Smallville

Season 4 Episode 18

Spirit

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 20, 2005 on The CW
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On the eve of the Smallville High School Prom, stuck-up candidate for Prom Queen Dawn Stiles is pulled into a coma when she is involved in a car crash into a ravine filled with dozens of chunks of kryptonite. While her body lies in a coma, Dawn finds her spirit allowed to possess the bodies of others, where she can continue her quest to become Prom Queen. As a result, Martha, her body possessed by Dawn, flirts with Clark and asks him to the Prom, Lana attempts to electrocute the ex-boyfriend who dumped Dawn, Lois goes all-out to ensure she and Clark go to Prom together, and Chloe attempts to set fire to the school on Prom night.moreless

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  • It's Hip To Be Dawn

    8.6
    Spirit-On the eve of the Smallville High School Prom, stuck-up candidate for Prom Queen Dawn Stiles is pulled into a coma when she is involved in a car crash into a ravine filled with dozens of chunks of kryptonite. While her body lies in a coma, Dawn finds her spirit allowed to possess the bodies of others, where she can continue her quest to become Prom Queen. As a result, Martha, her body possessed by Dawn, flirts with Clark and asks him to the Prom, Lana attempts to electrocute the ex-boyfriend who dumped Dawn, Lois goes all-out to ensure she and Clark go to Prom together, and Chloe attempts to set fire to the school on Prom night.



    Now, while Smallville isn't known for being the best at comedy, mostly because the series is known for taking itself too seriously sometimes. Like I said once before, the fourth season saw the writers trying to have lighten up things up but it only worked half the time. "Spirit" is one of those times where Smallville succeeds as a full time comedy and the whole cast really has fun with the witty script. Unlike past attempts at comedy like "Spell", "Spirit" is fun without going over-the-top, and doesn't suffer any real bad performances.



    The funniest parts of the episode are the ones that feature the cast portraying Dawn Stiles, Smallville's resident teen queen and lastest meteor freak who can possess anyone she touches. From there it's hijinks after hijinks and they work for the most part. Just the sight of Clark walking on his mother dancing and rocking out to Ashley Simpson is just priceless. Also, when Dawn possesses Lana, Kristin Kruek is hilariously grating as the character, especially when around Dawn's friends. The climax is also beyond hilarious with Dawn terrorizing the Prom as Chloe. I loved when Dawn possessed Clark and pushed Chloe across the room then delievering line, "Crown's mine, b!%@#!" Although while all this is going on, the sub-plot with Clark not wanting to go to the prom, because of not being able to go with Lana was vomit-inducing, not to mention a slap in the face to Alicia. Just a few episodes ago, Clark was in love with Alicia and devastated after her death. Since then, Clark never mentions her again and now his quickly back to obsessing over Lana...ehw! Since we're on the topics are random sub-plots, Jason is revealed tohave a dark side at the end of this episode, which has never been hinted on this whole season and I don't know why the writers thought this plot development would be interesting as it's not believeable. Despite those 2 minor annoyances, "Spirit" is a great dark comedic episode which filled with tons of hilarious lines and scenes.moreless
  • Senior prom.

    10
    I didn't expect this episode to be so good, but then again I find myself questioning this show quite a lot, and every time I'm wrong because it manages to deliver. This episode was really good. It had an interesting plot going on, but the real attraction to the episode was the fact that its kind of an ending of something, that being high school.



    I loved how Dawn acted because it was hilarious seeing Annette O'Toole, Kristin Kreuk, Erica Durance and Allison Mack between many putting their stamp on this character. I think Annette was my favorite, just because it's weird seeing "Martha" act that way. That plot aside, we also got to learn what I suspected for a long time - Jason has been working with his mother all along.



