Smallville

Smallville (2001)

86 mistakes in season 4

Gone - S4-E2

Other mistake: Lois digs up Chloe's grave site to unearth her casket. It is obvious that the casket is not buried six feet deep. You would think, will all that is going on, that LuthorCorp would have at least buried the casket deeper to deter inquisitive eyes and maybe throw in a few scattered bones for good measure.

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Gone - S4-E2

Plot hole: During the flashback scene showing how Chloe and her father survive the house explosion it is explained that there was a team in the house and they grab Chloe and her father and rush them into a tunnel just seconds before the house explodes. However, as seen in the episode Covenant, Chloe is standing next to the door and Chloe's father is more than 15 feet away from her when the door of the house shuts. As soon as that door shuts the house explodes so unless this S.W.A.T. has Clark's super speed ability this would be very much impossible.

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Krypto - S4-E14

Other mistake: In episode 4-14: "Krypto," Genevieve tells Jason that the heirs of a 17th century woman named Gertrude are in danger. She then tells him that they themselves are "Gertrude's ancestors." But she must mean descendants, which means the opposite of ancestors.

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Lucy - S4-E16

Plot hole: In episode 4-16: "Lucy," there is no reason for the criminals to be chasing Lucy on the ski slopes at the beginning of the episode. We learn later that she's been working with them all along; she calls Lois during the chase, and the call is part of Lucy's plan with the criminals. Lucy being chased by the criminals would make sense given the story she gives Clark during the next part of the episode, but it doesn't make sense for what we ultimately learn is the truth. And nobody from Smallville is anywhere near the ski chase, so it also doesn't make sense as any kind of a ruse.

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Commencement - S4-E22

Continuity mistake: Lana looks over the edge of the crater and there is a fire right in front of her on the inside rim of the crater. When the shot changes and pans up to an overhead view of the crater and ship that fire is missing.

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Krypto - S4-E14

Continuity mistake: After Lois hits the dog, she exits her car and runs to the dog. As she passes the back of the car, her tail lights are off. When she reaches the dog, her tail lights are on.

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Jinx - S4-E7

Continuity mistake: Just before the final play of the game starts there is a shot of the scoreboard. The scoreboard reads 4th and 10 (yards) with 10 seconds to go. The announcer then says it is 4th and 1 with 10 seconds to go.

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Crusade - S4-E1

Revealing mistake: Kristin Kreuk's body double in the shower scene is noticeable. She is slightly larger and differently shaped.

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Krypto - S4-E14

Continuity mistake: When Chloe pulls up to Clark's house there are patches of snow everywhere. While Clark hears the dog crash through the fence the fields are visible through the screen door and there is no snow on the ground at all.

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Gone - S4-E2

Continuity mistake: As Trent and Lionel talk, while Lionel is in the hospital bed, when the camera is behind Trent his shoulder and neck are barely illuminated and is in shadow as the camera is looking down on Lionel. When the camera is looking up at Trent, even though he has not moved, his shoulder and neck are now brightly lit and shows no sign of a shadow.

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Gone - S4-E2

Continuity mistake: As Lana and Lex are talking, as Lana says "Actually, umm, I came by because.". In the middle of her going "umm" there is a camera change. Before the change Lana has her right hand on the arm of the seat. After the change she now has her right hand scratching her head.

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Season 4 generally

Revealing mistake: When Lucy plays her violin in Lex's mansion, it's obvious the actress isn't actually playing - her fingers aren't moving and the box is out of time with the music.

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Bound - S4-E9

Continuity mistake: After Clark gives Chloe the piece of paper with the list of cars that checked into the hotel, Chloe holds the paper in front of a folded up newspaper. Between shots, the newspaper turns the direction it faces. Then in the next shot, Chloe is only holding the piece of paper, and the newspaper that she was holding behind it has now disappeared.

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Crusade - S4-E1

Continuity mistake: When Jason starts knocking on Lana's door, the clasp from the door chain is all the way to the left. The camera cuts to Lana in bed. When it cuts back to the door, the clasp is now all the way to the right.

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Spirit - S4-E18

Audio problem: As the band is playing right before Clark and Lois enter the prom, the drums are not synced with the music.

