Sean's ex-boyfriend Colin shows up and wants to get back together. Sean is excited of the prospect, but Liz and Lorna are against it. Max has a problem with the hotel's new manager who is anti-bird, so he needs to find his pet cockatiel Archie a temporary home until he sorts things out. Hunter takes the bird, but soon regrets it.moreless
Lorna tries to lose weight to look good for her college reunion. Sean can't forgive his former co-worker for sleeping with his wife.
Sean needs a favor from Max's dad, so he uses Lorna to ge it. Ellie wants to go to the "make-out" party and asks Liz for advice.
Sean wants to show Ellie that he can be an involved parent, so he decides to design her school's art program fundraiser. Liz and Hunter become roommates.
Sean contemplates asking either Liz or Lorna to go with Ellie to buy her first bra.
It has been one week after Sean's teenage daughter Ellie moved in with him, so he decides to make them special dinner to celebrate the anniversary. However, Sean's new boss wants him to work late.moreless
As Hit List racks up the Outer Critics Circle nominations, Eileen is scared for Bombshell's chances at the Tonys; Ivy deals with how to tell Derek about her pregnancy; Derek faces the consequences of his actions with Daisy; Tom clashes with an admired Tony voter; fired from Hit List, Ana auditions for a new role; Hit List and Bombshell share an abundance of Tony nominations.moreless
In the Smash series finale, Julia faces a final reckoning in her divorce settlement; Derek faces backlash from the public for his actions, but ends up making things right; after a surprising turn of events, Julia and Tom reaffirm their partnership; Ivy faces Derek about her pregnancy; Jimmy finally comes clean to Karen -- and everyone else -- about his past; all's well at the Tony Awards.
In the midst of dealing with Kyle's sudden death, which sees Julia, Tom and Jimmy flash back to the times they spent with him, Eileen confronts Jerry when he asks to help her with Bombshell, Karen and Jimmy reconcile after he catches her with Derek; Julia makes a decision about The Great Gatsby; Derek confronts Ivy about their future together; progress is made on Hit List's Broadway transfer; Bombshell dims their lights for Kyle.
Tom and Julia's anger with each other comes to a head at an interview; Eileen's got Ivy on a tiring publicity blitz for Bombshell, which finds her leaving Derek in the dust; a destructive Jimmy threatens the success of Hit List, prompting Derek to make a drastic move; based on Jimmy's actions, Kyle decides it's time to call it quits.
Bombshell finally celebrates its opening night; nervous about reviews, Ivy finds solace in an unlikely source; Julia's excited about a new project for her and Tom, but Tom may be hiding a secret; Karen finds out about Jimmy's past; after letting go of Richard, Eileen recruits Agnes (Daphne Rubin-Vega) to revamp the show's press campaign ahead of the Tonys, as Scott and Derek announce a major move forward for Hit List.
When Ivy has an unfortunate incident at the final dress rehearsal for Bombshell, she's forced to make a difficult decision; after a talk with Julia, Derek sees Hit List in a new light and makes changes ahead of a Times-critiqued stumble-through, which might not sit well with Karen and Jimmy; Derek reveals a secret to Karen; a surprising Times article is released.
Tom attempts to mend his crumbling relationship with Ivy, by planning a special birthday surprise for her. Eileen considers a relationship with Richard Francis; Julia's new position in Hit List brings up new questions in her relationship with Scott. Derek admits his true feelings for Karen, and the result causes turmoil between the he, Karen, and Jimmy; Karen discovers Jimmy's hiding something.moreless
Karen's dad, Roger (Dylan Baker), visits and questions Karen's decision to leave Bombshell, while Ivy and her mother, Leigh Conroy (Bernadette Peters), butt heads when Leigh is cast in Bombshell; Jimmy reveals he owes money to a past connection, and may also be hiding something else; Julia makes up with Scott (Jesse L. Martin), and in return, he makes her an offer; Ivy gives Tom an ultimatum; Derek finds out a game-changing secret.moreless
When Ivy brings Sam back to town, Tom finds himself in an awkward situation involving Bombshell; Jimmy and Derek continue to clash over their vision for Hit List; Julia seeks out Scott for an apology; Eileen makes a move in an effort to get Bombshellgood press;both Ana and Karen struggle to stand up for what they want.moreless
Tom's new position isn't helping him to connect with Karen in rehearsal; Jimmy struggles to thematically expand Hit List; Eileen enlists her daughter, Katie (Grace Gummer)'s help in fighting back against Jerry; Ivy's advice sends Terry (Sean Hayes) in a wildly different direction at Liaisons opening; Karen makes a big career decision.moreless
While Jimmy and Kyle prepare Hit List for the Fringe festival, Karen finds out she must choose between that show and Bombshell. Peter asks Julia to go away with him, Ivy confronts Terry Falls regarding his contributions to Liaisons, Eileen finds out about Jerry's scheme, and Derek makes a decision regarding his commitment to Bombshell, putting Tom in a new position.moreless
Tom, Julia and Derek await a read-through of Bombshell, in which Julia and Peter's tailored new book will be revealed. Karen and Ana help Kyle and Jimmy with Hit List after they receive disappointing news. Ivy clashes with Liasons lead Terrence Falls (Sean Hayes) during a rehearsal. Eileen butts heads with Jerry, but will do everything to make sure she's not out of the Bombshell team completely.moreless
Jimmy and Kyle continue to work on their dream as Karen orchestrates a big opportunity for the pair. Meanwhile, Peter makes challenges of Julia's work and there could be significant ramifications for Bombshell as Eileen comes across a moral crossroads.moreless
Partnerships are tested as Eileen asks Tom and Julia to contend with an unwelcome new collaborator, while Jimmy and Kyle prepare to present their work for the first time. Derek attempts to get Ronnie back onhis side. Ivy finds it hard to move on, but help from an old friend might take her one step closer to her dream.moreless
The cast and crew ofBombshell return to New York in the hope of finding a new home on Broadway. However, a new scandal involving the financing for the show could put its future in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Ivy butts heads with Karen and questions her future with the show, while Julia enters a depressive state following marital troubles.moreless
The creative team faces a myriad of issues to overcome during a gala with the theatre community, including Julia's continued depression, Eileen's financial trouble, and a rumor that threatens Derek's credibility in the business; Ivy contemplates leaving the business, but might end up saving the day after all; Karen befriends two Brooklyn friends and songwriters, interested in a new musical they wrote.moreless
When Peter, Quagmire and Joe visit the Harvard University campus, Quagmire accidentally marries a prostitute. In order to get out of his marriage, Quagmire pretends to be lovers with Peter.
As opening night approaches, Rebecca Duvall is replaced by an ensemble member; Dev's job opportunity threatens the outcome of Bombshell; Frank and Julia must push their discrepancies aside while "Bombshell" opens on Broadway; Lyle returns with bad news.moreless
Derek starts up a relationship with Rebecca, Karen decides between 'Bombshell', or staying with her boyfriend, and Julia and Eileen argue about rehiring Michael Swift.
Karen becomes best friends with Rebecca Duvall (guest star Uma Thurman). Meanwhile the tension between Tom and Derek rises.
The arrival of Rebecca Duval does not go well and "Bombshell" is turned upside down. This leads to Ivy and Karen to try and overcome their history as they unite against their new rival. Meanwhile, Tom and Sam's blossoming romance heats up.moreless