Smash: Season 1, Episode 9

Hell on Earth (2 Apr. 2012)

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With Derek and Eileen's experiment to take the show in a different direction musically a failure, everything about the show truly is up in the air. With much work ahead of them before ... See full summary »



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With Derek and Eileen's experiment to take the show in a different direction musically a failure, everything about the show truly is up in the air. With much work ahead of them before anything substantive can be shown, Derek isn't sure he can wait and thinks about quitting. Eileen has her own idea of directors to replace him. The one thing that they can agree on is that a star is needed to headline the show. Ellis believes that his behind-the-scenes work in getting that star will provide him with the ammunition he needs to get his career to that next level. Despite the tremendous amount of work they have to do on the show, both Julia and Tom become further preoccupied with their respective personal lives. Frank believes the song he finds on Julia's nightstand is an indication that not all is all right in the Houston home life. Frank decides to take direct action at least to receive his small sense of justice. And Tom receives yet another piece of information about John which is the ... Written by Huggo

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The shoulder strap on Michael's bag twists and untwists between shots during his confrontation with Frank. See more »


Julia Houston: It's over.
Frank Houston: Is it?
Julia Houston: Yes. Yes.
Frank Houston: It was Michael, wasn't it? I thought, when I saw you two at the workshop, but then I thought, God, no, she wouldn't, she wouldn't, that's just not even... possible. That's what I thought.
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Written by Andrew Harr, Jermaine Jackson, Stacy Barthe, LP, Corey Gibson, Chris Ivery, Avril Lavigne, Lauren Christy, Scott Spock, and Graham Edwards
Performed by Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty
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1.9 is a Bombshell ***1/2
4 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The new title for the musical based on Marilyn Monroe's life could equally be used for this episode.

Frank proves that he is no ordinary science teacher by his reaction when he discovers Julia's affair. He really asserts himself as a man, but is he really?

The Anjelica Huston character shows that she can be nasty, especially when Ellis wants to be the co-producer. Her condescending, demeaning response shows what she is really made of. No wonder her husband took off.

The saddest part of the episode is Ivy's rapid decline. Her taking to pills leads to a disastrous performance while on stage. How coincidental that Karen was returning glasses to her and the two seem to be hitting it off while hitting the bottle.

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