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Spirit - S4-E18

Continuity mistake: As Clark/Dawn goes to hit Chloe, at first the camera is behind Clark and he swings as if he is going to slap her face. The next shot, as the camera is to their side, Clark's swing changes so that he shoves her across the room.

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Spirit - S4-E18

Plot hole: Clark is possessed by Dawn. Jonathan shows up and he has a chunk of kryptonite. Jonathan hides the kryptonite behind his back and Clark's body does not feel it until Jonathan takes the kryptonite out from behind his back. What, is Jonathon made of lead or something?

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Unsafe - S4-E11

Continuity mistake: When Clark and Alicia are talking by the ice rink, the way Alicia holds her red cup of hot chocolate keeps changing between cuts.

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Facade - S4-E3

Continuity mistake: When Lois is strapped down on the cosmetic table, as she is struggling to free herself, the position of the strap that is holding her down over her chest, keeps changing how far on/off it is, on her breasts, between different shots.

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Facade - S4-E3

Continuity mistake: When Clark first finds the necklace in the shower drain it is all in a single line with no loops or overlaps except at the very end. As Clark picks the necklace up it now has several loops and overlaps all along the chain and not just at the end where the clasp is.

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Gone - S4-E2

Continuity mistake: In the episode "Skinwalkers" the Naman separating from Segeth glyph is colored red and blue In this episode, with no explanation whatsoever, it is black and white.

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Spirit - S4-E18

Continuity mistake: Jonathan reveals the kryptonite to Clark/Dawn and Clark starts to react to it. Because of the kryptonite Clark drops the tiara he took from Chloe and it hits the floor near Chloe's hand. Then, just before Dawn is forced out of Clark's body, the tiara has slid several feet away and is now close to the furnace. Clark turns his attention to Chloe, she is faking an injury at this point, but now the tiara has moved back to be near her hand.

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Onyx - S4-E17

Continuity mistake: In the barn loft evil Lex has a kryptonite ring in a lead box. When the camera is in front of Lex he is holding the box so that the lid is pointed towards his thumb. When the camera is behind Lex the box is turned so that the lid is pointed towards the end of his fingers.

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Recruit - S4-E13

Continuity mistake: As Clark and Geoff are driving, the first shot of the SUV as it comes around the corner shows the ground is wet and the wipers are going. During their conversation the windows are constantly being rained on. Geoff points to the stadium and they arrive a few minutes later and as they drive into the garage you can see the street is dry.

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Crusade - S4-E1

Continuity mistake: When Kal-El/Clark pushes Martha away her hands are down around her chest. The shot changes, as Kal-El builds up power to fly, and now Martha's hands are spread out away from her body.

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Gone - S4-E2

Audio problem: When Clark talks with Lex in the house where he found the two dead bodies,just after Lex finished his phone call, Clark says to Lex, "You looked at me straight in the eyes and told me she was dead," and then the shot changes to Lex. Clark's lips are still moving even though his line is over.

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Pariah - S4-E12

Audio problem: Clark is upset over the death of Alicia and is in the barn loft bouncing a ball off the wall. His parents come up and Jonathan sits next to him and tells him that what happened was not Clark's fault. The very next shot shows Martha sitting down and you hear Clark throw the ball again but you can see that his hands never make and motion to correspond with that action.

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Recruit - S4-E13

Factual error: Clark finds Lois in the sewer and decides to use his heat vision to destroy the lock of the gate that is separating them. Clark uses his heat vision on the lock and the lock explodes, this is a very minor explosion. It also causes the door to fly off the hinges. Now the explosion from the lock is odd since heat vision causes things to melt and not explode, but Clark wasn't even using the heat vision on the hinges and they are destroyed. This is inconsistent with how his heat vision has been shown to work before.

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Crusade - S4-E1

Factual error: There is a snow pattern on the Quicktime player after Chloe's message to Clark finishes. She would have recorded in on a camcorder, so there wouldn't be any snow pattern, it would be a blue or black screen. The only way there could have been is if she recorded it, put it on VHS, then copied it back onto a DV tape, then transferred it back onto her computer, but there's no reason for her to do this.

