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Smallville

Season 4 Episode 7

Jinx

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 03, 2004 on The CW
8.9
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Mikhail Mxyzptlk, a foreign exchange student and bookie, has the power to control others and uses it to sabotage football games, including the one Clark is quarterbacking. Clark and Chloe figure out his secret, but he threatens to kill Chloe unless Clark throws the next game. Mikhailcame to Smallville via LuthorCorp, and Lex will do almost anything to learn his secret.

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  • A foreign student on a Luthorcorp scholarship can control the movements of others, including Clark, who is affected on the football field, while Chloe goes for a story on gambling in school.moreless

    7.2
    Football is in the air, but Clark's quarterbacking is jeopardized by a Balkan-native student on a Luthercorp scholarship, so that can't be good. Mikail has the ability to control the movements of others from a distance, and uses it to manipulate the Crows' football games to aid his bookmaking on the outcome. Chloe joins the gambling, always betting on Clark, but she's really setting up a news expose on the evildoer. Clark inadvertently injures another player when Mikail causes him to trip on the field, and the Kent family is in an uproar about Clark's longstanding commitment to control his strength. Clark even falls under suspicion of using performance-enhancing drugs - if they only knew!



    Comparing notes, Clark and Chloe conclude that Mikail is using some unknown force to contol others, but in a major lapse of journalistic judgment, Chloe accepts her gambling winnings from Mikail - once you pocket the dough, how will you ever explain that it was just for the story? Clark is torn between quitting the team and staying on to help win the final; supportive Martha says stay on the team, then Clark makes the final decision in a confrontation with Jonathan - staying is the right thing to do. Mikail's hold over Chloe gets stronger as he forces her into a kiss and out of the gambling expose. Clark appeals to Lex to deport Mikail, but Lex only urges Clark to do more to win back Lana. Since Clark and Chloe can't come up with a plague of locusts to defeat Mikail's legendary power, they settle on frequency interference at the football field.



    Mikail finds her tuning him out during the last few seconds of the game, and it looks like Clark will be the football goat in the season-ender, but wait - as Mikail threatens to knife Chloe, Clark speeds to her rescue even as the winning pass hangs in mid-air. And the Crows win the game!



    Mikail is vanquished, but Lex, loathe to lose a potential asset, gloms onto Mikail and takes him to floor 33.1 where he may be able to recover his control powers...to be exploited by Lex, of course. In an unhappy ending, Jason is fired from his coaching job, and Lana, barely appearing in this episode, angrily accuses Clark of revealing Jason's relationship with her, and in turn, Clark confronts Lex whom he believes blew the whistle on Jason. Clark is aware Lex has other motives than simply undermining the Lana-Jason love story to help Clark regain his lost gal pal, but Lex is a stone wall again. Our bad guy in this story isn't very ambitious - controlling others just to win a few bucks on a high school football game - but we can get some fun out of the machinations of Lex and his ever-present ulterior motives. Rerun rating C+.moreless
  • Trent Ford comes to Smallville.

    9.5
    I love Trent Ford which is probably why I loved this episode so much. I really didn't care for the whole fourth season, but I think this one of the best episodes from this year. Clark playing football is very unfair and selfish which he finally sees in this episode as he is 'tricked' into hurting another player. The 33.1 storyline is one that I really like and I was happy that they picked it back up in season six because it gave dimension to the show.

    I also like how this episode gave Chloe something to do and it was Trent Ford, they were hilarious together and I was rooting for him even though Clark took him down in the end. An overall good episode from a disastrous season of Smallville.moreless
  • From Imp to Male Model?

    6.4
    Jinx-Mikail Mxyzptlk, a foreign exchange student and bookie, has the power to control others and uses it to sabotage football games, including the one Clark is quarterbacking. Clark and Chloe figure out his secret, but he threatens to kill Chloe unless Clark throws the next game. Mikail came to Smallville via LuthorCorp, and Lex will do almost anything to learn his secret.



    While featuring an appearence of a major Superman villain, "Jinx" never feels more than just your average meteor freak of the week episode. To those who aren't familiar with Mr. Mxyzptlk, his a magical imp from the 5th dimension who would usual come and play tricks on Superman in the comics. Yet the writers take the D.C. villain and turn him into a mysterious foreign exchange student with the power to control people and an obession with gambling. While Trent Ford does what he can in the role, it seems the actor was more casted for his looks then actual talent. Also, his foreign accent is uneven and you can her his regular voice at times. But I don't really care, as Mr. Mxyzptlk was never a favorite villain of mine and this incarnation never really bothered me.



