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Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton
Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor
Martha Clark Kent
Why didn't the angry mob burn the spell book along with the witches? It wouldn't have been the first time that books of witchcraft have been burned.
At 34:04 when Clark gives his "I'm sorry" line, the wire used to yank the shotgun out of his hands is visible, at the lower right of the shot.
In previous episodes it was established that the Countess was entombed in a church in France and was a martyr. How many witches burned at the stake for being heretics get entombed in churches?
At the beginning of the episode when the magistrate is condemning the three witches, he uses Isabelle's full title - Countess Marguerite Isabelle Theroux. However, in the modern day when Lana opens the box, she inverts the name and incorrectly tells Jason the book belonged to Countess Isabelle Marguerite Theroux.
Does anyone else out there have a wine cellar within 14 inches of their library/living room? Assuming that he is just outside the door (because he can hear Lana say something about a certain area of France that she wants the wine from) Lex leaves for the wine cellar and emerges ten whole seconds after leaving. In that time, he manages to go to his wine cellar, search for a bottle of wine, and come back out.
At the beginning, with the scene in 16th century France, shouldn't the people be speaking French or at least with a French accent?
At the beginning of the episode, when Lois come to Clark's barn to setup for the party, she removes two boxes and hands them to Clark. We see her give the first box to Clark with the decorations, and then puts the second box with the plates on top of that. Then when there is only a shot of Clark asking a question, we see only the first box (with the decorations). In the next shot we see him carrying both boxes again.
The producers go to great pains to establish that Clark and Lana are both virgins at the beginning of this episode. And the fact they still are will be a major plot point a few episodes down the road. But given how libertine the Countess Isabelle is and what we see at the barn, it seems difficult to believe they would still be virgins after the witches turned the birthday party into an orgy.
So after Lana and the other witches tied up Clark at the barn and disappeared (presumably teleporting), some time passes. Jason shows up and frees Clark, they have a conversation, split up, Clark gets a shotgun, grabs a new shirt, cleans up his wounds...and gets to the caves only a minute after the witches do. What were they doing while he was doing all this that took so long? And how did Clark know he had enough time to do all this?
If Clark's so fast, why does he just stand there in the barn and let the witches talk, speak spells, gesture, etc.? The previous week he defeated a villain between eyeblinks.
Given what happened the last time they lost the book, why is Isabelle so casual about it in the 21st century? She doesn't have it when she visits Lex and Clark, and apparently just leaves it at the apartment because Jason finds it and almost destroys it.
How'd the three witches lose the book in the first place? They were able to run Clark pretty ragged, and you'd think they'd figure out not all to sleep at the same time or leave the book unguarded. So how'd a bunch of villagers overwhelm them?
Clark uses his heat vision as a repellor beam of sorts to deflect the flying tools. First of all - why bother? He's invulnerable. But his heat vision...well, melts things. None of the tools (including a saw blade we see close up) look the least bit heated up or melted.
Why does Clark take a shotgun to the cave? Even if he conveniently forgets the witches have telekinetic powers from when they threw the tools at him, is he really planning on gunning down the three girls? Or does he think a shotgun is going to scare them into giving him the book given the powers they've displayed and the fact he's now sans powers? It can't be to shoot the book, because shooting at something in someone's hands with a shotgun is generally not a good idea.
More of a nitpick then a goof, but from the beginning of this season, the producers have repeatedly portrayed Jason and Lana's relationship as "adult." Lana's gone on about it incessantly about how they're adults and not hurting each other, we've seen your typical WB psuedo-nudity and heavy breathing, they're willing to risk Jason's career and reputation to express their passion physically on school grounds, etc. But here the producers take great care to definitely establish she's a virgin. This all seems a bit contradictory.
They were celebrating Chloe's 18th birthday, but the tombstone seen in the first few episodes of the season indicate she was born in 1987. In order to turn 18, Chloe would have been born in 1986, or this episode takes place after January 1, 2005.
Jason doesn't seem to notice that Clark's face and chest have miraculously healed from the injuries Jason saw on them earlier in the barn.
So...what happened at the end of the last episode? Did Clark just ask Lex if he had Jason fired and accept his smug grin as an answer? In this episode, Clark doesn't seem to be aware of Lex's involvement so apparently so, but it seems an odd way for two friends to end a conversation.
Are we supposed to believe that Lana, possessed or otherwise, has enough hand-strength that when she cuts something harder than the scissor blades, the blades break? Try cutting something metallic sometime with a pair of scissors - the blades won't break apart. At least in the past when things have shattered after hitting Clark, it's been when they're swung hard - no such thing happens here.
The witches are being hauled to their burning in a covered cart. Apparently the cover is soundproof, because neither we nor they hear the screaming mob until it's yanked off. Either that, or the mob agreed to start screaming on cue the second the cloth was yanked off.
Back in "Run," Lex said he was going to lock away the manuscript page in a LuthorCorp vault. So why is it on display here? Particularly since it's been absent in the study in "Transference" and "Jinx" since then.
Roughly a year ago (in "Hereafter") Lex stated to Adam he never had the patience to learn to play the piano. But here he plays like a virtuoso. Apparently he not only got the patience but found the time between near-dying of poison, being on regular blood transfusions, dealing with his dad, testifying in court, protecting Chloe and her dad, searching for ancient Kryptonian artifacts, etc.
