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NEWS: Second season executive producer/show runner Josh Safran said the final episode of season two would work as a series finale, should the series not be renewed. The series was officially canceled on May 10, 2013.
(Season 2, Episode 17)
"The Tonys" The season finale! It's Tony night! And the awards might not provide the answers everyone is looking for. Jimmy faces a final reckoning and Tom, Julia, Derek, Karen, Ivy and Eileen wait to see if the awards will confirm their place in the Broadway pantheon once and for all.
(Season 2, Episode 16)
"The Nominations" The Tony nominations loom, but keeping your eye on the prize can be hard for both shows. Tom crosses an influential Tony voter, Ivy copes with some very distracting news and Derek's past has repercussions.
(Season 2, Episode 15)
"The Transfer" Tom has his sights on the Tony and pulls out all the stops at a Houston and Levitt tribute night, but can Julia turn away from "Hit List" long enough to help? Scared of damaging her reputation, Tom asks Ivy to perform a risqué number. The cast of "Hit List" is shaken by a betrayal close to home, but who is it?
(Season 2, Episode 14)
"The Phenomenon" ''Bombshell'' and ''Hit List'' are bonded by an unexpected event.
(Season 2, Episode 13)
"The Producers" An off-the-rail Jimmy threatens "Hit List's" future, as Karen, Derek, Ana and Kyle try to help him before something bad happens. Tom and Julia's partnership is strained to the breaking point just as Ivy, Eileen, and the entire "Bombshell" team are running themselves ragged to outshine the competition.
(Season 2, Episode 12)
"Opening Night" Ivy gets support from an unexpected place when she is overcome by nerves on opening night; Tom and Julia consider their next project; Eileen's problems with Richard come to a head; Jimmy talks to Karen about his past.
(Season 2, Episode 11)
"The Invited Dress" Tom's desire to prove himself may not be the best thing for the show; a mishap forces Ivy to make a decision; Karen becomes suspicious Derek's intentions.
(Season 2, Episode 10)
"The Surprise Party" Tom plans a surprise for Ivy in an attempt to find a balance between their work life and their friendship. Relations between Karen, Jimmy, and Derek explode just as "Hit List's" rehearsal process nears its close. While Richard asks Eileen to spend less time at work and more time with him, Julia finds herself also pulled away from "Bombshell" by an unlikely source.
(Season 2, Episode 9)
"The Parents" After Leigh Conroy joins the cast of "Bombshell," Tom finds himself struggling to diffuse the years of tension between her and Ivy. Jimmy and Karen's connection is threatened by both Ana's newfound success and an unexpected visitor. Derek learns more about Jimmy's past just as the public sees their first piece of "Hit List."
(Season 2, Episode 8)
"The Bells And Whistles" When Ivy brings Sam, back to town, Tom finds himself in an awkward situation. Jimmy and Derek clash over their vision for "Hit List," while both Ana and Karen struggle to stand up for what they want.
(Season 2, Episode 7)
"Musical Chairs" New circumstances give rise to conflicts as Karen, Tom, Julia and Derek adjust to their new surroundings. Tensions at "Liaisons" are also coming to a boil, ensuring that the show will find its place in Broadway history. Meanwhile, Eileen may have found the key to saving "Bombshell" with the help of her daughter, Katie
(Season 2, Episode 6)
"The Fringe" Derek and Karen must make a difficult decision; a complication arises in Jerry and Eileen's partnership; Ivy makes a final effort to save her and Terry's show, with unexpected results.
(Season 2, Episode 5)
"The Read-Through" Tom's suspicions of Peter increase Julia's unease; Jimmy and Kyle worry about the first reading of ''Hit List''; Ivy meets her new co-star; Karen wonders if Jimmy is trustworthy.
(Season 2, Episode 4)
"The Song" Karen orchestrates a huge opportunity for Jimmy and Kyle; Peter challenges Julia as they continue to work together; Eileen faces a moral crossroads that has significant ramifications for Bombshell.
(Season 2, Episode 3)
"The Dramaturg" Julia and Tom are asked to work with a new collaborator; Kyle and Jimmy present their work; Derek tries to make amends with Ronnie; Ivy receives some help from an old friend.
(Season 2, Episode 2)
"The Fallout" Eileen, Tom and Julia face obstacles as they try to take their show to Broadway.
(Season 2, Episode 1)
"On Broadway" Back from a successful run in Boston, Eileen, Julia and Tom are blindsided by both personal and professional obstacles as they seek to take "Bombshell" to Broadway. Karen consults her new mentor, Broadway star Veronica "Ronnie" Moore, as she finds herself on the brink of fame, but her success may come at cost to Ivy. A new talent is discovered in an unexpected place. Meanwhile, Derek copes with a damaging accusation.
(Season 1, Episode 15)
"Bombshell" The episode begins, with Julia and Tom doing their best to come up with the new song for the ending of the show, before the show goes live. Meanwhile, the new Marilyn is walking to the stage with everyone wishing her luck; her face in the meanwhile isn t revealed yet. The curtains then rise with the audience applauding loudly. The episode then flashes back to 12 hours earlier. Julia, Derek, Eileen and Tom are show panicking about who would be their new Marilyn, now that Rebecca has opted out of the show. Derek then storms out in anger, as the four of them aren t able to come to a consensus. Eileen meanwhile tells the newspapers that, they have a new Marilyn but are not yet ready to release her name. Meanwhile, Ivy and Karen also discuss as to whom between the two of them would get the opportunity to play Marilyn. Meanwhile, Derek is trying to decide who between Ivy and Karen he should ultimately choose, to play Marilyn. He tries imagining both Ivy and Karen as Marilyn, in his head. He seems to in the end decide on Karen. Derek then comes on the stage and officially announces that Karen would play Marilyn. Later Julia and Tom ready Karen for the night. Later Karen tells Dev the good news that she is going on as Marilyn. She wants Dev to come and watch her. Ivy meanwhile isn t pleased with Karen being chosen for the part, she in fact was positive that she would get chosen for the part. Meanwhile, Tom and Julia are still working on the new song. Ellis in the meanwhile tells Eileen that Ivy deserves the part, but Eileen doesn t take him seriously. Ellis then tells Eileen that he got Rebecca out of the way by putting peanuts in her smoothie. Eileen on hearing this fires Ellis. Meanwhile, Karen rehearses for the part she is going to play in the night. Meanwhile, Frank is surprised to see Julia and Michael talking on the sets, standing in close quarters. Julia then sees Frank leave in anger and runs after him. Julia catches up with Frank and tells him it was nothing, Frank tells her that he knows that, but also that he can t bear seeing the two of them together. Frank tells her that he wants to trust her but he can t. Julia says they can make it work. Later, Tom and Julia are still shown trying to come up with a great song in time for the show. Julia suddenly is hit with a flash of brilliance and begins to write new lyrics. Meanwhile, Karen is trying her best to catch up with the preparations for the evening. Dev in the meanwhile is there to see Karen rehearse. Meanwhile, seeing Karen perform, Ivy can picture herself doing the songs. Derek is overjoyed with the proficient performance that Karen gives. Ivy then comes and questions Derek as to why she wasn t chosen for the part. Derek tells Ivy that he sees Karen as Marilyn in his head. He also tells Ivy that she has something that you don t . Later Ivy tells Dev that she didn t find his engagement ring in her room. Ivy then rushes into the dressing room, and fishes out the ring from her purse. Meanwhile, Eileen comes in and tells Derek that Karen cannot do it, as there is very little time left and Karen isn t ready yet. Karen overhears this and comes into the dressing room all upset. She then sees the ring on her table and asks Ivy who put the ring there. Ivy says I did . She then tells Karen about her and Dev, and how Dev forgot the engagement ring in her room. Karen then goes out and confronts Dev about this, with the ring in her hand. Dev admits his mistake. Karen is just then called onstage. Derek meanwhile tells Eileen to butt out and let him do things his way, as he knows what he is doing. Meanwhile, Sam and Tom share a few moments together, and Sam gives Tom some pep talk. Meanwhile, Jerry comes in. He is visibly worried about the fate of the show, and the amount of money Eileen has put into it. He tells Eileen that he is here to help. Eileen tells him to go away. Meanwhile, Julia and Tom are still trying to work out their song for the ending. They are also worried if Karen can pull of the part of Marilyn. Meanwhile backstage Karen is too disturbed to concentrate on her work. Derek is then informed that, Karen has just left. Julia and Tom are also informed about Karen missing, much to their horror. Meanwhile, Lyle comes in to meet Eileen. She tells Lyle how everything is falling apart. Meanwhile Derek is searching all over the place for Karen. Meanwhile, Derek sees Dev outside and tells him to back off, so Derek can get through to her. He also tells Dev that she is mine now . Derek then finds Karen in the dressing room sitting on the floor with her hands covering her face. She tells Derek that she can t do it and that she doesn t want to do it. Derek doesn t believe her. Derek plays the shrink and reasons with Karen. Meanwhile, Eileen calls out Ivy to play Marilyn as she has no other choice. Just then Derek comes in with Karen dressed as Marilyn, much to Ivy s shock. Later, while Ivy is sulking in the dressing room her mother comes to meet her. Ivy tells her mother that she isn t the one playing Marilyn. Her mother is shocked to hear it. Meanwhile, Julia and Tom still haven t managed to come up with a new song, but somehow at the last moment they do, just as the show is about to go live. Karen then walks onto the stage with everybody on the sets wishing her luck. Ivy in the meanwhile is relegated to being a part of the chorus. The show is shown progressing smoothly with Karen seemingly playing the part of Marilyn quite confidently. Ivy in the meanwhile is busy sulking in the dressing room, all alone. The penultimate scene of the musical then plays out, with Marilyn breathing her last. Meanwhile backstage, just before the last scene, just as Karen gets into a new costume, Derek comes in from behind and tells her that whatever happens next, she is a star. Karen then comes on to the stage and sings the new song that Tom and Julia have composed. Derek in the meanwhile looks at Karen from backstage, evidently impressed. Karen in the meanwhile, pours her heart out into her performance. Dev too looks at her from a distance and is visibly pleased with her performance. Julia and Tom in the meanwhile look at each other and are visibly overjoyed with how Karen is performing. Eileen too seems mighty pleased with Karen s performance. Meanwhile in the dressing room Ivy takes an overdose of prescription pills, as she is unable to handle the rejection. Later, just as Karen s singing ends the lights go off, the audience lets out a cheer and there is thunderous applause from the audience. The episode ends at this point.