    The episode mostly holds interest thanks to the sub-plots like Clark injuring another football player by accident with his abilities. Marth and especially, Jonathan are now more concerned than ever that Clark is being reckless and showed be concern of the danger that lies with him playing football. While Clark is discouraged, he still is confident in his ability to be cautious when out on the field. The talk between Jonathan and Clark before the game is a touching father/son moment with both actors really commiting to the scene. I also liked Lex's involvment with Mikail and the introduction of 33.1 makes for an exciting storyline that will be more developed on in the future. Also, one the best special effect sequences are in this episode as when Mikail has Chloe held hostage Clark superspeed off during the game to save her and still manages to win the game in the matter of 2 seconds! It's a stunning scene as we never get to see Clark uses his power so elaboratly and shows his growing stronger. All and All, "Jinx" is an okay-ish episode with some nice developments and stunning special effects.moreless
  • A new foreign exchange student uses his deadly powers to control thoughts to his advantage

    6.4
    Nothing really special happened here, just appeared to be another freak of the week episode. The enemies power was impressive, but we could have seen so much more shocking happenings, all we get is a silly football match being theatened by him as well as Chloe becoming kidnapped (again!) I love Chloe but all she seems to be doing in this season is getting herself into trouble, their is no character develpment. We should have more of an episode dedicated solely to her, or even Jason all he seems to be doing is barking orders at his football team



    Anyways not bad coulda been bettermoreless
  • Myxlplyx shows up as a foreign exchange student who has the ability of persuasion, but the character's accent is terrible. His power jeopardizes Clark's football career when he makes Clark trip during a football game causing him to hurt another player.moreless

    7.0
    This is typical "Smallville": High concept but poor execution. Having the character of Myxlplyx used in order to show what happens when Clark's abilities hurt someone on the football field, as well as Chloe's investigation into the underbellies of gambling, is a novel idea. However, the acting is terrible by the actor playing Myxlplyx. I'd have to chuck it up to the accent above all else. Also, the blatant product placement by Old Spice is way too obvious and not like "Smallville." The Green Day song "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" while appropriate lyrically to Clark Kent is done way to MTV esque. But at the end of the day this episode delivers in the final moments as Clark does his most Superman esque thing to date when he throws the winning touchdown of a game while saving Chloe and disposing of Myxlplyx with his superspeed. The score used for this scene also hightens the chills I got up and down my spine. Finally, having Chloe get closer and closer to Clark's secret is nice. In the end this is a decent to above average episode. We do get the first mention of 33.1, which is pivotal in Season 6.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

Trent Ford

Trent Ford

Mikhail Mxyzptlk

Guest Star

Kevan Kase

Kevan Kase

Danny Crozer

Guest Star

Rob Freeman

Rob Freeman

Coach Quigley

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (16)

    • In the opening scenes the blue team playing against the Smallville Crows is the Port Moody Blues, a Canadian high school football team.

    • When Clark and Chloe are discussing how to stop Mikhail, there is a partially-obscured poster on the wall behind Clark that reads in part "...favourite hot dogs". Although "favourite" is the correct spelling in most of the English-speaking world, in the United States the word is spelled "favorite".

    • When Clark is in the barn throwing footballs through a tire, there are four footballs. He throws two then goes over to get a piece of kryptonite. When Clark returns there is only one sitting there.

    • General Sam Lane gave his niece a signal jammer that's used on stealth fighters? Wouldn't that be considered a treasonous act since stealth fighters are still considered top secret by military standards? You can't just give away that type of technology without some form of repercussion.

    • The final Championship game is being played at Smallville. States 99.9% of the time have their championship games played at a neutral site.

    • When Chloe pulls out the wires from the back of the PA system, you can see that they are all sound connections (Line Out, PA1, PA2, etc...) Yet when Mikhail discovers Chloe in the sound room and yanks out the wires, there is a shower of sparks. There would not be sparks from sound feed wires.

    • When Clark leaves the locker room for the final game and him and Jonathan discuss his playing again, Clark refers to his conversation he had with Mikhail in the barn telling Jonathan, "You heard what [he] said..." When was Jonathan shown to be anywhere around the loft during that meeting?

    • Since when do Internet searches return a "Did you mean...?" message on the word spelled backwards? Try this with Google or a similar engine sometime.

    • When we see the player that Clark injured at the hospital, he doesn't look like he outweighs Clark by anywhere close to 100 lbs., despite Jason's claim that he does.

    • Why isn't there anyone in the sound room, at anytime throughout the last part of the episode? Someone typically monitors the sound systems or at least occasionally comes in and checks the sound levels during a game at a stadium that uses this kind of equipment.

    • When Clark is getting ready for the final game why is there no one else in the locker room. When he leaves the whole team leaves with him. How far apart are the lockers for us not to see another player getting ready?

