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‘Smash’ Season Premiere: Karen Finds New Life After ‘Bombshell’

Tue, February 5, 2013 11:00pm EDT by Andy Swift 2 Comments
Smash Season 2 Premiere
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‘Smash’ raised its curtains Feb. 5 with new characters, new songs — and, of course, new train wrecks.

Bombshell may have been a hit in Boston, but when the Smash gang returned to New York for the Feb. 5 season premiere, their Broadway dreams proved to be as alive as Marilyn Monroe herself. (Sorry, too soon?)

Not even a special performance by Jennifer Hudson, as Broadway star Veronica Moore, could save Bombshell after someone *cough* Jerry *cough* tipped off the feds about where Eileen (Anjelica Huston) was getting the funding for the show. The brief hiatus forced everyone to look for a future outside of Bombshell — which, for Derek, (Jack Davenport) meant taking long hard look at his miserable, womanizing existence.

But because every good musical has a happy ending — except West Side Story, and all the other ones that don’t — the creative team was able to get Bombshell back on track for a Broadway opening.

Karen & Jimmy Hit A ‘High’ Note

Seriously, Dev who? A newly single Karen (Katharine McPhee) spent most of the season premiere making nice with two charming Brooklyn hipsters, Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) and Kyle (Andy Mientus), who just so happen to be writing the next Rent. Though Jimmy was initially apprehensive about sharing his music, Karen convinced him to loosen up by traveling all the way to Brooklyn — you’d have thought she was crossing the ocean, the way they described it — and performing a sexy serenade.

They also kissed, but Jimmy was stoned off his ass, so he probably doesn’t remember any of it. I, however, will never forget it. I’ll also never forget the way his tricep wobbled about while he was performing “Broadway, Here I Come,” which was basically a moving duet between Jimmy and his tricep. Behold:

Ivy Finally Catches (Slash Steals) A Break

Ivy (Megan Hilty), who totally didn’t end up killing herself on the season finale, spent the premiere trying to claw her way back into everyone’s good graces — starting with Karen, who wasn’t exactly quick to forgive her for sleeping with Dev. After Derek officially fired her from Bombshell, her future with the show was looking bleak, until a chance performance at an American Theatre Wing gala put her back in the game!

Karen was quick to note that Ivy only got to sing because Karen was on the subway when they tried to call her. And so the rivalry continues.

Julia’s Life Gets Even Worse

Bombshell took a backseat to Julia’s (Debra Messing) scarf-adorned train wreck of a personal life — doesn’t it always? — as she and Frank hammered the final nail into the coffin of their marriage. After the pot accused the kettle of seeing another woman behind her back, Frank blurted out the entire cast’s sexual secrets in a room full of press. And, of course, that little s**t Michael Riedel was there to yuck it up.

Her lyrics also got slammed in the reviews for Bombshell, so she spent the second half of the two-hour premiere hiding in Tom’s apartment with only a jar of Fluffernutter to keep her company. But wait, there’s good news: She actually said goodbye to the scarves. Like, for real!

A new season means a new Julia, and thankfully, a new wardrobe.

What did you think of the Smash season premiere? Are you a fan of the new characters? Drop a comment with your personal review of the double episode!

— Andy Swift

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