(Season 1, Episode 14)
"Previews" The episode begins with Dev waking up with Ivy in bed. Meanwhile, Karen is worried about Dev not replying to her messages. She thinks Dev has gone back to New York. Jessica then calls up Ivy and tells her that Derek is waiting for her. Ivy and Dev then promise to keep their rendezvous a secret. Meanwhile, Frank comes to drop Julia to the theatre. Later, Julia goes in and tells Tom that although she has come, she is not speaking with him. Meanwhile, Derek and Rebecca once again get cozy in the dressing room. Derek then comes onstage and declares that they are having their first preview in the night. He then declares to the crow that Michael Swift has joined the play as DiMaggio. He then tells the whole troupe to get cracking and start preparing for the preview night. Karen in the meanwhile, directly asks Rebecca if she is sleeping with Derek. Rebecca is very nonchalant even when she comes to know that Ivy is interested in Derek. The preview is about to begin with the audience already in their seats. Karen while putting on makeup is still trying to get in touch with Dev. Ivy comes and then takes her away. Rebecca then comes onstage as Marilyn. The crowd in the meanwhile, seems to love the musical as its progressing. Karen in the meanwhile, is trying to get through to Dev at every opportune moment. All the performances seem to go ahead smoothly. Karen and Ivy both put forth seemingly confident performances. The audience cheers loudly for a performance of Ivy and Karen together for song called Smash . Derek too is visibly pleased with the performances and the audience response. Later backstage, Ivy tells Karen that she was really good. Meanwhile, the audiences do not seem to be impressed with the ending where Rebecca reenacts the death of Marilyn. The audience hence takes time to applaud politely to it. Later, Dev comes to meet Karen. Karen apologizes to him for being a jerk. Just then Ivy comes in, and Karen introduces Dev to her. Meanwhile, Derek, Julia and Tom are discussing about the ending. Tom feels they can t end a musical with a suicide. Eileen tells the three of them to come up with a new ending by Monday morning. Later Tom tells Sam about Julia being mad with him. Sam feels the two of them will work it out. Meanwhile, in a bar Eileen hears a song being played on the piano, and is reminded of how much she loves the song. She then begins humming the song, sitting near the piano. Meanwhile, Dev and Karen make love in a hotel room. Julia in the meanwhile is still angry with Tom. The next morning Dev tells Karen that he should have listened to her and never have come. Karen tells him that she is glad he came. Karen tells Dev that she doesn t care about RJ and that she loves him. She tells Dev that she was scared when he left. She was afraid of losing him. Karen then says that she is ready to get married and asks Dev about where the ring he had proposed her with is. He lies to her that he left it in New York as he did not think he would need it again. Dev then once again asks Karen if she will marry him, Karen immediately says a yes. Meanwhile, Ivy confronts Derek about him having sex with Rebecca. Derek replies that Rebecca needs my attention and I am giving it to her . Meanwhile, Rebecca is telling someone over the phone that no one applauded for the ending of the musical. Karen walks by just then and Rebecca calls her in. She tells Karen that she was talking to her shrink over the phone. Karen tells Rebecca that it wasn t Rebecca s fault that the audience didn t applaud. Rebecca in turn says that she is a star so if the audience doesn t applaud, then it s her fault. Immediately after, Rebecca suddenly begins to cough, also finding it difficult to breathe. Karen immediately calls out for help. Later Derek tells the troupe that the preview has been cancelled as Rebecca is in the hospital, but she would be fine. Rebecca it turns out had severe allergic reaction to some peanuts. Derek also tells everyone that the next day s shows have also been cancelled, as they want to change the ending. Meanwhile, Eileen is called by Rebecca s secretary who tells her that Rebecca is extremely careful and would never deliberately touch peanuts. The secretary feels Rebecca was deliberately slipped peanuts. Meanwhile, Ivy isn t too worried about the accident that Rebecca has met with. Ivy then leaves her room on some pretense and meets Dev outside. Dev then tells Ivy that he might have left the ring he had proposed to Karen with, in her room. Ivy agrees to look for it and inform Dev about it. Meanwhile, Karen wants Rebecca to come back, even though this is her opportunity to come forth in the limelight. Meanwhile, Michael stops Julia and tells her that he has come back only for her. Julia takes him aside and makes it amply clear to Michael that she didn t want him there. She tells him that the only reason she is there is because Frank and Leo encouraged her to do it. Michael then tries getting close to her, but she forcefully pushes him away. Julia then comes and tells Tom that Michael just tried to kiss her. She then once again questions Tom as to why he agreed to Michael joining the show. Julia is then reminded by Tom that it was she who went for Michael, despite him trying to stop her. Julia admits she made a mistake, and now she is trying to fix it. Julia then leaves in a huff, promising Tom that she would finish the stupid song , in her hotel room. Meanwhile, it is informed to everyone that Rebecca is coming back. Meanwhile, Dev and Karen are having a drink at a bar, just then Ivy walks in. Later Sam s parents arrive at the church, where Sam would be performing. His mother is excited about the fact that, she would for the first time hear her song sing in public. All the people from the troupe along with Karen, Ivy and even Dev arrive at the church. Sam tells Ivy and Karen to also sing. Ivy tells him that she wants to sit this one out. Meanwhile, Julia too arrives with her family. Inside, Sam calls Karen to accompany him in singing. The people in the church seem visibly moved by their singing, and acknowledge that with a loud applause. Sam s parents too are visibly impressed with his singing. Later, Tom and Julia patch up things and apologize to each other for all that has transpired. Meanwhile, outside the church just as Dev is about to tell Karen the truth, she receives a call from Rebecca. Next, Karen is at the hospital, and Rebecca tells her that she feels someone, fed her the peanuts on the sly. Rebecca then tells Karen that she is not going back into the show, as she is very scared. Rebecca wants Karen to take over her part instead. Later Karen tells the troupe members, nearly everything that Rebecca said. They all wonder who will play Marilyn now. The episode ends at this point.
(Season 1, Episode 13)
"Tech" The episode begins with Tom and Sam singing together on the piano. Meanwhile, Karen packs her bags and arrives. Meanwhile, the preparations for Bombshell are underway. Karen then walks on to the stage. Meanwhile, Rebecca stands on the stage and looks at the empty seats, just then Derek enters, and she quickly makes herself scarce. Derek then sits down deep in thought. Meanwhile, Ivy comes in with coffee. She asks him if he is still working on that transition . Ivy says it s a choreography problem not a set problem, and gives her own inputs. Derek is impressed by her suggestions. Meanwhile, Karen is woken up by a call from Dev. Dev says he wants to come and meet her in the weekend. She says she has a roommate, and also might not have a time to see him. Meanwhile, Tom comes in and tells Derek he has a great idea for a song for both Karen and Ivy. Derek says he won t put in a new song during tech. Meanwhile, Ted comes and tells the two that he has a pilot, and it would begin shooting in Las Vegas next week, therefore he can t play DiMaggio. Ted profusely apologizes and leaves. Derek meanwhile, tells Tom that he knows about Michael and Judy. Meanwhile, in the makeup room Karen and Rebecca compliment each other. Rebecca confesses to Karen that she is nervous despite being such a big star. Meanwhile Julia is trying her best to learn making pancakes. Meanwhile, Tom calls up Julia and to give her the bad news of Ted leaving, but is discouraged on hearing her happy, and in the end doesn t tell her anything as he doesn t want to rain on her parade. Later Rebecca is shocked to hear that Ted has left the show. She is angry that no one saw it fit to tell her about this. Derek tells her that no one wanted to worry her. Rebecca walks out of the stage in anger. Derek then proceeds to calm Rebecca down. He promises to her that he shall find a better DiMaggio. They then begin the performance rehearsal. Later, Rebecca shares her worries with Derek, who dismisses them. She is still worried about the fact that they have lost their leading man. Derek tells Rebecca to use her star power to make things work in her favor. He tells her to revel in it and find her joy in it. Outside Ivy stands looking worried, Derek once outside confirms with Ivy that they still on for dinner in the night. Meanwhile the good looking reporter comes to meet Dev, with a bottle of wine in her hand. Meanwhile, a shocked Julia is informed by Eileen that Ted has got a pilot and hence she will have to bring back Michael Swift. Julia doesn t agree to the suggestion, she gives other names who might be suitable for the part. She tells Eileen she nearly lost her family and things are still fragile. She tells Julia that she can take some time off. Swift shall be brought in without her being there. Eileen explains that there is too much at stake, but Julia is adamant and doesn t want to take a chance. Eileen feels Julia is taking it far too personally. Julia ends the discussion by putting her foot down and maintaining that Michael can t be brought back. Meanwhile, Dev and the R.J make out. Dev stops her halfway. He apologizes to her for not being able to do it. Meanwhile, Derek is thoroughly agitated during the tech setup. Meanwhile, Julia and Tom discuss who would play DiMaggio. Meanwhile, Derek tells Tom to tell Julia that Michael s going to be there whether she likes it or not. Julia then tells Frank what is happening. Frank is visibly bothered on hearing this, but Julia confirms with him that she said a no to Michael being a part of the show. Meanwhile, Derek wants certain changes made as per Rebecca s demands; Tom in return wants the song for Ivy and Karen. Suddenly the lights go off and the spotlight then shines on Rebecca singing Happy Birthday to You as Marilyn. It s Derek s birthday and hence the performance. After the song a huge cake is brought in, with the whole cast and crew wishing Derek. Ivy in the meanwhile, doesn t seem too happy with it. Sam later tells Ivy that Derek loves her and that she has nothing to worry. Sam also tells her that Tom wants to meet his parents, who are going to be in town. Meanwhile, Rebecca feed Derek his birthday cake, with Ivy looking on rather bothered. Ivy then proceeds to get some cake for herself. Meanwhile, Eileen tells Julia that Tom has agreed, despite Julia maintaining that she doesn t want Michael. Eileen tells Julia that she is sensitive to her issue but ultimately its Julia s own fault and everybody else shouldn t have to pay for it. Just as the two are arguing Frank walks in. Eileen leaves with Frank asking Julia what is going on. Julia then proceeds to call Tom regarding the issue. Meanwhile, Derek and Tom are looking at the rehearsals. Derek is not happy with the performances. Derek then instructs Karen and Ivy to stand on either side of Rebecca and remove her gloves for her. Meanwhile, Dev comes to meet Karen at the rehearsals with flowers. Meanwhile, Julia tells Tom that she is out if Michael comes in. Meanwhile, Tom meets Sam s parents. Sam s father isn t too happy with his career choice. Tom agrees with Sam s father, and he ends up liking him. Meanwhile, Derek and Rebecca make out in the dressing room. Meanwhile, Tom offers to help Sam s father do the dishes. Sam s father asks Tom what s the worst thing he has seen happen to a dancer. Tom in turn replies I don t even want to say what the worst thing is . He then gives a few examples. He tells Tom to talk some sense into Sam, Sam come sin just then and tells them that he doesn t want any sense talked into him. Meanwhile, Ivy realizes that Derek might be with Rebecca. She then hears Derek and Rebecca from outside the door and puts tow and two together. Meanwhile, Dev and Karen have dinner. Dev proposes to Karen over dinner. Karen is shocked with the proposal, and doesn t say a no or a yes. Dev is visibly hurt by that. She then walks out of the restaurant. Later, Tom apologizes to Sam for supporting his father. Tom wants Sam to start a retirement fund. Sam in the meanwhile, tells Tom that he is ready for any consequence that comes as a part of his profession. Meanwhile, Karen and Ivy are challenged for a sing off at a party; the cast are having in their room. Ivy before beginning tells Karen about Rebecca and Derek, she assumes Karen must have known as she is Rebecca s new best buddy. Ivy then pours out all her pain in her song. When its Karen s turn to sing, and she sees Dev there. Dev then lashes out at Karen, for turning him down, and reminds her of the sacrifices he made for her. He then tells Karen about the incident in his apartment with RJ. Dev says, that is when he realized he wants to be with only Karen. Meanwhile, Frank wants Julia to go back to work, even if it means working with Michael. Meanwhile, Ivy and Dev run into each other in a bar. Dev buys her a drink. The episode ends at this point.
(Season 1, Episode 12)
"Publicity" Before rehearsal, Derek confides in Karen that she makes a sensational Marilyn. Crafty as always, Ellis overhears the conversation and informs Randall of Rebecca's compromised position. Rebecca glides into rehearsal late, but she refuses to work on the day's scheduled song. "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" needs to be rewritten for her voice. After rehearsal, Rebecca invites Karen to party with her. Karen is unable to contain her excitement, blowing Dev off in the process. Rebecca persuades Karen to sing at the club, sneakily gauging her competition. Karen's rendition of Leona Lewis' "Run" mesmerizes the audience and Rebecca. Derek is clearly losing his control over rehearsals, and Tom is unafraid to loudly call him out. The cast, including Rebecca, listens to the screaming match, giving Rebecca a moment of humility. Tom's newly penned song is handed to Karen as Marilyn's shadow per Rebecca's suggestion. New BFFs Karen and Rebecca prep for their night on the town. Piles of expensive clothes are dumped on Karen's bed as a gift. Rebecca advises Karen to monitor Dev carefully, as boyfriends don't react well to girlfriends gaining power. The new party lifestyle Rebecca introduces to Karen drags down her relationship with Dev, causing intense jealousy on his part. After so many "dates," Karen has Dev and Rebecca finally meet. The tension between Karen's two "lovers" is strong, as they argue over Karen's time and attention. Dev wants Karen to choose her own path, but Rebecca vows her current path to fame will ultimately be beneficial. As Julia and Tom practice the new song, Frank arrives to pick up Leo for the weekend - but Leo isn't with Julia. Both received texts saying he was staying with the other parent. Leo's best friend Mason lies to Julia and Frank, insisting he doesn't know Leo's location. Julia remains suspicious though and follows Mason to school, threatening to ruin his life if he doesn't confess. Backed into a corner, Mason admits Leo stayed in his room for the past three days to recover from his broken home life. Julia begs Frank not to go after Leo, but to let him return in his own time. As the two prepare dinner, Leo enters, fearful of his parents' reaction. They welcome him home with open arms and plates packed with rich food. Eileen and Nick run into her ex Jerry in the Brooklyn Academy of Music lobby. The show bored Nick, much to Jerry's condescending amusement. He accuses Eileen of dating the pool boy, but she's heard enough. Nick is nothing like Jerry, which is why she's falling so hard for him. Ivy plants seeds of powerlessness in Derek, sparking a confrontation with his wayward Broadway star. He's in control, not Rebecca! Gipped of the new song, Ivy plans revenge against Karen, employing Ellis' help. Ellis texts Karen from Josie's phone, informing her she's off for the day. With Karen gone, Derek gives the solo to Ivy. Eileen wipes away tears from Ivy's beautiful performance. Position threatened, Rebecca coyly suggests Marilyn sing the song.
