Smallville – S08E04 – Instinct

Tonight’s episode – Instinct

Last week rocked. It really, truly did. I feel like there is a show in there some where and the new overseers are getting very close to finding it. It’s clearly not “Smallville” anymore what with most of the original cast gone (we’re down to just Clark and Chloe) and the show now taking place pretty much exclusively in Metropolis. I think that Tad made an interesting point in the comments of a previous episode in that they are basically already doing Superman at this point and unless everything about the mythos radically changes, it doesn’t make sense in the world that they have created that Clark would ever put on the suit and have a secret identity. Very interesting stuff to ponder.

This week Maxima comes a-looking for a mate, which is what Maxima does.

As always, I look forward to your thoughts, opinions, gripes, live-blogging, etc.


  1. I’m actually looking forward to an episode. I can’t pinpoint why, but I like this show again. Plus I read last weeks posting and it made me want to join in!!

  2. The Firefox plug-in "Reload Every" comes in handy for these.

  3. Nice outfit.

  4. I never get tired of that title sequence.  

  5. In these uncertain times, I am glad it was the asshole finance guy who got it.

  6. krypto!

  7. Whenw as the last time we see the dog

  8. I love that dog!

  9. No blue blur?  What happened?

  10. i thought he moved out and into metropolis.

  11. I suppose if anyone can commute from 100s of miles away…

  12. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    "wheelhouse!"  They used our word!

  13. I think that two things this show needs to do is

    1) Stop mentioning Lana

    2) Stop mentioning Lex

    It’s hard to move on when you keep talking about people not on the show anymore.

  14. i like clark in a suit

  15. who is maxima? I’m still learning the DCU.

    I just recently joined that club.

  16. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Why do they dress jimmy like he’s on Two and a Half Men?  

  17. Jimmy finally shows up. After two episodes of no-show

  18. Of course Lois is a White Snake girl.  And of course that is hot.

  19. And he’s an Abba fan.

  20. what is that?  oh shit, is that her love letter?

  21. @PsycoreInc – Maxima.

  22. talk about bringing up the past!!!

  23. Geez, Jimmy… insecure much?  Girls LOVE that.

  24. Don’t be jealous Jimmy, thats where the trouble starts!

  25. Another thing this show needs to do

    3) Throw a lot of money at Michael Mckean and get him to come back as a regular (or semi-regular) as Perry White.  It would make the show 10x awesomer.

  26. hubba hubba

  27. Wasn’t there a Lois Whitesnake joke from a season or two ago?  Continuity! 

  28. I’ve been championing the Clark / Chloe hook up for years.  The two need to get it out of their system. 

  29. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Yeah, I always quip when I encounter a burglar in my office.  

  30. @KawiRider – They already dated… for about five seconds.

  31. Damn. She’s like one of those psycho girlfriends. And I know psycho girlfriends.

  32. Wow Maxima is just how i pictured herm hot and crazy

  33. @conor- Thanks for the link. She seems really hard to defeat.

    @ paul- Thats how i make them leave, quip them til they can’t take it anymore.

  34. @Crippler – yes, there have been a couple whitesnake references.  she made clark a mix tape of whitesnake songs when she was under the influence of that lipstick on the valentines day episode and clark was on red K.

  35. @Conor – they can bring back Perry White once the writers decide that the head of Luthercorp has something better to do each day then editing a newspaper. 

  36. @Crippler – Hey, for YEARS Rupert Murdoch acted as the hands-on EIC of the New York Post.  It has been known to happen.

  37. @ Conor – agree 100%!  bring back michael mccean!  We need Perry White at this point!  "Perry" was one of my all time favorite episodes and he’d bring a great element to the show…

  38. @crippler- LIKE RULING THE WORLD!!!!

  39. @Superyan – That’s right!  Ha, that was a good episode! 

    Ok, so have we ever been able to reconcile the distance between Smallville and Metropolis? 

    Ah!  Is Maxima’s symbol a barrel of monkeys?

  40. Are these the only reporters who never write anything down?

  41. isn’t the black stuff on the ground look like the Budweiser symbol?

  42. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Haha, it’s totally a barrel of monkeys symbol!

  43. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Bartender ftw.  

  44. @Crippler – There as one episode in the early going (saeson one or two) where Clark and Lana went to the top of a water tower and they could see Metropolis from there, so it can’t be THAT far, which is something I’ve found to be really silly.

  45. @conor- they can remember eveyrthing, they’re reporters.

  46. no none locks their doors on this show!

  47. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Silly geographically?  

  48. Boy, it sure is helpful that Chloe has all of Brainiac’s knowledge in her head.

  49. Isn’t metropolis like a neighbor to NYC?

  50. space viagra?

