Smallville

Season 5 Episode 16

Hypnotic

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 30, 2006 on The CW
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Clark is hypnotized by a woman who uses a supposedly magical charm to control others - he reveals his super powers and is sent to kill Lex. Meanwhile, Lex has tracked down the missing Professor Fine and plans to confront him, unaware that Clark is coming to murder him.moreless

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  • Crapville!

    2.5
    Hypnotic-Clark is hypnotized by a woman who uses a supposedly magical charm to control others - he reveals his super powers and is sent to kill Lex. Meanwhile, Lex has tracked down the missing Professor Fine and plans to confront him, unaware that Clark is coming to murder him.



    After watching "Hypnotic", I couldn't help but question if I wanted to continue watching this season. This could have easily been the worst episode of Smallville if it wasn't for James Masters' return as Brainiac! What I don't understand is what the writers were thinking when they thought Clark acting dumber than usual would make for a decent hour of television. Lex hiring a seductress with hypnotic powers to break Clark and Lana up...I mean really?! Of all the things Lex could have done, that's what he uses her for. What about learning the truth about Clark? Wouldn't that have been a better storyline? This episode features some of the worst acting from the cast, especially Tom Welling. This is probably the most I've hated Clark until Season 7's "Sleeper" topped that. Lana just grates to no end and when she finds Clark cheating on her, you're suppose to feel bad for her, but I just didn't care as you know it would resolved at the end. Nichole Hiltz is one Smallville's most horrible guest actors and Simone is one of the worst freaks of the week ever written. I just hated how everyone acted so childish around Simone with her hypnotic powers. Once again, the only saving grace was Brainaic's return. The scenes between Lex and Fine are award winning material compared to the garbage that's the rest of the episode. I loved the teaser with Fine stealing a vaccine from 2 scientists and wrecking havoc in Honduras. Also, the Clana break-up scene was rewarding and pitiful at the same time. Finally, all this Clana angst is done with (atleast we thought it was at that moment!) yet you find it hilarious that the writers couldn't find a better way to break them up. It makes their relationship seem even MORE pointless that it already was. But despite all that, "Hypnotic" is one awful piece of television with some terrible writing, horrendous guest stars, and cringe-worthy performances.moreless
  • Some wh*re gets with clark and hypnotises him to break up lana... this is beginning to get ridiculous. Can't directors find anything else interesting than this ball game all the time. Beginining to really get to me now.moreless

    1.0
    Some wh*re gets with clark and hypnotises him to break up lana... this is beginning to get ridiculous.



    Can't directors find anything else interesting than this ball game all the time.



    Beginining to really get to me now.



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  • Great Episode

    10
    In Sierra de la Botija, Honduras, Central America, while collecting samples of a deadly virus in a quarantine zone, two men are attacked by Professor Milton Fine. In Smallville, Clark is hypnotized by the beautiful Simone and ends his relationship with Lana. Meanwhile, Lex travels to Honduras and has a meeting with Milton Fine. Lana with her broken heart, visits Lex. In this important episode, Clark breaks with Lana and Professor Milton Fine returns in an evil partnership with Lex Luthor. Lana Lang, with her broken heart, gets closer to Lex and probably this association will harm Clark Kent in the future.moreless
  • wow...again, clark does the same mistake - push lana away, and this time worse.

    1.0
    y does clark repeatedly do the same mistake over and over again. i mean, he doesn't have to lie again because jor el's warning about someone close to him is goin to die is over now. he can easily tell lana without risking it. i mean he already know the outcome so wut the hell is wrong with the creators? could they make clark any more dumb? this is ridiculous. i hope they make better episodes because this one is extremely pitiful, and i'm tired of seeing this over and over again. alicia baker and kyla willowbrook were better for clark anyways. it's too bad the creators managed to kill off the good characters so easily. this is too pathetic.....moreless
  • Clark should move on from Lana and be with Chloe!!

    5.0
    Clark and Lana’s relationship always seemed so hectic. They could never just happily be together and now it has apparently ended - for about the billionth time. Seriously how many different ways can Clark and Lana’s relationship end? Even though when I saw this episode for the first time I didn’t think it was over for good because it never is. I think Clark should be with Chloe because those to are so close, she knows his secret, she likes him and I think they would make a really nice couple. I also felt so sorry for Chloe when Clark told her he’d proposed to Lana, her face!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

Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent

Nichole Hiltz

Nichole Hiltz

Simone

Guest Star

Sina Najafi

Sina Najafi

 

Guest Star

Parker Jay

Parker Jay

 

Guest Star

James Marsters

James Marsters

Professor Milton Fine/Brainiac

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (12)

    • At the beginning of the episode the men in hazmat suits are drawing blood from the dead bodies. They draw the blood from the arm and you can see the blood going into the vials. This is not the method for collecting blood samples from a corpse and would not provide an adequate sample to be tested. This is because the heart is no longer pumping blood through the circulatory system and there would not be enough blood in the arm to draw that amount of blood from a single vein. For this reason blood samples are not taken from a corpse until the time of an autopsy, and the samples are taken directly from the heart.

    • Why would Lana drive to Smallville, go back to Metropolis, and then immediately turn around to drive back to Smallville when Clark calls? That's nine hours of driving in one day...she doesn't even think to ask if he could discuss things over the phone or wait until the next day.

    • At the end Clark remembers everything that happened, and says nothing happened between him and Simone. What?? After Lana went back to Aunt Nell (in Metropolis, three hours away), Simone and Clark had plenty of time to continue at where they were interrupted. She's taking a shower in the morning when Chloe arrived, and Clark is outside moving tanks. Given her personality and mind-control powers, it makes no sense that after Lana left Simone just decided to roll over, go to sleep, and take a shower a few hours later while telling Clark to go move heavy weights.

