Smash: Season 1, Episode 5

Let's Be Bad (5 Mar. 2012)

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In the workshop, Derek seems to be changing both his professional and personal allegiance from Ivy to Karen, which places both women in an awkward and embarrassing situation. While Ivy ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Houston (credit only)
Nitya Vidyasagar ...


In the workshop, Derek seems to be changing both his professional and personal allegiance from Ivy to Karen, which places both women in an awkward and embarrassing situation. While Ivy continues to take her frustration out on Karen, Karen seeks support from Dev, who provides little as he is focused on his own issue of a job promotion. Despite Karen feeling that one of Dev's professional associates has her sights on him, Karen is able to funnel her energies and channel a little bit of Marilyn in helping Dev in his cause. Meanwhile, Leo gets into a situation with the police, which is bad timing for Julia as Frank is out of town, she has to complete the book, and her mind is focused on trying to avoid Michael (without success), with who the sexual tension continues. Tom indirectly comes to Leo's rescue, which factors into Tom's continuing question of whether he likes John as a potential boyfriend or not. Written by Huggo

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Tom refers to Leo's release from police custody on a "bench warrant". A bench warrant is a judicial order for an arrest, not a release. Tom may have meant a "desk appearance ticket" but if so that contradicts the statement that Leo was not arrested, since an appearance ticket is an arrest. See more »


References CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) See more »


Happy Birthday, Mr. President
Performed by Katharine McPhee
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So Good to Be Bad ***1/2
7 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Our director begins to see problems with Ivy's portrayal of Marilyn and humiliates her by having Karen sing Happy Birthday Mr. President to her in order to show Ivy how the song is to be sung.

Julia's former romantic fling with the Joe Di Maggio guy starts anew while her husband is away attempting to be re-certified in teaching. In addition, the adoption is in jeopardy when their son is arrested for smoking pot.The episode also shows that when you have a smart lawyer, a homosexual in a relationship with her collaborator in the show, you can get the charges reduced to a bench warrant.

Of course, by the end of the episode Ivy again is smooching with her director. Seems as though they're developing a love-hate relationship. Being upset, Ivy begins to literally take on the characteristics of the late Miss Monroe.

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