SMASH: 1.15 “Bombshell”
We finally found out. Who played Marilyn in Bombshell? Well, it’s been a long time coming, and if you’re like me, you thought we would spend the entire episode waiting until that final moment — the last thirty seconds of the episode, when the curtain went up and all was revealed.
But instead, we got our answers pretty early. While it was heatedly debated, Derek finally chose Karen, the girl he’s wanted to play the blonde since the start. Sure, she wasn’t quite working; she had to learn the entire musical in a day. Everyone had their doubts, and even she started to wonder whether she’d be replaced at any moment.
In the end, she came on stage, and as Derek told her, became a star. That last number gave me goosebumps, as it did every audience member, I’m sure. Based on that performance, it’s pretty clear:
Bombshell is headed to Broadway.
Well, between her performance and the show being renewed for a second season. I really enjoyed the episode. Sure, I was getting more and more annoyed as every moment brought us the question of whether Ivy would replace Karen in the leading role. Did we really go through all that for another last minute cast change?
Fortunately, we did not. And even then, I was invested. Here I was, yelling at the screen, calling Ivy a bitch for telling Karen the truth on her opening night. Here I was, appalled that even after being caught, Dev still lied to Karen. And here I was, grinning like a five-year-old with chocolate hands that Ellis finally got fired.
Sadly, I don’t think that means we’ve seen the last of him.
I was moved by Derek’s quiet moment with Karen, where we saw him, strangely enough, as someone who was actually caring, and not just looking to get the show on the road or get the pants off. Even in the final episode of the season, we still had some character development.
My only complaint? The overdramatic cliffhangers. Ivy looked like she was about to kill herself at the end of the episode, following in the footsteps of the famed Marilyn. I saw this coming from a mile away, and to be honest, I don’t think that it needed it. Along the same lines, all things point to Julia being pregnant; after all, she says she never throws up. Will this kid be Michael’s? Oh dear, I hope not. I’m so over that.
Nonetheless, it was a fun, great, splashy episode. I loved seeing Bombshell in its (almost) full glory at the end. The costumes. The dancing. The emotions. If I had been there, it would have gotten a standing ovation, at least from me.
I’m going to miss this little show that could, the show that I was sure would hit a tiny niche audience and be cancelled after four episodes. Kudos, Smash. Or should I say…
See you next year!