A mysterious bookie with powers of manipulation has a strange, even dangerous, effect on Clark and his friends. Meanwhile, Lex causes friction by using his influence on Jason and Lana's relationship.



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Episode cast overview:
Lionel Luthor (credit only)
Danny Crozer
Graham Young ...
Crows Player
Karina Christianson ...
Blues Player


Mikhail Mxyzptlk, a mere C-student from an unnamed Balkan country, has an exchange scholarship from Luthorcorp and Lex wonders why. He has a sinister supernatural talent to manipulate people by telekinetic willpower, and abuses this gift on athletes to trick games while playing bookmaker. Chloe's paper piece on betting gets her involved, and a first mind-wave which makes Clark trip and badly injure an opposing football player make Jonathan feel it's time for Clark to stop playing football before someone gets hurt even worse. Meanwhile, Jason puts his coaching job on the line to hold off suspicion that Clark may be on drugs, then gets fired after his romance with Lana is discovered, and he mistakenly thinks Clark betrayed him. But the culprit is the crafty Lex. Clark teams up with Chloe where they finds out that Mikhail's gift can be countered. But Mikahil finds out that Clark is onto him, he resorts to even fouler play, with grim consequences for several people... Written by KGF Vissers

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3 November 2004 (USA)  »

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Clark references the movie Village of the Damned (1995). Christopher Reeve starred in this film. See more »


When Clark is in the barn throwing footballs through the tire. He starts out with four footballs on the rack, but after he throws two, there's only one ball left. See more »


Jonathan Kent: Clark. What are you doing?
Clark Kent: You know what Mikhail said. He'd hurt those guys if I wasn't out there.
Jonathan Kent: 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.
Clark Kent: I hope that doesn't happen. I think Chloe and I found a way to stop Mikhail.
Jonathan Kent: Oh, Chloe and you think you've found a way to stop him. Well, I'm sorry, son, thinking is not good enough.
Clark Kent: Dad, I know you don't agree with me,...
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Mr. Mxyzptlk
5 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A famous Superman villain takes a whole different form in this great episode of the fourth season.

Mikhail Mxyzptlk is a foreign student attending Smallville High on a prestigious Luthor scholarship. As an average student in the Balkans, Lex is suspicious as to why Lionel awarded the scholarship to Mxyzptlk. As it turns out, Mxyzptlk can control other's physical actions through the power of suggestion. He tries to throw the high school football semifinal game to make Smallville High lose, which causes Clark to brutally injure an opposing player, who breaks his collarbone in two places. As a result, the issue comes up between Clark and his father over whether it is safe, and right, to play football. Jonathan doesn't want Clark to play in the championship game with the concern that a similar thing could happen, especially with Mxyzptlk around. In the championship game, Clark must not only worry about leading his team to the winning drive, but also saving Chloe's life from Mxyzptlk at the same time. Also, Lana's boyfriend Jason Teague is fired from the school after the game, and Lana blames it on Clark.

In addition, at the end of the episode Lex takes Mxyzptlk to an interesting LuthorCorp level called 33.1 to show Mikhail "people who are just like him." This episode is awesome because it involves a Superman character from the comics, has a great save scene at the end during the football game, and because of the 33.1 revelation at the end of the episode.

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