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Recap / Smallville S 04 E 03 Facade

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Originally aired October 6, 2004

Written by Holly Harold

Directed by Pat Williams

Abby Fine gets a makeover using her mother's Kryptonite-based beauty treatment, but her new attractiveness turns out to have a price. Clark and Jonathan clash when Clark decides to join the football team again. Jason gets a job as Assistant Coach at Smallville High. Lois is forced to attend Smallville High to get the grades she needs to continue college.


Tropes present in the episode:

  • Anticlimax: As Clark is suffering from the Kryptonite gas, Dr. Fine picks up a scalpel and starts advancing on Clark and Lois. Lois knocks out with a kick to the head.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Dr. Fine uses Kryptonite as part of her revolutionary beauty treatment.
  • Blessed with Suck: Abby's Kryptonite beauty treatment gives her the power to cause any person she kisses to hallucinate themselves as ugly.
  • Childhood Friends: A Deleted Scene reveals that Clark knew Abby since grade school.
  • Fanservice: Lois stripped to her underwear by Dr. Fine. Abby also shows off a lot of skin during her makeout with Brett.
  • Held Back in School: General Lane tells Lois she failed her senior year and will have to attend Smallville get enough credits to graduate.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Abby gets this reaction after her beauty treatment.
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  • Intrepid Reporter: Lois shows her first steps into becoming one during this episode.
  • Jerk Jock: Brett Anderson who used to bully Abby.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: Abby uses her mother's Kryptonite-based cosmetic treatment to make herself beautiful. Unfortunately, it gives her the ability to cause anyone she kisses to hallucinate themselves as ugly.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Dr. Fine encourages Abby to use her special kiss to get back at others.
  • Mundanger: Dr. Elise Fine.
  • Rescue Reversal: When Clark frees Lois from Dr. Fine machine, it let's out kryptonite gas which weakens him enough for Dr. Fine to knock him out. But the freed Lois fights her off and drags him out of there.
  • Shower of Love: Abigail has a makeout session with her former bully in the gym showers, during which she finds out the side-effects from her treatment.
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  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Lois wakes in one after she's knocked out by Dr. Fine.
  • Sweeps Week Lesbian Kiss: Abby kisses Lana.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: What Lana and Jason's relationship becomes after he gets hired as an assistant coach at Smallville High.
  • Toplessness from the Back: Abby when she takes off her shirt during her makeout session with Brett.
  • Villain of the Week: Dr. Elise Fine.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Abigail dissapears from the episode after she give a toxic kiss on Lana and runs away crying. Chloe mentions she will back in school soon, but not if the side effects from her makeover will ever be reversed.


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