    And finally, there's a scene that I really loved - the dance between Clark and Lana. Sure, I like Clark and Lois as friends and would love to see something develop, but there is still so much history between Clark and Lana that I can't avoid. I always wanted them as a couple and I hope to see it one day. That being said, the dance was perfect - and I loved that Jason saw it. It promises quite an eventful remainder of the season.moreless
  • Stuck-up Dawn Stiles is pulled into a coma when she is involved in a car crash into a ravine filled with kryptonite. While her body lies in a coma, Dawn finds her spirit is allowed to possess the bodies of others, and she attempts to become Prom Queen.moreless

    10
    I thought this episode was incredibly funny, a laugh out loud episode for sure. Dawn Stiles motives were obvious from the beggining as she is obsessed with becoming the prom queen. After her accident, she possesses the bodies of others. The greatest part was when she entered Chloe's body, is nominated queen and then tries to set the school on fire. Then when Clark is possessed he acts like a girl. This episode had action, comedy, excitement and personnaly was one of my all time favorites. I thought the ending was perfect and the script was well written. An episode you can watch over and over.moreless
  • Local boy Kevin has the ability to use a powerful force to blank out the recent memories of anyone, including Clark. In helping Clark with his amnesia, Chloe finally sees him exhibit several super-powers.moreless

    8.2
    Lois is working at the Talon, when a young man named Kevin brazenly lifts all the cash from the till (that's two Talon thefts in two weeks), then zaps Lois with hand-rays, and instantly she's forgotten what she just saw. This is the episode theme - a strange power being misused, and it's threat to Clark. When Clark pursues the memory-muncher, he too gets zapped, and he's "Blank." Chloe takes him home (not to a hospital for a physical?), but Clark recognizes nothing and knows little but how to walk and talk and behave like a civilized being, except for ripping the front door off it's hinges.



    Lois is made to seem unimpressed by the whole amnesia case - hey, people! - this could be a head injury! Chloe is now mighty suspicious, so she asks Clark to bend steel in his bare hands and go jogging - in seconds, he's miles away in a cow pasture. Chloe doesn't have to be suspicious any more, but she thinks he's merely meteor-rock infected. Back at the Talon, Chloe begins to realize he can see through objects too, as he spots something left by the thief. Upstairs, Lana tells Jason she may not go away to college, too many secrets between the two. Jason asserts, "You have no idea how much I've been protecting you." Clark's attraction to Lana is still intact - quick, Chloe, get him home! What, they let him go back to school? Clark wants to know what happened with Lana, and for things to be different.



    Together, Chloe, Lois and Clark get a lead on memory-thief Kevin, whose father admits he escaped from the notorious Summerholt Institute, where memory erasure was being tried on him to relieve the trauma of his brother's accidental shooting death. Chloe and Clark question Lex about the Institute, but Chloe unwisely leaves Clark alone with Lex, who forthwith takes Clark to the caves to question him. "Blank" Clark still trusts his instincts and reveals nothing to Lex.



    Chloe, ever the skilled snoop, finds Kevin's medical record at Summerholt, but someone grabs her. Kevin is off in the woods, trying to remember the shooting incident, and Clark has followed him. In a series of flashes, Kevin remembers - his father was the shooter, not Kevin, so Clark and Kevin team up. Lois has pulled Sheriff Adams into the mix, and they confront the staff at Summerholt about Chloe's disappearance. Kevin and Clark arrive, Clark is weakened by meteor rock. Chloe is about to get the big memory erasure by another mad scientist - Kevin's father! Clark intervenes to stop the threat to Chloe, and the memory-beam hits him instead, reversing his memory loss. This super-rescue is seen by Lois and Sheriff Adams, so Kevin quickly zaps their recent memories again. Clark doesn't remember the previous 24 hours, but he knows he owes Kevin - they part friends. Back at the farm in his silver Mercedes SL 500, Lex has found Clark's drawings of cave symbols, while Clark makes a reconciliation pitch to Lana. When Clark next sees Chloe, she doesn't reveal what she now knows about his powers, and when he asks, "What did I do?" she simply replies, "You trusted me." Chloe's insight is a major development and this episode is not to be missed. Rerun rating B.moreless
  • One of my favorite episodes of Smallville.

    10
    This is one of my favorite episodes of Smallville. In this episode a Smallville high student who plans to become the prom queen crashes her car and dies, however she crashes in a meteor infected area. Her ghost then proceeds to posses various people in Smallville including Clarke's Mom, Lois, and even Clarke himself.

