'Smash' Recap: Ivy's Addiction Spirals Out Of Control

Tue, April 3, 2012 12:23am EDT by 5 Comments

Plus, the truth about Julia & Michael finally comes out!

“Hell on Earth” couldn’t have been a more appropriate title for the April 2 episode of Smash because, despite Karen (Katharine McPhee) scoring a national orange juice commercial, everyone else’s lives were turned completely upside down. Julia’s (Debra Messing) marriage crumbled, Ivy’s (Megan Hilty) addiction escalated, and Tom (Christian Borle) was faced with the most terrifying evil of all — a gay republican!

I would like to begin by applauding Frank (Brian D’arcy James) for the way he handled the revelation of Julia and Michael’s (Will Chase) affair. Smash has been coaxing the audience to root for the adulterers all season, but once the truth came out, it was Frank who got all of our sympathy. And real talk: I loved watching him scream at Julia and punch Michael in the face. They both deserved exactly what was coming to them.

And then there was Ivy, who seems determined to follow in Marilyn Monroe‘s tragic footsteps until she’s discovered dead (and possibly naked) from an overdose. After returning to Heaven on Earth, the disgruntled showgirl went on stage completely high and fell flat on her face in front of the entire audience. And surprise, surprise — Karen was watching from the wings with a Taylor Swift-esque look of shock on her face!

Of course, the characters weren’t the only ones who suffered this week. The viewers at home were put through their own personal hell watching Ellis (Jaime Cepero) weasel his way to the top. Proving to be even more sexually ambiguous than I suspected, Ellis seduced a hot-shot Hollywood agent and convinced him to get his biggest client — a major movie star played by none other than Uma Thurman — to negotiate for the lead in Marilyn.

I’d also file Karen and Ivy’s Times Square performance of Rihanna‘s “Cheers (I’ll Drink To That)” under the category of hellish torture, but only because it was so awkward and unnecessary. If Karen and Ivy were going to bond — I prefer them as mortal enemies, myself — couldn’t they have just done it over a drink? Or a pillow fight? The whole thing felt very Glee, and I didn’t appreciate it one bit.

How do YOU feel about this week’s turn of events? Were you glad Julia and Michael finally got what was coming to them? Do you think Ivy and Karen will stay friends much longer? And, seriously, when will Ellis just stop being so awful? Drop me a comment with your thoughts on the episode!

— Andy Swift

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