Smallville (2001–2011)
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When Coach Walt's football legacy is threatened by a cheating scandal, the coach entices Clark onto the team. Kryptonite in the coach's sauna infects him with the ability to generate fire, and his enemies start getting burned.


Greg Beeman


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Welling ... Clark Kent
Kristin Kreuk ... Lana Lang
Michael Rosenbaum ... Lex Luthor
Eric Johnson ... Whitney Fordman
Sam Jones III ... Pete Ross
Allison Mack ... Chloe Sullivan
Annette O'Toole ... Martha Kent
John Schneider ... Jonathan Kent
John Glover ... Lionel Luthor
Jason Connery ... Dominic Senatori
Sarah-Jane Redmond ... Nell Potter
Hiro Kanagawa ... Principal H. James Kwan
David Paetkau ... Trevor Chapell
Dan Lauria ... Coach Walt Arnold
Allan Franz Allan Franz ... Football Player


The coach of the Smallville High School's football team "The Crows", the bossy and arrogant Walt Arnold (Dan Lauria) is close to his victory number 200 along twenty-five years of a successful career. He is exposed to burning kryptonite ore in the sauna, and achieves the power of burning whatever he wants. Principal James Kwan (Hiro Kanagawa) finds that seven athletes cheated in a mathematics test, and decides to punish the group by not permitting them to participate in the final game. Coach Walt retaliates by burning his car, and Mr. Kwan goes to the hospital. Meanwhile, Clark Kent is invited by Coach Arnold and decides to join the football team, against the will of his father Jonathan. When Arnold loses control of his power, Clark has to fight with him to save Jonathan and his friend Chloe Sullivan, the student reporter covering the team. Lana's relationship with Whitney continues to grow strained over his football practice taking up their time, leading her to quit cheer leading. ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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30 October 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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First appearance in the series of Hiro Kanagawa as Principal Kwan. See more »


As Lex is chalking his pool stick while talking to Dominic about cutting 20% of the workforce at the LuthorCorp Smallville plant, there is a red snooker ball on the wall rack missing from the second row. When Lex walks over to the other end of the pool table, the camera shot changes back to Dominic, now there is a ball missing from the top row, which was not missing before. See more »


Coach Walt Arnold: Yeah, I remember. Jonathan Kent was one of the best athletes I ever coached. A lot of God-given talent. It's in your genes, Kent.
Clark Kent: Actually, I'm adopted.
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Lots of changes
8 September 2014 | by Brettyboy007See all my reviews

Clark has joined the football team? Yes. He joins so he can spend more time with his crush, even though Lana wants to do different things. This episode is just building more from the pilot and the second episode in terms of relationships. Lex faces a dilemma in which his father (played by John Glover) wants him to fire 20% of his workforce. Lex does something which strains their relationship even more and the threat Lionel gives Lex is frightening.

Clark seems like he will be caught with his abilities soon because in every episode so far he uses his gifts to save people. I understand the struggle Jonathan has with Clark wanting to play football and I think the writers did an excellent job with that building on the father/son relationship.

It seems that by the end of the episode, Lana will try something entirely new besides cheerleading and a job. Whitney and Lana's relationship seems to be straining each episode with her discovery of what he did to Clark in the pilot episode and what happens in this one.

And again Clark only wants to do things which bring him closer to Lana so he quits football. Maybe he'll come back?

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