Smash: Season 1, Episode 6

Chemistry (12 Mar. 2012)

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The workshop is being shown to potential investors. It's not good timing for either the creative team or Ivy has she has come down with a vocal stress issue, which is affecting her ability ... See full summary »


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The workshop is being shown to potential investors. It's not good timing for either the creative team or Ivy has she has come down with a vocal stress issue, which is affecting her ability to sing. Ivy is prescribed steroids to overcome the issue, but since she is hypersensitive to drugs, she has to make the decision to let the stress heal itself without the drugs which means probably allowing Karen to take over the lead for the workshop and potentially for the show, or to take the steroids and face the side effects. Meanwhile, Karen reluctantly accepts a gig that was originally Ivy's to sing at a bar mitzvah. Performing at the gig has an unexpected result for Karen. Eileen is feeling more confident in her life with Ellis now acting as her assistant. Tom continues his courtship with John. And after her passionate kiss with Michael, Julia tries whatever she can to avoid any personal contact with him, with little success. Written by Huggo

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Debra Messing's songwriting character would surely know the great Leon Russell first wrote and recorded "A Song for You", even though Donny Hathaway's cover was a hit. See more »


Ivy Lynn: [Getting mad at Derek] I don't need more time with the lyrics. You know what I need? I need to stop sleeping with men who are complete NARCISSISTIC PRICKS.
[Starts to leave. Pauses]
Ivy Lynn: Oh and you're not THAT good-looking.
[Now yelling as she storms out]
Ivy Lynn: And you're not that good in BED either!
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References History Is Made at Night (1937) See more »


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Written by Jessie J (as Jessica Cornish), Toby Gad, and Shelly Peiken
Performed by Megan Hilty
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Great Chemistry ***1/2
12 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I never thought I'd give chemistry 3.5 stars here, but I did.

Will Karen have new doors open to her as a result of singing at a Bar Mitzvah? Michael and the lyricist can't seem to keep away from each other as they rekindle their affair from 5 years back.

What is most disconcerting is the effects that the medicine that Ivy is taking to combat an inflamed throat is having on her. She is now subject to violent moods and her outburst at the end that Dexter isn't good in bed is certainly not going to serve well as the series goes on.

As always, the musical numbers are well-staged. They are fast paced and an absolute pleasure to watch.

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