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Unsafe - S4-E11

Continuity mistake: After Clark heats up Alicia's cup of hot chocolate with his heat vision, the steam coming from the cup is thick and rapid in the first shot, but in the next shot hardly any steam is coming from the hot drink.

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Recruit - S4-E13

Continuity mistake: After Lois and Clark find out that Cooper dies, and after Lois leaves, while Clark and Geoff talk about how Lois is trouble Geoff hair keeps going from neat to slightly messed up. When the camera is behind Clark, Geoff's hair is all shaggy on the left side of his face. When the camera is behind Geoff, his hair is fixed so that the loose strands are tucked behind his left ear. These changes repeat throughout the scene.

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Krypto - S4-E14

Visible crew/equipment: As Jonathan is being attacked by Hercules you can see that Jonathan, or his stunt double, has on a arm cuff that is used for protection of attack dogs.

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Gone - S4-E2

Continuity mistake: During much of the conversation between Clark and Lana, while in the caves, you can see the cave painting that matches the tattoo on Lana's back is behind her. Then, towards the end of the conversation, she is still standing in front of Clark and during the scene has not moved from that position yet, once she sees the cave painting behind Clark she walks over to it and turns around to face Clark, which puts the painting behind her even though it was already behind her before she moved.

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Gone - S4-E2

Continuity mistake: Gabe Sullivan's headstone is on the right side (if you are looking at the headstones) of Chloe's in the previous episode. In this one it's on the other side.

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Jinx - S4-E7

Continuity mistake: When the offensive line is first shown, as they sit on the bench, the shot is of them from behind. In that shot the team jersey numbers are in this order 89, 46, 8, 66, 1. Then the camera view changes to be in front of the players only now going from the players left to their right is 99, 46, 8, 66, 89.

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Bound - S4-E9

Continuity mistake: After Clark saves Lex from the ring of fire we see the area that was burned by the fire. The candle that Shannon used to light the alcohol is no longer on the floor. Since the candle was in the fire it should be partially melted and there would be some evidence of it.

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Devoted - S4-E4

Continuity mistake: As Chloe and Clark talk about their feelings the shoulder protector/pad of Clark's backpack switches position with no help from Clark. At first it is more in front and showing more than a few shots later, again with no help from Clark by shifting the backpack, it is more on top of the shoulder and not as visible.

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Commencement - S4-E22

Continuity mistake: Clark had been wearing his cap and gown for a while. When he takes them off while coming off stage the blue shirt he has on underneath has fresh raindrops on it like he had only put the cap and gown on a few minutes before the shot.

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Transference - S4-E6

Continuity mistake: As Lionel's cellmate tells Lionel "I've always kind of had a thing for pattern recognition." the shot changes mid-sentence. Between changes Lionel's cellmate goes from having his arms crossed, hands holding his elbows, to having his hands almost clasped together.

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Jinx - S4-E7

Audio problem: At the hospital Clark and Jason talk about Clark possibly being on steroids. Watching Jason's mouth reveals he actually says "and a college career." before he says it out loud a few seconds later.

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Unsafe - S4-E11

Factual error: Alicia gives Clark the necklace with red kryptonite and this causes him to break Alicia's bracelet a few shots later. She then is able to teleport once it is removed. Now, according to the story, that bracelet prevents her from teleporting by releasing 'trace' amounts of lead into her bloodstream. If that were the case she would have to wait until the trace amounts were cleared from her system to start teleporting again.

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Jinx - S4-E7

Continuity mistake: When Lex comes into Lana's place to confess that he was the reason Jason got fired, we firstly see Lana putting some things into a cardboard box. Then during the following shots, the items visible at the top of the box keep on changing between shots.

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Season 4 generally

Plot hole: In the episode Onyx, Lex's alter ego holds him hostage in the wine cellar claiming that when they were kids, Lex accidentally got locked in down there. In the pilot episode, it is established that although Lionel had the castle shipped over from Scotland brick by brick and built, they never moved into it.

