Smallville: Season 4, Episode 8

Spell (10 Nov. 2004)

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In 1604, in southern France, Lana Lang's distant ancestor Countess Margaret Isabel Tharow and two other evil witches are condemned to be burned at the stake by Magistrate Wilkins, but ... See full summary »



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In 1604, in southern France, Lana Lang's distant ancestor Countess Margaret Isabel Tharow and two other evil witches are condemned to be burned at the stake by Magistrate Wilkins, but Isabel manages to spit her blood on a symbol on a page of their mighty book of spells. In the present day, Lana buys the book on eBay, and by touching the blood-spotted symbol, resurrects the evil countess who possesses her body. Isabel/Lana uses a spell to let the other two witches posses Chloe and Lois. The powerful trio vows to pursue its quest for the three (actually Kryptonian) magical stones which can bring them unseen power. The trio enters a 'surprise' birthday party for Chloe in the barn of the Kent Farm and Isabel throws a spell to make the spectacle really hot, so Clark is one of many boys dancing and drinking in boxer-shorts when his appointment arrives, a representative from Princeton University, who is impressed in a way which can't amuse Clark's parents. The vicious witches cast spells ... Written by KGF Vissers

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The tune which Lex is seen playing endlessly is a composition from Franz Schubert. It is the second tune from his eight Impromptus played in E-flat major. See more »


When Lana shows Jason, Isabell's spell book she say it is Countess Isabell Marguerite Theroux's, flipping her name which really is Countess Marguerite Isobel Theroux. See more »


[Lana, under the possession of an evil witch, has brought back the souls of her two friends into the bodies of Chloe and Lois]
Madelyn Hibbins: Ah, the woods of France. I'd know them anywhere.
Margaret Isobel Thoreaux: [rolling her eyes] We're in Kansas.
Brianna Withridge: Where?
Margaret Isobel Thoreaux: The Americas.
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Another dose of beefcake bondage
15 May 2010 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

This marks the second time in the series in which Clark (Tom Welling) winds up bare-chested and in painful bondage. The first occurred in the opening episode when Clark, stripped to his undershorts, spends the night "crucified" in a cornfield as part of a "scarecrow" ritual. That bondage reeked of homoerotic undertones since fellow high-school males kidnapped Clark, removed nearly all of his clothes, and tied him in that torturous position. These acts aren't actually shown but one can easily imagine the groping and grabbing which must have gone on during the disrobing process, as well as the lewd comments which must have come from those excited males as more and more of Clark's bare flesh was revealed.

These homoerotic undertones are largely missing in "Spell" since it's three women -- the witch-possessed Lana, Chloe, and Lois -- who strip Clark of his shirt and tie him up in a barn, hands stretched above head. Unlike those high-school boys, they leave on Clark's pants, but there is a shot of Clark sprawled on the floor prior to his bondage, shirt ripped open, in which his legs are spread wide apart, thus emphasizing both his sexuality and his vulnerability. The women then look admiringly at Clark's torso after he's put into bondage, but no sexual byplay results, though Chloe does rake her long fingernails down the front of Clark's chest.

Tom Welling's hairy armpits are much on display in this scene. By now his Clark character is probably considered old enough to have such lush growths of hair whereas in the opening episode, in which Clark was still a mere high-school freshman, his "scarecrow" bondage tended to downplay any armpit exposure.

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