    This episode is filled with great lines and moments.

    Chloe even talks about season one''s finale episode when she went to the formal with Clarke. It is fun to look back with them on their high school days.

    Another really great thing is Lifehouse has a cameo in this episode. They are my favorite band so that made the whole thing even a little more special for me.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

Beatrice Rosen

Beatrice Rosen

Dawn Stiles

Guest Star

Kandyse McClure

Kandyse McClure

Harmony

Guest Star

Jesse Hutch

Jesse Hutch

Billy Durden

Guest Star

Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Recurring Role

Camille Mitchell

Camille Mitchell

Sheriff Nancy Adams

Recurring Role

Bud the Dog

Bud the Dog

Shelby

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (33)

    • Every time someone has touched one of the other two artifacts a beacon has been emitted that Clark hears and immediately goes to the object. Yet when Jason picks up the artifact no warning is made, just like when Lionel previously had this one.

    • Trivia: Clark's full Senior Quote says: Wow! Done with another year. But it was definitely another good one. Can't wait to hang around at Crater lake with PR, CS, and the two LL's.
      Thanks mom and dad for everything! And of course I'll still be around the farm to lend a hand....
      See everyone else next year!

    • After Clark saves Billy from being electrocuted, he runs outside to find out what "Lana" did, after Dawn leaves Lana's body, Clark is still talking to her about what happened...shouldn't they go check to see if Billy is okay? He just endured a huge electric shock and is left lying on the floor

    • After Dawn-as-Chloe takes the fire axe to the valve on the pipe, two things are amiss. First, the wheel pops off too cleanly, showing an open pipe, rather than a system to block the fluid from flowing, which is the traditional function for valves. Secondly, there is a noticeable gap between when the 'valve' is removed from the pipe and when the oil starts to spill out. Anything that is traveling through a pipe is being forced from one point to another, and would immediately take the path of least resistance, in this case the new opening.

    • Guardrails are intended to stop cars from driving off cliffs. When Dawn drives her car through the guardrail and its support post, you can see styrofoam crumbling onto the front bumper. Then as the car continues off the cliff, there is absolutely no damage to the front from that impact.

    • Chloe smashes a glass pane to get to the ax and the glass shatters. Her bare hands are unharmed despite her not protecting them in any way.

    • Much remains unrevealed about the Jason/Crosby connection, and it seems unlikely it's going to be explained. How did Jason get the artifact? If he got it from Crosby, why'd she bring it with her to a meeting with Jason? Why did Jason approach Lex in the woods about the body and confront him? Why did he involve Sheriff Adams just to lead her to a fake location where he knows Lex's guys would have moved the body? Why did he need to check Lex's e-mail to figure out Lex was meeting with Crosby (when Crosby probably would have told Jason herself, since Jason was working for Lex)?

    • Once again, someone who shouldn't be there just strolls into Lex's office, boots up his computer, and starts checking his e-mail. Last time it was Lionel, now it's Jason. Shouldn't Lex, who values his privacy and pays for lots of security guards, like...have the guards do something and get some better computer protection?

    • Where are Dawn's parent(s) in all this? They're not at the hospital - are they as shallow and lame as their daughter?

    • If you type "Bridgette Crosby" into Google, it does not ask you if you mean "Bing Crosby." Even when you exclude Smallville references, there are at least 30 references to other Bridgette Crosbys that come up. Unless the author of "Prairie Poetry" doesn't exist in the Smallville universe either.

    • After seeing any number of people suffering from induced personality changes or body-swapping ("Hug," "Nicodemus," "Heat," "Red," "Rush," "Magnetic," "Shattered," "Delete," "Devoted," "Transference," "Spell," "Sacred," "Onyx"), Clark still doesn't seem to be at all suspicious when "Martha" acts very out of character (and in fact very similar to how people were acting in "Nicodemus"). He doesn't catch on when Lana gets taken over and acts un-Lanaish too. After 13+ episodes, shouldn't he have a clue by now...?

