Smallville (2001–2011)
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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.


Paul Shapiro


Jerry Siegel (character created by: Superman), Joe Shuster (character created by: Superman) | 3 more credits »




Episode credited cast:
Tom Welling ... Clark Kent
Kristin Kreuk ... Lana Lang
Michael Rosenbaum ... Lex Luthor
Jensen Ackles ... Jason Teague
Allison Mack ... Chloe Sullivan
John Glover ... Lionel Luthor (credit only)
Annette O'Toole ... Martha Kent
John Schneider ... Jonathan Kent
Trent Ford ... Mikhail Mxyzptlk
Kevan Kase ... Danny Crozer
Rob Freeman ... Coach Quigley
Graham Young Graham Young ... Crows Player
Karina Christianson Karina Christianson ... Cheerleader
Adam Thomas ... Blues Player
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tim Niverth Tim Niverth ... Audience Member


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) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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In this episode, a character named Mikail Mxyzptlk appears with mind control powers. He is overcome by a tip from a Google search that asks if "KLTPZYXM" was meant. In the Superman comics, Mr. Mxyzptlk was a being from the fifth dimension that occasionally annoyed Superman and could only be temporarily defeated by tricking him into saying his name backwards. 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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References Village of the Damned (1995) See more »


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Pretty solid... jinx
8 February 2013 | by MyklSpader_001See all my reviews

If it wasn't for the horrible acting and voice of Trent Ford this would be a 9 vote. I really like how the series re-imagines the origins of Superman's characters but a Russian exchange student is the worst idea they could have had. I wish they could have built the character of Mxyzptlk be more of an arc for the season and not just an episode. Then again, with such a lame duck for an actor with an even lamer accent I am glad.

And the resolution of the Jason and Lana relationship coming to an end at the end of the show was a little rushed and out of nowhere in my opinion.

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