After the bit where Jason threatens Isabelle that he will burn the book, she says "You have no idea what you are dealing with, little man" and then she says a spell that throws him against the wall. After she says the spell, we see Jason being thrown onto the wall while you can see Isabelle saying the spell again, but we can't hear anything.
Magistrate Wilkins: You have been found guilty of committing the darkest art, witchcraft. For this affront against God, I hereby condemn you to burn in the fire of hell of which you so eagerly seek communion.
Isabelle: You think this ends with the lick of flame? I sleep but a while. And when the time is appointed my heir will awaken me and I will have my vengeance.
Clark: I don't know what's going on, but this needs to stop before it gets out of hand. Isabelle/Lana: So you're more than just fast. Well, that'll make this a whole lot more exciting.
(Isabelle/Lana takes her spell book away from Jason)
Isabelle/Lana: You have no idea what you're dealing with, little man. (she casts a spell that sends Jason flying up against the wall) So now you begin to understand. You are not but an insect in my path to be crushed on the journey toward greater things.
Isabelle/Lana: But we have definitely had better celebrations. This is appalling.
Madeline/Chloe: We could change that.
Isabelle/Lana: Well, it has been 400 years. Perhaps a little fun before we continue our quest.
Clark: The guy from Princeton's gonna be here any minute. Why are you so late?
Brianna/Lois: I took the scenic route. (looks Clark up and down) Love the view.
Isabelle: (while searching for a virgin hair) Oh, no, no. That's no good.
Lois: Well, yeah, not since you pulled it out.
Isabelle: It was gray.
Lois: I don't have gray hair. (pause) I'm just gonna use your bathroom for a second.
Lana: So, uh, how's your Latin?
Jason: About as good as my Italian, which... I don't speak.
Clark: Isabelle was...aggressively sexy.
Lana: Oh great, possessed by an evil slut...
Clark: Hey Dad!
Jonathan: Hey, Clark. Son, is there maybe a little something you'd like to tell your mother and me? (holds up bra)
Martha: Where did that come from?
Jonathan: From out in the barn. In the hay.
Clark: It was magic.
Martha: I'm sure it was...
Lois: Why are we lying in the dirt?
Chloe: And what the hell are we wearing?
Brianna/Lois: His powers are restored.
Clark: I'm not from around here...
Madeleine/Chloe: The food is so good in this century.
Isabelle/Lana: And the men actually bathe.
Brianna/Lois: And their bodies are so hard...
Isabelle/Lana: We don't have time for this.
Madeleine/Chloe: Time is the only thing we do have. Isn't that what you said right before the angry mob set us on fire?
Isabelle/Lana: You're really not going to let that go, are you?
Madeleine/Chloe: Is that the same quest that got us burned at the stake?
Brianna/Lois: That was not pleasant.
Madeleine/Chloe: Ahh..the woods of France. I'd know them anywhere.
Isabelle/Lana: We're in Kansas, Madeleine.
Brianna/Lois: I'm gorgeous! Look at these! (perks her breasts up).
Isabelle/Lana: Yes, they're very nice.
Isabelle/Lana: Hair of two virgins. (plucks her own hair) We've been a good little girl, haven't we?
This episode was nominated for a Leo Award for Dramatic Series: Best Costume Design.
The scene where Clark appeals to (the possessed) Chloe for help right before being stripped of his powers, wasn't originally in the script. Tom Welling thought it'd be a nice touch to add.
Michael Rosenbaum is actually playing Impromptu No. 2 In E Flat by Schubert on the piano when Isabelle/Lana casts a spell on him.
Music: "Blame" by Black Toast Music, "What You Waiting For?" by Gwen Stefani, "We Might As Well Be Strangers" by Keane, and "Impromptu No. 2 In E Flat" by Schubert.
Kristin Kreuk's co-star from Edgemont, actor Micah Gardener, makes an uncredited appearance as a party guest in this episode.
Music by: Gwen Stefani (Love Angel Music Baby) and Keane (Hopes and Fears).
John Glover doesn't appear in this episode.
Clark gets a visit from a football recruiter from Princeton. Princeton is the real-life alma mater of a former Clark Kent, Dean Cain, who was a stand-out football player while attending (though Clark is a quarterback, while Dean was a safety).
Lois: It's not even going to be Sodom and Gomorrah.
Referring to Sodom and Gomorrah in the Old Testament, in which the people who lived in these two cities were known to be the most sinful people at the time.
Lana: Cutting Clark's hair.
The breaking of the scissors, when Lana tries to cut Clark's hair, is borrowed from the cover of an old Superman comic book where a barber is trying to give Superman a haircut. Broken scissors are strewn on the floor and Superman is reading a Batman comic book. Pre-Crisis scissors seemed to be the preferred way to test Clark Kent to see if he was Superman - both Lois Lane and Perry White tried it a couple of times. Finally, the scene might be a parody of Superman IV, when Lex Luthor and his nephew stole a strand of Superman's hair from a museum where it was holding up a boulder.
Lex: Just in case there was any Evil Dead action still brewing . . .
Referring the famous trilogy (as of this episode's original airing) of movies starring Bruce Campbell. They also feature a magic book, the Necronomicon Ex Mortis.
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