Smash: Season 1, Episode 4

The Cost of Art (27 Feb. 2012)

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Despite their respective roles in the production, the seeming battle between Ivy and Karen continues into the workshop. Ivy is mad since she wasn't told previously that Karen would be in ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Despite their respective roles in the production, the seeming battle between Ivy and Karen continues into the workshop. Ivy is mad since she wasn't told previously that Karen would be in the ensemble. Ivy, despite or because she knows Karen is talented, does whatever she can to ensure that Karen gets as little work in the background as possible. Karen is mad as she learns that Ivy and Derek are in a sexual relationship, something she knows she could have had with Derek if she wanted, and something she knows got Ivy the part regardless of talent. She is also mad because of the stunts Ivy is pulling to minimize her work. Regardless, Karen is determined to be the best ensemble player ever, without truly understanding what that really means. Karen ultimately gets some unexpected support in making her way through her first ever Broadway musical ensemble. Meanwhile, Derek is throwing a birthday party for former Broadway child actor and now television star Lyle West. The party adds another ... Written by Huggo

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1.4 is **** All the Way
28 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Terrific episode where producer Anjelica Huston tries to sell a Renoir, owned by her soon-to-be divorced husband, so that she can put money into the show.

Karen discovers that Ivy and the director have been sleeping together. Ivy sees Karen as a threat and is successful in moving her out of various routines.

Towards the end of the show, an excellent song and dance routine is done by Ivy. She has certainly perfected a great intonation of the late Marilyn Monroe.

Karen may come from Iowa, but it certainly appears that she will not be shut out. She begins to form a bond with the rest of the ensemble cast.

Very well-done, entertaining episode.

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