Smash

Season 1 Episode 5

Let's Be Bad

5
Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Mar 05, 2012 on NBC
8.3
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The tension between Michael and Julia increases as past emotions resurface meanwhile, Ivy believes that all is not right in her relationship with Derek. Karen puts her talents to use at a government party and Eileen joins forces with Tom's assistant.

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  • Let's Get Smashed!

    10
    Let's Be Bad was another solid episode for Smash. I called my sister mid-show to make sure she was watching it, but she was already in bed. But she taped it--or should I say she tivoed it? I watched it with her a second time and it was even more fun having someone to acknowledge whenever anyone rolled their eyes, or did something that made us roll our eyes. My sister was closest to Julia Houston played by Debra Messing, because she is married and has a teenage son around the same age as Leo. She is not having an affair, but she can dream, can't she?



    For me the high point of the show was when McPhee was dressing up for the party while singing the James Brown song, "It's a Man's World," or was it "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's, Man's, Man's, Man's, Man's World"? The arrangement of the song was really cool sounding, and she sang the heck out of it. Also, she made the most of her movements, dressing in time to the slow, langorous beat. It was very provocative. Especially when she flexed her calves while putting on her shoes. Then she made the comment about knowing what she brings to the table, which was a comment on her earlier encounter with Ivy. The big dance number, "Let's Be Bad" was really good. Was it just me, or was the whole chorus looking like a bunch of Karen Cartwright clones, all with their short black hair-dos? When Ivy finally did it, the subtext, of her stumbling and having trouble with the number, were all too obvious. But Ivy nailed it at last.



    What I didn't see was the chorus. I thought that since they staged an intervention for Karen, and were now all friends, they'd be more in the spotlight. I liked the messy romance/working relationship of Derrick and Ivy. That was cool. Also the even messier romance with Julia and Michael Swift. Tom and the lawyer didn't seem to be working out so well, but we'll see. Ellis, Tom's assistant, is up to something, and Eileen Rand, whatever are you thinking, letting that boy have access to your computer!



    The Bottom Line is that Smash is the best show to arrive on television for a long, long time. It is a quality show, and for fans of musicals and dramas, it is like cat nip. Anjelica Huston is a huge star, and Katharine McPhee is a star in the making. Everyone is doing a great job. It would be a tragedy is such a great show gets canceled. I can't believe this show is on NBC. Please, America. Watch this show. Now. You will love it.moreless
Nicole Orth-Pallavicini

Nicole Orth-Pallavicini

Woman

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Maggie Bofill

Maggie Bofill

Officer Hernandez

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Missy Dowse

Missy Dowse

Underling

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Will Chase

Will Chase

Michael Swift

Recurring Role

Tala Ashe

Tala Ashe

R. J. Quigley

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Phillip Spaeth

Phillip Spaeth

Dennis

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