    • When Simone talks to Chloe she's purportedly naked under the towel, as people getting out of the shower typically are. However, you can see a whtie shirt/bra line across her back just above the towel. You don't get out of the shower, towel down, put on underwear, then wrap a wet towel around you. The actress is wearing an undergarment for protection against "over-exposure."

    • Simone and Clark clearly start getting a bit intimate with the champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. Then Simone has Clark call Lana and ask her to come to Smallville (from Metropolis) to tell her they're breaking up. So...three hours later Lana arrives, because it's a three-hour drive from Metropolis to Smallville. But they're just starting to undress seconds before she arrived. What were they doing for the other two hours, fifty-eight minutes?

    • So why does Lois drive three hours to Metropolis just to tell Chloe she saw Simone and Clark together. She couldn't have called?

    • At the Talon Lana proposes they go back to her dorm room and have sex. Her dorm room three hours away. Not only would that rather ruin the mood, but then she expects Clark to make a three-hour drive back? At the very least couldn't they get a hotel room?

    • Lex is blackmailing Simone and clearly doesn't plan to let her off the hook. Yet why does she wait until she knows Clark has super-powers? There are no apparent limits on her powers - she can hypnotize hundreds of people and send them after Lex if she wants, and given manor security a small army would have no problem getting to Lex and killing him.

    • Why is Lana so infatuated with Lex? Just a few episodes ago he was drunk, came on to her, she threw a drink in his face, and he chased her into a near-accident. Yet here she's willing to be embraced by him and he's the first one she goes to when she wants to share the news of her break-up.

    • Once again we find out that mind-control is a legitimate legal get-out-of-jail free card. Chloe and Lex ended up killing Simone under highly suspicious circumstances. Simone was unarmed, there was no proof she could hypnotize anyone, and Lex and Chloe both would have had powder residue on their hands. Yet at the end there's no indication they even face a police investigation, much less have to go to trial.

    • Clark says breaking up with Lana was the hardest thing he's ever done. Harder than burying his own father three episodes ago? Harder than sacrificing a loved one to keep Lana from dying?

    • In the episodes before this, especially "Reckoning," Clark and Lana were having many arguments and acting like they were unhappy with their dating situation. Here they're acting like they're dating regularly without a problem and have never had a single argument in the past few weeks. In fact, Lana says that Clark is amazing.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Simone: Clark Kent is the most extraordinary... kisser.

    • Chloe: I don't get it... I mean if it was Red K you wouldn't be doing chores and if it was Silver K you would be afraid that pitchfork over there was going to turn you into a shish kebab... what happened to you, Clark?
      Clark: I fell in love.
      Chloe: I don't think you fell, I think you were pushed... off a cliff.

    • Chloe: You haven't talked to (Lana), have you?
      Clark: No.
      Chloe: What are you waiting for? I mean, she knows you were hypnotized. And besides, every single one of us has gone through some sort of an identity crisis at one point or another. It's like a rite of passage in Smallville.

    • Clark: My power to hurt Lana is stronger than all my powers put together.

    • Clark: My feelings for you have changed.
      Lana: Clark I want you to look me in the eye and tell me that you don't love me.
      Clark: I don't love you.

    • Chloe: Oh, my God. I just knocked out Martha Kent.
      Lois: Hello? The woman was about to wallpaper her living room with my brain matter.

    • Lois: But face it, Clark is no different then any other red-blooded male. His brain is not his commanding officer.

    • Simone: With Clark Kent, what you see is what you get – he's a corn-fed farm boy.

    • Lex: You think the ship's in Honduras.
      Fine: Well I'm certainly not here for the coffee.

    • Chloe: So then the moral of the story is just never gaze into the eyes of a seductive woman wearing a sparkling gemstone around her neck... unless her name is Lana Lang.

    • Lana: How could I have been so stupid?
      Lex: You're not stupid – you just put your trust in the wrong person.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Deleted Scenes:
      1. Simone is pulled over by a cop only to use her powers to persuade him to let her go.
      2. Lois criticizes Clark for cheating on Lana. Clark defends himself by stating that he fell in love with her a few months ago in Metropolis. Lois then tells Simone that she is friend's with Clark's girlfriend and doesn't wish to see her hurt. Simone dismisses Lana and she and Clark take their leave.

    • This episode won a Leo Award for Best Make-Up in a Dramatic Series.

    • John Glover and John Schneider don't appear in this episode although both are credited.

    • Music: Almost Honest by Josh Kelley, Dirty Little Secret by The All-American Rejects.

    • James Marsters is billed as Special Guest Star.

    • At the end of the episode during its first airing, there was a "In Memory of Dana Reeve (1961-2006)" dedication along with the URL for the Christopher Reeve Foundation.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Chloe: I was afraid I'd be walking in on some sort-of Dangerous Liaison.
      This is probably a reference to Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' French novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, which was written in 1782. In the novel, the aristocratic characters use casual sex as a weapon to hurt others and ruin relationships.

    • Lois: It was Last Tango at the Talon.
      Referencing the 1972 movie Ultimo tango a Parigi (Last Tango in Paris in America), starring Marlon Brando (Superman the Movie in-joke?) and Maria Schneider as two illicit lovers.

    • Superman
      Clark bends the baseball bat into a distinctive "S" shape similar to the one he'll wear on his chest as Superman.

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