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14 September 2013 @ 03:35 pm
Smallville's Funniest Moments  
On my previous post, firebunny raised the topic of Smallville's funniest moments. So let's hear your suggestions!


First, a quick poll.

What is/are Smallville's funniest season(s)?

Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4
Season 5
Season 6
Season 7
Season 8
Season 9
Season 10

Season 4 has an advantage because several episodes had a definite 'crack' element, such as Spirit. Entire sections of such an episode are ridiculous. But there are other types of humour that can be found in just about any episode. I've scribbled down a few examples to get us started and will add as more come to mind.

Screwball - which I define for this post as a somewhat farcial scene (often involving a body switch).

  • S4 - Crusade - Lois's reactions to naked Clark in the field and later in the hospital

  • S4 - Transference - several, including Lionel in Clark coming onto Martha and being told to put out the resultant fire with his hands

  • S4 - Spirit - several, Martha singing 'La La'

  • S8 - Hex - memory-less Clark driving Chloe (played by Erica) crazy (courtesy of tasabian

  • S9 - Persuasion - several scenes with Lois under the influence of Clark's suggestion

  • S9 - Escape - several, including the awkward 'morning after scene'

  • S10 - Isis - reactions to Lois as Isis, especially Tess's laughter after Cat Grant asserts that Lois is the Blur

  • S10 - Fortune - several scenes with our heroes under the influence of Zatanna's spell


  • S3 - Perry - several, esp Clark tossing the tractor and Perry's reaction

  • S4 - Gone - Clark's reaction to Lois being in the bathroom while he's in the shower.

  • S4 - Devoted - Clark's panicked reaction to Chloe when she comes on to him in the loft

  • S4 - Transference - Lionel in Clark's body checking himself out in the mirror

  • S4 - Spell - Clark's bizarre excuse for dancing (courtesy of babydee1)

  • S7 - Sneeze - several reaction shots, such as Lois's look when a barn door nearly falls on her out of the clear blue sky, and Chloe frantically covering up her papers when Clark seems about to sneeze
  • S7 - Sleeper - reporter!Clark dabbing away at Chloe's shirt

  • S9 - Escape - Clark's reaction to Chloe walking in on him

One-liners / Repartee

  • S1 - X-Ray - Lex: "I swear I'm not a criminal mastermind." Clark: "I know. A criminal mastermind would have worn a mask."

  • S1 - Metamorphosis - Clark: Chloe, I could never outgrow you. Other than vertically.

  • S1 - Cool - reactions to the not-date, especially Martha: I'm not familiar with this child. Where's the moody one? Lives upstairs, runs real fast?

  • S4 - Run - Bart flirting with Chloe and teasing Clark (courtesy of tasabian)

  • S4 - Transference - Lionel in Clark's body showing his amusement/disgust at Lana "this one" Lang and her "succulent fruit", not to mention his trolling everyone at high school and several exchanges with Lex

  • S6 - Justice - lines like, "Put a shirt on" followed by "You're lucky I'm wearing pants" and poor AC lamenting "All I get are fish jokes." (courtesy of quiet__tiger)

  • S7 - Persona - Brainiac to Bizarro: Lying to you would be like lying to a mollusc

  • S8 - Committed - Clark and Lois bantering in the elevator at the end

  • S10 Beacon - Alexander (the Lex clone): "I watched you fall 40 stories... greatest moment of my life." Lionel from Earth 2: "Who wouldn't want their son to be happy?"

Situational - I'm using this term where the humour comes about from the situation and acting, not from the writing per se. The humour of some such scenes may well be unintentional, and might not strike everyone the same way.

  • S1 - Pilot - Lana's parents get pancaked as they just stand there watching a meteor come straight towards them

  • S1 - Hothead - Lex's reaction to Lana serving him the wrong drink.

  • S2 - Heat - fun throughout. special mentions to (1) Clark's reaction when Lex turns up at school and walks past him to go to Desiree; (2) all the scenes of Clark & Desiree in a power struggle over Lex; (3) Jonathan taking Clark out to the field to work out his hormones on a scarecrow, then Clark accidentally popping the popcorn. (courtesy of tasabian)

  • S2 - Skinwalker - tasabian nominates the moment in Skinwalker where the wolf scratches at the study door and Lionel says "Lex?" Because that's how Lex always asks to come into a room.

