Uma Thurman joined the cast two episodes ago. The one that aired Monday (you can stream it and other Smash episodes at the link) was about Rebecca Duval (her character).
She couldn't sing.
Or so we thought.
She was hoping to convince them to change the musical to more of a drama.
When that didn't happen, she asked for the songs to be brought down to lower keys and started working with a vocal coach and more than redeemed herself.
Uma was pretty good in the role too.
Ellis was up to his usual. Including whining. to Eileen that Rebecca's assistants thought he worked for them. She told him he could use proximity and work that. She also read up on the bartender. (Last week, Ellis did snooping and tried to present her with it. She didn't want it. But then she did and didn't want him to know.)
Eileen (Anjelica Huston) looked the best this episode she has all season. They had her dressed right and her hair fixed perfect.
She and her bartender came to an understanding. Good because she needs a relationship that's rewarding after having to put up with those crazies all day (Ellis, Ivy, etc).
Derek's still seeing Marilyn Monroe when he looks at Karen.
Karen and Dev are pretty much over. They're still living together. But she asks him to go to the movies with her and he blew her off and went out drinking with that NYT reporter who is always flirting with him.
Julia (Debra Messing) had to deal with Leo's problems which meant dealing with her husband. There's no point in recapping the session with the school counselor but Debra had some nice moments there as she refused to hide or conceal.
Oh, he is annoying.
He's with Sam now. Sam gave him a lecture about how waiting was good. How they should do things his way.
We were supposed to find this charming; however, I doubt most women did. As a general rule, when a man tells us we should do things his way, he's a controlling nightmare.
Ivy? She got to come back in some unspecified role. She's trying to destroy Karen and they had a fight. (When Ivy thought it would be funny to suggest Dev was cheating.)
Last thing, when Rebecca wanted more drama before songs, Eileen told them the scenes would be re-written. Derek looked to Tom and Julia and Tom pointed at Julia. I thought Julia was writing all the scenes.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):