'Smash' Recap: Karen Attempts To Steal Back 'Marilyn'

Mon, March 26, 2012 11:59pm EST by 8 Comments

Did this week’s ‘Smash’ sway you from Team Ivy to Team Karen? And more importantly, does anyone NOT hate Ellis?

After weeks of watching Ivy (Megan Hilty) hog the spotlight, the March 26 episode of Smash gave us a taste of what Marilyn would look like with Karen (Katharine McPhee) in the title role — and the result was, simply put, a hot mess. While “Touch Me” was a fine production number, I personally wouldn’t touch the “new” Marilyn with a 50-foot pole.

Thankfully, neither would any of the brains behind Marilyn! Julia (Debra Messing) and Tom (Christian Borle) were furious that Derek (Jack Davenport) and Eileen (Anjelica Huston) went behind their backs to produce a new song — and thanks to a few words of wisdom from Eileen’s enlightened daughter (Grace Gummer), “new” Marilyn was quickly laid to rest.

Speaking of things getting buried, Julia and Michael (Will Chase) met in the park one last time to officially nail the final coffin in their little affair. I know their drama is far from over, but I really wish it never started in the first place. One of the things I’ve never appreciated about Smash was the way it attempted to get the audience root for adultery. By introducing us to Julia and Michael’s families, it only made both characters seem all the more reprehensible for betraying them — and yet we were still expected to feel bad for them. Sorry, not happening!

And can we talk about Ellis (Jaime Cepero) for a minute? I know we, the viewers, fantasize about killing him — and getting away with it every time — on a weekly basis, but now he’s somehow managed to take his own annoyance to new heights. By lurking in every possible corner and injecting his opinion when a grand total of zero people asked for it, he managed to convince Eileen to hire him away from Tom as her new assistant. So now he’s basically the Iago to Eileen’s Jafar… and we all remember how annoying Iago was.

But the real bomb was dropped in the episode’s final moments when Tom told Ivy that Marilyn needed a star to get it to Broadway. In other words, “Thanks for all your hard work… but don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”

What did you think of this week’s Smash? Who would make a better Marilyn: Ivy or Karen? Are you one of those adultery supporters rooting for Julia and Michael to reunite? And if you could get away with it, how would YOU murder Ellis? Drop me a comment with your thoughts!

— Andy Swift

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Posted at 1:33 AM on March 27, 2012  

I can’t figure out what Eileen is doing with Weasel, er, Ellis, unless she actually admires his sneakiness, which will lower her in people’s estimation. Maybe she just thinks she needs a lot of help getting established… but how is it consistent to agree with Mahatma Katie and then take a viper to her bosom? Viper, weasel, I’m mixing my animal metaphors, but… Neither can I figure out Derek and Ivy, unless he just likes whiplashing women around with alternating cruelty and kindness. Maybe that’s supposed to prove he’s a complicated character. He’s obviously got his eye on Karen for the lead yet he tells Ivy she’s wonderful in the part? My head is spinning.

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Andy Swift

Posted at 12:12 PM on March 27, 2012  

Yeah, I can’t tell if Derek is up to something… or if the writing is just inconsistent. Either way, I hate Ellis. HAAATE.

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Posted at 12:53 AM on March 27, 2012  

Team Karen from day 1; she always has been the best Marilyn!

and yes, I like Ellis; every show needs a sneaky know it all. He adds character to the show

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Posted at 12:18 AM on March 27, 2012  

The Othello reference made my day!!!!

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Don B

Posted at 11:43 PM on March 26, 2012  

Actually, this episode did not show what “Marilyn” would look like if Karen had the title role. What this episode actually showed was Derek’s idea for a new direction – not Karen’s.

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Andy Swift

Posted at 12:01 AM on March 27, 2012  

Obviously Karen didn’t come up with the direction, but the fact that Derek needed Karen for it — and not Ivy — proved he didn’t feel Ivy would have been right for the new direction.

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Don B

Posted at 12:10 AM on March 27, 2012  

Correct. Karen could very easily step in and take over for Ivy in the original version, but the reverse would not be true in Derek’s vision.

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Andy Swift

Posted at 12:10 PM on March 27, 2012  

Haha, yeah, I think we can all agree Derek’s version just needs to never happen.

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