Monday, April 30, 2012
Smash Report: Teching Cheating Hearts
At the hotel, Karen is awakened by her phone. Dev calls on the morning of their first ten out of twelve announcing that he wants to come up and see her. Does he not know what tech entails? At the theater, Tom tries to get McSleazy to put in a new song to cover a quick change. But before he can sell it, their new DiMaggio announces he got a pilot therefore has to leave the show immediately. For the love of theater! In the dressing room, Karen wears Rebecca’s wig while they chat about pre-tech jitters. While applying a lot of lipstick, Rebecca bears he soul about her ever-present fear. At the Houston’s, Frank and Julia are sharing some rekindling romance only to be broken up by Tom who can’t break the news that Michael Swift has to come back into the show. While Linda, our stage manager is calling in the drop, Dennis and Ivy share a “omg he said he loved me” moment. When the cast is called on stage, Rebecca freaks out when she learns that Ted, her leading man, is gone. McSleazy tries to calm her down and lets Ivy step in for Rebecca while she cools off. McSleazy then goes on stage and yells to focus a light. Um, not your job. In the dressing room, McSleazy shares the Marilyn tidbit of the night to Rebecca in order to pep her up. Use your star power! Ivy eavesdrops on McSleazy and Rebecca only to be called out by Snoopy himself. He tells her that nothing’s going on between them and that he will keep an eye out for Ivy. What is his angle! Why is he bowing down to Ivy’s ever need? We know he’s not a genuine person so what could he possible want from her? McSleazy? Well that would be a plot twist.
Back in New York, Dev gets a surprise visit from RJ. I smell trouble! Especially since she’s brought over a bottle of booze. Eileen and Julia meet at Headquarters to announce that Michael Swift is back. She starts rattling off a list of other actors to replace Ted because she won’t sacrifice her family for theater any longer. Like we have a choice. Still in New York, RJ and Dev are sitting close on the couch, sipping booze, listening to music, and oh yeah, kissing. Dev, you sleazeball! Does this make RJ a more hated character than Ellis for doing this to Karen? It’s quite possible. Dev says he can’t, but the deed is done. Back in Boston, McSleazy is mad at all the designers with their choices. And Rebecca wants gloves. Tom tries to reason with Julia but she won’t let it happen. Julia tries to tell Frank about Michael, who’s also not ok with the thought. Don’t they both realize it’s not entirely their decision any longer? McSleazy wants to move on with rehearsal, but when it’s your birthday during a Marilyn inspired musical, you get the works. Rebecca comes out in Marilyn garb and sings “Happy Birthday Mr. Director” while the entire cast joins in for cake. Ivy is not having it. That should be her! She’s the only Marilyn who hasn’t gotten that chance this season! Sucks!
Eileen is at her boyfriend’s dive bar contemplating the demise of her show. Nick reasons with Eileen saying her priority is to the show and not to Julia. Will this sink in with her? At Sam’s house, Tom meets the family. Sam’s family is successful, making Sam the oddball child. Tom sucks up to Sam’s dad by saying that he agrees with Sam’s bad life choice. In the dressing room, McSleazy appears to be hitting on Rebecca. Really? Is seduction the only thing you know how to do? Apparently so because…now they’re making out. Manwhore! At Sam’s place, Tom continues to suck up to Daddy Ron by washing dishes and figuring out a way to talk sense into Sam. Sam is not happy. And rightly so. Ivy is waiting for McSleazy only to realize that he’s being McSleazy with Rebecca. Heartbreak sucks don’t it? Dev and Karen have a date night where Dev reveals his thoughts on their future. What will it be? Is he breaking up with her? Am I crossing my fingers? His mouth is opening and the answer is? Just say it? NO!!!! Dev! What are you—? Propose?! No! Don’t say yes! Ok, phew. “I’m in tech” will work for me, but not for Dev. Heartbreak really does suck.
At Sam’s house, Tom apologizes for taking sides. Sam sets it straight that theater is his life. He’s made that decision. He speaks for us all. His monologue leads to a kiss. But their kiss is broken up by Sam’s brother announcing “two boys kissing.” How childish. At the hotel, a party ensues where Bobby plans a sing off between Ivy and Karen. Team Ivy or Team Karen? The chorus takes their sides. Ivy starts us off with some soul and into dream world. And in her fantasy world, she’s alone in a hotel room with a backdrop of rain against the window. How cliché heartbreak. Through her fantasy, she sees all the times McSleazy played the sleaze card. A McSlezetage if you will. She sings “she doesn’t know what to do.” I can tell you. Vamanos! Dev catches Karen at the party. Dev claims he’s sacrificed so much for the stupid show. Dev drops his RJ bomb that he was with her in their apartment. Karen upon hearing the news storms off. Go girl! At the Houston’s, Frank and Leo convince Julia to go to Boston only if they go with her. And convenitly enough, it’s Spring Break. Spring Break: Boston! Meanwhile in Boston, Dev and Ivy have a chance meeting in a bar. Dev buys Ivy a drink not knowing who she is. But once they reveal their names, they both realize who they are. But let’s face it, we all know where it’s leading…
Did you like that mouth-dropping twist? If you told me weeks ago that was going to happen, I would have called you a fool. Well played. And what did you think of all the whacky liberties taken during “tech?” And who’s the sleaziest of all?