TV: Hilty, Peters and Rodriguez shine on ‘Smash’

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
Smash airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. on NBC
Rating: 3/5












You could say that this review of “The Parents” is five days late, or you could say I was waiting to tag team it with the Saturday Smash premiere. Your call.

Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) hooked up, and now Jimmy is all lovey-dovey with her. Gag. But wait a minute. Who’s at the door? Oh no, it’s Karen’s dad, Roger (Dylan Baker)! How unexpected. Is my bitterness apparent yet? It should be.

Roger has come to see why Karen gave up Broadway to do Hit List, but not before sneaking a peek at a boy in a leather jacket leaving through the window. That’s what every father wants to see.

Ivy’s (Megan Hilty) reaction to the news that her mother, Leigh Conroy (Bernadette Peters) will be joining Bombshell was perfect. The fake smile and “oh boy” attitude were spot on. Hilty and Peters shined tonight.

The guy that beat Jimmy up a few episodes ago returns. He literally just pops up in the street and then magically appears in the theater. Jimmy takes him out of the theater, and the guy threatens him. Oh, how cliché. What a troubled boy.

Derek (Jack Davenport) gives Roger a ticket to the banquet that is being held for Hit List, so that he can see the show’s potential. Except, all Roger notices is that Derek is wearing a leather jacket…

Leigh and Ivy play a tension filled scene all wrong. To help them find the emotion he’s looking for, Tom (Christian Borle) taps into their own relationship and stories. And it works, too well. Leigh acts high and mighty and embarrasses Ivy, but Ivy manages to sneak in a story about Leigh’s neglectful past. These two were perfect.

tn-500_nup_152559_1366Ana (Krysta Rodriguez) finally gets to perform, and she was fantastic. Performing as the Diva, she does an aerialist performance of “Reach For Me.” Rodriguez is so talented and I am thrilled she finally had a song that matched her vocals well and a number that was amazing to watch. However, I must say that the aerial performance was a bit much for a fundraiser.

During Ana’s performance, Derek finds Jimmy ruffling through people’s coats, looking for money. Apparently, that guy is a dealer who Jimmy owes $8,000 to because he took that amount after leaving the dealing world. Derek gives him the money to get the issue settled.

At an attempt for a comedic moment, both Derek and Jimmy approach Karen and her dad in their leather jackets… Oh, lord. No one cares about this.

Eileen (Anjelica Huston) and the editor from The New York Times are disgusting and pointless. The flirting is too obvious and awkward. He offers to not write the story on Bombshell so that the two can see one another. I’m sorry; were you not crazy in love with Nick like three episodes ago?

Leigh and Ivy duet to “Hang the Moon,” a number Marilyn’s mother sings to Marilyn while on her deathbed. The lyrics were beautiful. Smash only ever seems to never fail when it comes to the original compositions. Though Peters’s wig was plain awful, I really did enjoy this performance. I know her voice is not as strong as it used to be, but whose is after years of use?

Also I just love Bernadette and everything she does so do not criticize her. How many Tonys do you have?

Before he leaves, Roger lets it slip to Derek that Jimmy was with Karen. Oh boy. The raging Brit will be let loose.

After an entire episode of Julia (Debra Messing) trying way too hard for forgiveness, Scott (Jesse L. Martin) finally thinks of a way for her to help. He wants her to be a dramaturg for Hit List and help with the story. She agrees.

I’m not quite sure how I put into words the giant eye roll I have for this storyline. Think of the Liz Lemon eye roll and make it even more dramatic — yeah, that bad.












Upon learning that Tom was the one to approve Leigh’s role, Ivy puts an end to their friendship. Saw this coming but I am still upset. They’re adorable together.

Jimmy pays off the dealer and takes a baggie of crack for the road. I’m not kidding. Also, Jimmy’s real last name is supposedly not Collins. Oh, no! Who is this man?! If only I actually cared.

Only a few scenes earned the points for tonight’s episode: the ones between Peters and Hilty and Rodriguez’s performance. Without those, this episode would have had a 0.5 or 1 rating. I’ll say it fifty times more: Megan Hilty, please find something worth your time and talent.


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