    • Why does Lex say that the "gardener" found Crosby's body in the woods. Most gardeners are found in...gardens. "Groundskeeper" would be the correct term.

    • Despite the fact that Lana a day previously says she has absolutely no intention of going to the prom and has made no preparations, she shows up at the prom in a very nice prom dress, perfect hair, great make-up. Everyone's surprised to see her there, including good friend Chloe, so...who helped her get all made-up? And how'd she put it all together in the short time period? Ever try to rent or buy a prom dress and make a hair appointment the day before prom?

    • Why is Jason at the dance? How did he know Lana would be there? Why would they let him in since he was fired from the school because he was having an improper relationship with a student?

    • Jonathan falls down a flight of stairs. Hard. And yet Clark rushes up a minute later and he's conscious, unbruised, and coherent after injuries that would probably result in a concussion.

    • Dawn in Clark's body should have almost certainly done some amount of injury to Chloe using Clark's super-strength to slam her across the room and into a metal surface. She should at least have been knocked unconscious, rather then awake in time to see Clark and the green-k.

    • Billy saw "Lana" try to kill him. Isn't he going to press charges for attempted murder? Or is "I was possessed by another person" now a provable and believable "get out of jail free" card in Smallville (see also "Onyx" and Lex).

    • Once again, the kryptonite that Jonathan has in his pocket doesn't affect Clark's body until he takes it out of the pocket and "Clark" sees it. Unless Jonathan has lead-lined tuxedo pockets, that doesn't make any sense.

    • Where did Jonathan get the kryptonite? He was at the dance as a chaperone, and only a minute or two (at most passes) between when "Chloe" knocks him out, Clark goes down to the furnace room, and Jonathan arrives. The Kents have kryptonite at home for emergencies, but why would they bring it to the prom?

    • When Dawn/Lana breaks the cleaning machine's cord (another goof in itself - those things are tough to break, even if you're a grown man), sparks fly. However, the cord is neatly coiled up on the machine and it's not plugged in - there shouldn't be any sparks.

    • Jonathan shows no sign of the knee injury he received in the episode just prior. He even smoothly walks up a flight of stairs. Even if this episode takes place as much as a month afterward, bullet wounds to the leg and/or kneecap leave long-term and often permanent damage and visible impediment.

    • Dawn-in-Chloe opens the furnace door with her bare hands. With a fire that hot going, the door handle would be scalding hot but she's uninjured. Also, she just... opens the door. Normally it would be latched or locked.

    • Dawn was not wearing any visible seatbelts, so given how far her SUV dropped and rolled down the hillside, she should have either been thrown clear through the front window, or moved pretty substantially in position then was seen at the end.

    • When Dawn wanders around the woods after her car crash, she quite clearly touches trees, but when Martha's car hits her, she just passes on through it.

    • When "Chloe" breaks off the transfer valve of the pipe, oil spills out fast and heavy, but not a drop splatters on her dress even though she is less than one meter away.

    • Clark had apparently settled on his dog's name as "Shelby" at the end of "Krypto." This was born out on-screen and in the credits in "Lucy." But here the credits identify him as "Einstein" again (neither name is used on-screen). Can't Clark pick a name and stick with it?

    • Jesse Hutch previously played a character named Troy Turner in the episodes "Shimmer" and "Redux." He died at the beginning of "Redux." However here he is quite clearly identified by the name of Billy Durden even though it's to all intents and purposes the same character. Yes, they recycle actors, but was Hutch really so talented they couldn't find another generic young vaguely-high schoolish looking brunette to fill the part?

    • Thick black oil isn't usually found in school heating pipes...especially ones that use a coal-burning furnace.

    • In the opening scene after the first commercial break, the prom committee is painting words on the "Look to the Stars" sign...that is already hanging up. You paint signs when they're horizontal (to keep the paint from running), let them dry, and then hang them up.

    • After Clark takes the mop-torch away from "Chloe," he sets it on the ground. Even though oil gushed out in a huge stream less then a minute earlier when Chloe hit the pipe. For the rest of the scene the oil pretty much disappears.

