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After a successful run in Boston with Karen in the lead, "Bombshell" seems destined for Broadway, making Karen a Broadway superstar. As such, Karen is now part of the show's power team, and... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Debra Messing ... Julia Houston
Jack Davenport ... Derek Wills
Katharine McPhee ... Karen Cartwright
Christian Borle ... Tom Levitt
Megan Hilty ... Ivy Lynn
Jeremy Jordan ... Jimmy Collins
Leslie Odom Jr. ... Sam Strickland
Krysta Rodriguez ... Ana Vargas
Andy Mientus ... Kyle Bishop
Anjelica Huston ... Eileen Rand
Michael Cristofer ... Jerry Rand
Thorsten Kaye ... Nick Felder
Brian d'Arcy James ... Frank Houston
Jennifer Hudson ... Veronica Moore
Wesley Taylor ... Bobby


After a successful run in Boston with Karen in the lead, "Bombshell" seems destined for Broadway, making Karen a Broadway superstar. As such, Karen is now part of the show's power team, and, based on advice she gets from Broadway star Veronica Moore, she can make whatever requests she wants to protect the material. Despite most of the cast and crew being automatically rehired for the Broadway run, Karen has the power to dismiss Ivy, who not only tried whatever she could to thwart Karen's success, but was also the reason for her break up with Dev. Ivy, in turn, does whatever she can to secure her place in the show. The road to Broadway may not be a totally smooth one as Eileen's personal life takes its toll on her professional life. Meanwhile, Julia, who has not read the reviews, is unaware that her contributions were the one heavily criticized area of the show. But she and Frank try to repair their marriage following Julia's affair, which may continue to preoccupy her thoughts. Written by Huggo

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Drama | Musical








Release Date:

5 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Toward the end of the episode, when Tom and Julia decide to live together, he mentions that it could be like a sitcom. This may be a subtle nod to the show Will & Grace, in which Debra Messing, who plays Julia, starred (and now stars again) where she lived with her gay best friend. See more »


The distance between Karen and the bar when she's talking to Kyle changes dramatically between cuts. See more »


Eileen Rand: Jordan Roth isn't coming. Something must have happened.
Tom Levitt: Maybe he heard about Rebecca?
Derek Wills: Maybe he read Julia's reviews?
[raises eyebrows]
Eileen Rand: The press are here, waiting for an announcement. If he doesn't show, they're gonna notice. I need something to distract them... while I get to the bottom of this.
Veronica Moore: [pointing at Karen ascending stairs in their direction, in dazzling red low-cut evening dress] Why not use her?
Karen Cartwright: Hey.
[gazing at everybody]
Eileen Rand: Good thinking.
[rushes off]
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Broadway, Here I Come
Music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Performed by Jeremy Jordan
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