Season 4 Episode 14


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 16, 2005 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Lois accidentally hits a dog and brings it back to the farm to heal, but Clark quickly realizes it has super-strength. He investigates and discovers it was part of an aborted LuthorCorp experiment...and that robbers are using the dogs to help them steal money. Meanwhile, Lana wonders what Jason is up to with his mother, and Jason is forced to ask Genevieve a few questions of his own.moreless

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  • The Dog of Steel

    Krypto-Lois accidentally hits a dog and brings it back to the farm to heal, but Clark quickly realizes it has super-strength. He investigates and discovers it was part of an aborted LuthorCorp experiment...and that robbers are using the dogs to help them steal money. Meanwhile, Lana wonders what Jason is up to with his mother, and Jason is forced to ask Genevieve a few questions of his own.

    Days before it aired, fans and critics cringed at the anouncement that the writers would be bringing Krypto, the Superdog to Smallville. Just the thought of dog flying around Smallville with a red cap was horrifying, but luckily, the Smallville writers manage to stir clear of any "jump the shark" moments and make an average yet watchable hour of television. The writers once again revision a D.C. character to fit within the world of Smallville and in this incarnation, Krypto is one of 2 dogs apart of Luthorcorp's experiment that involves them being injected with a kryptonite serum that give them limited superstrength. Together, 2 brothers use both dogs to make big heists across Smallville until Krypto runs off and is found by Lois.

    While this episode is light fluff, it's good light fluff. It's obvious that Tom Welling love dogs and his scenes with Shelby, who he later names, are undeniable cute. Also, Clark and Lois have some great interaction here as they fight over responisiblities over the dog. I also liked Lois's little pet names, especially when she names Shelby "Clarky" to irritate Clark. Also, the scenes where Shelby uses his strengh are priceless like rolling the tracker right into the fence and Clark's reaction. Even the Lassie-worthy scene of Shelby and Clark saving each from the exploding truck was entertaining despite being incredibly corny. Genevieve's storyline continues to intrigue as we learn why she is in Smallville and had her son get with Lana. "Krypto" is those rare occasions where the writers can get away with taking it easy, as "Krypto" could have been a massive trainwreck but was an enjoyable mild episode with some funny dialogue and nice interaction.moreless
  • Two young thieves are robbing stores and using vicious superdogs in their scheme. Co-star dog Bud escapes and is adopted by the Kent family, and Clark and Lois discover the plot and work together to end the crime spree.moreless

    A store is being robbed at night by two young men and two really toothy and vicious dogs, who seem to exhibit special doggy powers, such as breaking through steel doors and opening safes. The setter, not the rottweiler, runs off and is struck on the highway by Lois in her Chevy SUV. He recovers quickly, and she takes him to the Kent farm. They soon discover that even chains can't hold this dog! Wouldn't he be useful hooked up to a plow or thresher? There follows some fun-to-watch barn repairs by Clark, when Lois isn't looking. Wouldn't we all like to get our chores done so fast? That's part of the fascination of the Superman legend.

    Chloe arrives at the farm in her red VW New Beetle convertible, so that product placement is still with us. Clark ties dog-face to the tractor, crash-bang, tractor is through the fence. Looks like Einstein is a Superdog.

    Next is a trip to the vet - Lois and Clark (that sounds strangely familiar) help identify the dog as belonging to Luthorcorp, and we recognize the veterinarian staff as the thieves. Seems the dog got his powers via meteor juice, and Clark wonders if Lex is experimenting on dogs. Lex admits it, but claims to have shut down the experiment. Their hostility grows, but Clark has the ok to keep the dog.

    At the farm, bad dog #2 shows up and attacks Jonathan, but is confronted by good dog, now dubbed "Shelby." Another trip to the hospital for the Kents. How much is their health insurance?

    Genevieve Teague (Jane Seymour), Jason's mother, visits Lex about the job he gave Jason, and she offers information on how Lionel was released from prison. Lex is still looking at a map with kryptonian symbols. She later sees Jason, who realizes she's using him to manipulate Lana-Isabelle for her own unknown purposes. She says Isabelle vowed, in the 16th century, to kill Gertrude's descendants, which could mean Jason and Genevieve.

    At the Vets, Lois and Clark head out, at normal speed (frustrating for Clark) to intercept another theft - it's fun watching the two work together as he tries to keep his abilities hidden from her. When he finds the stolen bank van, he's overcome by a vat of meteor rock (that stuff is everywhere!). The thieves prepare to drive off, but not before torching the truck and all the evidence, including Clark, who's trapped inside. Einstein/Shelby to the rescue! The Power Pup pulls Clark free before the bad guys get gone, and they're caught by Clark.

    When Lana and Chloe are together, Lana says Jason is keeping something from her. Genevieve's grandmother moved Isabelle's tomb in France into the church where Lana touched it. Lionel is seen giving Jason documents - including the strange map with Kryptonian symbols.

    Our featured player for the next few episodes will be Shelby (Bud) the dog, and that might be fun. There's more potential for the Lois-Clark relationship than the ongoing Lana-Clark relationship, so this episode is worth seeing again. Re-run rating B.moreless
  • Great episode.

    This episode was really good, even though it didn't add much to the story, it was fun to watch. When the episode began, I thought it would be boring, but it positively surprised me. I think it was really funny when Lois wanted to name the dog "Clarky", and also, that scene when Shelby steals Jonathans dinner and he tries to take it back and then says "Hey! That's my t-bone!" I thought it was really funny too, in my opinion, it was the best part of the episode, which is one of the best episodes of season 4.

