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
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
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.
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
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'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
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
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
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
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 aTimes-critiqued stumble-through, which might not sit well with Karen and Jimmy; Derek reveals a secret to Karen; a surprising Times article is released.
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.
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.
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.
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.