'Smash' Recap – A Bucket Of Fire And A Glimpse Of Uma
To Karen’s surprise, Derek treats her gently at rehearsal. As Tom and Sam share a laugh, John arrives with coffee, but leaves without letting Tom know he was there.
Nick brings Eileen to meet his friend, aging rocker Randy Cobra. Is that Hugh Laurie? He’s interested in the musical, and says that there were once plans to make a musical of one of his songs, but it never got off the ground. She tells him that investing in a musical can be risky, but if a show hits, there’s literally no limit to the return. Randy tells her that he’s already rich, as Nick got Randy into a situation that was completely illegal, but the money kept pouring in. Nick tries to silence Randy.
Ivy crashes the chorus (and Karen’s) drinks party at a bar. She’s sweet as pie to Karen, although Sam wonders what Ivy’s up to. She congratulates Karen on the chance to play ‘Marilyn,’ if only for the week, and brings her a pair of sunglasses like the ones that ‘Marilyn’ wore in “Niagara.” Appletinis for everyone! Afterwards, Ivy and Karen walk together through Times Square, and Ivy tells Karen not to waste the chance to be ‘Marilyn’ for a week.
Dev and RJ meet for drinks as well. RJ tells Dev that there’s an opening for a Press Officer at the White House. If he’s interested, she’ll get him an interview. DC Is a great place for people like them – workaholic, political junkies. But Broadway equals New York, says Dev. RJ’s surprised to hear that Dev has still not told Karen about his work situation.
Julia and Tom find a high school production of “Three On A Match” for their anniversary ritual. She says it’s the biggest piece of junk they’ve ever written, but he reminds her that they were young, and he thinks it’s sweet. The play’s director announces the Tom and Julia are in the audience. Tom jumps on stage and thanks Julia for their ten years writing together. When he produces a gift for her, an apron signed by the cast and crew, she flees the theatre.
Tom apologizes to the director for Julia’s rudeness. In the parking lot, Julia’s moping. Tom’s angry at her, and she says she didn’t mean to hurt their feelings, but she says it was so moving she needed a moment to be alone. Tom says that if she doesn’t want to do these anniversaries anymore, he’ll understand. Julia tells him that Frank found out about her affair and left her. He won’t even talk to her.
Back home, Julia asks Leo if he’ll be home for dinner, and he reminds her that he has wrestling. She invites herself, wondering if Frank will be there. Leo says he won’t be, and he hates the situation. When he leaves the room, Julia takes Leo’s phone, and calls Frank, begging him to talk to her.
Sam asks Ivy what she’s up to. In a ‘Marilyn’ voice, ivy explains that she’s a nice person, and deserves a second chance. “Play nice to get back into the show. Clever.” says Sam.
Tom and John have coffee as Tom notes that the play they saw the other night has been pilloried in the paper. Why be a critic if you despise the theatre, he wonders? John reminds him that they hated the show, and left at intermission. Tom then notes that the Knicks just lost another game, but the writer doesn’t trash the whole team. John says that Tom’s never had any interest in sports before, and wonders why he’s doing so now. He accepts that they go to the theatre all the time, and that Tom doesn’t like his politics, but he can’t accept that Tom has feelings for someone else. Tom lights up like a candle whenever he looks at Sam, but never looks at John that way. Tom is speechless as John tells Tom “goodbye.”
Ellis tells Elaine that he researched Randy Cobra, and the guy has money and likes to invest. But he also dug up some dirt on Bartender Nick. Eileen is really angry with Ellis for getting into her friend’s personal life. She tells him to take the file away, and get her a coffee. You have been told, Evil Ellis!
At rehearsal, Karen again messes up her stage cues, but defends herself by saying that the script doesn’t make sense. As she’s talking, Derek hallucinates that Karen is speaking in a ‘Marilyn’ voice, and when he turns around, sees her in full ‘Marilyn’ costume - and attitude.
At the Bushwhack, Eileen is waiting for Randy Cobra. Nick says it’s only 3:30pm, Randy’s probably still in bed. She tells Nick that people normally get paid a lot of money for bringing in a major investor. He should ask for something, even if he doesn’t feel he did anything special. He says he will.
Karen answers her apartment door in a sexy negligee, thinking Dev’s forgotten his key, but it’s Derek who’s at the door. He’s come to tell her that Rebecca will be at rehearsals the next day, so she’s done, but he wants to tell her that she did some great work. He also wants to apologize for putting the moves on her during her audition.
As Derek leaves, he runs into Dev, carrying flowers. They get into a scuffle. Karen spots them from her window, and races down to separate the brawling duo.
As Ivy holds an ice pack to Derek’s temple, she learns that he was fighting with Dev, and can’t understand why Derek didn’t just call Karen, rather than go to her apartment.
Dev also wants to know why Derek came around. He doesn’t want her anywhere near Derek. Karen asks him if he’s asking her to quit the show. “Would you?” he asks. He wants to know what she’d do if there was an opportunity for him outside of New York. She says that ‘Marilyn’ is everything she came to New York to do. She wonders what he’d say if she asked him to give up everything he wanted to do, and he dares her to ask him. When she won’t, he leaves the apartment.
At Bushwhack, Evil Ellis lurks nearby as Eileen informs her investors that the ‘Cuban Assistant Crisis’ has been averted; Rebecca will be at rehearsal tomorrow afternoon. When Robin, one of the investors, says she still wants to meet with the star and see the designs, Eileen says that she doesn’t think that will happen. She introduces them to BOMBSHELL’s latest investor, Randy Cobra, who lurches off a bar stool and says “Wassup?”
Eileen then has Ellis give the investors back their contracts. Randy gathers them up, and hands them to Nick, who puts the contracts in an ice bucket, adds liquor, and sets the papers on fire. Randy’s now the only investor -the previous investors are out of the show. Eileen and Ellis toast the fire, apparently not realizing that they’ve just burned some important bridges as well.
As Karen sings “"Never Give All the Heart," we see Julia sitting at a café, presumably waiting for Frank, Ivy moping in her bedroom, Dev putting on his jacket as Karen watches from the other room, Tom having a sad breakfast alone, Eileen fist bumping Randy before kissing Nick, and Ivy lurking in the rehearsal room’s doorway. Its Karen’s last few moments as ‘Marilyn.’ Ivy scuttles out of the way as Rebecca Duval, her assistant, and her promo rep sweep into the room. Eileen greets her, and the cast bursts into applause, while Karen and Derek share a sad smile.
Next week: Meet the movie star who’s going to save the show. However, this diva may be more trouble than she’s worth. She’s looking for ‘a little re-write’ and ‘less singing and dancing.’ Eileen wants to know what Derek wants her to do. And Karen and Ivy think they hear the sound of investors demanding their money back.
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