February 14th, 2012
02:49 PM ET
[SPOILER ALERT: Do not read any further if you haven't seen – or don't want to find out details about – the most recent episode of "Smash."]
Say what you will about Monday night's "Smash," but it was certainly no slouch in the music department.
The four big performances (Karen's "Let Me Be Your Star," something of the show's theme song; her performance of "20th Century Fox"; her cover of "Call Me"; and Ivy's cover of "Crazy Dreams") were all tremendous. Let's just say they won't hurt business on iTunes.
While Karen fought and fought for the role of Marilyn, despite lacking at times in the dancing and performance department, Ivy immersed herself in Marilyn Monroe's life.
In the meantime, Anjelica Huston's Eileen finally had something to do, between fighting with her ex-husband and keeping Derek on as director of the show.
However, none of this (including the fact that Tom's assistant's main purpose seems to be to eavesdrop) was remotely as interesting as the competition between (still-haloed, despite missing her boyfriend's big dinner to rehearse) Karen and Ivy.
When Derek introduced the two of them, it seemed like (as Karen described it) he was playing mind games.
Of course, one can't forget that Karen refused to sleep with Derek in the premiere. Despite this, he seemed to be arguing her case with the writers and Eileen.
But no sooner than we thought we figured out Derek's game, Ivy ends up sleeping with him.
What seemed to be a long, drawn-out struggle for the role of Marilyn came to an end at the episode's conclusion (which seems only fair since, as Julia remarked, both of them were being tortured, not knowing).
And the winner of the big role was - Ivy!
So, where does it go from here? How does the fact that Ivy is in a relationship with Derek come into play? What is Karen's next move? Will there be another wrench thrown into the works that gives her a second chance at the role? Most importantly, will you keep watching?
Tell us what you thought of the episode, including the big decision, on iReport, or comment below.
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