  51. @Paul – Yeah, it was way too close.  Sort of made Smallville a suburb of Metropolis.

  52. @PsycoreInc – Not on this show, it’s in Kansas.

  53. go for it jimmy

  54. Jimmy is totally thinking he hit the jackpot.

  55. does she have a mustache?

  56. Jimmy Olsen.



  57. Love apparently can withstand pheromones.

    Well maybe not.

  58. And just like that, Jimmy died.

  59. Damn this actress is forward with those kisses!?

  60. Wait, is this Maxima or Poison Ivy?

  61. That is one of the most well-lit night spots I’ve ever seen, by the way.

  62. nice this is one of the lots of powers episodes!

  63. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    It would be so funny if Jimmy died and Clark had to go to the pet store to buy Chloe a new Olson.  

  64. Uma Thruman/Poison Ivy?


  65. @PsycoreInc – No, what I mean is Poison Ivy’s kiss is deadly in the comics.

  66. @ Conor – off topic, but we just had a Max Payne commercial.  will ifanboy be revieiwing that?

  67. @paul-They have cage of olsons? Where I want to buy me one.

  68. @Superyan – Nah, PUNISHER, WHITEOUT, WATCHMEN… whenever any of those movies decide to come out.

  69. this club looks like a buddy’s basement more than a thriving uptown nightspot, but Smallville is in Kansas.

  70. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    I love the absurdist Skittles commercials.  They played the "Skittles (Midas) touch" one in my area.  

  71. yay another lex mention!

  72. @Paul – Mine too.  GREAT spot.

  73. I hate when peeps drop dimes on me for being such a techno wiz

  74. Next week we should keep a "Lex Count"

  75. Mercy can hire me to do whatever she wants.

  76. Boo Tess. Yay Lex

  77. clark, my chest feels like it was run over with a mac truck and damn my balls are blue!

  78. "I know you were with a woman, Jimmy."


  79. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    I wonder if Chloe will end up being the only remaining original character on the show.  What if Tom Welling just left and they kept doing it?  Like Happy Days.  (Not a shark reference)

  80. omg this guy needs to grow some balls and get over chloe’s crush on clark


  81. God, Jimmy could you be more pathetic?  You’re laying in a hospital bed, so I guess not…

  82. Its hard seeing Jimmy and not think Robert Drake.


  83. why oh why is this Clark such a DOUCHE

  84. i still like when he calls him CK.  *LOIS & CLARK* REFERENCE

  85. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    So awkward.  

  86. They are just making him lamer ever since the "Jimmy Bond" episode.

  87. I forgot he was iceman …right?

  88. I wonder what car she drives???

  89. @ psycorelnc


    thats exactly what i think everytime i see him. LOL hes in the wrong universe 

  90. Aaron Ashmore (Jimmy) is the twin brother of Shawn Ashmore (Iceman)

  91. whoa!

  92. Gettin some in an elevator.

    Wasn’t that an 80 hair metal song?

  93. WHOA conor just blew my mind.

  94. "Love in an Elevator" – Aerosmith

  95. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    They should really play up the hormone overdose concept.  For the next few episodes, Jimmy should have really thick hair on his face and hands.  Like Robin Williams.  No one should mention it.  

  96. WOW, Lois is uber-jealous!  Awesome!

  97. Actual emotions from clark??? A rarity in this show.

  98. she was sleeping with the editor last year, she has no room to talk…

  99. so…besides getting a digital color copy of a club’s security cam footage…are there any cameras in the Daily Planet to catch all the shit that goes dawn there everyday?

  100. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Lois, don’t speak your thoughts.  It makes the writers look like idiots.  

  101. @Psycorelnc I wouldnt classify Aerosmith as "hair metal".

  102. and then lois died

  103. Holy crap!  She just killed Lois!

  104. @ superyan- yeah but not in the elevator.

  105. for a sec i thought clark would catch her and reveal his secret

  106. @xebix- Weren’t they technically back in the 80s, you know pre-Armageddon.

  107. He’s already caught cars before..

  108. I want the new ipod!

  109. Yeah and look how that turned out…oh wait…it turned out fine.

  110. @Psycorelnc I don’t remember them being like that. Their music certainly didn’t sound like hair metal that I can recal. They have been around since the 70s. They will always be classic rock to me.

  111. are the commercials the same nation wide?

  112. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    I’d like to suggest a rewrite:

    ::Clark brushes the paperwork from his desk.  He and Maxima embrace.::

    MAXIMA: No.  Not here.

    CLARK: You’re right.  Lois’ desk?  

