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A Brief History of Jealous Men [Jan. 19th, 2009|05:35 pm]
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I enjoy pretty much every variety of Clex: romantic Clex, best friends Clex, angsty Clex, action Clex...they're all good. Some of my very favourite moments are when Clark and Lex get possessive of each other. There's something extra sexy about jealous!Clex, perhaps because it was rarely scripted, but was improvised by Tom and Michael, with help from directors like James Marshall. And thanks to them, there are lots of moments to choose from!



When Victoria interrupts a cozy Clex-chat in ""Rogue", Clark manages a single, flinty "hi", then turns a face of pursed-lipped disapproval to Lex. It's all in Tom's delivery: he could have said a cheery "hi!" or a curious "hi?" but he opts for narrowed eyes and intense suspicion.


By the following episode, Victoria is a fixture in the mansion and Clark doesn't like it . He earnestly explains that Victoria isn't Lex's type of girl. Lex should probably stay away from ALL females, just to be on the safe side.


"Shimmer" is a rough episode for Clark. Not only is Victoria taking up space in the mansion, Amy is pursuing Lex as well. Here's Clark asking what Amy was doing in Lex's bedroom. Tom uses an accusatory tone and note the narrowed eyes:


Clark catches Victoria going through Lex's files. That bitch!!! He rushes straight to Lex to tell on her: "You don't love her. She goes behind your back...why do you want to keep her around?" Lex is amused by this passion on his behalf:


Clark smolders. So lovely when he's jealous:


"Heat" was an even more stressful episode for poor Clark. He starts a fire and Lex comes racing to the school, but it's not to see him. That's just wrong!


Clark is hurt and puzzled: "I didn't know you were seeing anyone..." Aw, honey...


He's determined to get this woman away from Lex.


There's a fun moment, as the two rivals cross paths, with great body language from Tom and Krista Allen:


Desiree, unable to seduce Clark, naturally assumes he's in love with Lex. She tells Lex: "Clark is part of your past. You don't need him. You don't need him..." Then she goes to threaten Clark at school. Clark threatens her right back: "I'll find a way to get through to Lex!" Desiree assumes that Clark's "way" will entail nudity:


If Clark is gloriously unsubtle in his jealousy, Lex is more covert. Lex takes a benign view of Clark's see-sawing interest in Lana and Chloe in S1, and never seems threatened. But it's different when a new person comes on the scene. In "Red", when Clark announces he's through with Lana and has a new girlfriend, Lex is instantly attentive; Jessie is an unknown quantity:


Lex creates a diversion by suggesting that he's ready for a road trip. Translation: why bother with silly girls, when you can have me, Clark? Clark is intrigued.


He immediately abandons his plans to travel with Jessie - he's too preoccupied with watching Lex's ass saunter out the door. The next time he sees Jessie, she's no longer a girlfriend, but a robbery target.


In "Dichotic" Lex meets Helen and Clark is instantly on high alert. He comes right over and asks: "what's going on?" Subtext: step away from the woman!


Clark's arrival actually seems to drive Helen away, which was probably the intent! And Clark makes sure to win Lex's attention back, teasing him about his encounter with the meter man. Tom uses all of his flirty tricks: there are dimples, sexy smiles and fluttering eyelashes on display.


By the next episode, the balance of jealousy has shifted. Clark has met Kyla and though he doesn't mention her, Lex already knows all about this "doe-eyed crusader."

Uh-oh, thinks Clark.

Lex isn't letting up on him.

Clark thinks of the right thing to say: "Maybe I can get you to change your mind..."

Lex, jealousy assuaged, thinks that: yes, he probably can.

Lex also borrows a trick Clark uses in "Dichotic": "I'll distract him with my fine,fine ass!"


The peak of S2 jealous!Clex comes in "Prodigal." When Lex drives up with Lucas, Clark is the picture of hostility. Who's the hot guy in Lex's car?

Lex is amused by his reaction. (And since the trip to the farm is entirely gratuitous, was this Lex's form of payback for Clark mouthing off to him in "Rush"? Or for Kyla?)

Clark shows an unprecedented aggression towards Lucas; he almost acts like RedK Clark, there's that mix of cockiness and genuine threat.

Pete is worried. Lucas, being clever, sees that Clark's hostility stems from jealousy and begins to use Lex to provoke him. (He will later use Clark to provoke Lex.)

Clark clenches his jaw in an alarming fashion. He ends up hurting Lucas, and most unusually for him, doesn't seem to regret it. (Tom blocked the basketball scene, so props to him for playing up the Clark's jealousy so brilliantly. At one point, Clark even huffs through his nostrils like an angry bull!)

Clark should have been grateful to Lucas - he drives Lex out of the mansion and straight to the farm. Time for a sexy sleepover! And the boys have some of their most romantic scenes in this episode.


End of Part 1. Part 2 to follow! 'caps by acampbell and smallvillededication
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[User Picture]From: herohunter
2009-01-19 11:55 pm (UTC)
O, this is just the best ever!! I too LOVE jealous Clex, and we did get so much of it!!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thanks, babe!!!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-01-20 01:19 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I too LOVE jealous Clex, and we did get so much of it!!
Too much for one post, bless their hearts! *loves Michael & Tom*
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[User Picture]From: hils
2009-01-19 11:55 pm (UTC)
Please promise you will never stop these wonderful picspams

*smiles happily*

I love my boys so so much!