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Onyx - S4-E17

Continuity mistake: As the computer says "Subject seeds exposed to radiation" there is a camera shot showing the temperature monitor in the lower right of the shot. In that shot the readout shows the temperature reading is close to 100% of maximum. Then, in the next shot as the scientist says ".absorption level: as expected" the temperature monitor is now close to 90% as we see it climb up to the 98% they were trying for.

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Krypto - S4-E14

Continuity mistake: Clark goes to see Lex about the dog. Lex, who was about to start a game of pool, breaks a fresh rack. Lex then goes to make his second shot from near the side pocket and as he does you can see there are two striped balls near the rail close to Lex's cue stick. Just after he takes his shot those balls are gone even though those balls had not been hit.

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Spirit - S4-E18

Revealing mistake: After everything with Dawn is over Clark goes back to the prom. Clark asks Lois if she wants to dance. Lois says "I'm not the one you want to dance with." and she nods to the door. The shot switches to show Lana walking in to the prom. When Lois makes her nod to the door Lana would have been completely out of sight. Lois nods before Lana even enters the room.

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Pariah - S4-E12

Continuity mistake: Alicia's hair keeps changing as Clark holds her in his arms. In some shots the hair on her right side is messy. When the shot switches to a close up, her hair becomes neatly combed and tucked behind her ear. All of this occurs after Clark burns the rope she was hanging by.

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Pariah - S4-E12

Revealing mistake: When Jason breaks into the bathroom to rescue Lana we see a shot of the shower from Jason's POV. In that shot you can see the steam is coming from the other side of the tub and is flowing up and in. If it had been actual steam it would go from inside the tub out.

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Krypto - S4-E14

Continuity mistake: While talking about what to name the dog there are several shots of the dog and the metal chain is gone. Then, right at the end of the scene, as the dog puts his paw over his nose, the chain is back.

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Krypto - S4-E14

Continuity mistake: When checking out the armored car robbery, Clark tells Lois to turn left. We then go to on out of car shot where the big red letters of the GMC that Lois is driving are visible. When the 4x4 skids to halt shot its GMC logo is covered in black tape.

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Facade - S4-E3

Continuity mistake: When Clark looks over to Lana, while in the coach's office, she starts to pull up her right sleeve that had slipped down. As Clark says "Lana.what are you doing here?" the shot is behind Lana and her sleeve is down and is showing a lot of her upper arm and shoulder but when the shot switches back to the front of Lana, she has her sleeve pulled up covering most of her upper arm.

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Crusade - S4-E1

Continuity mistake: When Clark drops the photo of Jonathon, the frame breaks and the photo can be seen separate from it and face-down. When Martha finds it later on, the frame is still intact and the photo is perfectly positioned face-up inside it.

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Spell - S4-E8

Continuity mistake: While Clark is chained up, Chloe uses her fingernails to dig into Clark's chest. You can see that since Clark has had his powers taken away her fingernails draw blood. In the shot of Clark screaming in pain you should see where the blood came from the scratches but there is no blood visible.

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Jinx - S4-E7

Continuity mistake: Chloe makes an $80 bet with Mxyzptlk at the beginning of the episode. When he pays her in the Torch office, he peels off seven 20-dollar bills for a total of $140 instead of the $160 it should be.

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Sacred - S4-E15

Continuity mistake: The guide that was with Lana gets killed by soldiers. When the guide is shot you can hear that the weapon has a silencer on it. About a second later we see this still smoking gun has no silencer on it.

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Lucy - S4-E16

Continuity mistake: As Clark first gets to the bridge at Cherry Hill, the shadows establish the time as either early morning or early evening since the shadows are long. In several shots during this scene the sun suddenly jumps to around noon as the bridge shadow goes from sticking out far to one side to being almost directly under the bridge and the shadow of the semi shortens when Clark is making his super jump.

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Krypto - S4-E14

Continuity mistake: After Krypto comes around the fence we hear one of the two guys say "You got all the bags out of the truck, right?". The camera then pans over to the van and you can see, under the rear of the van, two gas containers. There is a metal one on the left and a plastic one on the right. Krypto starts to run for the truck and we see the containers again only now the metal one is on the right and the plastic one is on the left.