    • Lois said she never got to her senior prom, but in "Gone" she talked about her father's "prom escort." Would General Lane really waste an escort on a junior-year prom?

    • Despite Clark's description, Dawn's body isn't really "severely disfigured" that we can see. She has a few facial cuts, but if Lana had similar injuries in "Facade" and she was back to perfect looks by the next episode.

    • After Jonathan drives Dawn out of Clark, he rushes over and turns off the spurting oil by turning the valve counter-clockwise until it stops. On any American valve, that would open it fully, not close it.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Lois: You know, a year from now, this is all gonna seem like a lifetime ago.
      Chloe: That's funny because it feels like just yesterday when he deserted that nervous freshman on the dance floor.
      Lois: You're headed for Metropolis. You are destined to be a big shot reporter at the Daily Planet. Do you really picture Clark Kent being able to keep up with you?
      Chloe: You know, Lois, I think Clark might have a lot more to offer than you realize.
      Lois: I wouldn't bet on it.

    • Lois: Your parents filled me in. Apparently some girl named Dawn was possessing me.
      Clark: Yeah, well, that's the short version.
      Lois: Yeah, well, that's the last time I let her do my hair.

    • Dawn/Lois: Well? How do I look?
      Clark: Looks like you're going to the prom.
      Dawn/Lois: I am. And you're taking me! I'm not going to let you sit around moping all night while your parents go out and do the electric boogaloo all night. It's gonna be fun.
      Clark: No, I'm not going.
      Dawn/Lois: Massive re-strategy. You're going to your senior prom whether you like it or not. End of discussion.

    • Clark: I know, it's a little backwards. My parents are going to the prom and I'm staying home to wait up for them.
      Jonathan: Son, when you're older, we don't want you to have to look back on high school and regret not going to the prom.
      Clark: Dad, I'm not sure that standing by the punch bowl and watching bad dancing is a memory I'm gonna cherish.

    • Lois: I just went to see the allergist. This says I owe two hundred dollars.
      Receptionist: Actually, it's $215 including lab fees.
      Lois: But all they did was stick a bunch of needles in my back and make me really itchy. What's that all about?
      Receptionist: They need to find out what you're allergic to.
      Lois: I know what I'm allergic to. He's got four legs and drools. What I need is a prescription. Please. A dog's life depends on it.

    • Lois: I swear the dog knows I'm allergic. He follows me around wherever I go, torturing me.

    • Sheriff Adams: Mr. Teague, the next time you say there's been a killing, I'd better see a stiff.

    • Dawn: (in Clark's body) Crown's mine, bitch!

    • Clark: May I have this dance?
      Lana: I thought you'd never ask....

    • Clark: You know, I was thinking since you did get all dressed up and you came here with me... you should at least get a dance out of it.
      Lois: Chivalry noted, but I'm not the one you want to dance with, Clark. (Lana) is.

    • Dawn: (in Martha's body) Holy crap! I'm Clark Kent's mom.

    • Lois: Did you pin that (corsage) on me?
      Clark: I'll explain later, Lois.
      Lois: A little close to the boob, isn't it?

    • Sheriff Adams: I even did one of those Google searches. It asked me if I meant "Bing" Crosby.

    • Lex: Burying bodies in the backyard isn't exactly a hobby of mine, Jason.

    • Chloe: Well, we are in Smallville. And what would the senior prom be without a body-snatching prom queen?

    • Lois: Mrs. Kent, a lot of things are possible, but there will be a man on Mars before me and Clark go to the prom.

  • NOTES (9)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Dawn/Lois:  I'm not going to let you sit around moping all night while your parents go out and do the electric boogaloo all night. It's gonna be fun.
      Referencing Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, the 1984 sequel to the movie Breakin'. Both films capitalized on the breakdancing craze of the time, and the term "Electric Boogaloo" has been popularized as a term for any bad and/or unnecessary sequel.

    • Lois: Okay, Smallville, I clicked my heels three times and nothing happened. Better explain what's going on.
      Referencing the movie The Wizard of Oz and Dorothy's method for leaving Oz and returning to Kansas.

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