Smash is the musical drama that sparks a flurry of emotions in anyone who watches it. People either love it, hate it, or love to hate it. So to help celebrate all the outrageous, over-the-top, and fantastically farfetched moments, we present to you a weekly recap filled with the best Smash superlatives! What was the best cover song of the night? Who had the best verbal bitch-slap? What was the biggest Season 1 jab? Read on for all of the awards, and take to the comments with your favorite moments from “On Broadway” and “The Fallout.”
It’s back to NYC for the cast and crew of Bombshell — their preview in Boston ended, and while the majority of the musical had sensational reviews, the critiques were less than pleased with Julia’s script. Oh well, she’s too preoccupied with the fact that her marriage is officially kaput after an extremely embarrassing public blow up. Luckily Tom invited his bestie/business partner to move in with him, so now we have a Will & Grace 2.0 kind of situation. Tensions were at an all-time high between Karen and Ivy as the new queen Marilyn of Bombshell slowly but surely tried to edge Ivy out of the show. Ivy apologized to Karen for being a fiancé-seducing slut, denied a kiss from Derek, and began to realize that she needs to focus on herself to lead a happy and healthy lifestyle. However, none of that really mattered because Eileen’s ex-husband tipped off the government about the dirty money she was using to fund the show, and the Broadway-bound production was frozen. Just like that.
While waiting to learn the fate of their beloved musical, Derek encouraged Karen to find “something else” that would captivate her attention. The Iowa native was instantly intrigued by a hot-headed bartender named Jimmy — who has an amazing voice, but was extremely stubborn and protective of his work. Jimmy’s writing partner Kyle was thrilled to learn that Karen was interested in learning more about their musical, and went behind his best friend’s back to show the Broadway starlet all of their amazing songs for “Hit List.” Karen and the rest of her posse headed to Kyle and Jimmy’s apartment in Brooklyn for a little party, and after some light/awkward flirting, Karen surprised the room by singing one of Jimmy’s songs. Jimmy was furious, but after a few days — and the cold shoulder from his best friend — Jimmy gave Karen a copy of everything he’s ever composed, and Karen later shared them with Derek.
In order to save face from her brief Broadway failure, Rebecca Duvall accused Derek of sexual harassment, and then six other dancers from the director’s past decided to jump on the womanizer bandwagon too. At the American Theater Wing gala, Eileen and the rest of the Bombshell team were shunned, so in order to really make a splash, they asked Ivy to give an impromptu performance to show their peers the immense talent that the musical would have had. In the end there was no need to worry, the government cleared Eileen’s dirty mobster money — but she still needed more. Conveniently her smarmy ex-husband, Jerry, was ready with his open checkbook to dish out the dough so he could put his name next to hers on the Playbill.
Best Original Song: Ivy’s performance of “They Just Keep Moving The Line” at the gala was hauntingly beautiful.
Best Cover Song: Karen and Veronica (The lovely Jennifer Hudson) captivated the Bombshell press peeps with their infectiously fun rendition of, “On Broadway.”
Biggest Bombshell Blunder: Bombshell is the show that just can’t seem to catch a break. So what was the problem this week? There were multiple, actually. First, the St. James theater pulled out of their contract with the show, and then someone tipped off the government about the dirty money that was used to fund it all. And, finally, Eileen had to ask her ex-husband to save the show by writing a big fat check, thus securing the fact that he now will forever have his hand in the Bombshell cookie jar.
Best Insult: “Tom did you pack something warm for your trip to the moral high ground?” — Derek, to Tom.
Best-Backhanded Compliment: “If you stop clenching your jaw like that, you could actually be cute. Relax” — Jimmy, to Karen
Most Swoon-Worthy Moment: Jimmy pouring his heart out into “Broadway Here I Come.” The pure magic of his voice mixed with intense yet sexy scowl on his face while he played the piano was perfection.
Best Almost Kiss: This is a tie, and of course they both involve the oh-so sexy Derek Wills. The sexual tension between Derek and Karen was ridiculously high as their lips almost met. But we also loved the self-aware comedic moment between Derek and Ivy as she quipped, “Nope. Ain’t gonna happen.” Basically any near-kiss involving Derek is better than any real kiss with anyone else.
Dumbest Line: “Mark my words, I’ll have this all ironed out toots sweet.” — Eileen to some sure-to-be confused person on the phone.
Biggest WTF Moment: Derek’s alcohol-induced hallucination of “Would I Lie to You.” Wearing a curve-squeezing black dresses and hot pink pumps, Ivy, Karen (and a group of fembots?) grabbed Derek’s crotch, threw him across the room, and fawned all over him. WTF.
Best Verbal Bitchslap: “You can catch the next one.” — Karen to Ivy as she shut the elevator door in her face
Most Awkward Moment: In order to get Julia out of her funk and into the real world, Tom told her that they would be presenting at the American Theater Wing Gala. Smooth. Julia fawned all over the Gala Director, thanking her for the honor — babbling on and on about how thrilled she was to be speaking in front of the entire room. It was beyond awkward when Julia learned that she had been deceived by her best friend.
Best Jab at Season 1: “In the spirit of honesty and as your friend and partner, can I say something? It’s time to retire the scarves.” — Tom to Julia, referring her fashion horrors from the first season.
What did you think of the Season 2 premiere of Smash? Which superlatives would you like to add to the list? Sing your thoughts in the comments below!
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