going from a good show to "Saved by the Bell" the superman version. Clark Kent calling 911 was funny but I dont know if this is a comedy or what? This is a filler epsiodes for sure but it fells like it's full of crap!

    Soorry Smallville you should get some new writers or to wrap up the show!moreless
  • Smallville a comedy?

    Who'd a thought that this action- drama could transition so well into a comedy?

    Yea, sure we have the occasional laugh and a comic relief villain every once in a while, but in a show where the world is constantly ending or being taken over by some evil alien life form, this episode was a breath of fresh air.

    Now we all know that Tom Welling can act but this ep really showed off his chops! Who didn't love the oblivious face he put on the "normal" Clark Kent? Priceless! And Erica Durance playing Chloe playing Lois was award worthy. Even Serinda Swan (Zatanna) deserves mention for the high quality (and very sexy) acting she brought to the episode. All in all grade A ep, great acting, great writing and hi-larry-us. It may only be a filler, but I think this is one of Smallville's better episode, it goes to show that sometimes simple is sweet.moreless
  • Zatanna the Magician grants wishes, and mine was for a better episode than anticipated, and I got it.

    Hex was a bit of a pleasant surprise - my expectations from the previews were lowered by the prospect of a cartoon magician, but Ms. Swan was allowed to play the character pretty straight, without the exaggeration that could have killed any sense of authenticity. Playing a modern-day genie, she grants wishes, which transfers Chloe's essence into Lois, but the real Lois is out of town, so it's not a one-for-one switch, but a body double. However, I did expect Ms. Durance to mimic Ms. Mack's acting quirks, facial expressions, and mannerisms, but I did not see much of that. She got a couple amusing lines when she revealed to Clark that it was Chloe in there while she talked about his secrets. He took it in stride - always reminding us that wierd things happen in Smallville, or even Metropolis.

    Continuity was a smaller problem than I expected - Chloe at her birthday party at the club seemed out-of-character for one who is estranged from her husband. A couple passing references to the split were all we got, making her seem less than committed to trying to patch things up, but it wasn't a total avoidance of a big issue in the story arc. Still some drama available in the Chloe-Jimmy relationship, but the longer it's dragged out, the closer it may become to a soap opera.

    Clark's wish to be "normal" resulted in rather amusing scenes with Chloe-as-Lois, as she tries to convince him he still has powers, and Mr. Welling does a pretty good turn with this plot twist - no powers but not aware of any loss as is usually the case.

    Zatanna's dilemma about her father returning tempts her to destroy Chloe to fulfill her own desires - a good morality play that is resolved with Oliver's influence. No word on how he escaped from her magical chains.

    Hex is a good average episode - mostly dealing with a one-time guest character, and it played better than I anticipated, with some amusing scenes and Mr. Welling showing more acting range than usual. The line from Lois about sticking to business seems to telegraph a cool-down in the developing relationship between her and Clark, while Chloe-as-Lois pointing out his gazing at "Lois," seems to be intended to reinforce Clark's realization that, well, he does kinda like her. We need to add some heat to this dormant romance.

    The last scene was the most surprising and gratifying - Chloe back at Isis, but taking on another line of business as the coordinator for the Justice League. That has some interesting story possibilities and seems to seal Chloe into the cast a bit more firmly - and that's just what I want. The monitors showing Aquaman and the others checking in displayed still images - they didn't have to pay those actors for actual appearances in this episode, so we all were a bit cheated. Budget cuts? Re-run rating C+.moreless
  • Enter the superheroine Zatanna

    I really liked the episode because finally a new heroine was introduced into the Smallville universe. Especially the end with the reference to the JLA watchtower. I was half expecting Cloe to call herself Oracle. The "arc" of the story was the rekindling of the Lois - Clark sage, which kind of reminds of the early Lana - Clark relationship. I wish they would rethink this part of the show as they already explored, or should I say stretched, that avenue to its absolute limit the last time.

    I just hope that this will the beginning of a possible new JLA episode at the end of the season.moreless
Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trivia: In true Lois fashion, the seventh rule has the word "beginning" misspelled with two "G"'s and only one "N."

