TV: The new ‘Smash’ is sure to be a hit: Part 2

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
Smash airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC
Rating: 4.5/5

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Thanks for coming back, folks! Now, let’s get back to the not-as-fabulous-as-part-one-but-still-great part two of the season premiere of Smash.

Karen (Katharine McPhee) desperately wants to pursue Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) and Kyle’s (Andy Mientus) musical. But, Jimmy is more than reluctant to cooperate. He keeps saying he doesn’t want help, that it’s his show.

I’m sorry. I don’t think this is one bit realistic. I am pretty sure that any struggling artist in New York City would be more than willing to accept the help from someone who has connections. If there’s one thing Scripps has taught me, it’s that networking is key. Boy, did Jeremy not pay attention.

In a state of depression, Julia (Debra Messing) does not want to leave the apartment. I don’t know why she’s moping. She is rid of Frank; I would be rejoicing not sulking.

Ivy (Megan Hilty) and Sam (Leslie Odom Jr.) run into a girl from their past who quit acting and theater and is now in the stationery business. Blah. Except, this gets Ivy thinking. No! I refuse to have you quit!

Ivy talks with Julia again and, again, Julia offers great advice. She doesn’t quit this business even though it makes her crazy because there’s always something that reminds her of why she loves it or something that makes her day better (like marshmallow whip).

More and more, dancers and other performers are coming forward accusing Derek (Jack Davenport) of sexual harassment after Rebecca Duvall (Uma Thurman) came forward first. Can’t say I’m surprised.

He then confronts one of the dancers who accused him. She tells him that women only hooked up with him because of his power as a director, not because anyone actually liked him. Ok, that was a bit harsh. I know he’s a pig, but he’s British, so he can get away with it.

Eileen’s (Anjelica Huston) new fixation is getting into the American Theater Wing dinner, even taking Jerry’s (Michael Cristofer) seats.

Tom (Christian Borle) runs into Harvey Fierstein (in a cameo) on the street and ends up saying that he and Julia will both appear at the Theater Wing dinner – even though she said she didn’t want to go – and that the two will be making a speech. Oh, Tommy. Don’t make lies just to prove yourself; they never turn out alright. Don’t you watch any TV or movies?

Drowning his sorrows in liquor, Derek drunkenly-envisions a musical number performed by Karen, Ivy and other women. “Would I Lie to You” was, again, a cover performed perfectly. The song and choreography were fantastic, but I disliked Davenport’s acting in the scene – bit of an overkill.

Ivy stumbles upon a drunken Derek, and the two somehow have a nice chat. He tells her to never give up on her dream, and she tells him that he’s not the monster the media depicts him to be.

I don’t get the Derek-Ivy or Derek-Karen relationship issue. I don’t think it would work for either of the situations. The chemistry is lacking and isn’t that interesting of a storyline to go back and forth on.

At the Theater Wing dinner, Julia gets mad at Tom for adding another embarrassment to her list after finding out she isn’t supposed to be speaking. Tom admits to doing it because he’s sick of people telling him to find a new writing partner; he just wants his old one back. Awh. Eileen and the rest of the Bombshell crew are asked to leave so as to not taint the Wing with their controversy. Ouch.

In an attempt to get Jimmy to collaborate, Karen and her friends go to a party at his apartment. Karen awkwardly attempts to flirt with him and in a weird flow ends up singing one of his songs, “Caught in the Storm,” since Kyle had given her some of Jimmy’s notes.

If he was reluctant to work with you before, why would you think this would work? Of course, Jimmy is furious and storms out. He dismisses Karen’s help for one last time, annoying her and Kyle, who is mad that he’s wasting this opportunity.

You go, Kyle. I’m rooting for you!

Because she wants to be a BAMF, Eileen decides to have an impromptu performance at the Theater Wing dinner in order to show the community what they’ll miss if Bombshell closes. Karen is unavailable, so they bring in Ivy who sings “They Just Keep Moving the Line,” a new original song from the show.

Hilty has an amazing powerhouse voice that I have missed terribly. She has the Broadway voice that makes these original songs shine. It was an impeccable performance.

Eileen decides to draw up a contract with Jerry in order to fund Bombshell. Well, this isn’t going to be good.

Jimmy goes to Karen’s apartment to give her a recording of everything he has written in order to make it up to Kyle. This is going to be good. I’m so excited to see what this new musical will bring to the show!!

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