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Recruit - S4-E13

Factual error: While Clark is standing on the field at Metropolis University at the end of the episode the shot pulls back to show the entire field. As it does there are two 50 yard lines visible as if he were on a Canadian football field, but Metropolis University is in Kansas.

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Spell - S4-E8

Continuity mistake: Lois hands two boxes of decorations to Clark for Chloe's party but in the next shot he is holding just one box. The other box reappears when they turn to go into the barn.

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Spirit - S4-E18

Continuity mistake: Jason accesses Lex's computer and Lex catches him. After a discussion on an email Jason found Lex says "Burying ladies in the backyard isn't exactly a hobby of mine, Jason." Lex then just stands there staring at Jason. During their stare down the camera jumps back behind Lex and then back to behind Jason. During these camera changes the lighting on the left side of Lex's face changes. When the camera is behind Jason, Lex's left side is dark. When the cameras is behind Lex, Lex's left side is lit up.

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Krypto - S4-E14

Revealing mistake: When Clark throws the two villains against the brick wall at the end, it very flexes as though made of foam rather than brick.

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Commencement - S4-E22

Continuity mistake: The raindrops on Clark's shirt disappear and reappear between shots. Clark's shirt is dry when he turns to Chloe and asks "I'm not normal?" but before and after this his shirt has raindrops on it. This happens again a few moments later as Lois starts to talk about "panicking in times of crisis", Clark turns towards Lois and his shirt is dry.

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Unsafe - S4-E11

Revealing mistake: Clark uses his heat vision to warm up Alicia's cup of hot chocolate. When the drink is hot enough to start giving off steam, the "steam" is not water vapor. Water vapor would be nearly clear and rise straight up from the cup. This "steam" is more likely from a piece of dry ice as the vapor is rolling over the side.

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Spell - S4-E8

Audio problem: In the scene where Jason and Isabelle/Lana are talking and he is about to burn the book with the lighter, she quickly grabs the book with her magic. Isabelle then says some sort of spell flinging Jason against the wall to the right. In the shot where you see him thrown against the wall, Isabelle has already said the spell, but you can see her mouth moving saying the same thing (though nothing is heard).

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Crusade - S4-E1

Continuity mistake: While Martha reads to Jonathan, as he is in a coma, the light on his hands change. In the shot from the right side of Jonathan's bed his hands have only a normal level of light like from a small table lamp. The shot changes to look at Jonathan from the doctor's point of view and suddenly Jonathan's hands are very brightly lit like from a spotlight. No one changed or turned on any other lights between shots.

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Gone - S4-E2

Continuity mistake: As Lana saves Lois from Trent, as Lana first starts to spray the pepper spray/mace the camera is behind Trent and the mace is coming out in a mist. The camera jumps to behind Lana and now the mace is firing in a steady stream.

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Onyx - S4-E17

Continuity mistake: When Bad Lex is beating up Good Lex in the cellar right before their bodies are joined again, he repeatedly hits him on the right side of his face. However, when the two are finally fused back together, there is a bruising on the left side of Lex's face.

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Spirit - S4-E18

Revealing mistake: Clark/Dawn shoves Chloe away which sends her flying across the boiler room. If you watch closely you can see that the shove never makes contact with Chloe before she flies through the air.

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Lucy - S4-E16

Factual error: As Clark is chasing after the semi-truck with Lois and Lucy in the trailer you can see the Rocky Mountains in the background. Kansas doesn't have mountains. However, Vancouver, where the show is actually shot is home to part of the Canadian Rockies.

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Lucy - S4-E16

Visible crew/equipment: Just after Becker starts to chase Lucy there is a shot looking up the hill towards the lodge where she started skiing from. To Lucy's left you can see a fresh pair of ski tracks being made by whatever the camera is on. You can tell these are fresh tracks because there is fresh snow being kicked in the air because of them.

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Facade - S4-E3

Continuity mistake: When the mirror falls on Lana and shatters on her, you can see that there are bleeding cuts on the left side of her face. However, for the rest of the episode, there are no cuts on the left side of the face (where they should be) but there are cuts on the right side of her face.

