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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Crows Player
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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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Trivia

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

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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 »

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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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Featured in Smallville: Blank (2005) See more »

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Fall Behind Me
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Written by The Donnas
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Manipulation
28 May 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The student from the Balkans and bookmaker Mikhail Mxyzptlk (Trent Ford) has the power of manipulation, using his abilities to gamble. Chloe Sullivan is writing an article about the underworld of bets, and gets closer to Mikhail. The bookie stakes with Lex Luthor against The Crows, threatening Chloe and Clark to win the bet. Lex discloses the relationship of Lana Lang, and Jason Teague is fired, in spite of winning the championship.

"Jinx" is a great episode of "Smallville", apparently giving new directions to the show. The friendship of Clark Kent and Lex Luthor is very unstable; Jason Teague is no longer the coach of The Crows; Lana Lang is upset again with Clark Kent; and Clark is following a career of successful football player and idol and leader of his team. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Azar" ("Jinx")


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