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.


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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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Did You Know?


Dan Lauria who plays Coach Walt Arnold also played a character with the same surname in "The Wonder Years (1988)" by the name of Jack Arnold. See more »


When Clark begins to run down the football pitch, he knocks 4 defensive players out of his way. These are numbers 82, 72, 66 and 55. When he has run many yards, not only does 82 jump and miss him again (from the front) but he jumps over the same 4 players, in the same order they were lined up before, to land in the end zone. See more »


Chloe Sullivan: Clark Kent is a football player and Lana Lang is a waitress.
Pete Ross: What's wrong with that?
Chloe Sullivan: Nothing. I just wanna click my heels and get back to reality.
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Written and Performed by Sum 41
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Holds Interests for Many
4 September 2007 | by Rcwilkinson123See all my reviews

This episode is bound to interest viewers from comic-book readers to avid sports fans. This show involves both the adventures of a younger hero while at the same time concerning football, a team, and its mad coach.

Clark Kent stops the high school football coach from unleashing "flames" of fury on the community in order to achieve his 200th victory and all the glory that comes with it. The coach has found himself with a new ability to be able to unleash fire as his anger mounts. He will go to desperate measures for success on the field, but so will Clark in his attempt to stop the coach, despite wanting so much to be on the football team.

This is another good episode proving that Season 1 has its best yet to offer.

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