Smash – Discussion Post – UPDATED: Recap

Okay kiddies, it’s been two weeks, but Smash is back! Who’s excited? Well, not too many people if the dismal season premiere ratings are any indicator. I just hope the show can be saved somehow. We need to get some buzz going or something, otherwise I’m very worried about a cancellation announcement in the near future.

Regardless, let’s get the discussions, analysis, and trash talking going, shall we? Recap to come late tonight or early morning tomorrow.

Alright, here we go. I’m ready to start this week’s episode and see what Smash has to offer.

We start with Karen and Derek, well…should I say Karen as a solo? Even though it’s in fantasy land, she’s performing one of the the songs from Jimmy and Kyle’s “hope that it actually happens” musical. Derek doesn’t seem to be intereseted, but after some leg pulling, Derek agrees to have a meeting with the two about their “hope that it actually happens musical.”

Now Tom and Julia meet with producer Eileen, who’s hired what we call a “dramaturg.” This must be some muscial theater term I’m not familiar with, because honestly, I have no idea what the eff it means. Dramaturg?

After some random scene of Ivy desperately auditioning for another show, we cut to Derek listening in on a rehearsal of Ronnie (AKA: Jennifer Hudson) singing a song from the muscical, “The Wiz.” She’s pretty amazing, am I right?

Before we cut to commercial, there is a new, exciting intro to the show. Wow, is this how we’re “revamping” the show, “Gossip Girl” dude? Nice!

What’s this? Julia is meeting at “Dramaturg’s” house, where he calls her writing in Bombshell “two dimensional.” Ouch…

Now we’re back to focusing on Jimmy and Kyle’s big meeting with Derek. Very obvioulsy, we’re supposed to care about where Jimmy left his notebook for the proper arrangement of their “hope that it will actually happen musical.”

Kyle looks grim. “We can’t go back there, Jimmy,” he says.

Yeah, it may be obvious, but I really do care! Where did you leave the notebook, Jimmy?!

What’s this? Ivy and Tom are besties? Although this is true, I totally forgot about it until now. Ivy stops by Tom’s place to mention that she has a huge auditon for some show. Typical… Wonder if she’ll get screwed out of this one as well. Tom tells her to “bring what she did the to the Bombshell audition, and she’ll do great!” Really, Tom? You know she didn’t get the part of Marilyn, right?

After Julia and Eileen have a mini confrontation about her writing skills, Julia decides to confront Peter (AKA: the Dramaturg) about his opinion on the book for Bombshell. This leads to a heated conversation where Peter tells Julia that she missed the true Marilyn in her writing–the sexy hot pot Marilyn.

“I broke up a perfectly good marriage for heat. I sacrificed everything for it. I know heat better than anyone,” Julia says to Peter.

“Then prove it,” he replies.

Next it’s the typial Ivy versus Karen scene where Ivy jealously watches Karen rehearsing Bombshell scenes with Derek. The only awesome part of this is when we get to see Ivy do a short cover of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own.”

Ooo…quick take of “bad boy Jimmy” breaking into this mysterious place where his notes for their “hope that it will actually happen musical” are located. Some dude catches him, and it’s dramatic fight time. They cut away, but somehow Jimmy manages to escape with the notes and only a fat lip.

Now we go back to the rehearsal space where Tom and Julia have come up with a new number to take care of the “sexy Marilyn” they seemed to be missing before.

If you wanna call this scene with Kat McPhee and the random dude playing Kennedy sexy, so be it. I just think it’s semi awkward and weird. Especially when it ends randomly with bad boy Jimmy showing his appreciation with a slow clap that embarrases the s*** out of everyone. Seriously, Jimmy? What are you even doing at the Bomshell rehearsals?

At least Eileen is happy with the new Kennedy scene. Conflict arises afterwards in Time Square though. Julia, Tom, and “Dramaturg” Peter clash over who should get credit over the new number. This isn’t important though.

Even though Jimmy is convinced Karen will never give him and Kyle their shot at meeting with Derek, he’s dead wrong. Derek and Karen show up unexpectedly at their apartment, and Derek is finally ready to hear about their musical.

Jimmy suddenly turns from douche bag to excited boy talking about his potential musical. He spouts off about a rich girl with an incredible voice who steals all of her hit songs from some poor boy who’s in love with her.

Derek seems interested, and this is the big moment of the show. Finally, a musical other than Bombshell has some footing and might be going somehwere. So of course, we end the episode there.

What will happen next week? Will Derek stay on board with this new show? It seems as if he’s now dedicating his time to a new show with broadway star Ronnie. Between that and Bombshell, will he have time for these newbie songwriters? And the previews for next week tell us that Karen seems to be getting some criticism from the new head producer of Bombshell, Eileen’s evil ex-husband.

We’ll have to tune in next week to see what happens! Unfortunately, I will be out all next week and am unable to provide a recap. I know…I’m sorry I’m not as dedicated as MJ, but I will be on a cruise in the Southern Carribean. I’m pretty excited to say the least. :) I will be sure and watch next week’s Smash as soon as I’m back though! So be sure and tune in and meet up here to discuss!

I’ll see you in two weeks Smash viewers!

  • Tuki

    I have a feeling ratings will pick up eventually and the show will continue. Fans really love their Smash and I read that many thought the premiere was only one hour and watched it online two weeks ago instead of live.
    Meanwhile hopefully everyone will watch it LIVE TONIGHT at 10/9 instead of using DVR.Fans need to make a priority to watch it LIVE. The show looks very promising  again this season so I hope NBC is patient and gives it more time to settle in the 10pm slot. Fingers crossed!

