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First aired November 3, 2004

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The CW's Official Description:

Chloe (Allison Mack) is drawn into an underground gambling ring at school run by foreign exchange student Mikail Mxyzptlk (guest star Trent Ford) and loses her savings on a football game after Mxyzptlk uses his powers to control all the players - including Clark (Tom Welling). When Chloe discovers Mxyzptlk's secret, he kidnaps her and threatens to kill her unless Clark throws the championship game. Meanwhile, Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) threatens Mxyzptlk with deportation unless he uses his powers for Lex's benefit.

Kristin Kreuk, John Glover, Jensen Ackles, Annette O'Toole and John Schneider also star. Paul Shapiro directed the episode written by Mark Warshaw.

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John Glover doesn't appear in this episode.

# Mxyzptlk is pronounced here as "Micks ill pittle ick" (see Analysis below).

That's Mister Mxyzptlk to you: In the comics, the fifth-dimensional imp known as Mr. Mxyzptlk (pronounced pronounced mix-yez-pittle-ick) first appeared in Superman #30 (1st series - 1944). His name there was Mxyztplk, but it was later changed to the name above - presumably that version was too hard to pronounce. ;) Mxyzptlk could be banished back to the Fifth dimension for 90 days by saying his name backward. Using a vast and nearly endless array of magical powers, Mxyzptlk could do practically anything. Post-Crisis he was re-introduced in Superman #11 (Nov. 1987), but now offers Superman a different challenge to force him to return back to his home dimension - only the first challenge was saying his name backward. More recently Mxyzptlk has apparently split into a pair of sinister twins and encyclopedia salesmen, Dale and Deloris, but then returned later in his more familiar form. Mikail Mxyzptlk here is a pretty much original creation other than the name.

Clark's resistance to Kryptonite: At the beginning of Season 1 Clark could barely stand with Lana's krypto-necklace only a few feet from him. In the past we've seen him totally incapacitated while touching kryptonite, his veins turn green, etc. In this episode Clark was holding kryptonite and barely suffering, and no sign of "veining" (which has been absent for a season or two anyway). Presumably Clark is building up resistance to kryptonite as he grows older and stronger. It's also possible stuff like Lana's crystal is more "pure."

Cape: Clark's uniform is yellow on red and he wears the number eight. Superman's cape features an all-yellow "S" symbol (which in Smallville has been shown as more of an "8") on red.

Clark says "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.

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.

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 super-speed 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 Mikail 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 Mikail visits The Torch there are fake lockers on that same wall instead. This detail seems to change occasionally 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 super-speed mode, he completes his motion of passing the football. His hands have come back down below his head, and this is confirmed 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.

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 Mikail in the barn telling Jonathan, "You heard what [he] said..." When was Jonathan shown to be anywhere around the loft during that meeting?

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?

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.

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

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