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Devoted - S4-E4

Plot hole: In order for Clark to push Jason out of the way of the already fired shotgun blast Clark would have to be moving much faster than the shot. Hitting Jason at this speed would have caused Jason some serious injuries. When Jason is with Lana at the Talon he has no damage from the shove.

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Bound - S4-E9

Continuity mistake: As Clark says "Eve Andrews was wearing two earrings when she died," during the line there is a camera change. Before the change Lionel has both arms on the table, but after the change he has one arm up examining the earring.

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Krypto - S4-E14

Revealing mistake: As Krypto presses the button to open Hercules' cage you can hear the button beep as if it has been pressed but the green light is still on. Earlier the beep which means the button worked also turns off the green light.

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Spirit - S4-E18

Plot hole: When Dawn enters Clark's body, she slaps Chloe in the face with the back of the hand, and Chloe goes flying. A few minutes later, we see Chloe get up and say that she's fine. Getting backhanded by Clark would make you very far from fine. First of all, Clark can knock someone out just by tapping them on the forehead, as seen in a previous episode. Second, Dawn has no idea of Clark's powers, so she would have used way more force than she actually needed to. The amount of force inflicted from the attack should have caused fatal injuries to Chloe. There's not even a cut or bruise or anything.

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Commencement - S4-E22

Revealing mistake: As the helicopter that Lana is in dodges the falling meteors in mid-air, the camera shot focuses in on the cockpit. If you watch Lana's position as she first starts to appear she is semi-transparent and the frame of the window behind her is visible through her body.

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Krypto - S4-E14

Factual error: Clark huddles over Krypto to protect him from the blast of the exploding van. He does not cover Krypto's head before the blast of fire hits them yet Krypto shows no sign of damage. At the very least the fire should have singed his fur.

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Krypto - S4-E14

Continuity mistake: Before Clark throws the two bad guys against the side of the barn there is no snow falling at this point. When the shot switches to Krypto saving Hercules you can see that now it is snowing rather heavily. This is far too fast to happen naturally.

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Devoted - S4-E4

Continuity mistake: As Lois and Clark talk about her leaving, Clark turns to talk to her. Before he turns around the shoulder protector is between his hand and his shoulder and the red side is facing out. In the next shot, even though he made no motion to alter the position, it is now fully on his shoulder with the black side facing out.

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Commencement - S4-E22

Continuity mistake: Jason Teague arrives at the Kent farm. He fires a shot into the windshield of the Kent's truck. So we obviously know the gun is loaded. Later, inside the Kent's house, Jason still has Jonathan and Martha held hostage. After Jason mentions the symbols burned into the field Martha says she doesn't know what he is talking about. Jason gets upset and racks the shotgun but when he does no shotgun shell, used or unused, is ejected. Now Jason would have had to keep the gun loaded while moving Jonathan and Martha back to the house as he would have had no time to unload and reload his gun.

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Krypto - S4-E14

Plot hole: The vials of kryptonite steroids used on the dogs are in simple glass vials sitting on top of the dog cage. Clark gets into the back of the van to rescue Krypto but does not feel the effects of the kryptonite until the vials fall off of the cage and break open.

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Scare - S4-E10

Revealing mistake: When Lana has her nightmare, she wakes up in a room and discovers various people on pedestals, underneath body sheets. During the scene, some of the people under the sheets can be seen lightly breathing, although everyone under them is dead.

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Jinx - S4-E7

Continuity mistake: When Clark is in the barn throwing footballs through the tire. He starts out with four footballs on the rack, but after he throws two, there's only one ball left.

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Devoted - S4-E4

Continuity mistake: In the CG shot of the shotgun shot flying in slow motion towards the camera, the blue florescent light that was swinging in the previous shots is gone.

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Transference - S4-E6

Continuity mistake: Martha visits Lionel in prison not knowing Lionel is actually Clark. As she says "I'm only here because you told me it had to do with the safety of my son." the camera changes. Between changes, as Martha says "you", her left hand goes from being under the table to instantly being on top of the table.

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Scare - S4-E10

Factual error: When Lionel is leaving the prison, there is a bus unloading convicts as he walks past. No prison in the world would ever unload inmates and release an inmate in the same area at the same time.

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