    • When Chloe (as Lois) is with Clark in the Daily Planet Clark gets a police alert saying there is a standoff at Main and 5th. The same standoff alert at the same address was shown on Clark's computer screen in the previous episode "Turbulence."

    • Trivia: Lois' Rules of Reporting are as follows: 1. Always know your source; 2. Always make a good first impression (and don't screw up with the boss); 3. Do whatever it takes to get the story; 4. If something seems so weird to be true, it usually is; 5. Never take deadlines too seriously; 6. Triple check your facts.; 7. Put all the good stuff at the beginning.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Chloe: (in Lois' body): … Maybe you can superspeed over to this antique shop and dust off any leads.
      Clark: Superspeed? We didn't even bring the car.
      Chloe: What? It's okay, I'm Chloe. "Stood her up at formal" Chloe. "Planted one on you because Zod was ending the world" Chloe. "Krypton, Jor-El, Fortress, Brainiac" Chloe!

    • Lois: Hey! One year closer to the sweet release of death!
      Chloe: How wonderfully morbid.

    • Zatanna: Rough birthday, huh?
      Chloe: You ever seen the napalm scene in Apocalypse Now? More fire, less cake.

    • Zatanna: I can't ever totally make it up to you or your friends but I would like to try to make sure that something like this doesn't happen again.
      Oliver: Here's a thought... don't do it again.

    • Lois: So, how long did it take for you to realize that I wasn't my usual charming self?
      Clark: Well, I have to admit, I should have picked up on it sooner. You weren't as bossy as usual. And, Chloe let me drive.

    • Zatanna: Bravo. You found my book and pulled it off in style.
      Green Arrow: I wish I could say I've had the pleasure.
      Zatanna: Oh, please, Oliver. Ask a billionaire for help, and then a vigilante steals exactly what I ask for? You need to work on your sleight of hand.

    • Chloe: (telling Clark to jump) Come on, Clark. You can do this. Up, up and away.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: Saturday, April 25, 2009 on TVNorge
      Sweden: Friday, September 11, 2009 on TV6
      New Zealand: Friday, October 9, 2009 on TV2
      Czech Republic: April 7, 2010 on TV Nova
      Turkey: June 27, 2010 on CNBC-e
      Slovakia: June 14, 2012 on Markiza

    • Cassidy Freeman, Aaron Ashmore, and Sam Witwer are credited but don't appear.

    • Zatanna
      In the comics, Zatanna (first appearance Hawkman #4 - Oct-Nov 1964) is the daughter of the Golden Age hero Zatara (who himself premiered in Action Comics #1 along with a certain Man of Steel...). Like her father, Zatanna can invoke almost any magical effect by concentrating and saying backward what she wishes to accomplish. She originally went to various Justice League members seeking their aid in finding her missing father - eventually they all joined together and she succeeded in her quest. A gifted stage performer, Zatanna originally wore her stage costume when superheroing, but later went through a variety of costume designs. Her powers have waxed and waned over the years. She has been an on-again/off-again member of the Justice League and is also a member of the Sentinels of Magic. In the WB animated universe she appeared in the Batman Animated episode "Zatanna," where she was shown to be a talented magician but had no backward-speaking magical abilities.


    • Chloe: It's just with all these Debbie ups and downers lately...
      Referencing the character portrayed by Rachel Dratch on Saturday Night Live, who first appeared in a 2004 episode. Debbie was unrelenting downbeat, always announcing bad news and ruining everyone's good time.

    • Chloe: You ever seen the napalm scene in Apocalypse Now?
      Referencing the 1979 movie directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando. The movie chronicles Captain Willard (Sheen) sent on a mission into the jungles of Cambodia to find a renegade Green Beret (Brando) who has set himself up as a god among the natives.

    • Clark: If you're referring to the "just the facts, ma'am" routine…
      Referencing Joe Friday, the main character in the Dragnet series (1951-59, 1967-70), portrayed by Jack Webb. The police detective avoided showing emotion as much as possible, and would often interrupt a witness going off on a tangent by stating "Just the facts, ma'am."