Hey, everyone. The ratings for Smash seem to have steadied at the level of last week. This week featured the first workshops and a party Derek threw for a star he discovered named Lyle West. I liked this episode a lot more than last week’s, so let’s take a look at it.
Karen is having a hard time fitting into the ensemble, and when Ivy finds out Karen is in the ensemble, she isn’t too pleased. While practicing “I Never Met a Wolf Who Didn’t Love to Howl,” Karen sings too loud for Ivy’s taste, and Ivy doesn’t hesitate in mentioning it.
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Later, when Ivy and Tom are having lunch, they talk about Karen being in the ensemble, and Ivy asks to have Karen sitting back during the song. When practice resumes, Karen has to move backward and quickly afterwards is removed from the song.
Later, Ivy, Michael, and the ensemble are practicing “Listen,” and when Ivy trips on the words, she tries to blame Karen. Tom and Derek decide to have Karen sit this song out. Karen storms out, and when Jessica, another member of the ensemble, asks what happened, Karen explodes, saying she could have slept with Derek and that the ensemble should be trying to help her.
Bobby, Jessica, and another member of the ensemble help Karen shop and tell her how to behave, dress, and dance so she’ll fit in. The episode ends with them dancing and Karen singing to “Rumor Has It.”
And in other story lines:
After finding out Jerry hid their money, Eileen contemplates selling a drawing Jerry gave her to get the required money ($200,000) she needs for the workshops. Julia mentions that Derek is throwing a party for Lyle West (played by Nick Jonas), a star he cast when he was eight, and Lyle has money to spend.
When Eileen shows up at the party, she sees her chance with Lyle and tries to have him invest in the show with the drawing as collateral. Lyle wants to see what the show is about, and Eileen has everyone show up at the party to perform “I Never Met a Wolf.” This convinces Lyle to invest.
Sam, an old friend of Ivy’s, confronts Ivy on her diva-behavior but Ivy doesn’t want to hear anything of it.
Ivy sees Derek flirting with another woman, and as a result, she flirts with Lyle. When she confronts Derek, he mentions that he will flirt with anybody who is willing to invest.
Tom has a date that his mother had him set up with, but after an awkward start, they seem to hit it off and they flirt a little.
Julia tries to ignore Ellis as much as she can. When she runs into Ellis at the party, she’s introduced to his girlfriend, but he introduces her as a friend. Julia also tries to keep clear of Michael.
First of all, I have to say that I really like Debra Messing this week, even though Julia didn’t have that much to do. First of all, she has nice chemistry with Christian Borle, she was funny (“Stop, stop, stop. Hold my drink.”) and that one line she sang was quite good (opposed to her singing while playing Grace).
And talking about the cast, I actually liked Nick Jonas. I have to say that I never saw a lot from his family’s breakout show, but I did see him in the Les Miserables anniversary concert DVD. And I really hated his performance during that concert, so I was curious to see how he would be on this show. And surprisingly enough, I liked him. I liked him during “Just Haven’t Met You Yet” and loved his scenes with Megan. He truly was adorable.
As far as Ivy and Karen went, I really felt for Karen this week. She is trying hard, this is her first job in a musical, and now Ivy is trying to ruin that. And to me, Ivy’s diva behavior was annoying and sort of came out of nowhere, so let’s hope that doesn’t get out of control.
Derek was kind of being a jerk this week, but he had a moment of clarity when he told Ivy “there’s nothing safe about being a star.”
Finally, a quick look at the songs of this week. “I Never Met a Wolf Who Didn’t Love to Howl” was a great song. It felt upbeat, and Megan was great at trying to seduce the male crowd during the party. “Listen” wan’t officially featured, but we did get a glimpse of it, and I’m very curious to hear the rest of the song. And Nick Jonas sang “I Just Haven’t Met You Yet,” which sounded good. To me, it wasn’t great, because I really love Michael Bublé’s version, so it tough to beat that.
Next week, on “Let’s Be Bad,” Karen joins Dev at a high-powered government party, Eileen and Ellis forge an alliance, the drama between Julia and Michael heats up and Ivy senses trouble in her relationship. It’s on at 10/9c on NBC. You can catch full episodes at http://www.nbc.com/smash/video/the-cost-of-art/1387618 and the songs of this week can be found at http://www.nbc.com/smash/music/?104.