Affairs complicate things on 'Smash'
February 21st, 2012
09:50 AM ET

Affairs complicate things on 'Smash'

Where do you go once you have cast Marilyn Monroe?

Monday night's "Smash" answered that, by casting Joe DiMaggio, in the show's musical-within-a-musical.

At first, Michael seems perfect for the part (he absolutely kills while singing Bruno Mars' "Grenade" onstage). But Julia isn't so sure.

In fact, she thinks the show could work without DiMaggio, to which Tom sarcastically replied that maybe there shouldn't be an Arthur Miller or JFK either – hey, no men at all, for that matter!

The reason she's hesitant about Michael, she ended up revealing, is that the two of them had an affair on a previous project.

This coincides with Ivy's relationship with Derek. Kudos to the writers for attacking the issue head-on: did she get the role because she slept with him?

Ivy worried about the relationship, but Derek seemed to have a reasonable explanation as to why she has never gone to his apartment, and promised that they could meet just to rehearse for the show sometime. Even so, Ivy's friend calling him "the evil director" may not be completely out of line.

As for Karen, she is set to be in the "ensemble" (a.k.a. the chorus), but in the meantime, went home to Iowa for a baby shower, where her friends treated her like the big Broadway star she isn't. Of course, we had to get at least one Katharine McPhee performance in, and it was a pretty good country karaoke performance of "Redneck Woman."

Despite Julia's misgivings, Michael got the part (obviously), and his duet with Ivy's Marilyn was very sweet, in a "Sound of Music" kind of way.

I have to say, though, it's a bit early on in the show for an episode like this, with only one performance from the actual musical. I guess they have to pace themselves.

Are you looking forward to seeing who gets to play Miller and JFK? Wondering where all this is going with Ellis' constant eavesdropping on Julia and Tom? Curious to see what Nick Jonas will bring to "Smash" next week? Share your iReport or comment below.

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  1. mimi

    I've got to say that I've been trying to like Smash, especially since it was so overhyped before it began, and the more I watch it, the more I dislike it. I find the characters unlikeable. The acting is terrible, the writing is worse, it moves at a snail's pace, the songs are's just a big hot mess. I loved Megan Hilty in Wicked but she just isn't a good fit in this role. Angelica Houston is so unconvincing as to be laughable and Debra Messing is worse. I gave it a shot and I won't be watching it again.

    March 19, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. guest

    I found thes at “Even NBC’s Boss Has Doubts about Smash 16 February 2012, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke has described as “problematic” the future of NBC’s Expensive new entry, Smash” “ “At the end of Comcast Corp.’s earnings call Wednesday NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke conceded to his colleagues that while “The Voice” should remain strong, “Smash is more problematic.” Burke apparently didn’t realize that his microphone was still live.” LA Times If he said this after the 2nd episode of NBC Smash, I wonder what he calls it after the third episode? Where NBC Smash is falling further and is way behind CBS Hawaii Five O and ABC Castle in total viewers and way behind CBS Hawaii Five O in 18 – 49 ratings, and soon will be passed by ABC Castle. And NBC “Smash,” lavishing $7 million on the pilot episode alone. NBC has shelled out another $25 million to market the show ahead of its Monday premiere, according to sources, and plans to heavily promote it a day before during the network’s coverage of the Super Bowl.” NY Post “The pilot cost more than $7 million and production of subsequent episodes runs about $4 million…, which has an all-star producing team. LA Times I’ve tried to watch Smash and it just drags on and on. It’s just kind of mind-numbing, how many times can you watch a casting couch soap opera? If it were a real play for Broadway, it’d never make the stage or it would close after 1 performance. And I do like the Smash Crash phrase tvfreak need to trademark it. @ Ralph M, thank you for pretty much summing up my exact thoughts about Smash. I was really looking forward to this show. But it’s really a bit of a bore. It’s slow, pretentious, a bit arrogant, and mostly humorless. The songs are great, but there’s not enough music for a show about musicals. I’ll stick around a few more episodes, but I’m quickly losing interest. Glee’s slipped a bit recently, but it’s still funny, entertaining, moves at a lively pace, and has lots of great music. We are seeing history in the making. NBC Smash continues to crash. The Smash Crash will be a popular well-known phrase used alongside Jumping The Shark. The show follows NBC The Voice and The Voice continues to have the highest ratings in terms of viewers and in the 18 – 49 ratings. And in 3 short weeks NBC Smash has dropped in ratings and viewers to a place where it will soon be canceled. NBC cannot afford to let the spot following NBC The Voice to be wasted, it is too great of lead in, and many other shows will do better in with this lead in. NBC Smash is just a bad serialized soap opera with has no syndication value. And the show cost $4 million an episode – twice that of regular television show. NBC is losing boat loads of money with Smash. This is historic: with all the money they put into this show, all the advertising on top of that, the best time slot following the biggest hit on television, and the big name actors, and this show crashed quickly and continues to crash, this is historic.

    February 25, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Peaches

    I love Smash it's the best show on TV so far this year.Kat McPhee is adorable I love when she sings and she's a wonderful actress,I can't get enough of her.I look forward to the next weeks show.I watch the rerun on Saturday also.

    February 21, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Fore

      Your g@y eh? Gots the hots for kat mcphee. That girl has a awful voice to by the way and her acting suks. Clay aiken should have that role.

      February 22, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Perry

    Great show, however that missing file and eavesdropping bit with that loser was not believable!
    Please fix this!!

    February 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Richard Fore

    @ lojenk that broad is a skunk. Do u look like her ? Come and lick my b@lls I think I luv u babe. *hope ur black too*

    February 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LoJenk

    February 21, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. trolling troll

    This is my fave show next to glee

    February 21, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |

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