Originally aired February 19, 2010
Written by Anne Coffell Saunders
Directed by Christopher Petry
Clark is exposed to a new type of Kryptonite that gives him the ability to persuade anyone to do whatever he tells them to do. Under Clark's unwitting influence, Lois quits the Daily Planet and moves in with Clark; Chloe decides that she must do more to protect Clark; and Zod reveals the identity of Jor-El's murderer.
Tropes present in the episode:
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Clark wishes he had a more "traditional relationship" with Lois. Unfortunately he has just gained a Compelling Voice and Lois is compelled to make his wish come true... but hardly in the way he wanted.
- The Butler Did It: Alia reveals she's the one who murdered Clone!Jor-El in Kandor.
- Compelling Voice: Gemstone Kryptonite gives Clark this ability.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Lois's cooking is so bad, even Shelby won't eat it when Clark gives it to him.
- Re-Power: Zod is planning to use the Solar Tower to turn the yellow sun red to give himself and his fellow Kandorians their Kryptonians abilities back. Clark foils his plan by destroying it at the end of the episode.
- Face Death with Dignity: After she admits to murdering Jor-El, Alia kneels and waits for her execution.
- Fanservice: Tess shows a lot of skin during her Bathtub Scene.
- Frame-Up: Zod falsely tells Clark that it was Tess who murdered Jor-El.
- Gun Struggle: When Tess catches Chloe hacking her computer, a fight involving reaching the gun quickly breaks out between them.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Alia killed Jor-El because she feared that he would have destroyed the Kandorians.
- Interrupted Bath: Zod decides to confront Tess about helping Clark while she's bathing. She's freaked out at first, but quickly composes herself and even invites him to join her.
- Lethal Chef: This episode shows how much of one Lois really is while under Clark's influence.
- Killed Off for Real: Alia is executed by Zod for killing Jo-El.
- Mythology Gag: The Housewife look Lois sports, matches the comic book Lois; from Superman #36 (1945).
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: Despite his aggressive flirting, Zod's eyes never leave Tess face when she stands naked in front of him.
- Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Alia looks disturbed when Clark is talking to her and Faroa about who could have killed his father.
- Ring of Fire: During Clark's Roaring Rampage of Revenge he traps Tess in one with his heat vision.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Zod manipulates Clark into one against Tess, when he frames her as Jo-El's murderer. He almost ends up killing her.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Tess is having a relaxing Candlelit Bath when Major Zod invites himself into the bathroom to catch her in a moment of weakness. She turns the tables on him by acting unperturbed and climbing out of the water in front of him without an ounce of shame.
- Shoulders-Up Nudity: The camera stays above Tess's shoulders when she's naked in front of Zod.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Thank's to Clark's Compelling Voice, Lois develops this attitude when told by Clark he wants "a traditional relationship."
- Toplessness from the Back: When Tess climb's out of her bathtub, she has her bare back to the camera.
- Quitting to Get Married: Lois quits her job to be a traditional Housewife, thanks to Clark's accidental use of his Compelling Voice.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Tess and Zod's interaction is filled with sexual tension, with them flirting and exchanging veiled threats at the same time.
- Valentine's Day Episodes: The episode takes place on Valentine's Day, with Clark going on a date with Lois, with his wish for a more "traditional relationship" while having a Compelling Voice kicking off the episode's plot.
- Viking Funeral: After Zod kills her, Alia is laid to rest in this fashion.