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Smallville: Instinct

Maxima, an alien ruler with the power to make herself irresistible to men, comes to Earth seeking a mate... and sets her eyes on Clark.

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x4
Production Number: 3T7454
Airdate: Thursday October 09th, 2008

  • Currently 7.5/10
7.5/10 (30 Votes cast)


Guest Stars

Co-Guest Stars
Anna Williams
As Eva Greer
Bill Mondy
As Dr. Edward Grohl
Stephen Huszar
As Businessman
Michael Scholar, Jr.
As Ace of Clubs Bartender
Paul Wu
As Kickboxing Instructor
Richard Busch
As Squad Leader
Main Cast
Tom Welling
As Clark Kent / Kal-El
Erica Durance
As Lois Lane
Cassidy Freeman
As Tess Mercer
Allison Mack
As Chloe Sullivan
Aaron Ashmore
As Jimmy Olsen


Tess is at the manor working with one of Lex’s former scientists, Dr. Arthur Grohl. He’s analyzing the blue crystal her team recovered from the Arctic and determines it’s an alien computer system of some sort. Tess is skeptical and Grogh proposes focusing a sonic burst through it. Tess gives him the go ahead and he fires the burst. A beam of blue energy shoots out of the crystal, through the ceiling, and out into space...

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Episode Quotes
Tess: You know, Lex Luthor may have been wowed by your high-tech smoke and mirrors, Dr. Grohl, but I’ve come to expect more hardcore evidence from boys and their toys.

Lois: You know endorphins? They're hormones that are released when the body performs a certain activity.
Clark: Like when you play a sport.
Lois: Or there's another kind of activity two people share, repetitive motion, builds to a climax.
Clark: Thank you.

Clark: Lois! Lois, wait!
Lois: What!? Oh, sorry to rain on your orgy, Smallville. I think I scared off your date
Clark: Where'd she go?
Lois: Probably to find you two a motel room.
Clark: You don't understand.
Lois: What's not to understand?! You were pulling a 9 1/2 Weeks in the elevator! I mean it may not get you a membership in the mile-high club, but, hey you got to start somewhere!

(about Clark)
Lois: Look, he's about as attracted to me as a Red Sox fan to the Yankees.

Tess: Do you kickbox, Chloe? I find it helps me focus my anger.
Chloe: Maybe I should rush over to the dojo because I have a lot of it building up right now.

Episode Goofs
In the scene where Maxima confronts Tess in the mansion there seems to be a bit of a problem with one of the props.

Maxima launches (slides) Tess across the floor and into a pedestal holding a decorative vase. When Tess collides with the pedestal the vase falls from it and onto her before rolling off of her and onto the floor, where it crumbles.

The fact that the vase rolled off of Tess intact and then broke a few moments after being on the floor made the scene unintentionally hilarious.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperAlfred Gough  |  Miles Millar
Executive ProducerJoe Davola  |  Mike Tollin  |  Brian Robbins  |  Brian Peterson (1)  |  Todd Slavkin  |  Darren Swimmer  |  James Marshall (3)  |  Kelly Souders
Supervising ProducerTim Scanlan
ProducerRob Maier (1)  |  Jae Marchant  |  Al Septien  |  Turi Meyer
Co-ProducerTom Flores
Production DesignerJames Philpott
CastingDeedee Bradley  |  Coreen Mayrs  |  Heike Brandstatter
MusicLouis Febre
Music EditorChris McGeary
Costume DesignerMelanie Williams
Set DecoratorAndrea French
Property MasterAleya Naiman
Construction CoordinatorTom Hunt (2)
Post Production SupervisorCristina Verano
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerDan Hiland  |  Gary D. Rogers
OtherJerry Siegel (Superman Created By)  |  Joe Shuster (Superman Created By)
Story EditorDon Whitehead  |  Holly Henderson
Stunt CoordinatorJacob Rupp
Production ManagerScott Graham (3)
Sound MixerRob Hanchar
Special EffectsElan Soltes
Executive Story EditorCaroline Dries
Key Makeup ArtistNatalie Cosco
Main Title ThemeRemy Zero
Key HairstylistSarah Koppes
Special Effects SupervisorMike Walls
Warning: Smallville season 8 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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