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I loved the musical numbers in this episode, too, and I agree that Dev is a bore and an immature jerk, and I hope that Karen dumps him. I've got to say that I really think Uma Thurman is going to be a TERRIBLE Marilyn, (she has none of the soft voiced, zaftig or talent that the real MM had) and I think Kat McPhee does have the vocal talent and vulnerability to play Monroe. I loved Tom as Zanuck but I have to say Julia is pretty pathetic and grating. I, too am worried about Eileen and Nick, because I think Nick has mafia ties, (but he's really sexy), and though I adore Terrence Mann, the actor who played the Rock star investor, I have a feeling he's going to be more trouble than he's worth. I once interviewed Terry Mann, and he's a very talented guy who can sing, dance and act (he was in the original "Cats" on Broadway). I have a deep dislike of Ellis, who is creepy, but I love the interaction between Ivy and Karen..the two best actors on the show are Angelica Huston and Kat McPhee

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I am enjoying this show more and more! Last night was great - Karen is awesome... this is a unique show and I'm glad I started watching :)

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Karen proved on last night's episode that she IS MARILYN! Nuff said!!!

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@Bill: Well said. I'm sorry for your pain. I've been cheated on as well, but not during a marriage. It is completely all-encompassing pain.

That said, while I can't empathize w/ Julia, Debra Messing has been brilliant the past 2 weeks (& I'm not a huge fan). Last week, when Frank left, I turned to my husband & said, "I've cried like that over you." It was very, very real.

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I enjoyed the show for the most part, but Karen didn't have a pencil & -- worse yet -- didn't know what "down stage" meant? Totally unbelievable. Anyone who's ever been on a stage -- even in "Podunkville" -- knows basic stage directions.

LOVED Tom's performance as Zanuck.

Zev was despicable last night. To offer to give everything up w/o Karen's knowledge of what was going on (& then to be so offended when she didn't jump to move to DC)was a huge strike against him. At least she's being honest. He's being very deceitful, & I hope it comes back to bite him. HARD.

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Questions: - Even though Ms. Duvall made it, is Karen still the understudy? That's how I interpreted it.
- Did anyone else take Derek's daydream about Karen to mean that even though he's sleeping w/Ivy, he's falling for Karen? Or is he just projecting qualities on to her that having nothing to do with who she is?
- They aren't really going to use towels in the Zanuck steam room number, are they? Those things opened up in all sorts of inappropriate places during the dancing.

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Part III...That would be "a quarter of self-esteem, please." Maybe it's just me. But, I thought a lawyer and graduate of Cambridge would both show *some* signs of self-confidence and trust in their respective mates, and not act like complete tools.

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Part II...Dev's a bore. His actions aren't consistent with his past character. There is no reason why he couldn't tell Karen that he didn't get the promotion. Big whoop; he still has the same job. It's not like he was fired. The entire thing is just manufactured to make him act out, and it's a lousy reason for acting out. He looks petty and immature, unable to handle the politics in his own job. No, it wasn't fair of him to ask Karen to leave NYC for him. They're not even engaged. Why should she?

BTW, can we talk about immature jealousy radiating from significant others? Tom & his lawyer boyfriend have been dating for, what, 1-2 months? When did dashing lawyer guy get so clingy that he can't understand that theatre colleagues actually laugh at work, and kid around? Are people really this insecure in NYC that every little laugh, giggle, and touch is magnified waaay out of proportion? Geez...can we write these characters as having half of a backbone and a quarter of self-esteem, please?

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Really enjoyed this episode. Has anyone noticed that when things are better for the musical, the personal lives take a hit, and vice versa? Sometimes it's that way in life, too. I was disappointed that Eileen's financial desperation, and bruised ego, made her too gullible to Nick's suggestion. She is supposed to be an experienced Broadway producer, having backed several shows with her husband. Is it really wise to put all your financial eggs in one basket, have ONE investor? I don't do that with my IRA's. Why would she put her entire show at the mercy of one millionaire with nothing better to do? And, shouldn't she have discussed it with her creative team before refusing all other investors? BTW, since when do producers REFUSE $$ from willing investors? I would have taken their money *and* the millionaires. To be continued...

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And Kat McPhee lost to Taylor Hicks (who?) On American Idol! Puhleez!




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