In my previous life I was an actress, musical theatre to be exact, just like the girls on Smash. I suffered through many callbacks. Last night’s episode of Smash was a bit of walk down memory lane.
We open with Karen (Katherine McPhee) singing call me to an audience filled with the folks at the show who have not called her back yet. Really show, really, a little heavy handed and cheesy don’t ya think.
Cut to a meeting with Julia (Debra Messing), Tom (Christian Borle), Derek (Jack Davenport) and Eileen (Anjelica Houston), the creative team debating who should be cast Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) or Karen. Tom is totally team Ivy Lynn, while Derek is totally team Karen, Julia and Eileen are referring. Tom’s assistant, Ellis (Jamie Cepero) is listening at the door, he is totally up to no good.
Obviously since the episode is titled The Callback we know they can’t make a decision and we must have another callback. And we are off.
The episode also touches on the ridiculous adoption sub-plot and Karen’s relationship with her boyfriend Dev, (Raza Jeffrey). We all know both of these will end badly so lets just wrap those up now.
Spoiler Alert when all is said done Ivy Lynn gets the job, I am thinking sleeping with director may have helped. But her joy will be short-lived, when Uma Thurman comes in as the big Hollywood star to boost ticket sales.
Eventually both Karen and Ivy Lynn will be cast, one as Norma Jean and one as Marilyn, the understudy thing has been done to death after “All About Eve” what show could even come close.
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