Smallville Oh no, please don't shoot Clark. We can't lose him. Whatever would we do without him? However would we go on? OK, I kid, but sometimes you just have to with repeats. Clark got his powers back, but not without a doozy of a prophesy: Someone close to him is gonna die retribution for becoming SuperClark again. The WB is getting a lot of mileage out of this plot point have you seen the promos? While we're on the subject of network promos, Living with Fran

is returning. Yes, this is a guilty pleasure of mine, I admit it. Plus, I have a sneaking suspicion that Beauty and the Geek is about to come back. Maybe it's because they tell us the show's coming back every 15.4 seconds during any given commercial break. So did you catch The O.C.'s Bizarro Seth (Johnny Lewis) playing the techie that threatened to blow up Smallville? And even better, did you catch the part when Clark was in the hospital? The sheets were conveniently not covering his chest area. But you know what? I didn't mind. And I knew Kristin Kreuk was tiny, but when Tom Welling picked her up after Lana realized Clark was alive, I swear he was going to put her in his shirt pocket for safekeeping.   Bettina Charles

Tonight's rerun was way better than last night's in my book because shape-shifters are way cooler than creepy little kids. And in my case, much less nightmare inducing. Especially since this particular shape-shifter took the form of Jensen Ackles. Two of Jensen isn't all that bad, even if one of them is really evil. I was a little skeeved out when he shed his skin and lost all his teeth and all that. Ewww. My biggest issue about this show is the fact that these two brothers on their hunting expeditions are constantly forced to have to invent alibis. Couldn't they just register for PI licenses or something? Maybe that happens in one of the later episodes that I haven't seen yet? Oh, and did I mention there were two Jensen Ackles? That's bound to give me sweet dreams.  Angel Cohn

TV Guide writers don't always see eye to eye. For instance, even though Michael Ausiello, Matt Mitovich and I have continually praised Lisa Kudrow's The Comeback (and Mary Murphy was even portrayed in it when she was in the hospital and couldn't play herself), our Cheers and Jeers section in the magazine has twice jeered the show. Huh? So I was very glad tonight's ER repeat was highlighted in this week's issue, praising Cynthia Nixon's performance and saying she should've garnered an Emmy nomination. My sentiments exactly. I remembered how intense it was to watch Cynthia as a stroke victim. That first scene started out very Six Feet Under-like, but then wait a second she's not dead! We the viewers could hear her inner thoughts, but the doctors and her family could not. Luckily, her thoughts were both gut-wrenching and funny. I forgot that Austin Majors (Theo from NYPD Blue) played one of her kids. I also had forgotten the classy ending, with her simple two words to the doctors who saved her: "Thank you." Other distinctive parts:
- This was when Madchen Amick's character, Wendall, told Carter "I think I love you" and he couldn't return the sentiment. Ironically, Nixon's character swooningly sang the Partridge Family's "I Think I Love You" internally to Luka.
- Speaking of not reciprocating someone's feelings, this was the first time Dr. Dubenko started showing an interest in Abby, and she was so not havin' it.

And finally, this was yet another opportunity for former late-'80s/early-'90s heartthrob Sasha Mitchell to return from oblivion, Step by Step, with just one line as the out-of-focus bartender. I guess an actor's gotta work somewhere, but give us a close-up at least the dude used to be on Dallas. Dave Anderson

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