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The Surprise Party 

Personal relations between Tom and Ivy are still strained, into which Ivy brings the cast onto her side. Wanting to mend their friendship, Tom, at the last minute as he reminded of the date... See full summary »



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Personal relations between Tom and Ivy are still strained, into which Ivy brings the cast onto her side. Wanting to mend their friendship, Tom, at the last minute as he reminded of the date, asks his friend and Ivy's idol Liza Minnelli to provide a surprise to Ivy for her birthday later that evening. Beyond Ivy already having made arrangements with her cast mates to celebrate her birthday without Tom, the evening has the potential to be a disaster for all concerned, which includes Eileen and Richard, who are testing the waters of a personal relationship. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Karen have embarked on a sexual relationship, but Karen wonders if Jimmy not wanting to tell anyone about it is a red flag. And Derek contemplates being honest with Karen about his feelings for her. While these three struggle with their as of yet unknown romantic triangle - at least unknown to Karen - Scott, Julia and Kyle work on the show without them. Their close working relationship may reignite romantic ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Musical






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9 April 2013 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Just before Liza Minnelli goes up to sing, she is about to tell her what she is about to do, but decides not to say anything. The line involves her stammering at first and then saying, "Well, you'll find out." Her lips, however, do not match up and instead say, "You'll see." See more »


A Love Letter From The Times
Written by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
Performed by Christian Borle & Liza Minnelli
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Smash The Surprise Party
7 April 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Smash makes it's move to Saturday maybe to die but still I watch just to get to the end of the show. This week's second episode featured a guest appearance of legendary Liza Minnelli playing herself of course to celebrate the birthday of Ivy as a gift from Tom because the two no longer get along. Liza was OK because all she really did was sing a duet with Christian Borle and while she was good the song was boring and did not make much of an impression. Each of the musicals seem to get closer to each other with Julia working close with Scott as a help to the Hit List show. Karen was in a love triangle with Jimmy and Derek and now while she has picked Jimmy as her boyfriend she has lost a lot in the show because it was changed and the diva character is the best thing about the show. Nothing else in the episode was worth talking about because it is either bad or a non presence in the episode overall. The show continues to make the Broadway scene look bad which is sad compared to how exciting it could be.

EPISODE GRADE: D- (MVP: Megan Hilty)

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