(Season 1, Episode 11)
"The Movie Star" The episode begins, and at rehearsal, Karen really bumped it up a notch . All for Rebecca Duvall. Sam asks Tom if she s a little old to be playing Marilyn since Rebecca is 36-ish. And apparently Tom and Sam have been flirting for a week and Julia s tired of it, so she makes them a dinner reservation for 7 p.m. the next day. Rebecca Duvall in the meanwhile, is going to start off with Let Me Be Your Star . She s so bad that Derek cuts her off. Back in Eileen s office Tom s first question is What are we going to do? Derek says she s loud. Eileen says she s going to fill the seats so they have to find a constructive solution. Julia suggests group suicide. Derek suggests bringing back Ivy. But Derek makes an argument, saying she s hit a rough patch, and they should put Ivy back in the mix. And the next day, she is at rehearsal. Tom is helping Rebecca sing on key. Ivy cozies up next to Karen That is the sound of 1,000 ticketholders demanding their money back Ivy says, but Karen says she s not that bad. Derek pulls Karen aside to remind Karen they won t need her anymore for Marilyn and before his eyes, Karen turns into Marilyn and she starts singing Our Day Will Come . After rehearsal she checks in with Dev who s sitting on a park bench. She wants to know where he is and he lies, saying he is covering an event and he has to run. Karen also gets snubbed by Rebecca who marches over to Derek to have a quick pow-wow during which she proceeds to criticize the songs and say there has to be less singing and dancing. Julia asks Frank to meet her because Leo s flunking two classes and he s never gotten lower than a B+. Frank points out that it s not a coincidence that Leo s suddenly checked out of school; he s not letting her forget her part in all this. The meeting doesn t go so well. But Frank does show up for the parent-guidance counselor session and Frank doesn t give up Julia s affair, but Julia tells the truth, blaming herself. Later Frank and Julia unite and confront Leo about his grades. Frank comes down a bit hard on Leo, yelling about how colleges won t care about his problems, he has to get good grades. Leo asks what the point is why go to college, get married and have a kid if it s all going to blow up in his face? Julia tries to play good guy and reminds him that he shouldn t hurt his future because she did something stupid. We want to help you through this she says as a mother. If I get a B on my calculus exam, do I get to meet Rebecca Duvall. Julia demands a B+. And on Tom and Sam s date we learn that Sam is old fashioned and Sam believes sex is holy. He likes Tom but he wants to slow things down, hang out outside of rehearsal and do things (Go to a Knicks game) and Tom says it s all unusual for him. Sam asks him what his longest relationship is it s five months. Sam describes Tom he meets someone, jumps right in and then starts looking for reasons to bail. He leaves Tom with a kiss reassuring him that his way is better. Over at Eileen s office, she s snooping for that folder Ellis gave her earlier, but is interrupted by Ellis, who comes back to read off a list of Rebecca s demands and then complains how Rebecca sent him out for gum while her assistants sat around. She reminds him to keep everyone close, especially your enemies, movie stars and their assistants. And then she finds the folder saying Nick s a criminal. Later on she calls Nick and says she s very busy and can t be distracted right now. Eileen says how unrealistic it is to get into a relationship because she s so busy, but Nick won t let her off the hook, and demands that she tell him in person. Later on they meet up at a restaurant and she tells him although she s not judging she s not interested in drama with unreliable men. He explains that it s just a business relationship Rigoni family or the Dominican guys that do the dishes at the bar he says that if you have a bar in the city you have to get your hands dirty. But he tells her she doesn t have to hire a detective to get out of a relationship with him; she just has to tell him straight. She tells him that she s interested but she s been through a lot and she s out of practice. He reassures her they can take it slow and gives her a kiss. At rehearsal, Rebecca is doing Marilyn. And then she complains about suddenly breaking into song and Derek calls a sidebar. Then a Man named Colin barges into rehearsal to see Rebecca and he won t leave (he s drunk) and Eileen threatens him with mace before Derek throws him out. Later on Eileen has to field calls from The New York Times on what happened during rehearsal. So her singing is a train wreck and so is her personal life Tom quips. Eileen says Rebecca Duvall didn t get to the top of the A list by having a simple life, and Eileen says if Rebecca Duvall wants an extra-long scene, she will get it and Tom and Julia will have it to her by 5. Derek gloats. Later on Rebecca drops by Eileen s office and wants to talk about the scene she just got the pages from Julia and she s inspired. And Rebecca now has so many other ideas about how to deepen the show and plans to blow off the screening for her new movie Casual Friday 2 . Eileen calls Derek to rally the troops. Karen goes to visit Dev, but she doesn t see Dev. She goes searching for her and finds him in a tiny cubicle talking/flirting with R.J., the NYT reporter. She demands to know when he was going to tell her what s going on and his defense is that Karen s been too busy with the show and Rebecca Duvall, and they haven t been on the same page lately. Karen gets defensive, pointing out that Dev is talking to RJ plenty and they can t be on the same page if he doesn t make it clear what page he s on. Is there anything else I should know about it? Dev is upset because Karen is more upset about not knowing than the actual news. Karen offers to take Dev to the screening of Casual Friday 2, because they haven t laughed together in a long time. He ll think about it. But he never shows up to the screening and texts Karen sorry not up for it. In the bathroom Ivy and Karen sort-of-bond she stole our part, we hate her. They go to a bar and continue to bond and Ivy gives her a warning- when Rebecca Duvall goes down Karen will have to pry the part from Ivy s cold dead hands. Karen counters with unstable. When Ivy finds out that Karen and Dev are having problems she wants to know why Karen is at the bar with Ivy instead of cheering up Dev, because there s probably a hot girl doing that instead and Karen gets very defensive and leaves. But she goes home to an empty apartment Dev isn t there, he s out with RJ at some fancy club. Everyone meets at Tom s apartment for the pow-wow. It s pretty clear that Rebecca is a pretty good actress, but can t sing. Julia points out it might not matter anymore considering I m writing a 4-hour drama. Eileen says if Rebecca asks to expand on other scenes they re going to say no. She keeps them waiting a LONG time and Julia and Tom talk about Sam. Tom gives the rundown Sam believes in God (a lot of people do, Julia points out) and called Tom out on all of his issues: he s afraid of intimacy, afraid of commitment and that s why he s still alone at his age. And that s when Rebecca barges in with a thousand apologies. Derek starts off smoothly saying they appreciate her thoughts, but you want to keep the music numbers in their entirety she finishes. She points out if they are going to work together they can t be afraid to tell her the truth because she wants to be good out there. She asks them to lower the key to give her more vocal support and cut back on the solos; she can t handle the kind of ballad that Dig Deep is. And should she hire a vocal coach? The resounding answer: Yes. Meanwhile, Ellis had taken Eileen s advice to heart and made plans with Rebecca s assistant. While on the phone with him confirming plans Cyn beeps in, but instead of switching over he tells the assistant that he s busy sucking up to that loser again. Don t bother coming the loser replies. At rehearsal he tells Ellis that he hates users. Also, apparently it s been 3 days since anyone s been allowed in the rehearsal space, because they ve been working on Dig Deep to make it fit Rebecca, but Eileen barges in anyway. And we see the big Dig Deep number. Now we re getting somewhere Derek says at the end of the number as Ivy and Karen shoot each other a look. The episode ends at this point.
(Season 1, Episode 10)
"Understudy" The episode begins, and Dev didn t get the job and he commiserates with hot NYT reporters RJ. Paul got the job instead. Karen doesn t know yet because she s busy being the understudy for Ms. Duvall. Everyone (Ivy s old friends) congratulate her, and Bobby comments to Sam that she ll never be able to hack it. Afterwards Sam visits with Ivy but doesn t break the good news to Ivy he lets Derek do it. Ivy calls her a usurper and Derek says after what happened at Heaven on Earth he can t even get her into the chorus. Meanwhile Karen goes to visit Dev at the office and he doesn t tell her the bad news but she tells him her good news. Eileen s demands that Ellis do something to earn the co-producer title find Rebecca Duvall and set up a meeting with the investors. At Julia s house she tries to bond with Leo over a grilled cheese sandwich. She pumps him for information on Frank but Leo s not allowed to say anything. Next morning Ivy breaks out into Kelly Clarkson s Breakaway she pretends she s dressed as Marilyn and walks into the rehearsal room to a standing ovation. Ivy, she s really standing on the street watching Derek escort Karen into the rehearsal space as Eileen tells everyone that Ms. Duvall isn t coming back any time soon because her assistant is having trouble getting her visa. Julia s unhappy. We need her yesterday. Eileen guarantees that she ll be there by the weekend. During some down time at rehearsal, apparently Julia and Tom agreed to do an interview with an NYU student it s their 10-year anniversary and every year they go to see Three On A Match. The college kid says that the entire town is buzzing over Bombshell because Rebecca Duvall is in it. Julia isn t in the mood for this interview and ends it early. Later Tom and Julia actually do go see a high school production of Three On A Match which is apparently the biggest piece of junk they ve ever written. Tom gets up on stage to give a speech about his enduring friendship with Julia and presents her with a t-shirt signed by the cast and crew of the 112th show. Julia doesn t react well and walks out. Tom tells her she was rude to the people and to him. He demands that she tell him what s bothering her obviously it s Frank. He won t pick up, he won t call me back. Frank only talks to Leo. Eileen meets with the investors saying Duvall will be back in the States by Sunday; the investors aren t happy because they re willing to put in $7 million they want to meet the actress and the director. Jerry would have never put us in this situation. Eileen goes to cry to her bartender, Nick. Eileen says the investors are more interested in the movie star than the play. Nick gives Eileen stacks of $20s and says he doesn t have $7 million but he does have friends. Later on he introduces her to Randy Cobra, in the flesh. He wants to know if Rebecca Duvall is related to Robert Duvall. Rehearsal isn t going so well for Karen he rips into her because she walks upstage instead of downstage, says she can t remember the simplest things and asks if she can even spell downstage. Bobby wants to take bets on how soon she ll cry. Karen goes home and complains to Dev, who says that maybe she should not forget her pencil. Karen accidentally lets it drop that Derek made a pass at her Dev blows up. Being sexually harassed isn t a big deal? He yells because he sees it as lying, she says she didn t tell him because she didn t want to upset him. But since she got yelled at all day by Derek she doesn t take it well when Dev starts yelling and instead storms out. Meanwhile Ivy tells Derek to go easy on Karen the only directors who got anywhere with Marilyn were the ones that babied her and that there s a lot at stake so Derek should be smart. This leads to sex. On the other side of town at the huge apartment, Karen and Dev lie in bed not speaking. New number time! The number is based on Daryl Zanuck - it s all the boys and it looks much better than the cheesy moves in the baseball number. Tom stands in because the guy who plays Zanuck is also M.I.A. Everyone stares at Derek s interaction with Karen he s actually not screaming like a lunatic. It s such a turnaround from the day before that Sam tells Tom that he s seen the behavior before in stroke victims. They have a good laugh as Lawyer John pops in to bring Tom some coffee and he sees the chemistry between Tom and Sam that s been apparent for weeks now. John just leaves. At the bar the chorus is telling Karen about their bet when Ivy walks in. She tells Sam that she knows exactly what she s doing and then congratulates Karen on being Marilyn for a week and gives her a present sunglasses like the ones Marilyn wore in Niagara. In Times Square it s Ivy s turn to give Karen some advice you get to be her for one week, don t waste the chance. Dev s getting his own advice from RJ there s a press opening at the White House and she can get him an interview. It s a good town for people like us. He tells her that Broadway equals New York and RJ says that if Karen knew what he s been through that she ll support him. Problem is that Karen doesn t know yet. New day Julia offers to go to Leo s wrestling match if Frank s going to be there. Leo s like really? Seriously? He also says that he s been telling his dad to call. So Julia calls Frank again from Leo s cell. She says she can t take it anymore and she ll die if he doesn t talk to her. Sam confronts Ivy to ask why she s being so nice to Karen. She s playing nice to get back into the show. Tom and John are having coffee and reading the NYT, and then the sports section, to John s surprise. He accepts that they go to the theater all the time and that Tom doesn t like politics but does not accept Tom having feelings for someone else. You light up like a candle whenever you look at him and you never look at me like that, you just don t John says and then leaves. Ellis has delved into the personal lives of the Cobra guy and Nick and once Eileen hears that Ellis has something interesting on Nick she gets snippy and doesn t want to hear it gives the folder back to Ellis. Instead she goes to Nick s bar and she tells him that he should get paid because he brought in a major investor. Or he should at least ask for something. He says that he will. Karen and the new DiMaggio are running the scene again and Karen says it s stupid and actually takes Ivy s advice and criticizes the scene he sees Marilyn and it shakes him up a bit. Later on he knocks on Karen and Dev s door; she s putting on a nightie and thinks its Dev, and answers the door half naked. He wanted to tell her that Rebecca will be at rehearsals tomorrow, she did some great work and the show is better off for it. He also wanted to apologize. For what? she asks. Oh I think you know, that night in my apartment. He made some incorrect assumptions based on a hard-wired set of personal experiences which, to be fair, weren t warranted or justified. As he leaves he runs into Dev, who s bringing flowers home for Karen. He loses it when he sees Derek. What are you doing here? What are you a watch dog? No I m a boyfriend Well I m a director so keep your hands to yourself. This goes well punches are thrown and then get in an actual fight on the street. Dev goes to Ivy s and she plays nurse, icing his face. He s lucky I held back Derek says. Ivy makes a comment about how come Derek couldn t be nice to Karen over the phone. He says he s not going to shag every leading lady. Understudy Ivy reminds him. At Karen s things aren t going any better. Dev is mad that Derek came over and doesn t want her anywhere near him. Dev wants to know if there was an opportunity for him outside of New York, would Karen quit. She says Marilyn is everything she came to the city for, what if she asked him to give up everything he wanted For you? he asks Go ahead, ask me. At the bar, Eileen s investors are still demanding to meet Rebecca and see the costumes and a bunch of other things but in a rather nice flourish Eileen (and Ellis) shows them that Randy Cobra is in and Jerry s investors are out. Sad song time; Karen sings Never Give All Of The Heart - and we see Dev leaves the apartment without saying good bye to Karen, Tom is eating cereal all by herself, Eileen makes out with Nick, Ivy peeks into the rehearsal studio, Julia sits by herself at a cafe and then here comes Rebecca Duvall Hello, am I in the right place? Everyone claps for her as Karen stands there sadly and Derek shoots her an understanding look. The episode ends at this point.