    ::They transform into the beast with two backs on Lois Lane’s desk. ::

    ::Cue Whitesnake:: 

    ::A fire starts for no reason.:: 

  113. Lois is one tough woman!

  114. @xebix- All i know is that they are old and you are right, they are classic rock to me too.

  115. yay she said "lois and clark"

  116. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Lois has some really terrible metaphors.  

  117. um…so when are the writer’s going to start showing that attraction?  

  118. SHOOT HER!!!!

  119. Having lots of red dots all over you is never a good thing.

  120. @Kimbo – They actually have done a really good job of planting seeds and glimmers of Lois and Clark being into each other.

  121. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    "Were you once…a man?"

  122. @xebix – Yeah, that usually requires penicillin.

  123. So love really does concur all.

  124. LMAO clarks implying mercy is a man!

  125. @PaulMongomery- in my mind, that’s exactly what happened, god bless you sir.

  126. Thats my fortress seed lady, give it back!

  127. Clark has a really nice desk for a copy boy.  Also, he never actually does any copy boy stuff.

  128. "Bring it bitch!" – Fantastic!

  129. wow clarks back in red

  130. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Lois has the cutest head wound.  

  131. she is wearing a horrible wig

  132. Back in the red coat/cape.


  133. last son of krypton!  sweet

  134. all my exs are redheads…they are all crazy. Thank god I married a brunett

  135. They should have Wonder Woman kick her ass.

  136. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Why does he have two wardrobes!?

  137. If Maxima really wanted Clark she should move in next door and then totally ignore him for a few years and then get a jerk boyfriend while stringing Clark along for years.  And then they can have an off again, on again thing and then we can all kill ourselves.

  138. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    His face when he says, "I don’t want you." is hysterical.  

  139. @Paul – Copy boys don’t make shit – that suit he got took up all his paycheck!

  140. @ conor- Claxima

  141. where did he send her? the phantom zone?

  142. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @Conor – Quote of the night.  

  143. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Clark should just send both himself and Lana to the Phantom Zone.  Then maybe it could work out.  

  144. I think she got sent back upon his rejection.

  145. Yeah I blinked and then she got sucked away. What happened?

  146. well that was anti-climactic.  

  147. Who wouldn’t want to mack on an alien goddess? I know i would.

  148. this is some SERIOUS continuity!

  149. @kimbo-I concur.

  150. Aaaaand I have that letter in my purse.

  151. suuuuuuure you don’t Chloe

  152. LOL i remember that episode too when she read that letter to him.

  153. "you blew it bub" what is she wolverine now?

  154. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    I’m sure Jimmy will be thrilled.  

  155. They want to bring Maxima back for future shows so they left her fate nebulous.

  156. I can already hear the DVD commentary "I had to study for two week for this scene, it was so much fun.."

  157. Was that the Karate Kid from the 31st century?

  158. So, wait… Chloe is going to press charges for Mercy walking into her place but… Chloe… walked into Mercy’s place…

  159. @conor – i hope she comes back for revenge!  did Maxima take the crystal???

  160. Not a flattering shirt.

  161. Hey Lois…why’d you drive three hours to my parent’s barn?

  162. has lois has a nose job?

  163. Lois’ body language is totally telling in this scene.  Good stuff.

  164. mercy walked in with no one so she broke in. chloe walked in while mercy was tehre so it wasnt braking and entering


  166. @ spydermon – No, her hair is darker and straighter this year..

     I LOVE LOIS this year!

  167. "When the right girl walks into your life you’ll have three more seasons before she becomes the main focus of your affections."

  168. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Because tempting fate is good tv drama!

  169. X ?????????

  170. Computer Lex?

  171. X?

  172. Professor Xavier?

  173. X-23??

  174. week looks pretty rough

  175. Racer X?

  176. all in all this felt the most SUPERMAN-ish of the Smallville episodes I’ve seen I must say.

  177. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Great intro to this week’s Office.  I’m just going to continue live-blogging.  

  178. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    i miss Toby.  

  179. Take THE OFFICE to the forums!

  180. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:


  181. I give this episode 5 out of 5 thrown cars through the streets of Metropolis!

  182. Two really good ones in a row.

  183. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    You know what this means.  Next week is totally gonna be filler.  

  184. I hate you.

  185. Hahahahahaha!

  186. @Conor: Copy boy? I think he’s writing obits, at least he was in one recent episode.

  187. @IroncladMerc – Except that his boss (Mercy) called him the copy boy (which makes sense for someone who hasn’t graduated from college yet– oh, nevermind).  Either way, neither he nor Lois do whatever their real jobs are.

  188. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    The writing staff should take a day trip to a newspaper office.