Following a lackluster episode that resulted in the sort of ratings that threatened cancellation, Smash bounced back on Monday. The NBC drama upped the ante in the Ivy vs. Karen feud on "The Cost of Art" and showed viewers an especially sensitive side of Eileen.
Below, Round Table panelists Matt Richenthal, Dan Forcella and Carla Day relive the installment, debate their favorite performances and choose a Team. Read on and chime in...
What was your favorite number from the episode?
Matt: Karen actually taking over an singing on "Rumour Has It" was odd. Wasn't the whole point for her to learn back up? Still, I'll go with it because I was so mesmerized by the quick clapping while dancing. That was awesome.
Dan: As the biggest (only?) Jonas fan at TV Fanatic, my answer is "Haven't Met You" in a landslide. I think Nick did a great job with that song, and was fantastic throughout his stint as TV star Lyle.
Carla: All three were entertaining. For full out fun, I have to go with "I Never Met a Wolf That Didn't Like to Howl." Ivy was Marilyn in that performance, plus it was a way to get characters who don't usually get to participate in a musical number involved. Debra Messing has a beautiful voice. I hope we get to hear her sing more.
Was Ivy right to complain about Karen's performance or did she overreact?
Matt: Right according to whom? Whether certain fans are on board or not, Ivy is the star. If she's distracted by something or someone, then, yes, she should complain. For the good of the show, she has to be as confident and secure as possible.
Dan: I love Ivy, but she was overreacting with the best of them. "Oh I can't hear myself singing. Wah Wah Wah, I'm such a baby." Quit your complaining and embrace the fact that you have the part. Her complaining is only going to lead to the inevitable rethinking of who should be Marilyn.
Carla: What a drama queen! She definitely overreacted, but Derek or Tom should have given her a heads up that Karen was asked to participate in the workshop. I'm not sure if it would have made a difference, but maybe just a little. If she keeps it up, it will hurt her chances of keeping the role.
Did Eileen's financial deal using the Degas as collateral for Lyle West's investment end her financial woes or did she just make a bigger mess?
Matt: I don't see Nick Jonas coming back (sorry, Dan), so I think this solved her temporary woes. But the deal was only for the cost of the workshop. As time goes on, costs will rise. Maybe she can get an alcohol company to sponsor her drink throwing.
Dan: Should I care about anything Eileen is doing? As I said in our Round Table after the premiere, she's my least favorite character... and still is. The only reason I need her to stick around is so that she can fund this play. Hold that thought: maybe if she can't, Smash could just do a different musical. I would be okay with that.
Carla: I hope that this is the end of the financial troubles for now. But her husband does technically still own the Degas. If he gets wind of what Eileen did and thinks about the ownership of the painting, he could create trouble for Eileen. I'd love to see Lyle West back at some point.
Will Ivy overcome her insecurities or will they be her downfall?
Matt: They'll be her downfall with Derek, but I think she keeps the role.
Dan: They will be her downfall at first, but she will overcome them in the end.
Carla: At this point, I think they will be her downfall. They will cause her to lose or potentially lose the role of Marilyn. In the end, she will work it out, though. I wouldn't be surprised if Karen helps her gain her confidence.
The battle between Ivy and Karen is far from over. Team Ivy? Or, Team Karen?
Matt: Team Anything But More Time Spent on the Longing Looks Between Julia and Will. It's one thing to throw in the fact these two had an affair, but they're seemingly just picking right back up with it now?!? It's unseemly and way too soap opera-y for the kind of show I was hoping Smash would be. Oh, also Team Karen.
Dan: I'm still Team Ivy. Karen's new ensemble members were smart to make her over. She is the lamest of lame.
Carla: I've always been Team Karen. I'm a sucker for an underdog; plus, I think she has a beautiful voice and would bring something new and exciting to the role of Marilyn. Ivy is self-righteous, insecure and just mean.