by Stuart Munro
It’s a real shame Smash moved nights and lost what little fan-base it had, because the last few episodes have really worked for me.
At Hit List, Jimmy and Karen continue their romance, but under the radar so Derek doesn’t catch wind of it and get too jealous. Karen gets fed up and puts things on hold until Jimmy’s ready to go public. So, you know, good for her. Richard shows up to rehearsal hoping for “something worth writing about,” and Derek shows him a fantastic number about recreating yourself called “Original.” This is the kind of song I love – something that’s tied into the plot, moves our understanding of Karen’s character forward, and flows in and out of the scene smoothly. It’s also a pretty great tune, and the staging is wonderful. Thankfully, Richard is “intrigued.” (Though question, Hit List is a rock opera now. Why is there so much bad dialogue?!) Derek finds out about Jimmy and Karen and, predictably, flies off the handle during a rehearsal (that curiously has no one else at it). And when Karen finds out that all the secrecy was because Derek told Jimmy to keep away from her, she gets rightly mad at Jimmy and (sadly for television writing everywhere) tells him she wished he’d been “more of a man.” So, in an effort to man up, Jimmy takes Karen out on a real date – but when he offers her his coat, he forgets about the cocaine in the pocket. Oops.