NBC’s “Smash” seemed to pull it together Monday (April 30) night just as the lives of several of the characters seem to be unraveling. Ivy (Megan Hilty) finally realizes Derek (Jack Davenport) is no good for her when he misses their date for a romp with Rebecca (Uma Thurman). Julia (Debra Messing) is thrown for a loop when Michael (Will Chase) is needed back in the show just as she’s reuniting with her husband. And Dev (Raza Jaffrey) joins the ranks of Ellis (Jaime Cepero) — the lowest of the low — when he nearly cheats on Karen (Katharine McPhee) with sexy reporter RJ (Tala Ashe) and then definitely cheats on her with Ivy!
Last Monday’s (April 23) episode left viewers wondering if conniving Ivy was usurping Ellis as the most-hated character on “Smash,” but now one can’t help but wonder if that title rightfully belongs to Dev. Not only does he kiss RJ and presumably sleep with Karen’s arch nemesis Ivy (previews for the May 7 episode show him waking up next to her), but he also attempts to assuage his guilty conscience by proposing to Karen during the musical’s all-important tech week. And to top it off, he tries to make her feel guilty for his misdeed with RJ.
Not one to let his most-hated character title get away, Ellis is surely laying the foundation for something truly devious in the final two episodes of the season as he seems to be becoming somewhat infatuated with Ivy (“For you? Anything,” he tells her). So will he be the one who tries to poison Rebecca during the May 7 episode, “Previews”? Perhaps in one of her kale smoothies? Or will he be the one to break the news to Karen that Ivy slept with her man? Both maybe?
What did you think of “Tech”?