(Season 1, Episode 9)
"Hell on Earth" The episode begins, and Karen tries on sunglasses for Dev before her audition for an orange juice commercial while Ivy wakes up with Derek and tells him she also has that audition. John tells Tom not to worry about Ivy, sometimes people need to be by themselves. Tom invites himself to Lawyer John s function with his politician friend and learns he s a Republican. Frank is going through some papers in the bedroom and comes to a realization .Ivy meets her friend Sam for breakfast and takes a bunch of pill bottles out of her purse; this worries Sam. I m not judging, just be careful he says. Ellis reads off a bunch of star names as possibilities for Marilyn Anna Paquin, Chelsea Wood, Anna Farris, Rebecca Duvall, and Kate Winslet. Derek said it s a pipe dream to expect someone like Kate Winslet. Derek and Eileen have some private words he thinks the musical isn t ready for a star to see it; Eileen points out that he lost his fight and is now being petulant. Derek says he s not chasing stars until he sees a finished script, and in 1 year we ll do a second workshop. Tom and Julia need the time. After Derek storms out Eileen asks Ellis to get her Dough Hughes, the director. Ivy s late for the commercial tryout and runs into none other than Karen, who was on time for her tryout. The casting people say She was perfect and do not even notice Ivy standing behind the door that slams in her face. Meanwhile Karen goes back to see if she can get a few more shifts waitressing, but gets a call that she got the part in the orange juice commercial. Tom tells Julia that John being a Republican is a deal-breaker, while Julia tries different possible names for the show, while pointing out that Tom s being too hard on John and should give him a chance. We see some more of the Heaven on Earth musical. Ivy s back in the chorus, and boy does she look thrilled to be there. Ellis visits Eileen s old assistant to get agent names. Julia returns home to Frank singing at the piano, and we learn what Frank figured out he saw Julia s notes about one more kiss on the Brooklyn Bridge, wants Julia to sing it, she refuses saying it s a misfire. Frank calls her a liar and says when he saw the lyrics I knew. Julia says nothing s going on, it s over. Frank asks Is it? and asks if it was Michael. He said he thought it at the workshop, but figured it wasn t possible. I don t want to hear all the stupid things people say at moments like this. It was something. It was a total betrayal of me and Leo and 18 years of marriage, it was a betrayal of everything. That s disgusting you would say that. Julia says It was an accident. Frank storms out. Frank waits outside the New York Theatre Workshop to find Michael. Michael tells Frank to go home, but that s not how it works. You came into my house, you had dinner with my wife and son and then you slept with my wife. Michael tells Frank that it was over a long time ago and it should have never started up again and Frank learns that this isn t the first time Julia s cheated on him and punches Michael in the face. Over at the commercial studio Karen s dressed in a green suit the whole studio is a green background because everything else is going to be CGI-ed. She comments that it seems easy; but she has to do it 200 times. Ellis is schmoozing with a possible director while Eileen is meeting with Doug Hughes. Sam called Tom to meet Ivy and her friends at the bar and Bobby tells everyone that Karen booked a national commercial and this gets Ivy all riled up. She just walks into this city with that mid-Western moonface and lands everything. Ivy storms out and goes home, where Derek is reading a script for a TV pilot, and complains that it s galling to be competing with someone with so little experience. Karen goes home to Dev and realizes that when she bumped into Ivy at the tryout, they switched glasses; when Ivy realizes this same fact she throws Karen s sunglasses in the trash and pops some more pills. Also, Michael Riedel wrote about Eileen and her meeting in the Post, sending Derek s blood pressure through the roof. Derek barges into Eileen s office yelling about Doug Hughes and how he s not going to be replaced. Eileen is point blank Are you in or are you out? Derek demands a star as he storms out. Ellis goes over to Rebecca s apartment to drop off some music and asks her manager what he can do to make sure Marilyn is at the top of Rebecca s list We have a few hours Ellis says. Over at Heaven on Earth Ivy waits for Jessica to leave and reaches for some more pills. Ivy s spiraling downward fast. She s late to the stage she can t stop laughing and can t keep her balance once she gets out there. Karen goes to Heaven on Earth to wait for Ivy so she can return her expensive sunglasses, and is told to leave them with the stage manager. Karen waits backstage and sees Ivy acting rather goofy on stage. The higher you get, the farther you fall, and that s exactly what Ivy does- falls flat on her face during the show because she s so damn high. Outside in Times Square Karen chases after Ivy; Ivy is upset that Karen was right there to see everything. Karen just wants to return her sunglasses and Ivy confesses she threw Karen s out. And here s Ivy s meltdown You re nothing special, there s thousands of girls, millions of girls just like you, and you think this will never happen to you? This was supposed to be my time she cries while Karen tries to comfort her and points out that Ivy got to be Marilyn for a little bit, which is more than she got. Ivy s response? You were weak, you were naive, you didn t want it enough, you didn t fight hard enough, and you didn t put enough on the line. Karen says that she didn t sleep with Derek, but It wasn t because he didn t ask. You weren t the first choice. Sorry. Ivy says her mother has said worse things than that at Sunday dinner. Karen follows Ivy into a liquor store. They bond and get drunk in Times Square and then break into song, covering Rihanna s Cheers. And all of Times Square joins in! Karen makes sure Ivy gets home ok, offers to make tea and Ivy reminds Karen they aren t best friends. I know, Karen says. Karen sees all Ivy s Marilyn stuff and kinda feels bad. Tom goes to Lawyer John s political function all decked out in a three-piece suit. John gives a very nice speech about not being a minority in our own party and must put forward candidates and introduces Gary Knowles. Meanwhile Tom gets a text and has to leave to take care of Ivy. John says that there are people who can handle it and Tom s turning Ivy into a child because he keeps running to help her. Tom agrees, but says that he has to go take care of her. Tom meets Sam outside Ivy s apartment and they discuss how they have to stop acting like Ivy s parents. They go out to get some food and they end up staying out until 5 a.m. Tom hasn t stayed up that late since he camped out for Rent in 1996 and Tom hasn t been out all night since the Bruins won the Stanley Cup. What s a bruin? Tom asks. They re interrupted by a text from John, who Tom explains Is someone I ve been seeing. That doesn t seem to deter Sam. Over at the Houston household, things aren t going so well. Leo tells Julia that Frank s home, and asks his mother why she told Frank about the affair. Julia says that it s done and everything is fine but Leo said it s not done He s packing up and leaving. Julia panics and begs Frank not to go. We have to talk about this! she yells. Frank asks for the whole story Tell me about before! he demands. This silences Julia and Frank lets her have it. You thought that cheating is nothing, you thought he ll never find out, you thought he ll forgive me, you thought it doesn t mean anything. Julia begs him not to go and Leo echoes her sentiments, but Frank doesn t listen and storms out without another word. We learn that Eileen planned for Riedel to see her and Doug Hughes so she could scare Derek back in line. Ellis tells Eileen that he d rather not answer phones anymore. And what would you rather do for me? He wants to co-produce. That s cheeky she says. He says that he talked to Rebecca Duvall s manager and she wants to play Marilyn. Eileen says that CAA said Rebecca is unavailable; Ellis counters the agents are going to call in 1 minute and if we land her I want to co-produce. Eileen wants to know if Ellis is going to negotiate her contract, sell her to the investors, and address her creative concerns. There s more to producing than casting Ellis, and we re not going begin the process until you answer that phone. Julia and Michael meet at the Westway Diner; Julia asks about Michael s face and asks if Michael s family is ok. Julia tells him not to apologize what we did we did together and it exploded my whole life like a bombshell, but I m not letting anyone say it s not my fault. The episode ends at this point.
