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Tom has been appointed director of "Bombshell" after Derek leaves the show. But Tom's style and vision doesn't mesh with Karen, with who the rapport becomes quietly but openly strained. In ... See full summary »

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Tom has been appointed director of "Bombshell" after Derek leaves the show. But Tom's style and vision doesn't mesh with Karen, with who the rapport becomes quietly but openly strained. In addition, Tom doesn't feel he can use Derek's choreography, and as such the new dance numbers are insipid, especially in Jerry's eyes. Eileen works behind the scenes to regain legal production control from Jerry, but even if she does achieve this goal, it may be too late for Tom, who may be fired by Jerry, especially as he still wants Derek back at the helm. Jerry's wish may become reality as Derek is having troubles letting go of "Bombshell" from his life. Julia does whatever she can to protect Tom in this situation. Meanwhile, "Liaisons" now has as its star a non-medicated and thus non-manic Terry Falls, but that still may not be able to save the production from a critical drubbing on its opening and thus imminent closure. But some within the production may not see that as a bad thing. And after ... Written by Huggo

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Ce N'Est Pas Ma Faute (It's Not My Fault)
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Written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Performed by SMASH cast Featuring Sean Hayes
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***1/2 for this Episode
21 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

What a perfect title for this current episode. Derek has left "Bombshell," and gone over to work for that very way-off Broadway production. He is somewhat ethical, but of course, he always has to be in command. Karen, eventually, abandoning "Bombshell," is true to her part in the show, fiercely independent and an individualist. Of course, there is still some spark in her relationship with often turbulent Derek.

We never realize what goes on in the making or producing of a show. There is plenty of backstage intrigue and this episode, this series, provides all of that.

The scene from "Dangerous Liaisons" was absolutely hysterical. Could any show be so bad yet entertain the audience in the way that it did? Of course, with Dangerous closing, Ivy is free to do "Bombshell." How appropriate.


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