by Stuart Munro
There wasn’t a single new song this episode – the production number we see is something we’ve seen before (though possibly from last season, I don’t remember fully)
Moving along! The Bombshell dress rehearsal isn’t exactly going according to plan (Ivy ends up naked), but she also gets some stupendous reviews, and not just about her “Monroes.” The accidental nudity gets some buzz going, and Eileen tries to convince Ivy that it’s worth keeping in the show. The technical issues, however, force Eileen to cancel the first preview . . . unless Tom can fix all the issues by 3pm. So no pressure! Sam, meanwhile, tries to talk Ivy out of appearing nude on stage (“I was in Take me Out. Do you remember the plot?” “I remember penis.” For the record, that’s all I remember too), and Tom is freaking out because not all of the problems are resolving as fast as he’d like, but Julia comes up with a quick fix that everyone seems to love, but that makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE. The company all start Act II in the audience? Including Marilyn? And no one in the audience notices them getting there? Please. . . . Ivy is keeping her nude decision for the first preview a cliffhanger, hoping she’ll know in the moment. She makes an interesting decision, and changes the timing of the nude scene giving it even more impact, and at the end of the night there’s a crowd waiting for her at the stage door. So apparently the first night went well.