  • S3 - Exile - Lex's 'I'm-an-old-lady-in-broken-ass-high-heels' run when he was being chased by an imaginary pratt whilst on the island. (courtesy of babydee1)

  • S4 - Krypton - Clark locked up in the dog cage - cracks me up every time

  • S4 - Ageless - when Clark walks away from the explosion looking like Wile E. Coyote (courtesy of firebunny)

  • S5 - Aqua - hooyay! Clark flips the sprinkler on a hitherto dehydrated AC. Alan Ritchson went to TOWN shuddering and gritting his teeth as he was dramatically breaking out of his bonds, all the while shaking his hair in slow motion like a male model in a Davidoff perfume ad (courtesy of babydee1)

tasabiantasabian on September 15th, 2013 01:52 am (UTC)
I often found when SV tried to be funny, the results were heavy-handed and (IMO) awful (Persuasion, Spirit, Escape). But Bryan Q. Miller wrote some sweet funny moments - like memory-less Clark driving Chloe (played by Erica) crazy in "Hex".

I guess overall my favourite humourous episodes are Heat, Run, & Transference (although there's some dark moments in the latter.)
Jenjlvsclrk on September 15th, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)
I agree, although Spirit has grown on me. I usually hate situations that seem to exist for the sole purpose of having someone act out of character, but Annette really committed to the La La scene. My problem with most of the intentionally 'funny' episodes is that they're awfully light on plot (esp Escape), so I might laugh a bit but am left feeling cheated. And the more I think about it, the worse they get because the writers have the characters do SUCH stupid things to set up the 'humour'.

Any specific moments to record for Heat, Run and Transference? My memories are getting a bit fuzzy right now - time for a rewatch!

For Transference, Lionel in Clark's body checking himself out in the mirror, Martha telling him to put out the fire with his hands and his disgust/amusement in the barn scene with Lana 'this one' Lang. And I find the scene where Clark in Lionel's body is trying to convince Martha that he's her 'special boy' unintentionally funny.
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BabyDee: 0Clark - Rocky Horror Pie by Mirandababydee1 on September 15th, 2013 08:39 am (UTC)
For funniest season, I chose Season 4 because of all the witchy shyte. And Clark's awful dancing in Spell takes the biscuit for me.

There's this moment at 00:20 where KK looks at AM and laughs, almost off-script, at TW's cringe-worthy dancing (which I understand was totally put on for the character, as TW is reportedly good with his fancy footwork) :-)

Jen: Cheers! by lieslchenjlvsclrk on September 16th, 2013 04:26 am (UTC)
I love that scene! And the commentary for the episode is hysterical.
Firebunnyfirebunny on September 15th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
I think Tasabian wrote my reply.

The show didn't do well when it was trying to be funny and that's all on the writers, because the actors could be pretty good at comedy. (Although Fortune was so bad, I don't think the actors did a very good job with it either)

I preferred to laugh AT the show as opposed to laugh WITH it. There were some hysterical moments that were trying to be dramatic. And then there were some leaps in logic I just couldn't make. Like in Red when Chloe's complaining about the worthless meteor rocks in the rings. Of course magical colorful crystals that fell from the sky and can only be found in one part of the world are gonna be worth less than rubies. NOT.
Jenjlvsclrk on September 16th, 2013 04:33 am (UTC)
*snicker* 'It's worthless, I tell you, worthless' - thus spake Lionel Luthor in an attempt to corner the market. And somehow, everyone believed him.

Yeah, Smallville could do lighthearted pretty well and there were some good lines and banter here and there. But when they tried to make a whole episode light, they just couldn't pull it off.
Tiger: SV nonsensicalquiet__tiger on September 16th, 2013 01:06 am (UTC)
Definitely seconding Clark's "dancing" and Lionel-in-Clark checking himself out.

I liked the gradual addition of some of the Justice League members, like AC and Vic, because they added some campy humor. For example, Justice, where we have lines like, "Put a shirt on" followed by "You're lucky I'm wearing pants" and poor AC lamenting "All I get are fish jokes." I love that episode in general, honestly.
Jen: Batman by jh-judy001jlvsclrk on September 16th, 2013 04:39 am (UTC)
Oh, good ones. And there was some really funny banter in one of the later episodes - Society? - between Ollie and Hawkman. I'll have to look that one up.
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BabyDee: Clark - BDA by chlarkookiebabydee1 on September 17th, 2013 07:33 am (UTC)
They're all coming back to me now:

