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cbrownjc ([personal profile] cbrownjc) wrote2011-04-25 11:13 pm
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Smallville: Lois & Clark (Evolution of a Punch)

So there was a video that was posted over a year ago after the episode Rabid aired (that I don't think got enough attention) that got me thinking of it after a comment made in this post, as well as something I noticed in the episode Booster this week as well.

The video is called - like the title of this post - "Smallville: Lois & Clark (Evolution of a Punch)" and can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLd5Gvj8-uY

In it, it traces almost all the instances where Lois on SV has punched Clark on the arm, up until Rabid where, for the first time ever, he finally stops her from doing it. (There are two punches missing from the video - there was one at the start of the episode Lucy in season 4, and there was another one on the street in the season 8 episode Stiletto, but all the others up until Rabid are in there which makes the point). And this moment, along with the moment in the rain, are my two most favorite Lois & Clark moments of that season, and are up there for top of the entire show. Because both moments, IMO, said so much with just little - to no - dialog.



After Rabid, Lois only punched Clark on the arm one more time in season 9 - that was in Idol. She punches him, turns to leave and then changes her mind, kicks the stack of newspapers over to him to stand on and kisses him.

Lois' shoulder punches with Clark have always been about breaking emotional moments with him almost all of the time. This was especially evident in Apocalypse and Idol IMO. For me, I have always pin-pointed Apocalypse as the episode were Lois' feelings for Clark began to grow more than she was ready to face at the time. Where she started to see him a little differently. Hence the quiet, awkward moment before she uses the shoulder punch to break the tension, and set things back to "yeah, he's my friend" mode for her.

What's telling in Apocalypse is that Clark seems to really - for the first time ever - suspect what Lois is doing by punching him like that. And, at the time when I first watched the episode, I wondered - was Clark really noticing Lois doing that - and suspecting why - in the script, or was that a directorial decision by Welling?

What got me wondering about it now is because, I think for the first time since they became a romantic couple - who are engaged to boot - Lois punched Clark on the shoulder again in Booster. And not only did she do it, but Welling, as a director, choose to - IMO - make note that she did by having the camera cut to a wide shot of them as she did it, before going in on a close up of Clark afterwards.



Skip to 1:24 to view the moment.

She's not trying to break an emotionally intense or awkward moment for herself here. At least, from what I can see. Is she trying to break one for Clark, who really is off-put by the idea of being a "bumbling" guy to disguise himself? (Which is a whole other subject that I wont get into here). I think one thing this moment clearly shows is that, even though they are now lovers and engaged to be married, they are still very much friends as well. They still banter and snark, and even get annoyed by the other on occasion. They are two people who have a crystal clear view of who the other person is, and accept each other fully on that. As Tom Welling said, Lois and Clark clearly enjoy each other's company.

And it's little things like this that make me wish we had gotten to spend more time with them as a couple this season.


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[identity profile] audrey229.livejournal.com 2011-04-26 01:36 pm (UTC)(link)
I agree completely. I also agree that we have not spent as much time with them as a couple this season as rumblings throughout the fandom would suggest....

I actually think Tom's quote about it pretty much sums it up brilliantly. As crazy as it may seem on a show that has been plagued with melodrama since the beginning....Clark and Lois legitimately enjoy each other's company. I've always felt that if I had to sum up Lois and Clark in one word and one word only....I would probably say: JOY. I think they are both happy and content around each other. Yes, I think they have beautiful chemistry. Yes, I think they can be sexy. I think they've proven multiple times that they can be extremely sexy. I think they their banter is fun and hilarious humorous. But I think the root of their relationship is that they feel joy in each other's presence and I don't think there is any other relationship on Smallville (let alone very many on television period) that have been rooted in that kind of joy.

Rabid is one of my favorite episodes ever. I think it was a fantastic episode for Clark from start to finish. I think the moment in the farmhouse when he stops the punch is probably one of the sexiest, most intimate---almost ALARMINGLY intimate---moments ever on the series.

[identity profile] sanalayla.livejournal.com 2011-04-26 01:58 pm (UTC)(link)
I've actually always wondered if Welling or Durance were the ones to incorporate that bit into "Rabid" (the grabbing of the arm). Durance said - somewhere - that she was the one who came up with the arm punch to begin with. I always just thought that it was something that seemed to come out of the direction and moment & probably wasn't in the "Rabid" script.

I seem to recall that there was another arm punch in S10, but I don't remember which episode.

I've always loved the arm punches (from the first time Lois did it) because it was always - as you said - a way for Lois to diffuse the tension between her and Clark. Even before these two became romantically interested in each other, we could see the chemistry simmering there. So whenever Lois and Calrk would stare at each other for just a tad too long, Lois would break the moment by a quip and an arm punch. I loved it!

The flip side of that is awesome, too. Clark's reaction. He goes from being bemused to being amused. Then... as time goes on... he becomes curious about the arm punches. And - then - finally just grabs her arm to put her on notice that he knows it's for when she wants to stay in the friend zone & he's not having that. And... later... it becomes playful and loving.

Ah... I so love this couple.


[identity profile] lisas100.livejournal.com 2011-05-02 03:00 am (UTC)(link)
I think she gave him a tap on the shoulder in Collateral, right before she left the loft for a conference call with Perry?

I love the punch. I'd love it if she punched him in the arm after they say "I do", but I know I won't get that.

One of my favorite scenes is that arm punch catch in Rabid, to me that is when Clark finally accepted his feelings in that scene and decided on a course of action.

Also, IIRC, didn't Libby make this evolution of a punch vid after Rabid?

[identity profile] brijeana.livejournal.com 2011-04-27 03:56 am (UTC)(link)
Lovely post. I enjoyed reading your thoughts. That video is fantastic!

Rabid is a fantastic Clois episode. I love what you say about how profound Clois moments can be just because of behavior and subtext... without words. I also loved Rabid because... Clark fiercely shows love for Lois when she's at her worst. Ranting, raving, ugly... I love that he holds on like he'll never let go. Oh!

I love the beginning of Committed for this reason too. Lois is drunk and not at her best... but that sunshiny scene where Clark has the seltzer water... oh! It's so loving!

I guess that goes into what you say about them seeing each other completely. They are good friends.

I wish we could see more of them also, and not just moments of harmony. I'd like to see more friction between them, disagreements and how they resolve them.

[identity profile] gildinwen.livejournal.com 2011-05-01 03:42 am (UTC)(link)
I've noticed the arm punch coming in when Lois feels exposed emotionally too and thought that it was a lovely touch that Clark didn't let her re-establish their boundries in "Rabid". And I like that Lois and Clark started off their relationship as friends. It made them equals from the start, and made it believable that Lois would be the one for him. Because under all of that, is that friendship.
Lovely thoughts as always!