Smallville

Season 1 Episode 3

Hothead

11
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 30, 2001 on The CW
8.9
out of 10
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912 votes
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Episode Summary

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An abusive and hot-tempered football coach gains the ability to control and project fire.

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  • 5.5
    I had a few issues with the previous episode but here, I found my issues just more and more. The plot really didn't interest me much. The idea of one been able to control fire simply didn't interest me, I found it rather lame but thankfully, this is saved by some great moments with Clark. Still, a mediocre episode that could have been more
  • Ahhhh the days Clark wanted to be a normal highschool student

    8.0
    Usually i think this episode is just ok. But now I think its pretty good even though its not better than the first two. Clark wanting to play football in this episode is a good plot as he just wants to fit in and be like us. Lana quiting cheerleading and being a waitress shows that shes not the girl everybody thinks she is. Lex cutting the budget instead of the workforce shows that at the beginning of the show that he had a really good heart and shows how his father manipulates him. Martha and Johnathan showing how they trust Clark shows how he becomes caring in the future and cares about humannity. Coach in this episode was cool by showing that his powers are now showing because of his rage and this is like the only show where I like how there is a villan with fire powers because its been overused so much



    Just a great episode in general. Not as good as the previous 2 but still very good. While you may not enjoy the coach plot, you will enjoy seeing Clark and Lex, defying their fathers. Also this is one of the only times in the series where Clark has fun!



    So I give this episode:8/10moreless
  • Hothead

    7.0
    Just a good episode of SMALLVILLE, in the episode where Clark confronts a teacher in your school that gained super strength when having contact with kriptonite again, despite the novels and dramas that are always present I found this episode a good episode, but everything is being very repetitive all the villains that the Super Boy (Clark) being faced villain has become thanks to kryptonite, I think the writers have to change this and have villains otherwise.moreless
  • S01E03.....................

    5.5
    Really this is what you give us the premiere was great the second episode worst and now the third is the worst of all till now i cant believe this i love the cast and they have chemistry but this episode is also disappointing why cant the episode return to the level that the first episode has i will give this series one season because well i think it will get renewed and because i promised my friends i will give this series a chance so i hope it gets better i cant see it getting any worse and when will we see Chloe and Clark or Lana and Clark together i want one of them to be with Clark.moreless
  • Against Jonathan's wishes, Clark joins the high school football team, which turns out to be run by a bullying coach who – after a sauna heated with kryptonite rocks – can summon up fire at will. Things really HOT up with this episode (ahem!)...moreless

    9.5
    The first two episodes were good, but "Hothead" really raises the bar and, in my opinion, is the best episode thus far in 'Smallville's run.



    I really like with this episode that we get a more mature aged menace to deal with (in the form of Coach Arnold), a nice sign that things (thankfully) won't constantly be limited to the standard "troubled-teen-turned-monster-of-the-week".



    Dan Lauria puts in a fun turn as Coach Arnold, playing it just right between "playing it straight" and comic-book villain without camping it up. The "monster of the week" in the Pilot felt almost tacked on as an afterthought, and Bug Boy in "Metamorphosis" wasn't used to his full potential, but here, we finally get an opponent who has a decent story and some real menace to him.



    It's not made clear if it is the one kryptonite sauna seen here that turns Coach Arnold bad, or if he's been knowingly been "under the influence" for some time, it's kinda left up to the viewer to decide for themselves. But either way, it makes for a great story, and I'm surprised that some have found fault with the fire sequences as personally I found them to be really good.



    I still find Chloe a little annoying, but herself and Pete are slowly starting to find their place in the series a bit more here.

    The b-plots of Lana taking a job waitressing, is more of your atypical "good-looking teen drama", but in fairness plays out well, and by this point I really like Kristen Kreuk in the role. There is also another plot of Lex, who is being pressured by his father to lay off a number of workers at some factory or other. The details never really seemed all that clear to me, but it does make for some good (literal) duelling scenes between Lex and father Lionel.



    All-in-all, I really enjoyed "Hothead". An interesting plot and guest Krptomutant, this one really left me looking forward to the next episode. I give it a very decent 9.5 / 10.



    (By the way, some other reviewers seem to misunderstand and think that "review" means to give a detailed rundown of the plot (which is already under 'Full Recap' – when in fact it's to give your own personal thoughts on the episode, folks! lol)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

Dan Lauria

Dan Lauria

Coach Walt Arnold

Guest Star

Jason Connery

Jason Connery

Dominic Sanatori

Guest Star

David Paetkau

David Paetkau

Trevor Chapell

Guest Star

Sarah-Jane Redmond

Sarah-Jane Redmond

Aunt Nell

Recurring Role

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Recurring Role

Hiro Kanagawa

Hiro Kanagawa

Principal Kwan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When Clark finally hits the sauna window with a rock, it shatters most of the glass. However, when Jonathan enters the locker room and looks inside, much of the glass is restored and it has a single neat, nearly-round puncture in it.

    • There is no mention of both fires in the coach's office, where the first fire would have needed the fire department for sure.

    • When confronted by the principal, the coach gets angry and his TV catches fire. The principal walks out past a fire extinguisher and lets the fire burn. Wouldn't he try to put it out, or at least wait for the fire department?

    • Pete is a freshman and yet his Varsity jacket has a letter on it. Since it's so early in the season and in the school year his jacket should not have a letter yet.

    • When Coach Walt tells Whitney to come over and talk with Clark and himself, Lana walks over with them but there is no sign of Clark getting sick from her necklace.

    • When the football is thrown at Chloe, she flinches and takes her hand off of her camera, then glances at Clark. In the very next shot, both her hands are on the camera and she glances at Clark again.

    • When Clark gets the principal out of the burning car, the principal's face has ashes on it from the fire, but his clothes aren't even singed even though the steering wheel was engulfed in flames.

    • In the fight scene, Clark kicks the coach clear across the room, through the glass, and right onto the bench. The coach just gets right back up.... wouldn't that cause really bad damage to his back, not to mention the glass shards?

  • QUOTES (13)

  • NOTES (5)

    • Hiro Kanagawa makes his first appearance as Principal Kwan.

    • According to an interview with Annette O'Toole, most of the cast were filming this episode when 9/11 happened. She had to have her husband Michael McKean drive to and from Vancouver because planes were grounded. During the car journey they wrote the songs for the movie A Mighty Wind.

    • "Renegade Fighter" by Zed plays at the first scene when they are playing football in the rain. "Bad Day" by Fuel plays in the background when Chloe, Clark, and Pete are visiting Lana in the coffee house. "Motivation" by Sum 41 plays when Jonathan is watching Clark playing football. Other music: Gorillaz (Clint Eastwood), Third Eye Blind (Never Let You Go), and Binocular (You).

    • In its original U.S. airing the WB aired scenes from "Jitters" for the next week's previews. "Jitters" was held back even though it was filmed sequentially after this episode.

    • Wonder Years crossover? Dan Lauria played another Arnold on the ABC series--The Wonder Years.

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