THE "SMASH" REPORT: Season Two, Episode 10, Or, Surprise, It's Liza!

By Ben Rimalower
09 Apr 2013

Leslie Odom, Jr. and Megan Hilty
Photo by Will Hart/NBC

Uptown, Tom wishes Ivy an awkward happy birthday, pretending he remembered all along, like all the time they were bitching each other out during cue-to-cue, he was planning this big Norma Desmond style, "Happy Birthday, darling. Did you think I'd forgotten?"

Ivy claims to have no birthday plans. Perfect! Tom's taking her out. Twenty minutes ago, she was disrespecting him in front of everyone, and now she's a pushover, unable to say, "No thanks. I'm busy." I don't get it!

Eureka! Here's the good press Eileen's been desperate for! Tonight, Ivy and Tom will be celebrating Ivy's birthday and—wonder of wonder, miracle of photo ops, Liza Minnelli is going to happen to be there! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!

Downtown, Kyle wishes Jimmy were meeting Julia with him so they could get dramaturged together. But Jimmy is back in the costume shop whispering sweet nothings in Karen's ear—like, "Know where else would be cool to do it? The lighting booth!" Karen wants to tell everyone they're boyfriend and girlfriend, but Jimmy won't. Karen walks out. Wow.

Tom and Ivy are having an awkward four-course birthday dinner. Eileen and Richard are there too, canoodling, which for them means discussing Robert Wilson's P.O.V.

At Manhattan Theatre Workshop, Julia has been teaching Kyle about storyboards for hours and he's starting to really get the hang of it, moving cards around like a kid in a Parker Brothers' Memory commercial, when Julia and the artistic director get nostalgic. Even Kyle can read the subtext and asks if they ever dated. A.D. admits he wanted to. I don't know about you guys, but I am long past getting invested in new characters, least of all Julia's love interests.