(Season 1, Episode 8)
"The Coup" The episode begins, and Ivy tells Sam that she hasn t heard anything since the workshop. You don t think its dead, do you? he asks? Julia (in bed while Frank fixes the TV) also thinks its dead; Frank thinks that as a first step it s good, but the workshop went great. Julia also points out that Leo s court date is next week. Then we re treated to Frank singing Bob Marley s Three Little Birds while playing Guitar Hero. At Eileen s new apartment she s on the phone with Derek and they confirm that the Cartwright girl is amazing, and this week s plot is set in motion. Eliss pops in and offers some help to Eileen since Tom doesn t need him as much, since the workshop is over. And we re introduced to Katie Rand, Eileen and Jerry s daughter. Eliss runs back to Tom s apartment to report that Eileen had nothing to say about the workshop and she and Derek were talking about Karen Cartwright. This sends Tom into a tizzy. At a coffee shop, Derek tells Karen that they need her to sing a new song for Marilyn and Tom and Julia cannot know. Karen confides in Dev and wants to make curry for him, but Dev is having dinner with hot NYT reporter RJ. She s digging some stuff up on Dev s opponent for the press secretary job something about an Anthony Weiner type scandal. Julia meets with Michael in a kid s park. I did want to tell you, we don t know what s happening with Marilyn, but I m fired, Michael finishes. It s ok, if I wasn t fired I d quit. They re (his family, who are playing a few feet away) everything to me, and I ve been really stupid. Frank and Julia meet with John, to talk about Leo s court date. Apparently Leo was disobeying court signs; Frank says let s just pay the fine, but the lawyer wants to get it expunged from Leo s record so it s not on his college applications. At the court Honorable Judge Davenport makes a comment about not wanting to dismiss charges for ungrateful privileged kids who think they can get away with murder in a public park. This sets Julia off; she tells off the Hon. Davenport and John has to fix it. Karen meets Derek at some warehouse and tells him that she s not comfortable with this arrangement because Julia has been so kind to her; Derek explains that composers flip out at a drop of a hat and until he knows what he wants to tell them, he s not going to tell them anything. Oh, who happens to be in the warehouse, but Ryan Tedder, the lead singer of One Republic; he heard Karen s demo of Brighter Than the Sun and loved it. Karen practices with Ryan Tedder who clashes with Derek and tells him that Karen sounds great. Apparently Jerry deposited a rather large sum of money $3 million- into Katie s trust fund, while Eileen is living in an apartment with no furniture. I m happy that way! Eileen says. Good! Jerry retorts. Eileen points out that Jerry hasn t produced a musical in 10 years. Katie has a problem I don t think that s very nice of you! Jerry is shocked. The insults fly, but not before Katie sees Eliss s shadow lurking in the doorway, opens it, asks Can I help you in a snide way, and slams the door in his face. He picks up the ringing phone and it s Derek, who says everything is going well and they re still on for tomorrow. Eliss cleverly asks Is this the thing you re doing with Karen? Just give her the message Eliss! Ivy s friends take her out bowling Bobby points out that they did all the work for free and they aren t even allowed to ask a question about how it goes. Sly and the Family Stone s Dance to the Music. Dev finds out that he s too Oxford to give the 9/11 Memorial speech in Staten Island and has to hand it over to his nemesis to do. Later he calls RJ over and asks her for all the dirt she s got she calls over a couple of friends and they find out that Dev s nemesis sent naked photos to 2 girls 1 college aged and 1 who was 17 years old. Dev and RJ share a hug just as a not-too-pleased Karen walks in. We ll celebrate later RJ tells him. When Karen asks what s going on, Dev unwisely replies Actually I can t tell you. I m so not interested in RJ Dev explains we were looking at racy photos on the Internet, some politician s been caught with his pants down. Karen comments Your lot is better than my lot. Dev and Karen make up quickly. Eliss purposefully runs into Ivy and Eliss lets it slip that Derek is up to something, something to do with Karen. Meanwhile Bobby and Karen meet up at some dive bar. He tells her that he heard she s working with Derek, but doesn t know what it is. She s shocked that he knows because she s not supposed to say anything to anyone, especially Tom and Julia. At Eliss s apartment, his girlfriend wants to know why he s meddling, especially with Ivy because if Tom finds out he ll fire Eliss. However, Eliss has bigger plans; he doesn t want to work for Tom anyway. He wants to be a producer. It s time for the secret song! Derek wants Karen to not be afraid of the sex. He says Marilyn had purity, and on top of that, sex. Tom and Julia meet up with Katie and Eileen by the warehouse in Brooklyn to see Karen s performance, while Eliss and Ivy sneak into the warehouse through the stage door. Touch Me like a Christina Aguilera song or maybe a Madonna song Karen is only wearing a sheet. Tom is disinterested and Julia looks horrified. Derek looks smug. Derek says that it s a potential direction for Marilyn there s a historical Marilyn and a contemporary Marilyn a Marilyn for a new generation. We re not talking about redoing everything, Derek explains and Eileen jumps in to say that they thought that Tom and Julia would be resistant so they wanted to have something to show them. Tom asks if this is a favor to us while you were busy not answering our phone calls and emails. Karen immediately apologizes to Tom and Julia while Katie pulls her mother aside. Eileen says she has half a terrific show and it needs help and Katie points out that it s what her father would do. Katie says Eileen can t turn into Dad. Derek and Tom are going at it Derek defends his decision to try to take the musical in a new direction because he s the director but Tom doesn t want to hear it. Eileen runs back in and says We ve made a terrible mistake and apologizes, saying it wasn t meant to be. And then Eliss barges in and says I think what Eileen means is that we ll put a meeting on the books for tomorrow morning and discuss the next step. Julia s response is How did he get here? Does it really matter? Eliss retorts as he plays peace keeper. Karen runs into Ivy outside the warehouse. Julia leaves but Tom stays to talk with Derek. Tom says they shouldn t have let Derek near the project, and Derek reminds Tom that he has no edge or insight or the balls to make Marilyn what she needs to be. Derek said they did a show together and it went badly, Tom accuses him of botching the show. Not according to the New York Times. He liked the direction but didn t like the songs. Tom says what bothers him most was that Derek went to every theater in town and trashed him. Derek denies, saying he doesn t remember any of it. We were friends! Do you remember that? Tom shouts. Derek says Gay men never cease to amaze me. You own the New York theater scene but yet you constantly prance around whining about what victims you are. Tom tops off the fight with a little reveal that Derek s dad is gay and he got good reviews all those years ago because the critic was sleeping with his dad. Derek tells him that the songs for Marilyn are beautiful and fun, but too nice. Marilyn was also a drug-addicted, suicidal sex icon that the world can t get enough of. Back in Eileen s office she tells the group that we don t need different composers however we do need a star. Tom tries once more for Ivy, who Eileen says is terrific, but she s not enough. And they ll need a title. And there s Eliss sitting outside Eileen s office her new assistant. Eileen heads home to a furnished apartment. Katie tells her mom you can t sleep on the floor Dev sent out the dirty pictures to his boss, who took it to the chief of staff s office and it disappeared. I don t know what his story is, but he s untouchable, Andrew tells Dev. He goes home to Karen who has made him a home-cooked meal and they re still lovey. Ivy and Tom meet up and he tells her Derek has some crazy ideas, they re all working and writing and Eileen wants to go with a star for Marilyn. Who knows when or if we ll keep going or what will happen when we do, but to get this to Broadway we need a star. He gets all choked up and so does she. You are wonderful he says but I m not a star she finishes. Tom invites her back to the chorus of Heaven on Earth whenever she s ready. In her room later on, she hums Let Me Be Your Star as Derek knocks and knocks until she lets him in Are you alright? he asks. Ivy tells him he doesn t have to take care of the loser. He explains that she was better than good; she asks why he asked Karen to do that other song. You ve been hideous Ivy says; Derek says You told me I was lousy in bed, in front of everyone. But they forgive each other too and look to be back on. The episode ends on this note.
(Season 1, Episode 7)
"The Workshop" The scene opens, and finally, the workshop is here. But first Julia and Michael Swift secretly hold hands on the street, rudely interrupted by Derek and Eileen who are also on their way to rehearsal. It s the day before the workshop and Derek is crabby. He must be nervous. Also there s a problem with the heat in the rehearsal building. It s like 100 degrees in there. Michael and Julia get frisky in the hallway and are caught by a none too happy Tom, and of course, there s creepy Eliss lurking in the background and he saw/heard it all, unbeknownst to the other 3. Karen goes to a recording studio! She breaks into Colbie Caillat s Brighter Than the Sun. Karen makes it to rehearsal before things start. Karen decides to go back to the recording studio for an hour. Enter Leigh Conroy, Ivy s mom who was once a Tony-award winning actress but now lives vicariously through her daughter. Everyone swoons over here. She s a Broadway icon and everyone bets her to sing Everything s Coming Up Roses Derek whispers to Ivy You re wonderful in this show. You re going to be great tomorrow. During a dance scene, Michael Swift s family (aka wife and child) run into the room. (Derek says he doesn t understand the draw of children and Tom explains That s because your e a reptile ). Julia gets upset and storms out of the room. Tom follows and Julia confesses that she slept with Michael and has to go home. Julia s absence irks Derek even further because he wants to work on On Lexington and 52nd Street . Here s Eliss pulling aside Eileen and spills the beans on Julia and Michael s affair. That s why she s been so erratic with the book. Eileen swiftly silences Eliss and says although it s useful information; if Eliss repeats it to anyone he ll never work on this production or in this town again. Over in Brooklyn Julia is all woe is me . However she walks in on Leo and his friend Mason smoking up. Julia can t even get angry because Leo puts her in her place I do know what you re in the middle of and it sucks and I think you suck. Ivy and her mom are watching Some Like It Hot and Bernadette Peters reminds Ivy that she won a Tony; and questions Ivy s ability to be Marilyn. Ivy swallows her sleeping pills. Somehow Eileen and Eliss are getting a drink at the Big Buc Hunting bar, Eileen s new favorite hangout. Everyone s lying in their beds its workshop day. Karen and Dev are woken up at 6 a.m. by Bobby Raskin; but she d have to miss the workshop to meet him. Ivy pouts; Jessica and Bobby advise Karen to go to meet Bobby Raskin. They stress that she s only in the chorus and she s only making $200 a week. Karen says that s not the type of person she is. Julia tells Michael that Leo knows, and how could Michael not think of his son? Because Ivy is late Julia has to read lines with Michael and it quickly leads into something else as Michael accuses Julia of lying every day. You don t get to decide how these things go. I m not yours to order around, I m not yours she hisses at him. Derek confides in Eileen that maybe the show is cursed, and Eileen reassures him that this is going to go on and also quickly tells off the building manager who s up in arms that there s a plumber in the boiler room. Bobby tells Karen that Joe Mahoda is there, from CAA he represents about 3 different stars that would be perfect for Marilyn. Sam scolds them and storms off, directly into Tom s arms. He tells Tom that Ivy needs some encouragement because of the ensemble s speculation that they re going to replace Ivy with a star; and he sees Tom s boyfriend kiss him John. Then Sam storms off. Tom apparently does NOT know that Sam is gay, and accuses Sam of being too straight . Sadly they don t talk about what they have in common, but Frank does invite him to dinner. Ivy tells Tom that her mother s trying to undermine her and Karen Cartwright is handed everything on a plate and she doesn t think she can do this. Tom tells her you were born to do this; you have ice water in your veins. As the workshop is about to begin, the heat still isn t on. The bartender is there to help the plumber and Eileen asks him to stay to watch the workshop. Derek explains to the crowd that it s a work in progress, they focus mostly on the Joe DiMaggio years and the rest of Marilyn s biography is covered in sketch form. What we have is great. And then in barges in Leigh Oh please don t mind me, I m not here. Ivy starts with Let Me Be Your Star but the show cuts in scenes with Karen playing Marilyn. We also hear History Is Made At Night. And National Pasttime and then Karen falls off her stool? Michael catches Julia in the hallway and asks for a moment to talk, but Julia tells him that it s over; and they re interrupted by Frank. Derek tells Ivy she has to focus better the show needs you to focus. Tom tells Derek he shouldn t talk to an actor like that during intermission You do if they re off their game Derek responds. MIchael s song is Lexington and 52nd Street . Then he winds up singing to Julia he sees what she has to have and he cannot compete. Throughout the whole workshop Derek looks less than pleased. Bernadette Peters looks half teary, half like she wants to get up there and sing herself. The ensemble doesn t think the show is going to go anywhere; Bobby (who doesn t think Ivy was that great) and Jessica chastise Karen again for not meeting with Bobby Raskin. I wouldn t have missed it for the world she said. Derek tells Eileen they have to rethink some things. Not right now she smiles through clenched teeth as the bartender apologizes that the heat wasn t fixed until the end of the workshop and says he d like to come to more of them. Bernadette Peters gushes to Ivy I just loved the whole thing. Ivy asks what she thought about her How am I supposed to be anything when you re always here sucking up the light like a black hole .you say something cruel every day when you re not ignoring me. You re my mother and you can t even say one kind word and you know who else had a mother like that? Marilyn. Look how she turned out. She was a legend Bernadette Peters says. She was an unhappy drug addicted disaster because her mother didn t love her. Later that night as her mother gets ready to leave Ivy tells her that she won t be visiting any time soon. Bernadette Peters says it s hard for me to watch you; I never wanted you to do this. She explains that she knows how heart breaking Broadway is, and she doesn t want Ivy to go through everything she went through. Not because you re not good at it but because you re my daughter. She tells Ivy that her day will come because there s no question, you re a star. Derek is reading the gossip column that says Marilyn is in trouble and confused. Derek asks if it s over and Eileen says the show is great but we re going to have to regroup and repackage and mentions this Joe Mahoda from CAA. Tom doesn t want to hear about these actors, he only wants Ivy and yells at Derek for his little intermission pep talk. Derek says he was directing because she s been in the ensemble for so long she can t turn the wattage back up. Tom accuses Derek of undermining Ivy she humiliated you in front of everyone and you sabotaged her. Eileen says it s not Ivy; they re going to need another piece to get the investors on board. Tom tries another direction I think the real problem is Michael Swift. Are you daft? He was sensational! Derek argues. Eileen wants Julia s opinion Yes, I think he should go. Eileen says I think Tom and Julia should make the call on this one, there are other actors out there. Derek is mad and leaves. Later that night Julia tries to talk to Leo. He wants to know how the workshop went, she tells him that they liked it but there were some problems. She tells him they re firing Michael. That gets Leo s attention. He wasn t right for the part Julia says. Good Leo says before breaking down into tears. The episode ends.
