Smash

Season 1 Episode 13

Tech

3
Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Apr 30, 2012 on NBC
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  • ROAD TRIP!

    Smash: Boston Bombshells

    "Tech" was fantastic, and I enjoyed every moment except the cringe-worthy "sing-off" in the hotel room.

  • Episode Summary

    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.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • A study in selfishness

      4.5
      In this rather irritating episode of Smash nothing really plot-worthy happens, but everyone makes a good job in showing its own worst side. All the characters appear so self-centered that it's not even funny to watch their (usually self-inflicted) troubles.



      Well, not all the characters: Ellis for example, surprisingly enough, is pretty decent for once and he even cracks a joke at Ivy about his spying duties. And the Eileen-Nick couple is cute. But the rest is a disaster. The epidemic even touches the usually gentle Tom, that uses the occasion of his first dinner at Sam's family to criticize his boyfriend's job and advise him to get a pension insurance. Of Julia, that puts in jeopardy the whole show (and thus the whole crew of people working for it) just because she doesn't feel like meeting her ex-lover, I am not surprised. Neither I am of Derek, who proved other times to use sex as a tool. But the Karen-Dev couple reaches new heights of selfishness, towards each other mainly, throughout the whole episode.



      The real problem, however, is the way the story is provided. Not to mention the embarrassing dialogues (the writers hit a new low in this episode). How can it be possible not to feel any empathy whatsoever for 95% of the cast, even for those that are supposed to be the "nice ones", and that the main feeling at the end of the episode is plain irritation?

      In my opinion the worst episode of the season for now.moreless
    • Musical Beds

      8.0
      This episode was kind of like Musical Beds with everyone changing partners when the music stops. It seems like the first episode where Karen didn't have a show stopping tune, and Ivy sang that great song at the Tech party, and the chorus members said "Top that, Iowa," and she was so distracted that she just walked out. Derrek and Rebecca, Ivy and Raz, and more drama to come from Michael Swift and Julia. Darn. Just when Frank and Leo were settling in to their happy home life. Getting ready for a Boston Tea Party, and also, I predict that Rebecca will be given peanuts, almost killing her, and she won't be able to go on. Will it be Karen or Ivy? And who gave Rebecca the peanuts and why? Ellis in the smoothies? Can't wait to find out.moreless
    • Bravo

      9.0
      Congratulations to Smash, for finally eliciting a Nick-Ward-shouts-at-the-screen response in an episode. In fact it happened several times during this episode. I think that this is the first time I've ever actually cared about anyone in Smash, but yet I still don't care about Julia (plus she was uber-selfish about the Michael thing!). The Rebecca-Derek thing seemed like it kind of came out left-field, but was a great segue into the great end tease of Ivy and Dev at the bar (that scene elicited a round of applause from me). There were a lot of good scenes in this, and especially the scenes where Derek was actually directing and stuff seemed very authentic and for the first time in the show, I felt like it was getting closer to what we all see musicals as, the show.moreless
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    Isiah Whitlock Jr.

    Ronald Strickland

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    Elain R. Graham

    Elain R. Graham

    Vanessa Strickland

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    Marcos Gonzalez Palma

    Marcos Gonzalez Palma

    Simon

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    Leslie Odom Jr.

    Leslie Odom Jr.

    Sam Strickland

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    Thorsten Kaye

    Thorsten Kaye

    Nick

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    Emory Cohen

    Emory Cohen

    Leo Houston

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