  • Willis White

    I personally love SMASH. It’s the only one-hour drama show I watch. Glad they moved to Tuesday too. Bring on the season!

  • Bentley1530

    This episode is better than the first two IMHO but I am not buying this guy they brought in to fix the show.    The spark between them are a bit over the top.  And if Ivy is not in the show, what is she doing in the rehearsal room?

  • ptslittlecomment

    I love that the very unbalanced scales of last year seem to be balancing and the better talented Ivy is finaly being given her due! Loved the comment “Ivy” made about “Karen Cartwright” floating through life because it is so true in the context of last year-which left a huge distaste in many people’s mouths. Hopefully this will be as telling and insightful  as the first week’s crack about the scarves having to go.
    Now if they would lay off the fantasy segments and focus on the show-based music maybe folks will  be tempted to try it again.

  • Jon Glass

    LOVED THIS EPISODE. I am so excited to see some of this new material “Hitlist” and it’s material. 

  • B

    Wow it was fun hearing the plot of “Hit List” ! Overall I thought it was a very strong episode. The show is shaping up finally. 

    Here is the FULL version of the “Hit List” song “Good For You” that Kat sang at the beginning of the episode! It’s so catchy!

  • B

    Also, here’s the FULL version of the sexy JFK/Marilyn number “Our Little Secret”

  • tucker davis

    I really like the show, but really hate Karen as Marilyn. Karen is just not sexy enough for that role. Karen is the girl next door and just looks like the girl-next-door in a blond wig when dressed as Marilyn. Otherwise, like the additions this year.

  • B
  • ptslittlecomment

    I so agree! On a typical sitcom or cop drama, McPhee might have blended right in, but in a show where she is supposed to be holding her own with Broadway talent – oh no! It just saps the energy of the scene!

    Thankfully  – SPOILER ALERT – according to Anjelica Huston we will see Megan Hilty as Mariyn before the end of the season, that is if the show does not get cancelled before the end of the season!

  • pmreyn2010

    Megan Hilty’s Ivy has grown on me, especially over the past couple of episodes. I always have thought Megan is talented, but Ivy was just so obnoxious & rude last season; I was rooting for Karen by default (I do like McPhee though). I wouldn’t mind seeing Ivy as Marilyn… but what I find interesting is how the songs were written for the show… I feel that they are not good for both of the women. “Don’t Forget Me” I think sounds terrific on McPhee, but I don’t know how I would like Ivy singing it. Same thing for “Let’s Be Bad”– I don’t think I would want to hear McPhee attempt it. Should be interesting to see how it all turns out.

  • jumpstart4u

    Loved the show last season, but tonight was pure snoozeville for me.  I hope the writing improves … The cast is certainly talented enough. 

  • Li Wright

       Jumpstart  and I agree.  The scenes seemed to jump all over the place.  I’m still not into Kat McPhee as the “star” of this show.  I’m wondering why they don’t flush out JenHud’s character more?  She just appears in scenes for about 2 seconds says a few words and then she’s gone.  How many shows are Derek involved in?
    Waiting for the suspense! waiting for the drama! for the rivalries.  Everybody’s too doggone easy & nice and things get resolved too easy.

  • mzbet

    I’m enjoying the show this season and will be sad if it gets cancelled. Small confession: I thought they were referring to the dramaturg as a “dramaturd” #oops!

  • Li Wright

    I couldn’t figure it out but now I can.  Not only is there no DRAMA, there are no flawed CHARACTERS!  There was more flaw last season with the adultery and the drugs.  These people are just TOO CUTE, TOO GOOD.  There needs to be a bad guy.  Writers of SMASH — LOOK TO NASHVILLE FOR GUIDANCE.  Drama, jealousy, drugs, drinking, adultery!  :)

  • jpfan2

    JHud and Katharine are both terrible actresses. Also the composer Karen has befriended is a horrible character. The show appears lifeless this season compared to OTT bad but fun last season.

    I like the idea of the show and am rooting for it but I’ll be amazed if this isn’t the last season.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Unfortunately, I also think that JHud and Katharine aren’t good actresses (I think that JHud is better than Katharine, although I wouldn’t characterize either of them as “terrible”). I was hoping that Kat would improve with experience, but I’m not seeing much change from last season. I still tune in mainly for the musical numbers, and still love Christian Borle (Tom) and Meghan Hilty (Ivy), but I’m losing interest in the plot and the new characters aren’t grabbing my attention.

  • ptslittlecomment

    Sean Hayes will provide some drama when he gets there. But yes, we need an Ellis, LOL!    

  • lotrisneat

    Julia is by far the most annoying character in the history of television.  She cheats on her husband, multiple times.  Then has the nerve to get all pissy because he helps a woman that he works with into her car.  Then she lays around and whines for days.  Then she acts like a pissy little brat to the dramaturg, even though everybody, including all the reviews, said that the script needed work.  Man, I hate that woman!

  • durbesque

    Apparently, life on Broadway is as boring as it is everywhere else.  ‘All About Eve’ was more than half a century ago.  Those were the days.

  • Beaugard Stevens

    I just watched the show for the first time, watched all 3 episodes, it’s just awful- the whole show- Kat McPhee can’t act, I was shocked about that, but she comes off so listless, you don’t believe a word she says.  I only watched to catch Jennifer Hudson and she’s not good in it, either.  Those are a few hours I will never get back.

  • usedtobelucy

    I regret this, but my conclusion about Smash is — If I want to watch a tv series about the theater, I’ll rewatch Slings and Arrows. Yeah, I know it’s mainly about Shakespeare plays, but, hey, there is one musical. And it’s funny, suspenseful, cleverly written and very well acted, none of which is true of Smash on anything like a consistent basis, unfortunately.