The Worst Episodes of Smallville: Unleashing the Kryptonite of Disappointment

Smallville was a show that made us fall in love with the story of Clark Kent’s journey from a small-town farm boy to the Man of Steel. The show had everything: romance, action, suspense, and a lot of heart. But let’s be real here, not every episode was a gem. In fact, there were some that made us cringe so hard, we wished we had Clark’s powers to erase them from our memory. So, buckle up, folks, because we’re about to take a trip down memory lane and revisit the worst episodes of Smallville. From cringe-worthy dialogue to bizarre plot twists, we’ve got it all covered. Grab your popcorn and get ready for a bumpy ride.
Noir

Noir

Season 6 – Episode 20

Air Date: 2007-05-03

Lana and Lionel have a secret meeting, after which Lana is shot. While Jimmy is observing photos of the encounter, he is knocked unconscious. While unconscious Jimmy dreams about what life in Smallville would have been like in the 1940s. Clark is a reporter at the Daily Planet, Lana is a siren who planned the demise of her magnate husband Lex, and Lois is a singer at a bar that Lionel owns.

Subterranean

Subterranean

Season 6 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2006-12-07

An illegal immigrant comes to Clark for help, escaping from a nearby farm where he’s working… a farm that houses a dark secret.

Trespass

Trespass

Season 6 – Episode 14

Air Date: 2007-02-08

Lana has a stalker which leads her to an unexpected hideout. Also, Chloe has to reevaluate her feelings for Clark after she and Jimmy break up due to Jimmy’s belief that she isn’t really over Clark.

Nocturne

Nocturne

Season 2 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2002-10-22

Lana has a new stalker – a boy imprisoned in his basement by his parents who sneaks out at night to visit her. Meanwhile Lionel hires Clark’s mother as his personal assistant.

Thirst

Thirst

Season 5 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2005-10-27

Lana joins a sorority to get housing for her last-minute college registration, but the sisters have a deadly agenda which involves turning Lana into a vampire like themselves and sending her against Clark. Meanwhile, Chloe applies to become an intern at the Daily Planet and runs up against the editor-in-chief, Pauline Kahn.

Hothead

Hothead

Season 1 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2001-10-30

An abusive and hot-tempered football coach gains the ability to control and project fire.

Drone

Drone

Season 1 – Episode 18

Air Date: 2002-04-30

Clark gets into a class election and one of his opponents is a krypto-mutant who can control bees. Meanwhile a reporter from Metropolis visits to do a story on Lex.

Static

Static

Season 6 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2006-11-16

One of the escapees from the Phantom Zone has killed the crew of a ship in Seattle. Clark confronts the killer who feeds on the bones of his victim. In Smallville, a patient in LuthorCorp Labs escapes experimentation and seeks revenge on Lex by trapping him in a dimension where he can see and hear those around him, but they cannot see him.

Zero

Zero

Season 1 – Episode 14

Air Date: 2002-03-12

A man from Lex’s past stalks him in conjunction with a mysterious death at Club Zero that Lex may have been responsible for. Meanwhile Chloe looks into Clark’s past as an adopted child.

Reaper

Reaper

Season 1 – Episode 17

Air Date: 2002-04-23

Tyler gains the power to destroy organic matter with a touch, and resolves to put the dying out of their misery…and Whitney’s father is his next target. Meanwhile Lionel and Lex spar over Lionel’s rising success in Smallville.

Blue

Blue

Season 7 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2007-11-15

Clark hears his mother’s voice trapped in Kara’s crystal, and releases her. She gives him Jor-El’s ring made of Blue Kryptonite, which strips him of his powers.

Toxic

Toxic

Season 8 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2008-10-02

When Oliver is poisoned, he starts having flashbacks to the period when he gained his archery skills… and met Tess. Meanwhile, Chloe has to make a decision which surprises Clark.

Shimmer

Shimmer

Season 1 – Episode 10

Air Date: 2002-01-29

Lex and Victoria are victims of a suspected household poltergeist. As the disturbances become more violent, suspicion lands on Amy, the daughter of a house servant who is obsessed with Lex. Not is all as it seems…

Kinetic

Kinetic

Season 1 – Episode 13

Air Date: 2002-02-26

Whitney falls in with some former jocks who have kryptonite tattoos that give them the power to walk through walls. Meanwhile, Chloe is seriously injured and Lex has his own plans.

Witness

Witness

Season 2 – Episode 20

Air Date: 2003-04-29

Clark runs up against super-strong robbers who are apparently tied to LexCorp. And Chloe begins to ally with Lionel, while Lana and Henry Small bond.

Lucy

Lucy

Season 4 – Episode 16

Air Date: 2005-03-02

Lucy Lane, Lois’ younger sister, comes to Smallville but Clark catches her stealing money from the Talon to pay off a European crime syndicate. Lex offers to help but everything is not what it seems. Meanwhile, a thief breaks into Lana’s apartment and steals the crystal, and Jason suspects Lionel.

Combat

Combat

Season 6 – Episode 17

Air Date: 2007-03-22

Clark and Chloe find an escaped Zoner named Titan who is the star of a secret fight club that puts its death battles on the internet. Lois can tell that there is a story and goes to investigate, where she is put in the ring to fight. Clark goes in as a super-powered fighter to take on Titan but ends up against a different opponent instead.

Hero

Hero

Season 7 – Episode 13

Air Date: 2008-03-13

Pete Ross returns to town and finds a number of surprising changes since his departure. Besides resolving his feelings toward Clark since he learned of his friend’s secret, Pete has to deal with the acquisition of a superpower of his own.

X-Ray

X-Ray

Season 1 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2001-11-06

Clark begins experiencing “vision problems” as his x-ray vision begins manifesting. Meanwhile a mysterious shapeshifter is going about town using his or her abilities to steal and get others in trouble.

Crush

Crush

Season 1 – Episode 19

Air Date: 2002-05-07

Former Smallville High cartoonist Justin loses the use of his hands in a hit and run accident, and develops the ability to move things with his mind. After crippling his unsympathetic doctor he returns to Smallville and hooks back up with his friend Chloe. He reveals his secret to Chloe, and then takes revenge by killing Principal Kwan, who was the driver who hit him. It turns out Kwan’s son Danny was the driver. Chloe realizes Justin is responsible, and Clarks comes to her aid, knocking Justin out. Meanwhile, Lex’s former nanny, Pamela, comes back to see how he’s doing and to apologize for leaving him after his mother’s death, bringing up some old issues for Lex. And Whitney’s father passes away.