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'Smash' Recap: Ivy & Karen Team Up Against Rebecca

Tue, April 17, 2012 12:01am EDT by Andy Swift 1 Comment

Hell hath no fury like two potential understudies scorned! Rebecca better watch her back.

Just when you thought Ellis (Jaime Cepero) was the worst thing to happen to Bombshell, along came Rebecca Duvall (Uma Thurman) on the April 16 episode of Smash to remind us all that, despite what Dan Savage claims, it doesn’t always get better. After butchering “Let Me Be Your Star,” Rebecca introduced a few creative changes to the show: In a nutshell, longer scenes and less singing — which is great for a musical.

The only bright side to Rebecca’s arrival was the unlikely alliance of Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty). Hell hath no fury like a potential understudy scorned, so between Karen’s tenacity and Ivy’s crippling addiction to prescription drugs, I’m sure they’ll be able to cook up a wacky scheme for ol’ Becky.

But maybe Ivy should help Karen out with her man problems first. Dev (Raza Jaffrey) spent the hour getting awfully close to his lady friend at the mayor’s office, while Derek (Jack Davenport) fantasized about Karen — as Marilyn — singing “Our Day Will Come.” Neither Dev cheating nor Karen hooking up with Derek are unexpected twists to the series, but it will be interesting to see how each will affect things moving forward.

Of course, Bombshell still looks like a masterpiece compared to the train wreck that is Julia’s (Debra Messing) marriage to Frank (Brian D’Arcy James). The two came together this week to help get Leo back on track in school, but don’t expect a reconciliation anytime soon; Frank remains understandably pissed. I’m not going to lie, I’m getting a lot of sick pleasure out of watching Julia deal with the fallout of her affair with Michael (Will Chase). Affairs on TV often go unpunished, so I’m glad Smash is putting her through the hell she deserves.

Even though she couldn’t save her own relationship, Julia did manage to play Cupid for Tom (Christian Borle) and Sam, but things got a little awkward when Sam started talking about religion. He sees sex as “holy” and wants to take things slow, which I’m sure is exactly what Tom wanted to hear the week after breaking up with a guy for being Republican.

What did you think of this week’s Smash? Do you like Rebecca’s take on Marilyn — at all? Are you rooting for Karen and Dev to break up? There are only three episodes left until the season finale, so hit up the comments section with your thoughts on what’s to come!

— Andy Swift