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

By Ben Rimalower
09 Apr 2013

Katharine McPhee and Krysta Rodriguez
Photo by Will Hart/NBC

Karen and Jimmy are rehearsing even though it's 3 AM. Jeez, more like Manhattan theatre Sweatshop! Drunk Derek barks out from the back of the room, sans consonants, something along the lines of, "Eww. Gross! Jimmy and Karen sitting in a tree." It gets ugly. In his jealous rage, Derek grabs Jimmy. Jimmy reveals that Derek told him to lay off Karen. Karen tells Derek she's not his property, but she's mad at Jimmy for covering this up. I am actually impressed with Karen. But mostly I am bored. Where's Ann Harada? And seriously, Kyle, what was your idea?

I am not bored when Ivy runs after Tom, who stormed out of Gusto. Ivy is so wise. She explains that she loves him, but the show comes first now and she needs a director, not a friend, just like the show came first for him casting her mother without concern for her feelings. This is a business. It's not called "show friends."

Finally, Kyle explains his idea, which is unfortunately, unintelligible, something about Karen having less to do in Hit List and the Diva character having more. Derek looks super-pissy and you expect him to spew out some venomous, consonant-less tirade—bloo[d]y this, bloo[d]y tha'—but it turns out Kyle's idea will make Karen sad and Jimmy mad and Derek is on board, end of discussion.

However late it is, Gusto is still open and Ivy's gonna have her cake and eat it, too. She's got rhythm, she's got music, she's got Derek—he shows up with a birthday card. We hear Ivy singing a 90s Rent-style guitar arrangement of The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony" as couples come together—Julia and the artistic director, Eileen and Richard Francis, and then Karen and Jimmy.

Jimmy lets Karen wear his jacket (it's cold at 6:30 in the morning) and she finds a bag of drugs in the pocket. Karen says nothing. We tune in next week.

(Ben Rimalower is the author and star of the critically acclaimed Patti Issues now its ninth hit month off Off-Broadway. Read's coverage of the solo show here. Visit him at and follow @benrimalower on Twitter.)