(Season 1, Episode 6)
"Chemistry" The episode begins, and Julia is frantically switching scenes around as Tom and Derek watch. Derek is more than a little annoyed with her, and rightfully so; the workshop performance is getting closer every day, but Marilyn's book and lyrics still aren't close to being finished. It seems that adultery is acting as a dam for Julia's creative flow. Karen, meanwhile, is busy gasping, first over the ever-changing script and then over her astronomical credit card bill. Dancer Sue doesn't see what the big deal is, since she only owes $326.38: if her own bill were that low, she'd be "singing and dancing," says Sue. "You'd be singing and dancing anyway!" Bobby and Jessica reply in unison. See, they simply cannot do it alone! Ellis scurries over to Eileen's office and tells her that Marilyn is basically in shambles. She grabs her stuff and heads to rehearsal just in time to see Ivy totally choking while singing "Let Me Be Your Star." Her once-perfect voice is suddenly sounding pretty pitchy; she can't even get close to hitting the notes she usually nails easily. If Ivy suffers the same fate as poor Julie Andrews, I might burst into sobs. Ivy and Tom head to the doctor while the rest of the cast continues rehearsing. Shortly after Derek dismisses everyone, Tom returns and tells the team that Ivy's throat is inflamed. Though the doc has prescribed a steroid, Ivy is hypersensitive to drugs and doesn't want to take it. Everyone else, though, is concerned that mere vocal rest and tea won't be enough. Derek doesn't waste time suggesting that they ask Karen to fill in for Ivy. Tom's completely against the idea -- if Ivy finds out, it'll only freak her out more. As they discuss their options, they have no idea that Karen is still in the room. That evening at Ivy's apartment, Derek nonchalantly urges his leading lady to take the Prednisone she's been given. He calls the drug a miracle worker. Ivy's worried about side effects, but as Derek says, she works in musical theater. And, on a more serious note, if she doesn't get well they'll have no choice but to ask Karen to fill in. That's all Ivy needs to hear. She reaches into her Marc by Marc bag and pulls out her magic pills. Julia's going through some tumult of her own. At rehearsal, Michael keeps trying to get her to see him alone, and she keeps shooting him down. Even so, she can't help daydreaming about their passionate smooch as she makes pancakes for her son. Her reverie is so intense that it causes her to burn breakfast, giving Leo yet another reason to hate his mom. He's clearly livid about what he's seen. Things don't really get less tense when Husband Frank suddenly returns from Far Far Away, totally oblivious to what's happened in his absence. At rehearsal, a visibly distraught Ivy tells Derek that the Prednisone is giving her cold sweats, a headache, anxiety, a gash, a rash, and purple bumps. All the director cares about is whether her voice has healed. And because Ivy isn't already feeling bad enough, he reminds her once more that Karen's going to step in if she can't sing. Ellis pops by Eileen's office unannounced to let her know that Ivy's voice is sounding great. Instead of shooing him away, Eileen accepts Ellis's info. When he asks if she needs anything else, she considers him carefully. We next see Ellis and Eileen walking through a gorgeous high rise apartment. Ellis's buddy Zach apparently works for its broker; the space isn't even on the market yet, but he's pulled some strings to show it to Eileen. After leaving the apartment, the bright young things take Eileen to a bar called The Bushwack. Terrible is really working hard to get the producer on his side. They drink $7 martinis and manage to play Big Buck Hunter without feeding the game any quarters. Suddenly, Eileen starts to feel like she's 24 instead of as old as time. Tom plays a melody for his partner, but tortured-looking Julia is still way too distracted to pay attention to anyone but herself. Finally, she confesses that Michael kissed her. Tom, to his credit, manages to sound pretty non-judgmental while telling her that she has to think about her family. Not to mention Michael's family. Ivy stares at her reflection in her mirror, then sings, "I stare at my reflection in the mirror." Like Karen before her, Ivy is belting alone in her bedroom; this time, the tune is "Who You Are" by Jessie J. Her voice sounds great. After proving that her instrument is as finely tuned as ever, Ivy stops singing. "It's fine! It's going to be fine," she says to herself. But the vision of Karen-as-Marilyn that suddenly appears in Ivy's mirror thinks differently. Yup: Ivy is hallucinating. Because of arthritis medication. Karen is filling in for fellow ensemble member Jessica at a bar mitzvah. Ivy's apparition freaks her out so much that she texts both Sam and Tom, asking if they can come over. They arrive and instantly start trying to calm down the blonde, who's worrying about bloating and growing wolf-like hair. Prednisone is a hell of a drug. Tom, at least, doesn't mind ditching his plans to come to Ivy's aid -- her call came when he was in the middle of an unbelievably dull cocktail party at John Lawyer's place. Julia's world almost comes crashing down when Michael calls her at home, yet again -- and Frank answers the phone. She manages to wrench the receiver away and takes it outside, where she hisses that Michael seriously, seriously has to stop. DiMaggio, though, won't take no for an answer. He asks her to meet him in the rehearsal space at 10pm, then leaves to deal with his poor unsuspecting wife and son. Though Julia has no intention of meeting Michael, eventually her resolve weakens and she heads back to Manhattan. Tom sends word to Karen, saying that she might need to step in as Marilyn. The news invigorates Iowa enough to sing a spirited rendition of Hava Nagila, even though she doesn't know the words. She follows it with a pretty take on Florence and the Machine's "Shake It Out." As Karen does her best Flo impression, legions of bored kids are drawn to the dance floor, where they groove as only awkward 13-year-olds can groove. Julia arrives at the rehearsal space, determined to shut Michael down once and for all. But one thing leads to another, and soon enough he's unbuttoning her sultry PJ top. The meeting ends as we all guessed it would: with the lyricist and DiMaggio going at it on the rehearsal room's couch. The next morning at rehearsal, Derek breezily asks Ivy how "the voice" is. Ivy edgily replies that "the voice" is fine: "Do you want to know how I am?" The answer, of course, is no. When Karen arrives, Tom apologizes for sending her confusing texts; it turns out, of course, that Ivy doesn't need a stand-in. Though today won't be her big Marilyn break, it could very well still be a milestone: a music exec named Bobby Raskin heard her sing at the bar mitzvah, and he wants Karen to give him a ring. The gang gets down to business, and we see them perform a stripped down version -- no dream stage tonight -- of "History Is Made at Night." It appears that Julia's late-night rendezvous with Michael inspired her to finally finish the song's lyrics. As the stars are reaching the song's climax, Ivy accidentally loses her footing on said sex couch and collapses into giggles. Derek, though, isn't laughing. He makes a snide comment about Ivy not being sexy enough, thus provoking Ivy to deliver a venomous, drug-influenced rant. As the rest of Marilyn's team watches, fascinated and horrified, she screams at Derek for humiliating her once more and suggests shrilly that maybe they should just ask Karen to step in. She finishes by calling the director a narcissistic prick who isn't that good-looking -- or that good in bed -- before storming out into the hallway. Eileen isn't around to witness this latest bit of drama. She's happily ensconced at The Bushwack with Ellis and Zach -- and this time, she's asked a potential investor to join her at the dive as well. The episode ends with an iconic shot of Eileen picking up the plastic Big Buck Hunter gun and gleefully taking a shot.
(Season 1, Episode 5)
"Let's Be Bad" The episode begins and there s Karen at rehearsals, in her new, Bobby-approved clothes. Eileen is freaking out because the workshop is in 13 days and the book still isn t finished. Tom says Julia wrote 3 new scenes but isn t ready to show anyone yet. Michael Swift has script-related questions and asks for Julia s time, but she s trying to talk to Frank, but the connection is so bad and she keeps losing Frank. Ivy walks in and sees Karen working on footwork with Derek. Am I late? she asks with attitude? No, Karen was early. It seems this week s new number is Let s Be Bad. On the fancy side of town, Tom goes on his date with the lawyer John from last week. Tom has to go bail Julia s son Leo out of jail. Julia, who s not answering her phone because she s with Michael at the Westway Diner on 9th Ave, talking about DiMaggio and how she s focusing on bigger themes than the Marilyn-DiMaggio love story. John tags along and Leo, who was arrested for smoking pot in Central Park, gets to go home with just a bench warrant (no arrest). Now Tom is all in love with John. Julia storms in and plays tough Mom after rather entertaining piano-playing by Tom. Tom tells Julia to get her act together her son was arrested and she missed it because she was flirting with her ex-boyfriend. Julia gives Leo the third-degree about how many times he s smoked pot, and tells him he can t ever be around anyone who does anything illegal because it could/will affect the adoption. Leo seems a bit bitter and reluctant about the adoption. Tom also butts in, telling Michael that Julia is working from home because she has FAMILY issues and needs to be with her FAMILY right now. Dev learns that he s not a lock for the promotion to press secretary from hot-NYT reporter RJ. Karen isn t pleased to see RJ is a girl and has things in common with Dev. Karen, because of Dev knew exactly what happened with Derek, he wouldn t blow a gasket? Eliss delivers a book to Eileen, who drops a dig about Julia catching up on her pages. Eileen is pressuring Julia to get the book done we keep getting reminders how many days are left until the workshop. More rehearsal, Ivy starts off with Let s Be Bad but Derek isn t pleased and tells Karen to show Ivy how to hit the vibrato like Marilyn does. Happy birthday just sing happy birthday as Marilyn. I ve seen you do it. (Sidelong glances from everyone). Derek orders Karen to teach Ivy how to do that. Ivy is NOT pleased. In the lesson, Ivy is pretty bitchy. She doesn t want to take lessons from a chorus girl, even though Karen says she s not a threat and she s nothing. Instead of making nice, Ivy says don t get ahead of yourself. Later on, Derek, Julia and Tom s reaction to Ivy s version of Let s Be Bad is less than enthusiastic. This just feeds Ivy s growing complex, who seeks Derek s praise, and doesn t get it. She s shaken up and can t get the song out and gets teary. Cut to the stage scene 20 s flappers girls, producers upset that Marilyn is still in the dressing room and a suggestion that Ms. Monroe should be fired. By this point in Marilyn s real life, she s already popping pills and her relationship with DiMaggio is clearly on the outs, and Ivy pulls off the entrance of the star-who-just-doesn t-care pretty well. This number is flashy with energetic moves from the ensemble. Marilyn goes from being into it to being all doped up it s one of the more complicated numbers for the show so far. Ivy kills it. But Derek leaves the room without a backwards glance. Karen tries to offer encouraging words after, but Ivy shoots her down, don t be condescending look I got a lot on my plate but I m handling it and I don t care what you think or what Derek thinks. At after-work beers with Sam and Michael Swift, Ivy confesses that Derek is psyching her out personally and professionally. Sam is curious what Michael s issue is, but then decides against it this company already has too many drama queens he says. Ivy gets mad that Sam doesn t like Tom he s just so gay but I m not that gay he says. Ivy wants to ask Derek where she stands and while Sam tells her no, Michael says she should because it s better to know and then he decides to take his own advice. Back in Karen and Dev land, Karen laments how humiliating rehearsals were but Dev doesn t get how singing Happy birthday is humiliating. It s payback for the first time I sang it to him, Karen says, but doesn t want to go into further detail. Office politics, you can t escape them Dev counsels. But then he asks his hot girlfriend to dress sexier because it wouldn t hurt to show her off at the big party on the Intrepid. A sexy dress is not going to kill you Dev says. Karen has him leave so she can take her time getting ready. And she busts out into It s a Man s Man s Man s World, originally by Donny Hathaway. Once at the party, Karen doesn t even get to sit with Dev she gets to sit by the helicopter because Dev has to sit with NYT reporters and editors who can help get him the promotion he s after. She talks to her tablemates about the musical and lies about being cast as Marilyn. The guy sitting next to her (who, as it turns out, is Dev s competition for the press secretary job) hits on Karen, asks her to sing him Happy Birthday at his hotel in exchange for room service. Karen smartly steals his name card and goes to find Dev. In the car ride home (thanks to RJ) Karen and Dev are all lovey again, and she goes about seducing him in the back of the car. Michael barges over to Julia s (drunk) and he apparently gets along swell with Leo and manages to get an invite for dinner, much to Julia s chagrin. Then they bond when Michael tells Leo that he and Julia used to smoke pot after tough rehearsals. Julia is beside herself and sends Leo to bed and calls a car service for Michael. She tells him that she loves her family more than anything and she s sure he loves his, We re not going to mess that up. His response is I want to be with you and then breaks out into A Song For You by Leon Russell. Go home Julia tells him, and he almost does until he decides to kiss her and she kisses him back. Leo sees this all form his bedroom window. And Ivy barges over to Derek s (drunk) yelling about being hideous to her in rehearsals, and how she feels like she doesn t exist in rehearsals for him. Derek gets mad and says that he s building something and it would be a lot easier if people pretended not to have feelings, because they get in the way. Derek says Ivy has to channel her feelings into Marilyn. Are you staying? he concludes. Are you asking me to stay? Come on, don t be mad at me, Derek coos and they kiss and make up and Ivy gets what she wanted all along 1 minute of Derek s approval (until tomorrow). In the middle of the night Ivy wakes up alone in Derek s bed (with an amazing view of the Empire State Building) and goes downstairs to see Derek hard at work. The episode ends.
