Karen and Jimmy's first night together is cut short by the arrival of her father, in town for a conference. Beyond believing that Karen is in a sexual relationship with Derek, he can't get ... See full summary »

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Karen and Jimmy's first night together is cut short by the arrival of her father, in town for a conference. Beyond believing that Karen is in a sexual relationship with Derek, he can't get over the fact that she left "Bombshell", a Broadway show, for experimental theater. His demeanor toward Karen and the men in her life is based on this perspective. Specifically with Jimmy, he may not be able to outrun his past, which he'd rather forget, as he becomes more famous. Meanwhile, Ivy is having parent issues of her own, with her Broadway diva mother, Leigh Conroy, coming out of retirement to accept the role of Gladys, Norma Jean's mother, in "Bombshell". Ivy and Leigh's relationship during rehearsals surprises Tom, who isn't quite getting out of them what he wants. Julia tries too hard to mend her relationship with Scott, who in turn may have a condition to the reestablishment of their friendship. And Eileen and influential New York Times Arts Editor Richard Francis consider moving their ... Written by Huggo

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Ivy mentions having been in a production of Into the Woods at a young age. Bernadette Peters, who plays Ivy's mother in Smash, starred in the original Broadway production of Into the Woods, playing the Witch. See more »

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When Tom is talking to Julia about her sending an email to Scott, Tom's left hand moves from being wrapped around his coffee cup to being in front of him several times between shots. See more »

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References Gilmore Girls (2000) See more »

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Broadway, Here I Come!
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Written by Joe Iconis
Performed by Katharine McPhee
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***1/2 for this Episode
3 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode certainly does concentrate on parents. Our new director of "Bombshell" sure shows what he is made of in his way to extract great performances from Ivy, and Bernadette Peters, Ivy's mother, who is brought into the show to play Marilyn's (Ivy's) mother.

When he sees that they're not putting enough drama in their performances, he gets them to bring up things about each other that will ensue conflict and anger, which he is looking for. It's a bold idea which works when Peters belts out a great song in a wonderful way.

Does Collins have a drug problem? It sure looks that way. I hope that tragedy doesn't follow which would allow Derrick back into the life of Karen. I'm just guessing here.


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