by Stuart Munro
(“This is boring. I want my catfight already.”)
Over at Bombshell, Ivy has no idea that her overbearing mother, Leigh Conroy (played by Bernadette Peters), is coming to star in the show. When she finds out, she’s . . . less than thrilled. Eileen is pleased, because it gives the show some star power, but Tom and Julia both seem to recognize just how awkward this is going to be. Still. It gets Bombshell on the cover of the arts section of the Times. So all’s well that ends well, right? Their first rehearsal together is going surprisingly pleasantly, much to the chagrin of the cast (“This is boring. I want my catfight already.”), but it isn’t exactly interesting. So Tom gets them to relive some of the more awkward parts of their early life together and the knives come out, forcing Ivy to leave the rehearsal hall. Nevertheless, the ploy works, and Ivy and Leigh manage to create a pretty heartwarming scene at the end as Marilyn visits her mother in the hospital. Ivy finds out from Sam (who’s still in the show?) that the decision to cast Leigh was Tom’s, and so she ends her friendship with him.