Smash seems to be going round and round in circles
by Stuart Munro@StuartMunroTO
Things go so badly that Ivy and Terry decide to “go down in a blaze of glory” on opening night. Whatever that means.
Meanwhile, at Bombshell, Karen and new-director Tom seem to be having some . . . differences of opinion . . . and I think Karen is going to fall apart without Derek to push her just the right way. Julia, on the other hand, thinks the show (this version of which she didn’t want to use) is “fantastic.” Until Tom mentions one of the cut scenes involving Marilyn’s mother from her newer, unused version of the book that is. This scene has never come up before, but is the lynch pin of the episode. Huh? For legal reasons there’s a new choreographer on board (we don’t see his face or get his name before we see his mediocre work), but everyone is unhappy with it. Well. Except for Tom, who may exemplify everything I dislike about commercial theatre – its bland accessibility. Karen can’t dance, and so Tom fills in for her, and goes out of his way to make her just as bland as everything else. Honestly. I thought the whole reason we established Tom as being good with actors was so that this particular transition would go smoothly. I just don’t know what’s going on anymore. Jerry, it turns out, is betting against Tom and hoping to get Derek back, so Eileen and Julia do some sleuthing in hopes of finding a legal loophole to get Jerry out (spoiler! They find one).