(Season 1, Episode 4)
"The Cost of Art" The episode begins; with rehearsals for Marilyn finally getting underway. After Julia endures an unwelcome encounter with Ellis and an incredibly awkward conversation with ex-lover Michael. Ivy enters. After Derek announces her arrival, Marilyn's cast erupts in an ovation. After the gang runs through "20th Century Fox Mambo," chorus member Sam tells Karen that she's got a great voice. She humbly explains that she already knows the song, since she sang it in her Marilyn callback. Then Ivy swoops up behind Sam and says, in a faux-sweet voice, "Well, I'm singing it now." That evening, Julia gives Eileen a rundown of what happened on Day One. The producer was too busy yelling at her lawyer to attend rehearsal -- apparently, while Jerry's been gallivanting around town, merrily daring women of all shapes and sizes to toss Manhattans in his face, all her money has disappeared. Now Eileen has access to just a fraction of the $200,000 she needs to fund the workshop. Luckily, she also happens to have an incredibly valuable Degas sketch hanging on her wall. New Original Song Alert! Marilyn's crew is rehearsing an incredibly catchy, bouncy song with an insanely unwieldy title: "I Never Met a Wolf Who Didn't Love to Howl." And, like Cassie Ferguson before her, Karen is finding it difficult to fade into the chorus line. Her dancing's too exaggerated; her voice is too loud. Finally, Ivy asks if they can pause for a minute and says with a strained smile that she's having trouble hearing herself: "The chorus is very... enthusiastic!" Thanks to lunchtime ensemble gossip, Karen learns that Ivy and Derek are an item. As she's trying to overcome her incredulity, Ivy and Tom share salads in Times Square. The blonde asks her buddy why nobody told her that her former competition would be in the workshop's chorus; Tom blames the decision on Julia, and then agrees to keep an eye on Karen during rehearsal. Talk soon turns to teen star Lyle West, a former Broadway baby who's become a fixture on TV. According to Ivy, the director discovered the kid; Tom begs to differ, since Lyle's first role was in an Off-Broadway musical he wrote. Either way, Derek's having a birthday party for Lyle at his apartment. During take two of "Wolf," Ivy's new-found malevolent powers begin to manifest. Karen gets moved to the back of stage, snapped at by Ivy's friend Jessica, and finally kicked out of the number altogether. All Karen can do is complain about this injustice to Increasingly Less Perfect Dev, who's suddenly constantly attached to his ever-ringing phone. And then Karen's heel breaks! And she steps in dog poop! And everyone forgets her birthday! Eileen, meanwhile, is undergoing similar humiliation. She takes her beloved Degas to a gallery, where a bespectacled art specialist tells her it could fetch "350" or "4" at auction. But either way, Eileen can't just sell the sketch; Jerry bought it for her, and the bill of sale is still in his name. Back at rehearsal, the gang gives a few snippets of another new song -- a gorgeously harmonic Marilyn/DiMaggio duet called "History Is Made at Night." Again, Karen's voice is overpowering the rest of the ensemble. Come on -- sing in, Louise. Once more, Ivy falters and implicitly blames Karen; once more, Karen is asked to sit the number out. Karen storms into the hallway. Jessica approaches her -- and that's when Iowa finally snaps. She tells Ivy's pal that she and her friends are being horrible, and that she knows Ivy's trying to get her fired. Karen's surprise show of backbone inspires Jessica. In no time flat, she and two other ensemble pals -- their names are Bobby and Sue, because Smash actually takes place in 1956 -- are taking Karen shopping for more acceptable rehearsal-wear and telling her how she should walk, talk and act if she wants to blend into the crowd. Julia suggests that Eileen attend to Lil' Lyle West's birthday party -- maybe the festivities will get her mind off her money woes. She also casually lets slip that Lyle happens to be a newly-minted millionaire, since his show's just been sold into syndication. The wheels in Eileen's head start to turn. Even when she's hanging out with her old friend Chorus Sam in her apartment, Ivy is still obsessing over Karen. She tells Sam that with her voice and her presence, Karen is simply "too big". Sam's busy aggressively proving his heterosexuality by reading Sports Illustrated, but he does make time to tell Ivy that she looks amazing in her leopard-print Zac Posen dress. She, too, is going to Lyle's shindig; Derek invited her himself, which may just prove that their relationship is more than a fling. Ivy enters Derek's place and finds that Lyle has been roped into entertaining the guests at his own birthday party. He's singing and playing a version of Michael Buble's "Haven't Met You Yet." Tom's missing the party for a boring date with a dude named John. John is great on paper -- Wharton MBA, law degree-- but a big old bore in person. Thankfully, John does seem to have a sense of humor... and when he starts complimenting Tom, the composer is instantly more interested. As a horrified Julia bumps into Terrible Ellis and Cyn, who are crashing Derek's soiree, Eileen springs into action. She leads Lyle into a bedroom -- where she's stashed the Degas -- and tells him to consider investing in art. It's the only investment that'll never lose value. Why? Because of "the Chinese." In any case, Lyle is interested, but he doesn't want to part with $200,000 quite yet; first, he'd like to know if Marilyn is any good. Karen isn't at the party -- but she also isn't alone. Jessica, Bobby and Sue have pranced on over to her apartment, where they instantly begin merrily picking through her closet and declaring which items are and aren't acceptable. Afterwards, they scarf down some delivery with Iowa and a befuddled Dev. It isn't long before they resume listing Karen's various deficiencies. This time, though, the trio may have a point; Bobby says that Karen doesn't understand how to blend into an ensemble. There's only one way to teach her how that's done: through the magic of dance. And speaking of dancing... Eileen gets Julia to ask both Tom and Michael to come to the party. Soon after they arrive -- Tom with date in tow -- Lyle announces to his guests that Derek and Tom will be presenting a song from their new musical. Everyone is ecstatic when the song ends -- everyone but Ivy, that is, whose buzz is killed when she spies Derek touching a statuesque beauty's behind. She decides to get back at him by brazenly coming onto Lyle; the teen is more than happy to accept her advances. They end up walking in on Eileen, who's saying a final farewell to her beloved Degas. "I was just looking at past happiness," she says, turning to look at Ivy. "You're my happiness now." Tom and John's blind date is going swimmingly. Ivy's night, unfortunately, is not. She downs a drink and starts to head out when Derek stops her. Ivy asks about the girl he was with, and Derek replies that she was a potential investor -- he's not above flirting if it'll get money for Marilyn. The conversation, of course, turns to Ivy fretting about Karen, and Derek basically tells Ivy to get over herself -- she got the part, but there's nothing safe about being a star. Filled with a new resolve, Ivy follows Derek back to his bedroom. Karen's new pals bring Iowa to a bar that's helpfully outfitted with a stage. They get the DJ to play Adele's "Rumor Has It," then start performing the dance routine they taught Karen in her apartment. At first, it seems like she's actually taken their words to heart -- though the camera's angled so that Karen's in the foreground, she's managing not to pull focus as she bounces to the beat. But before long, Karen's dancing in front of the catty trio -- and then "Rumor Has It" becomes a backing track to her own vocals. The episode ends.
(Season 1, Episode 3)
"Enter Mr. DiMaggio" The scene opens with Ivy and Derek getting busy as a thank you for the part. She says that she has been watching and reading about Marilyn and would like to work on her part more. He says that is what they are doing. He laughs and says that he is only joking. Later, Ivy talks to her friend and she say that Ivy just needs to enjoy the sex despite that it could have been why she got the part to begin with. Eileen meets with a jewelry assistant and sees knock-off earrings that were inspired by Marilyn Monroe. Derek meets with Karen and tells her that she should be upset that she is only going to be in the ensemble. He says that a lot could happen from now and the opening. Dev comes up and introduces himself. He says that he is Karen s boyfriend and they begin to square off as to who is the better man. Karen looks at them, confused. Karen goes home with Dev and asks what he was doing. He says that he was only doing it to show who he was. He dips her and kisses her. The next day, Derek, Julia, Eileen and Tom are auditioning for the role of Joe DiMaggio and no one comes up to par. They hear that Michael Swift, a Broadway start that Julia knows, is interested possibly. Eileen suggests that they all go see him. Immediately they are impressed when they see him in action. Derek asks Eileen if Michael would be interested. Jerry comes up and asks if Derek could change his mind, but he says no. Jerry calls Eileen s earrings quaint and asks who gave them to her. She throws her drink in his face and says that she doesn t know how that keeps happening. Karen tells her coworker about the role and she says that any role is great. Karen says that it is a workshop and she tells her that Karen is going to be forced to miss a lot of days from work. She tells her that she is going to Iowa this weekend to visit her family. Her coworker tells her not to spend too much time with the workshops . Julia and Tom are going over the music when Ellis comes in and says that it sounds amazing. Julia is clearly not happy with Ellis. Tom says that Julia doesn t like anyone. She says that she likes Derek. Tom says that Eileen and Derek went to go see Michael and they loved him. Julia asks how Michael is going to have time when he is doing the other gig. Tom says that it is closing and Julia tries to tell him that Michael isn t good for the role as Joe DiMaggio. She says that they might not need Joe DiMaggio. Tom laughs and says that is a funny joke. Michael is playing with his son and his wife tells him that is a great deal. Michael says that he might wait, but she says that he needs to take it. Meanwhile, Eileen meets with investors and pitches the idea at them. When they hear that she is doing this without Jerry, they are leery. However, Eileen says that she only needs $200,000 because it is a workshop. They are relieved and laugh. Karen is having second thoughts of going back home because of the money issue. Dev says that she doesn t have to worry at all about money and says that he will take care of things. She agrees to go. Ellis meets with his friends and they tell him that Ellis should get a cut for his idea. Later, Ellis sees Julia s notebook. Tom and Julia are thinking about the play and she says that marriage is a good thing and she looks for her notebook. She finds it missing. Ellis is in the hall with it. Meanwhile, Karen gets home to Iowa and later, her mother tells her father that Karen didn t get the lead. Karen says that she is excited about being in the ensemble. Roger asks if they will hold her job while she is at the workshop. Meanwhile, Derek shows up to Ivy s dressing room and Dennis and her friend listen in. Ellis has the notebook and his roommate comes in. She asks why he has that and he says that he wanted to see what else Julia had in her notebook. She calls him a spy and kisses him. Michael and his wife watch their son sleep. Michael says that theater is irresponsible, but she says that Michael needs to take the part. Julia goes in the next day to find Michael there at the office. He says that the show is great and that he is in. She says that she thought that he might have passed. Michael and Julia reminisce and there is clear tension. Michael tells Julia that she smells good. Later, Eileen gets earrings from Jerry. He sits down with her and she tells him to go back to his blondes. He says that they blend. He tries to put them on her and she refuses it. Jerry tells her that the producer that Eileen was supposed to meet with tonight is already on board with Marilyn the Musical. She asks how he knows and Jerry says that he talked to him. Eileen realizes that Jerry is trying to move in on her musical and tells him that she doesn t need his help. She says that the only reason why Jerry bought the earrings was because he had thought that someone else bought her earrings. She says that she doesn t want him moving in on the musical and throws her drink in Jerry s face. Tom meets with Sam and asks how things are going. He tells Tom that he called he called him on a date. He says that Ivy told him to go for it. He says that Derek and Ivy are having sex in the dressing room. Later, Tom says that it is not right, but Julia says that she is not judging. Tom says that he does. Ellis is there and he says that Tom needs space. Julia says that she needs him to go. He says that she needs to watch out for what she says. She tells him that she fired him once and Ellis laughs and says that it clearly didn t stick. He gives her the notebook and says that it was under Tom s things. Meanwhile, Karen arrives at the baby shower. Eileen meets with Manny, the producer, and says that it was nice for him to meet with her. She gives the head-shot of Ivy, but he says that he is not interested unless Jerry is involved. Back at the bar, Karen gets convinced to sing Redneck Woman . She has all her friends join her and they all sing the song. At Derek s, Ivy asks Derek why they don t go to his place. He says that his neighbors have a new stove and they have turned off his gas. She laughs and says that she thought that he didn t want her in his home. He says that is not the case. Later, Julia goes up to Tom and apologizes that they got into a fight. She tells him that she had an affair with Michael when they were working together. She says that she didn t tell anyone and says that Michael was so good and it was a turn-on. She tells Tom about how Michael and her hooked up. She says that it is over and has been, but needs help to never go back there. Ellis is in the hall and hears all of this. In Iowa, Karen gets ready to leave and Roger says that she needs to hear him out, but Karen says that being in the ensemble is good and she is good. He says that he wants to give her a check. He says that he has to help out once in a while. She thanks him and asks why he smells like smoke. He admits that he was at the baby shower hearing her sing. Karen gets a ride to the airport. Meanwhile, Ivy sings with Michael and they imagine their time on stage. However, Michael looks at Julia as he sings with Ivy. She is clearly not over Michael as a crush. The episode ends.
