Monday, April 9, 2012
Smash Report: How to Storm Out of a Scene
We return to Eileen’s office where she’s talking Spanish on the phone (where she offers someone, that’s not me, tickets to The Book of Mormon) to someone presumably in Cuba. Snoopy arrives and is surprised that Rebecca was stuck in Cuba. Karen tells Dev that’s she’s the new understudy Marilyn. Is Dev excited? Hard to tell with his stern face. Then we see Tom and Sam chatting about Ivy, with, who’s that lurking in the shadows? Oh right, John. Tom! Don’t do this to me! No Sam, yes John. Sam drops off the pair at a trainwreck show for their date. Why? Well, because our friends over at “Smash” want me to get mad that the best couple on the show is bound to break soon! Damn you! At the Houstons, Julia and son have a moment. Moving on. Ivy is sad, so she stalks her friends at the rehearsal and has a fantasy moment while singing Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway.” She’s not on drugs, but she’s totally having delusions of grandeur. Well lucky for Ivy, she’s not the understudy getting ripped to shreds by McSleazy. Karen forgets her pencil, which is grounds for berating. Tom and Julia have an interview with a kid from NYU. They reveal that they have a tradition on the anniversary of their first show that they would go find a production of the show. When the cute little interview boy asks Julia if her hubby gets jealous, she freaks out. Calm it, girl. But what really sets Julia off is when cute little interview boy asks about Rebecca Duvall. Julia freaks out and storms out. Cut to Dev and Karen. You think McSleazy did some British berating? Dev looks like he can take McSleazy on “Berate Karen Idol”! Karen accidently reveals that she was sexually harassed by McSleazy day one of their acquaintance. Dev no likey! He yells and Karen walks out on him. If we had to pick the demise of one couple, can it PLEASE be Karen and Dev and not Tom and John? PLEASE!
Nick brings Eileen to meet a rock star played by Terence Mann. Uh…Ok? At the bar, Karen and Co chat about the bets they were playing. But before Karen can get upset, Evil Ivy appears. Why? Someone has an ulterior motive! Gift in hand! Tom and Julia attend a high school production of Three on a Match. This is our first chance seeing this show. It appears to be set somewhere in France with a Les Mis inspired score. Both Tom and Julia are less than amused, but gracious Tom gives them a standing ovation. The pair gets a shout out from drama teacher where Tom gives Julia a signed apron for their ten year anniversary. Apparently aprons scare Julia who runs out of the room. What is the subtext? Eileen tries to figure out why Mr. Rock Star would want to invest, who makes a dig at jukebox musicals. So why does he want to invest? Because he can? Still not sure. Karen and Ivy walk through Times Square, because that’s the only place they hang out, where Ivy lays down yet another Marilyn Tid Bit of the Night. While Karen was out, Dev and RJ are out drinking. Tom talks to drama teacher who praises the show and then finds Julia sitting on the hood of a car. Tom wants to know why Julia’s sad and we learn it’s because Frank won’t talk to her. Well duh! Julia realizes she wrecked their anniversary and apologizes. Tom wants to know why to which Julia says “because if I told you…” Pause Pause Sniffle Pause . And in this pause, I predict what she’ll say. I predict: “maybe it wouldn’t be real.” Ding ding ding! We have a winner! I got it right! Perhaps I should write for the show next season.
The big questions of the night: can Dev and Karen patch things up? Is John really gone for good? Do you wish Leo went with Frank? And did Uma get paid for a full guest star appearance for her ten seconds of screen time?