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'Smash' Recap: Karen Vs. Ivy — Did The Right Girl Get Marilyn?

Mon, February 13, 2012 11:00pm EDT by Andy Swift 7 Comments
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Do you think the plum part went to the right girl? I think I’m satisfied.

Well that didn’t take long. Only one week after Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty) sang/begged for the lead in Marilyn: The Musical, a winner was crowned — uh, wigged — on the Feb. 13 episode of Smash. So which hopeful got to hear those three magical words: “You got Marilyn?”

Ivy, of course! As much as I love Katharine (last time I checked, there was no known cure for the McPheever), her busty foe was the obvious choice to launch the “smash” hit on Broadway. And I don’t even think her landing the part was the result of her sleeping with Derek (Jack Davenport). OK, fine, maybe a little bit.

At least Karen had her perma-suited boyfriend Dev (Raza Jaffrey) to console her — even if we did see them get into their first fight this week. Let’s hope they stay on each other’s good sides from now on, because Dev goes from cute to terrifying in no time and I do not like it.

And speaking of fights, Julia (Debra Messing) and Frank (Brian d’Arcy James) butted heads over the adoption of their wee bebeh girl. Frank became discouraged, and understandably so, when the social worker told them they could be waiting for more than two years to get a baby. But after an “aww”-inspiring speech from their son and a super-emotional letter from Julia to the potential birth mother, he finally came around. Bebeh is on the way! Hooray!

Other epic moments from this week’s episode included: Eileen (Anjelica Huston) tossing her drink in Jerry’s stupid face and Karen putting on a flawless performance of “Twentieth Century Fox Mambo.”

Oh, and Tom’s (Christian Borle) uppity man-slave Ellis (Jaime Cepero) started claiming that Marilyn was his idea. I smell trouble brewing. Trouble… and mac & cheese.

— Andy Swift

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