Smash s2 ep 15

With Julia gently but firmly keeping Jimmy in check, the mantle of Hit List Ass Hat passed to Derek this week as he screwed Ana (not like that) to try and hide the fact he screwed somebody else (yes, like that). That somebody else having blackmailed him into giving her a job because Derek – who is otherwise brilliant – cannot get the basics of sexual harassment law and why he needs to STOP BREAKING IT into his handsomely-coiffed head, no matter how many people sue him.

Sigh.

Of course, Jack Davenport’s Derek is far too appealing for even this inexcusable behaviour to turn me against him, but the writers – bizarrely – gave it their best shot. And what made the whole storyline even more annoying was that the entire point of it seemed to be to re-start the Ivy/Karen feud in the most convoluted and stupid way possible. I mean, really: Ana marching up to Ivy, “accidentally” accusing her of skankishness and then saying “Oh it’s okay, Karen told me”? FFS. Note to writers: grown women CAN compete for the jobs/roles/Tony Awards without scratching each other’s eyes out in the process.

Sigh again.

At least there’s hope in the Julia storyline: breaking away from Tom might have turned him and Eileen into sulking 5 year-olds, but it’s turned Julia into a kind, sensible, actual human being as opposed to the demented harridan she used to be. Tom’s Strippers R Us revue was a weird and uncomfortable thing to watch – I spent most of it worrying about whether that dress was going to contain Ivy till the end – but his duet with Julia, after an initially tuneless start, actually turned into quite a sweet affirmation of their friendship as she quietly persuaded him (using a deeply boring song that wasn’t a patch on Karen’s “Pretender“, it has to be said, but we can’t have everything) that he had to grow up and let her go. Aw.

6 thoughts on “Smash s2 ep 15

  1. e October 26, 2013 / 9:00 pm

    “So I have this idea for a show about unlikable people doing horrible things…” “Let’s call it HULK SMASH!” “Drop the Hulk, add some great music and Davenport and let’s do two seasons.”

  2. CJ Cregg October 27, 2013 / 12:19 am

    Heh. “Add some great music and Davenport” will persuade me to watch almost anything 😉

  3. Tim November 4, 2013 / 11:49 pm

    What is going on? All of a sudden we’ve got character twists and new plotlines (or old ones reignited) flying at us from everywhere. What’s the hurry? You’d think the series was ending or something …

    Seriously, though, it really is one revelation after another at the moment, isn’t it? I can barely keep up.

  4. Tim November 4, 2013 / 11:55 pm

    Oh yeah, forgot to say that Julia and Jimmy’s take on Kyle’s newsreel idea was brilliant.

    • CJ Cregg November 5, 2013 / 8:37 pm

      Hm, I dunno, Tim. I liked the electronic things coming up on the screen on stage but sending the audience texts during the performance seems really counter-productive to me. The audience would have to keep their phones on thoughout so surely they would feel free to read texts and maybe even take calls (!) from other people during the show too, instead of actually watching what was going on on stage?

      • Tim November 5, 2013 / 8:43 pm

        Oh yeah, the texting thing was just stupid. But the wall of social media on the stage was cool, as was the gimmick they did previously at the old MTW theatre with the iPads to form the Hit List poster.

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