This was a very complicated episode! A lot of ins, a lot of outs, a lot of what-have-yous. Luckily, I’m adhering to pretty strict drug regimen to keep my mind limber.
The main plot for this week is as follows: After the lackluster response that the public workshop received, Eileenica and Derek conspire to lead the show in a new direction. They bring Ryan Tedder (from One Republic) on board to write a song and get Katren to sing it. Even though this is all supposed to be very hush-hush, Ellis the Hot Assistant is of course nosing around, and ends up finding out enough about the project to put it on Ivy’s radar. When they finally reveal the new song to the Nots, Ellis sneaks Ivy in through the back door so that she can see exactly what her nemesis and ex-lover have been up to.
And to be terrorized by the masked ensemble. It’s cool, NBC, I didn’t really need to sleep tonight.
The Nots are angry and feel betrayed, and after a come-to-Jesus with her daughter, Eileenica apologizes to everyone. Ultimately the decision is made to keep the songs, etc., the way they are but they are going to get a star to play Marilyn.
The main subpolot revolves around Eileenica’s daughter, “Mahatma Katie,” who came home from India because Jerry dumped a boatload of money into her trust fund solely for the purpose of keeping it out of Eileenica’s hands. I simultaneously want to be Kate and want to punch her in the face. She calls Jerry out on being a perpetual ass, furnishes Eileenica’s empty apartment, and then goes to Alaska to help rescue wild salmon.
In other news: Ellis weasels his way into a job with Eileenica. Brit Boy finds some major dirt on the other press secretary candidate, but for some reason the guy is “untouchable.” Leo the World’s Oldest Teenager goes to court and gets all charges dismissed, despite Not-Grace’s best efforts to land her very own contempt of court charge. The ensemble takes Ivy bowling. Derek and Ivy hook up again. OH! And we finally find out why Not-Will is so very angry and bitter towards Derek (and it is a total let down.)
Songs: Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” (sung by Mr. Not-Grace); Smash original “Touch Me” (Katren); Sly and the Family Stone’s “Dance to the Music” (the ensemble).
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