Brainiac to Clark: Lying to you is like lying to a mollusc. ~ouch!~
Jenjlvsclrk on September 17th, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
Oooh, snap! Yeah, their are a few genuinely witty lines in their, hidden amongst the cheese.
BabyDee: 0Oliver - WTF by dana_czbabydee1 on September 17th, 2013 07:38 am (UTC)
I suppose one could add the incredibly horrendous Tango of Suck from Sleeper, but that was more cringeworthy and sad than funny. Same goes for Ollie the Showgirl in Fortune. The dancing was truly awful, but Oliver's leap into the air crotch-first with his white panties on show had me in stitches. :-D

Edited at 2013-09-17 07:48 am (UTC)
Jen: Batman by jh-judy001jlvsclrk on September 17th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
No, I refuse to include the tango of suck. If it wasn't so painful I might include the whole idea of Jimmy as secret agent man. But for my own sanity, I like to pretend Sleeper never happened.
BabyDee: Oliver - 4Faces by dana_czbabydee1 on September 17th, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
"I refuse to include the tango of suck. If it wasn't so painful I might include the whole idea of Jimmy as secret agent man. But for my own sanity, I like to pretend Sleeper never happened."

Wholeheartedly seconded.

In which case, I leave you with the oh-so-wrong image of Oliver Queen in a bra. And knickers.


Still can't believe they did that (or that he went along with it!) :-O
BabyDee: 0Chloe - Determined Fierce Badass Gazebabydee1 on September 18th, 2013 01:18 pm (UTC)
I got another one, I got another one!!! :-D

Chloe's 360° slow-motion super-slap that sent Lana down the stairs in Delete. Can someone get a screencap of that? :-)

...sorry for spamming you, Jen!

Edited at 2013-09-18 01:20 pm (UTC)
Jenjlvsclrk on September 18th, 2013 02:36 pm (UTC)
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complicat: Lex - eyebrows: m_strangchildcomplicat on September 30th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
I laugh at Smallville a lot but it's rarely in the bits they intended me to laugh at!

Usually it's the sheer badness or the ludicrous plots in later seasons. The intentional humour I usually find terribly cheesy and eyeroll-worthy and the actual humour is down to the actors doing something amusing with a reaction or making a bad line hilarious. My favourite funny bits are probably the banter in the first couple of seasons, and I always seem to giggle most of the way through Transference because Tom and John did such a good job.
complicat: MrDominic - BitchPlease: icequeen3101complicat on September 30th, 2013 08:12 pm (UTC)
Oh and I forgot - they always have that terrible plinky-plinky music of comedy to signpost the bits that are supposed to be funny, which is how you can tell that you're about to witness the worst attempt at comedy ever seen on TV. Gah!
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shelianasheliana on October 1st, 2013 05:59 am (UTC)
Here from sv_ledger.

I agree with what most people here already said.

Smallville's attempts at humor were often heavy-handed and sometimes really problematic (I agree with Tasabian about such episodes as Spirit and Persuasion). Most of Smallville's really funny moments were unintentional.

I'd like to add that in the last few seasons the writers tried to make Lois practically a sole source of comic relief on the show, and I think the results were unfortunate for most of the characters, including Lois herself.

Personally, I prefer the first two seasons in terms of humor. Smallville is no Buffy. It was never laugh-out-loud funny to me. But all the main characters had something resembling a sense of humor in the beginning. They never made me squeal with laughter but they often made me smile.:) There were a lot of little character moments that made them all more appealing, more human. Clark had this adorable habit when he would say something with a deadpan expression and then sunddenly grin. I loved all those little moments, like Chloe mock-chastising Clark for not going back in time to stop the Great Depression or something (don't remember the exact quote), or Lana's epic dislike for "Godfather", or Lex's cocky "I just don't like you" to Rickman in Hug, or Clark teasing his parents that he would go into professional sports in Cool.

In later seasons the only funny moments that come to mind are the Clark/Chlois DP rooftop scene in Hex ("What are you doing, Lois? That could have really hurt!!") and the awkward Clark-Oliver scene ("...little jellies...") in Escape.
Jenjlvsclrk on October 1st, 2013 01:58 pm (UTC)
Hi there!

I love the gentle humour of the early seasons too. Thanks for sharing all those great little moments - they made me think of a few others too. Like Lex saying in Extinction, "Clark, the only abilities I have are playing the market and falling for the wrong women." So true!

I like the later seasons better than a lot of people on my flist, but agree the humour often seemed more forced.