Smash: Season 2, Episode 9

The Parents (2 Apr. 2013)

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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 ... 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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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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Hang the Moon
Written by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
Performed by Bernadette Peters
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Smash The Parents
3 April 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Broadway legend Bernadette Peters came back to the show to work even closer with Megan Hilty playing Marilyn's mother in Bombshell. Hilty and Peters were good together once again and their song performance together was one of the good moments to the episode because it was the chance to hear Peters sing. That was the Bombshell part of the episode and going to the Hitlist part means having a worse time as Karen's father (the great Dylan Baker) coming back and messing things up for the bad love triangle of Derek, Jimmy and Karen. The diva performance at the benefit was nice to watch seeing all the tricks even though they were mostly done to some bad vocals. A good episode of the show but still the biggest problem with the show is that it makes the smallest things bigger then they deserve to be. Two good original songs and Peters returning make an episode that can at least be watched.

EPISODE GRADE: C (MVP: Bernadette Peters)

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