THE "SMASH" REPORT: Season Two, Episode 15 or Grin and Bare It

By Ben Rimalower
13 May 2013

Leslie Odom, Jr., Katharine McPhee and Jeremy Jordan
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Once again, even in these last few, bittersweet hours of "Smash's" existence, you gotta take the rough with the smooth. This episode dealt so revealingly with the complicated dramatic passions of people working in theatre, and how often their wires get crossed when everyone's just trying do their own thing. I love how Tom worked to sex up the Oak Room show and Ivy wanted to show her sweetness and purity both under the auspices of Agnes' Bombshell Tonys campaign. Short of Eileen literally running every detail in everyone's lives—or hiring her publicist to direct the Oak Room show—this was unavoidable. That's show business!

But then you get this, "You told her that I slept with him," high school stuff. It's not that it doesn't happen on Broadway. It happens everywhere. That's the thing; it's not special about Broadway so it's less interesting on "Smash."

But enough complaining. We only have one episode left, a double hour two weeks from now. And Ivy just got a call from her doctor. She's pregnant! AND THE TONYS ARE COMING! Fasten your seatbelts. "Smash" is going down in blaze of, "Smash" is going down in a blaze.

(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.)

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