Thanks for this!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-01-20 01:20 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you! Jealous Clex is very smile-inducing :)
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[User Picture]From: drusplace
2009-01-19 11:56 pm (UTC)
RED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Red was Clex all the way...I wish Clark and Lex HAD gone to Metropolis together to have hot steamy sex hang out.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-01-20 01:20 am (UTC)
If only Lex wasn't trying so hard to be a good boy at that point...oh, the amazing times they could have had!
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[User Picture]From: polytikal
2009-01-20 12:00 am (UTC)
Hee. Best Post Ever!

When Clark gets jealous, he gets really jealous. Flaring nostrils, narrowed eyes, intense confrontations with the offending party... It all says, "Stay away from my man. He is mine."

("And if you don't, I have superpowers and I will make you.")
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-01-20 01:21 am (UTC)
When Clark gets jealous, he gets really jealous. Flaring nostrils, narrowed eyes, intense confrontations with the offending party... It all says, "Stay away from my man. He is mine."
Hee! That's it, exactly. Tom is so brilliant at "jealous-face"!
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[User Picture]From: complicat
2009-01-20 12:03 am (UTC)
I love jealous!Clex! Heat and Prodigal especially - it's hilarious how blatant it is!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-01-20 01:22 am (UTC)
it's hilarious how blatant it is!
And none of the blatancy is in the script, it's all in the way Tom and Michael play it! I will forever love them for that.♥ ♥ ♥
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[User Picture]From: roxymissrose
2009-01-20 12:03 am (UTC)
Aaaaaaah! I love this! Jealous Clark was so much fun! I *loved* Prodigal for that!

Thanks!!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-01-20 01:23 am (UTC)
Jealous Clark was so much fun! I *loved* Prodigal for that!
I like to imagine the boys having a pajama party in Clark's room, with Clark thoroughly reclaiming his man!
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[User Picture]From: gyri
2009-01-20 12:06 am (UTC)
Lex creates a diversion by suggesting that he's ready for a road trip. Translation: why bother with silly girls, when you can have me, Clark? Clark is intrigued.
He immediately abandons his plans to travel with Jessie - he's too preoccupied with watching Lex's ass saunter out the door. The next time he sees Jessie, she's no longer a girlfriend, but a robbery target.

In "Dichotic" Lex meets Helen and Clark is instantly on high alert. He comes right over and asks: "what's going on?" Subtext: step away from the woman!

I loved this entire picspam, but these two were my favorites! Genius!

Thanks so much for this!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-01-20 01:24 am (UTC)
Thanks! They are such incredibly fun moments.
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[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2009-01-20 12:16 am (UTC)
Such wonderful examples, though I think the scene from "Heat" at the school is the best. Clark was totally jealous of Desiree.

And they definitely need to stay away from girls. hehe They're so much safer sticking with each other. ;)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-01-20 01:25 am (UTC)
"Heat" is pretty much the perfect SV episode: sexy, funny, girls with gaydar, Clex!

They're so much safer sticking with each other. ;)
And that way Clark knows that Lex is behaving himself!
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[User Picture]From: ellyfanfic
2009-01-20 12:19 am (UTC)
Awesome caps. Thanks for the great picspam. I LOVE Prodigal-- Clark is so clearly and blatantly jealous in that one. He transforms into an alpha, right before our eyes. He really IS a lot like Kal!

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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-01-20 01:26 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I LOVE Prodigal-- Clark is so clearly and blatantly jealous in that one. He transforms into an alpha, right before our eyes.
It's an amazing performance by Tom - Clark is usually so careful and restrained, but not when Lucas is around!
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[User Picture]From: ladydreamer
2009-01-20 12:22 am (UTC)
Think of how differently, and beautifully, things might have gone if they had just stopped being jealous and jumped each other!!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-01-20 01:27 am (UTC)
It was the solution to ALL their problems, the silly boys!
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[User Picture]From: jeannev
2009-01-20 12:28 am (UTC)
I love this!! There really are several times over the course of this show when it very much seems like meta that they are jealous over each other. Ah, how I wish they'd had braver writers, because there's so much yummy subtext to use here.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-01-20 01:28 am (UTC)
There really are several times over the course of this show when it very much seems like meta that they are jealous over each other. Ah, how I wish they'd had braver writers, because there's so much yummy subtext to use here.
If the writers weren't brave enough to amp up the jealousy, at least Tom and Michael were!

*eyes sexy Nemesis icon*
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[User Picture]From: iibnf
2009-01-20 12:30 am (UTC)
/me lights a metaphorical cigarette...
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-01-20 01:28 am (UTC)
*is gratified*
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[User Picture]From: whimsywinx
2009-01-20 01:29 am (UTC)
So many pretties!! Flails!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-01-20 02:43 am (UTC)
They are the loveliest!
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[User Picture]From: acampbell
2009-01-20 01:51 am (UTC)
Woot!! I LOVE IT!!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-01-20 02:44 am (UTC)
Hurray! Thanks :)
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[User Picture]From: voldything
2009-01-20 02:42 am (UTC)
*heart BLEEDS for them*

The scene in Heat where Clark goes through :DD >:\ :| :( D: upon seeing Lex/Lex walking right pass him will forever be one of the clexiest ever.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-01-20 02:44 am (UTC)
I know! The poor sweetie - he's so upset!
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