(Season 1, Episode 2)
"The Callback" The scene opens with Karen singing Call Me on stage. Everyone is watching as she does a great job. However, it is just a daydream and Karen snaps out of it realizing that she is at work. She is stressed out waiting for the Callback. Meanwhile, Tom says that Ivy is their girl, but Derek doesn t think that. Eileen says that they are both beautiful girls. Tom says that Ivy has 10 years experience and says that Ivy is great. Derek, realizing that it is an endless battle, says that Tom is right, but they need to get more information on Karen. Ellis is waiting outside the door when Eileen tells them to get her somebody. Meanwhile, Ivy is walking with her friends and says that she is tired to going out on stage doing bad plays and that Marilyn is her role. Dev talks with the press and doesn t tell them anything about what is going on. He sees that Karen is there and she tells him that she has to go to another Callback. He says that she never told him what happened the night that Derek had a private lesson with her. She says that nothing happened. Frank and Julia go to the adoption agency and the social worker, Rene, says that they are going to have to wait another 2 years before anything is going to happen with the International Adoption. Karen gets into the dance rehearsals with Derek and says that there was an issue with the Subway. Derek doesn t show that he cares and tells her to run through the routines. He is impressed with her moves after her messing them up a little. Dennis, Ivy s friend, sees this. Later, Dennis tells Ivy that he has information about Karen. He says that she is from a small town in Iowa and that she is not experienced at all. Meanwhile, Tom is going over the routine, but Julia s mind is on the adoption. He tells her that they need to concentrate on the musical and Julia gets the idea that they are going to start with Let me Be A Star as the opening song rather then the act breaker. This prompts a scene in Julia s head where Karen and Ivy are singing the song. Ellis asks who is going to be playing Marilyn. He says that it is good to see his idea into something real. Julia tells him to leave them alone. Ivy is in the hallway at the dance studio and she has a Marilyn Monroe book in her hands. Derek tells her that he really appreciates her doing this. He has her come in and Derek calls it a day. Derek introduces Ivy to Karen. It is an awkward meeting of course. Karen leaves and Derek slams the door in her face. Afterward, Karen talks to Dev and says that Derek is a creep and Dev says that Karen needs to get used to it. Dev says that they have been invited to dinner with one of the Deputy Mayor s. She is excited for Dev at the possible promotion. Meanwhile, Ivy is practicing her Marilyn voice and her friend says that she is perfect for the role. Julia gets off the phone with Rene and tells Frank that they have to write a letter to their child s birth mother. Frank says that they need to drop this because he will be too old. Leo overhears them and says that is not good. Julia goes up to him and tells him that Frank is just anxious. He says that the little girl is waiting for them in China. Tom goes up to Ivy and asks if Derek is being alright to her. Ivy says that Tom is her own little Johnny Hyde, Marilyn s first agent. He says that he would have just given Ivy the role if it was up to him. Eileen meets with Derek and he says that Ivy is a perfectionist and says that she is trying too hard. Marilyn Monroe didn t try too hard, Jordan calls Derek over and Eileen s ex-husband, Jerry, comes up and sits with Eileen. She tells him that she doesn t care about him and tells him to leave. Jerry says that no one is going to buy Marilyn the Musical. She throws her drink in his face and Derek and Eileen leave the restaurant. Once outside, Derek asks Eileen what they are going to do with the musical and she says that they need to move fast. Meanwhile, Karen is running through the dance moves when Dev comes in and asks if she will be ready for their dinner appointment she says that she will be. Frank goes up to Julia and tells her that he wants to go back teaching. He says that he is going crazy not doing something that he loves and says that Julia has her writing and he is going crazy being alone. She says that he can go back, but is clearly upset about it. Rehearsals get over with and Karen texts Dev, telling him that she is on his way. Andrew asks if Karen is coming and Dev says that she is on her way. Andrew s wife says that the Deputy Mayor likes the pretty girls and says that Karen is Dev s selling point. Karen tries to leave, but Derek calls her back in. Dev is having dinner with everyone and Karen is still not there. It is getting more and more uncomfortable. Back at the rehearsals, Karen is running through lines and asks Derek if she should do more Marilyn in her voice. Derek sits down with Karen and says that she doesn t simply do Marilyn, but that she simply has to be Marilyn. Later, Karen goes to the restaurant and finds Dev by himself. He asks why she couldn t call and says that he was worried that something had happened to her because of the last text that he got was that she was on her way. He says that he couldn t concentrate the entire evening. She apologizes and he regains his composure and walks out with her. Ivy is running lines with Derek and she tells him that Marilyn really thought that people thought she was crazy and that she was turning into her mother. Derek sees the emotion in her voice and lets down her hair. The next scene they are getting busy . Dennis goes in to see Ivy and Tom welcomes her too, ignoring Karen. Julia sees this and includes Karen. She says that she is sorry about all of this and wishes her luck. Both girls are nervous. Derek has Karen do the dance routine first and she sings and dances. She imagines herself in full costume as Marilyn. Later, Karen, Tom, Derek and Eileen talk it over with one another and Tom says that Ivy was amazing. Julia says that Karen was amazing. Derek changes his tune and says that Ivy was great. In the dressing room, Ivy still has no news on the Callback when suddenly Tom comes in and says that he wanted to give her the news directly. He says that she got the part. Derek talks to Eileen and asks if she feels good about their choice. She says that it is good. Derek says that he has to tell Eileen something. He says that Jerry offered him to work on My Fair Lady and he says that he turned him down. She is happy that he will continue with working on the Marilyn Musical. Eileen tells him to keep his eyes on Karen though. He agrees. At a bar, Ivy celebrates with Tim and Dennis and the bar asks her to sing a song for them. Meanwhile, Julia is at a group of adoption hopefuls and Rene and she is asked to share her letter to the birth mother. It is an emotional letter and Frank is standing in the doorway. He says that he wasn t going to make it, but then realized that he couldn t miss the meeting. He sits down with Julia showing her that he is supportive. As Ivy sings, Dev and Karen are sad that it didn t go the way they had hoped and Eileen is happy that the musical is going to start getting going. The episode ends.
(Season 1, Episode 1)
"Pilot" The scene opens with Karen Cartwright, a 24-year-old, Broadway wanna-be star, who is shown to be ambitious and hardworking. She exudes innocence and hope. Karen is a waitress, has parents from Iowa who want her to come home and have a better-paying career, and who don t think much of her Broadway ambitions. She also has a seemingly amazing boyfriend Dev Sundaram; who is shown to love her a lot. Karen and Dev live in a very nice apartment together. Dev is shown to work for the mayor s office. Karen and Dev s relationship is sweet, as they both seem to be in complete sync with the other. Dev believes in and supports her dream and sticks up for her in front of her parents, a fact any girlfriend would love. He takes her to the Marilyn audition, reminds her Marilyn Monroe wasn t about sex; she was about love and helps her prepare for the callback, a thing not many boyfriends would do. In addition, Dev isn t vying for his own Broadway career; neither does he think his career is more important than Karen s. Karen s rival is Ivy Lynn; this fact is made visibly clear. She s not a star yet either, just like Karen; but just a chorus girl also waiting for her big break. Do you want a ballad or up tempo first? she says during a try-out with a wink. Their rivalry is established in the first five minutes of the show. Meanwhile, Julia Houston is a song writer/lyricist on a break from Broadway because her family husband Frank and son, Leo are trying to adopt a baby, and thus need to dedicate more time to this pursuit. Frank seems more involved with the adoption process (visit with social workers, interviews at the agency, criminal checks) and isn t pleased when Julia and her writing partner Tom Levitt decide to plow ahead with Marilyn, The Musical which incidentally, is Tom s assistant s idea. He gives Marilyn her first breath. At first Julia doesn t like the concept because it s so overdone, but quickly comes around to the idea, when she is convinced by Tom. Frank s disapproval probably has something to do with Julia s decision to do the musical. According to Frank, when Julia s in production you re never here, you re out all night. Leo and I go for days without seeing you. But Julia doesn t want anyone else to do Marilyn Monroe, as she feels it s great opportunity. Frank relents, but reluctantly. It seems their relationship is going to be explored a lot it be can t imagined that Frank is truly happy that Julia is breaking her word. These two are polar opposites buttoned-up proper Frank and the artist Julia. Frank was probably once as supportive as Dev, but in the present things, are pretty strained between the tow. Meanwhile, Julia raises an important question: Why doesn t anyone do new musicals anymore? after reading about another revival of My Fair Lady. Julia and Tom s current Broadway show Heaven on Earth is a huge success. Tom and Ivy are good friends it is shown he gets her to do the demo of Marilyn as the wise man once wrote, never give all the heart. ; so he and she both can get an idea of how well she can play Marilyn. But instead of staying secret, the demo ends up going viral, because Eliss sends it to his mom, who puts it on YouTube. Tom, but especially Julia, flips out because it s not ready and they re going to get slaughtered by Michael Riedel. As they both feel that her performance needed a few finishing touches; before anyone else saw it. In Tom s words, He s a Napoleonic little Nazi who works for The Post. But Riedel loves it, He thinks the number online is a smash. (And there s the name of the show.) Eliss s job is saved! Tom even asks for his input on the rough score because After all, it was your idea. The number is the baseball number: all men like to play at the national past time. Meanwhile, Eileen Rand is a Broadway producer who s getting divorced from her husband Jerry, as there is nothing left to salvage in their marriage. They re having trouble coming to a settlement as Jerry reminds Eileen that when they got married, she had nothing. But love, she spits back. Everything, including the production of My Fair Lady is going to go into escrow because of their arguing. Eileen needs something else, so she goes after Marilyn. , to make her mark on her own. And she wants the talented Derek Willis to direct the musical. Tom and Julia agree to let Derek direct one number as a tryout, so they can really see what he made up of; this despite Tom s hatred of Derek. (Tom says Derek needs a complete personality change and a sex change for him to consider it. ). After cajoling from Eileen, Derek agrees, to give it a go. Hilty knocks the number out of the park. It s shown to be fun and full of energy, with an obvious sexual undertone. Ivy as Marilyn definitely pulls it off, thus is the consensus all around. They cut to an actual stage where Ivy is shown in a red dress with her hair done as Marilyn, the guys in sparkly NY Yankee uniforms. Julia loves it; Tom thinks it s just alright, but that Ivy was awesome, and was head and shoulders above the rest. Julia pulls Tom aside and gets him to admit that the number was brilliant, but Tom is worried about putting the project in danger because Derek is a terrible human being . At tryouts for Marilyn, all the girls dress up as Marilyn except Karen, and immediately Derek likes her. This is a compliment since he just asked for Scarlett Johansson. Tom doesn t want tryouts; he thinks the part should be Ivy s, as she was liked by everyone, and has nailed the part. But she s in the bathroom getting sick, so Karen tries out first, with a nice version of Christina Aguilera s Beautiful. Derek and Eileen are interested, after watching her perform. Katharine as Karen is good- her innocence really shines through in her performance. She pretends to sing to Dev, and it gives her confidence and her voice becomes stronger throughout. It gets everyone s attention. Not surprisingly, she gets a callback. They liked how she didn t play up the sex, but in the callback, she has to play up the sex; she is informed. She and Dev watch Some Like It Hot to prepare until Karen gets a text to go to Derek s. She doesn t throw her morals, innocence, and hope to the wind by sleeping with Derek (cuz that s why he called her). Instead, she sings a version of Happy Birthday, Mr. President, climbs on top of him, and at the last second she pulls away. Not gonna happen she smirks; leaving Derek disappointed to no end. Ivy also is shown getting a call back. We see her mom isn t really that supportive (or interested) regarding her budding career either. Karen and Ivy will possibly bond over their struggles for success and acceptance; from the looks of it. The final number of the premiere has Karen and Ivy singing Let Me Be Your Star for their tryout. Jack favors Julia and Tom favors Ivy. They both have powerful voices; Ivy is a bit more theatrical. But the question is, who will it be? The episode ends.