Ivy is NOT having a good week.
Ivy’s voice is going all Diane Rehm/Julie Andrews/Adele on her, and since the first public workshop is coming up (I guess some of the workshops have an audience? Mainly potential investors? I don’t understand the business side of Broadway) the idea of Katren filling in for the time being is brought up. This, as you might imagine, makes Ivy absolutely furious, and emotional stress is the last thing that her physically stressed vocal cords need. The prednisone (which may be a “miracle drug” in many ways, but its side effects are EVIL) that she’s taking to relieve the inflammation makes her start hallucinating Marilyn (played by Katren) talking to her from mirrors, and then she has a major blow-up at Derek during a rehearsal.
Katren accidentally overheard the Nots et al. discussing the potential need to have her cover for Ivy, and spends most of the episode in a tizzy of “will they/won’t they” excitement and despair. She also covers for Jessica (who was covering for Ivy) at a Bar Mitzvah, and one of the guests is apparently some sort of music industry big shot who leaves Katren his card and instructions to call him. Ivy’s pretty pissed about that, too.
Not-Grace is feeling extremely guilty about kissing Michael, and Leo is being passive-aggressively angry about the whole thing with that special sort of passive-aggression that only teenagers can really pull off. Michael, meanwhile is being all love-struck/obsessive, making rehearsals extremely awkward and uncomfortable for Not-Grace, calling her at home, and lying to his wife about who he’s talking to on the phone. They finally end up sleeping together one night in the rehearsal space, leaving me to hope that Ellis has hidden cameras set up throughout the room.
Speaking of Ellis, he annoys the crap out of Eileenica by popping up at her office every three minutes, but then he uses his connections to find her a fabulous new apartment, after which she goes out with him and one of his friends to a dive bar and they bond over a hunting video game. Jerry better pray that Eileenica doesn’t buy an actual shotgun, ‘cos she is a damn good shot.
Not-Will attends a cocktail party at his new boyfriend’s apartment, which is full of the snootiest gay men I have ever seen on TV, and has to bail early in order to tend to Ivy and her hallucinations. He then engages in a wee bit of flirting with Sam, who is also at Ivy’s, and I think they would make a super cute couple.
Songs: Jessie J’s “Who You Are” (Ivy, in re: her vocal situation); Florence and the Machine’s “Shake It Out” (Katren at the Bar Mitzvah); Smash original “History Is Made At Night” (Michael and Ivy as Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn).