Joey O’Hern Staff Writer
(Spoilers Ahead; proceed with caution)
As the show opens we see Tom and Derek making their way into an empty yet gorgeous Belasco theatre. Tom leaps to the stage to show Derek possible new number “Public Relations”. The number features Marilyn surrounded by reporters as she makes her entrance into New York City. The number was rousing and it was great to see Christian Borle doing some character work on the show.
After a getaway trip Julia and Peter have a new perfect script which is good thing considering that now with Jerry as the producer there will be a full read through of the script with a couple of random actors and the creative team. If the script isn’t what he wants, Jerry plans to pull the plug on everything. Julia though gets word that Peter might not be as loyal as he suggests he is. Peter quickly sets the record straight and Julia is ready for the read through.
Ivy Lynn starts rehearsals for her new show “Liaisons”. Terry Falls (guest star Sean Hayes) a movie actor lead, not only knows nothing about working in the theatre but also apparently didn’t get the memo the show is a drama. Sean Hayes though was brilliantly funny as the highly medicated and not 100% there in the head actor. Ivy is concerned that what she thought was her big break would end up being the flop of the season. Ivy trying her best to get the show back track mentions to Terry that the show is drama, but to no avail as the show moves forward…as a comedy.
Karen makes her way to Kyle and Jimmy’s place letting them know that in 2 weeks Derek wants to direct a sneak peak performance of the first act of “Hit List”. Karen suggest before that happens they have a read through of the script with the help of a few actor friends. After the read through the opinion is pretty much unanimous, the songs are great yet the book needs severe work.
The creative team assembles for the read through and after the meeting, Derek calls Karen to let her know the new script went over incredibly well and it seems the show will be moving forward now. Despite Derek’s positive impression Jerry is not impressed. Jerry feels the newest script is too good for Broadway and prefers an older version of the script. It’s a draft that Tom slipped to Jerry, the version that deals with Marilyn making herself a star. The newly formed creative time can’t agree on which version of the script to use. Julia likes her new version, the script that is told from the mans perspective of who Marilyn. So with this major disagreement what will be the tiebreaker? Eileen. She will make the decision on what interpretation goes to Broadway.
And Eileen decides….Well you’ll have to tune into SMASH next week. Tuesday at 10 on NBC.
What did you think of this week’s episode?