    • Clark asks his dad "Have you ever seen me trip?" suggests that Clark has never tripped before or otherwise shown weakness or klutziness, to anything. But in the very first episode he trips when he was walking up to Lana, and he's also been sick from green-rock exposure prior to the first episode, as mentioned in episodes like "Metamorphosis." How do they know someone on the team didn't have a kryptonite necklace underneath their jersey?

    • Once again Clark's superspeed ability not only defies the laws of physics as we know them and are often portrayed on the show, but they are ignored to further the plot. Clark leaving the field at that speed (fast enough to depart and return between the "depth of perception" of the human brain) would generate a sonic boom and high-velocity winds.

    • When Mikhail pays up to Chloe for her first bet you can see through the doorway that there is a corkboard with pinned flyers and notices. The second time Mikhailvisits The Torch there are fake lockers on that same wall instead. This detail seems to change occasionally in other episodes but most of the time there are lockers.

    • As Clark's leaving the football field to save Chloe, we see #18 with his hands out and his whole body leaning forward, like he's about to catch the ball. But then when Clark resumes normal human speed, #18 is still running after the ball and it's a relatively long time before he catches it.

    • Right before Clark goes into superspeed mode, he completes his motion of passing the football. His hands have come back down below his head, and this is comfirmed in the instant he runs off to save Chloe. However, before resuming normal speed when #99 tackles him, Clark puts his hand back up like he's just released the ball and is in the middle of that motion.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Jonathan: A bunch of 250-pound guys banging into each other on a football field is one thing, but getting hit by you is like getting run over by a freight train. It's a big difference, son!

    • Chloe: So, are you the guy?
      Mikhail: I guess that depends on what you're looking for.
      Chloe: Uh, Mikhail Mc... Mixyl... put... lik?
      Mikhail: Micks-ill-pittle-ick. Let me guess, you want to buy a vowel?

    • Clark: What I dont understand is how you get sucked into anything besides anonymous tips.
      Chloe: Well, we all have our weaknesses I guess. Except for you, of course.

    • Lex: Mikhail, if there's one thing I've learned, it's that anything lost can be found again.

    • Mikhail: If you knew about my powers, why did you bet against me?
      Lex: I didn't bet against you. I bet on Clark Kent.

    • Clark: No matter how hard you try, you can't understand that. That's why it's my decision, not yours.
      Jonathan: You're starting to sound more and more like your father.
      Clark: I hope so, Dad.

    • Lana: Clark's a big part of the reason why I took off for Paris in the first place.
      Jason: Oh. Well, that must be from the book of things you never want to hear about your girlfriend's ex.

    • Chloe: As much as I hate to admit it, I never bet against Clark Kent.

    • Lex: I see. So today I'm taking the role of the despicable, untrustworthy friend and as usual our hero is making the fatal flaw of jumping to conclusions.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Old Spice Red Zone appears on this episode: in Clark's locker, on a banner in the stadium, and mentioned as a sponsor over the loudspeaker.

    • The Level 33.1 plotline was temporarily dropped after this episode by the producers because they felt that it didn't fit in with the show's targeted viewers, even though some scenes related to it were scripted and shot. It continued on in the Vengeance Chronicles - short episodes aired on the Internet and hosted by Chloe, and included on the season 5 DVD. Eventually it showed back up in Season 6.

    • Mxyzptlk:
      In the comics, Mr. Mxyzptlk is an imp from the fifth dimension that likes to play practical jokes on Superman using magic. If Superman was able to trick the imp into saying or spelling his name backwards, Mr. Mxyzptlk would be banished back to his dimension. Mxyzptlk is, with Luthor and Metallo, one of the three comics foes to have appeared in Superboy, Lois & Clark, and Smallville.

    • Mxyzptlk is pronounced here as "micks-ill-pittle-ick", rather than the 'accepted' pronunciation of "micks-yez-pittle-ick", as it is pronounced in other series featuring the character (specifically Lois & Clark... and Superman: The Animated Series).

    • Music: "I'm All Gone" by Bosshouse, "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" by Green Day, "I Believe" by Shiloh, "Reach For The Sky" by Social Distortion, "Fall Behind Me" by The Donnas and "Walk Idiot Walk" by The Hives.

    • John Glover doesn't appear in this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Lex: I didn't want Lana's relationship with Jason to earn her a scarlet letter around town.
      The Scarlet Letter is a novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne where an adultress is forced to wear a scarlet letter for the duration of her life as a symbol of her punishment.

    • Clark: I thought you'd be halfway back to the Village of the Damned by now...
      Referencing the movie Village of the Damned, based on the novel The Midwich Cuckoos, about an English village where the children gain mysterious powers of the mind. Not much of a reference here - presumably the in-joke is to the fact that Christopher Reeve starred in the 1995 remake by John Carpenter.

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