'Smash' Recap: Star Power Brings Internal Struggles
'Smash' Recap: Star Power Brings Internal Struggles
So the big movie star Rebecca Duvall has arrived. How will she perform? Will she single-handedly save the show from ruin? Since this was really the only question of interest this week, let's see how it went. But first, a little detour into relationship land.

Holy Sex

Since last week, Tom and Sam have been showing early signs of spring fever, prompting a jealousy fit from Tom's (ex-)boyfriend. Julia sets them up on a date and calls a restaurant, but for a reason we will get into in a bit, Tom ends up bringing Sam back to his house before they even step foot into a restaurant. And soon enough, they're all over each other. But Sam goes to church and believes in God, so for him, sex is holy. "You're not a Republican, are you?", blurts out Tom anxiously. "Republicans don't own God!" is the answer. Which is indeed correct but also unfortunately means for Tom that he won't get any sexual healing that night.

Boring Songs

About that distraction that upset Tom's stomach in such a manner: Rebecca Duvall, the big movie star who's supposed to save the show, can't really sing. Also, she laments that the scenes are too short, and that there's too much "singing and dancing" preventing a deeper exploration of Mrs. Monroe's psyche. "The songs are boring!", she exclaims at the precise moment Tom walks by. And that's the reason why Tom skipped the restaurant. So in a way, Rebecca Duvall is directly responsible for Tom's emotional distress after being cut short in his sexual advances.

Derek's Visions

On the plus side: Derek is able to bring back Ivy as security, should the Rebecca Duvall thing not work out. When she first hears the star sing, she whispers to a mostly star-struck Karen: "Hear that? That's the sound of a thousand ticket holders demanding their money back." Nice one. And directly after, Derek has another one of his weird visions of Karen as Marilyn. This time she croons a song to him, and it's all supposed to be very convincing, except that Derek said seconds before that Karen is "too green" to take on the role. At this point, it mostly feels like the writers don't really know what to do with McPhee anymore, so they find various pretexts to make her sing at weird moments.

Julia's Marriage

Leo, our new favorite annoying teen, is apparently flunking classes. So Julia has to meet with Frank for the first time since he walked out for good. And he still hasn't forgiven her of course. "I have nothing to say to you", is his assessment of the situation. And indeed, when they both find themselves in front of the guidance counselor, Frank says nothing of their marital woes and pretends all is in good order at home. This charade, however, is cut short by Julia bellowing "stop lying!" and then unloading the entire story of her screwed-up marriage to the guidance counselor.

Professionalism

In the end, Rebecca Duvall turns out to be a consummate professional asking everyone to be "more honest" with her so she can turn in her best work. And when Eileen drops in on the rehearsal three days later, Rebecca Duvall seems to be totally up to task. Seems like Ivy was a little too eager to dismiss her right away, although the show is setting up the movie star's problematic private life to be the real deal breaker here so we'll see.

So what do you think of Uma Thurman's Marilyn this week? Has she earned her stripes enough to be up there on the stage, or do you wish Ivy back?

Jan Cee
Contributing Writer

(Image courtesy of NBC)

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