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The Marilyn project has a new title and a new star: "Bombshell" with movie star Rebecca Duvall in the lead role. The production still has short term problems in that Rebecca is stranded in ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Julia Houston
... Derek Wills
... Karen Cartwright
... Tom Levitt
... Ivy Lynn
... Dev Sundaram
... Frank Houston (credit only)
... Ellis Boyd
... Eileen Rand
... Rebecca Duvall
... John Goodwin
... Leo Houston
... Nick Felder
... Sam Strickland
... Randy Cobra


The Marilyn project has a new title and a new star: "Bombshell" with movie star Rebecca Duvall in the lead role. The production still has short term problems in that Rebecca is stranded in Cuba and potential investors won't provide the money until they see some of the finished work. As such, Derek names Karen the understudy, she who is to work on the role to show the investors the project's progress in Rebecca's unavoidable absence. Ivy, who is angry that she wasn't given the understudy position but understanding of the reason why, tries a different tact to get back into the good graces of anyone of any importance who will listen. Karen being the understudy also doesn't please Dev, who learns of Karen's history with Derek and who is facing his own career crisis. Karen herself may regret taking the role based on her treatment by Derek. On the investment front, Nick believes he has a potential investor for the show. Ellis warns Eileen that having Nick as an investor has its risks. ... Written by Huggo

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9 April 2012 (USA)  »

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Karen Cartwright: [showing up at his office] Surprise!
Dev Sundaram: You're a sight for sore eyes.
Karen Cartwright: I have news.
Dev Sundaram: So do I.
[they embrace]
Dev Sundaram: Come on, you first.
Karen Cartwright: Movie star didn't show up.
Dev Sundaram: That's bad, isn't it?
Karen Cartwright: No, not this time. I got a promotion. I'm the understudy. And since there is no movie star, for now, I'm Marilyn.
[they kiss]
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Understudy is Well Stated ****
10 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

Excellent episode where Derek finally realizes that Karen is right for the part of Marilyn. Unfortunately, Eileen has made sure to get a noted Hollywood star, Uma Therman, to be the headliner in the show. While they eagerly await her from Cuba, Karen shows her mettle and Jack appreciates it.

The staging of the song about Richard Zannuck is well-staged in this show.

Our lyricist impatiently waits for the husband who left her for infedility returns. Methinks she will have a very long wait.

Ivey is as jealous as ever and will probably not stop at anything to certainly changed the way things have been going on.

This episode also proves that one still has to watch terminolgy, often, that of a continual series.

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