    The ending of the episode was good too(of course Clark was going to keep the dog)

    A good ending to a great episode!moreless
  • Great Episode

    Two trained and powerful dogs rob Smallville Cooperative under the command of the brothers Zack and Josh Greenfield, but one of them escapes and is hit by Lois Lane's car. She brings the wounded animal to Kent Farm, and Clark Kent finds the secret of the animal and becomes attached to it, while the criminals look for the animal for a next heist. Meanwhile, the mysterious relationship of Lana Lang and the Teague's ancestors is disclosed a little more. "Krypto" is a reasonable episode of "Smallville". Lionel Luthor is back, and the enigmatic relationship between Countess Margaret Isobel Tharow and Genevieve is becoming interesting. I liked the way Clark tells Lex that he is going to take the chance with Krypto's loyalty.moreless
  • a dog comes into the kent family ...and has a secret

    really cute doggy i think im in love though i can easily say my dog is cuter lol sitzu vs. lab haha.that black (thing) that was in the shape of a dog was FREAK-E i could of sworn there was tension between lois and 2nd dog person brother chloe and clark are getiing on my nerves they need to get over them sellves and start talking to each other i mean like really talk. and i want to find out what jason's mom purpose is cuz its getting old fast!!

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

John Schneider

John Schneider

Jonathan Kent

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Alvin Sanders

Alvin Sanders

Store Owner

Guest Star

Alex Green

Alex Green

Doctor Kline

Guest Star

Bucks the Dog

Bucks the Dog


Guest Star

Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Recurring Role

Bud the Dog

Bud the Dog


Recurring Role

Jane Seymour (I)

Jane Seymour (I)

Genevieve Teague

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Genevieve says, "We're Gertrude's ancestors, Jason." She should have said descendents.

    • When Clark and Lois are driving, the viewers can see in the front of the car the car brand (GMC), but when Lois and Clark stop driving, the logo that says "GMC" is gone (it's covered in black).

    • When Hercules is biting Jonathan's arm, you can clearly see he is wearing a protective arm pad under his jacket.

    • In the beginning, when Lois hits the dog, and stops, at first she has the car's lights off, and in the next shot they are on.

    • Martha was cooking John t-bone steaks? For a man with a bad heart and who has had a lot of ill health and surgery recently, he shouldn't been eating these (even though in the end he didn't get to).

    • If the Kryptonite liquid drug that spilled on the floor was affecting Clark, wouldn't the liquid be on Clark's jacket when Einstein is dragging him out of the truck? And if so, Clark wouldn't regain his strength until he took off his jacket.

    • When Clark gets into the back of the van the first time, he is several feet away from the kryptonite tubes but doesn't feel anything or seem to notice them. It's only after they get broken open that he starts getting affected, even though he's just as close. Which doesn't make sense unless they were lead-lined, which they clearly aren't.

    • When Clark gets into the back of the van the second time to rescue Krypto, he doesn't notice the kryptonite even though there's no indication it was cleaned up or disappeared or anything.

    • When Shelby breaks Hercules out of the burning van, he clearly misses the button with his nose, However, it still beeps and releases the cage door.

    • When Einstein presses the button to open the cage and Clark falls out, you can clearly see that, although there's a green glow, there are no Kryptonite puddles which would have caused the glow.

    • At the end of the episode, Shelby was clearly wet in the barn following his bath. Yet he is all dry, and even freshly brushed, when playing with Clark outside just moments later.

    • The collar around Krypto's neck is able to withstand the strain of Krypto pulling a tractor through a fence. There is a closeup of the collar as Clark is tying it and you can see that the chain is attached to a flimsy-looking spring hook.

  • QUOTES (12)

  • NOTES (8)

    • Injoke: Einstein/Clarkie/Krypto is eventually renamed "Shelby." In the comic book Superman For All Seasons, by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, the young Clark Kent has a dog named Shelby. According to series creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, Superman For All Seasons is one of the major inspirations for Smallville. Not only that, but SFAS writer Jeph Loeb is a creative consultant and occasional writer on Smallville, as well as the liaison between DC Comics and the series showrunners.

    • Injoke: At the end when Clark puts a red towel on the dog's back, it looks like Krypto's cape in the comics and cartoons.

    • Injoke: Clark suggests calling the dog "Skippy". This was Krypto's secret identity in the early 1980s New Adventures of Superboy comic books.

    • In the comics, the Kents actually had a dog named Rusty, the same breed as Shelby here. Specifically, in Man Of Steel #1 we see Clark discovered his flight as Rusty jumped on him playing and he nearly fell down a pit, but surprisingly floated and discovered he could fly.

    • According to the "Found Dog" fliers Lois made, the Smallville area code is 913, meaning the town is located in the far eastern part of Kansas. (The Kent's number could possibly be 555-0143 - it's hard to tell for sure.)

    • Music: "Anodyne" by Speechwriters LLC, and "Give A little Bit" by The Goo Goo Dolls It's a remake of the Supertramp song that was in the 1978 movie Superman. It is playing on the radio when Lois pulls up to the gas station right before the earthquake.

    • The last name that Lois suggests for "Krypto" is the dog's real name - Bud.

    • Jane Seymour is billed as "Special Appearance By."


    • Dog names
      Two of the dog's names allude to individuals who had "amazing superpowers." Hercules was a Roman mythological character who had super strength. Einstein was an extremely intelligent scientist known for the equation "Energy=mass x speed of light squared".

    • Chloe: This belongs in the Guinness "strangest, last-minute request."
      This is referring to the Guinness Book of World Records, which is a book of world records that shows normal feats (such as tallest man), but also shows strange feats such as "largest number of scorpions in mouth."

    • Lois: Hold on there, Forrest Gump – what are you going to do, run?
      Referencing the movie with Tom Hanks, and the main character who...well, ran a lot.