So the gang all went to Boston except Julia (Debra Messing). After Leo's latest crisis, Julia's husband finally moved home, much to the delight of their son Leo. But you knew happiness would have to be threatened. Soon enough it was.
The Broadway show is a musical entitled Bombshell about the life of Marilyn Monroe and rooted to the time period where she was married to and left Joe Dimaggio.
So Tom (Julia's co-writer on the show) and Derek (the director) are again arguing with one another (and yet again, the only time Tom seems at all sexual or to have chemistry is when he and Derek are fighting with each other) and this time it's about Tom wanting to dust off an old song that didn't make the cut in Heaven On Earth (the play Ivy was in the chorus of until she traipsed across the stage drugged out of her mind) and he wants Ivy and Karen (Katherine McPhee) to sing it.
Derek doesn't want to add a song. He doesn't want to talk about it.
He . . .
Hey, who's the man walking up to him?
Oh, he's Joe Dimaggio. Or the actor playing him.
You know something's coming. We've never seen this man before.
Sure enough, he announces he just landed a pilot so he's leaving the play right then.
They've just lost their leading man.
Derek makes things worse by refusing to tell Rebecca (Uma Thurman) who is the star of the show. She only learns about it as rehearsal starts and there's no Joe.
The answer is to bring back Michael!
That's not really dealt with.
Instead, Derek wants Tom to sell Julia on it.
Julia cheated on her husband with Michael. She and her husband just put it behind them and now Michael's coming back to the show?
No. No. No. Julia insists. No. No. No.
But only after she's told. Tom doesn't have the guts to tell her.
So Eileen (Anjelica Huston) does. She leaves Boston for NYC.
Julia says if Michael comes back, she's out of the show.
Eileen talks to her boyfriend the bartender. He tells her she has to hire Michael or it's the end of the play. She agrees.
But is it?
Rebecca's supposedly a huge movie star. The play's headed to Broadway (at this point) and it's gotten lots of press attention. I agreed with Julia that they could get another actor for the part. He needed to sing but that's really it.
Sorry to break it to Tom and Julia but they never wrote a character for Joe. It doesn't really matter who plays him. He's a bunch of hokey apple pie and God bless phrases sewn together with nothing inside and no actor is going to be able to deliver a performance because even Marlon Brando playing the role wouldn't change the fact that Marilyn walks out on Joe.
Michael's back. We don't see him but we see Julia being told by son and husband that they're okay with it, they don't want her to quit and they can be with her in Boston for two weeks because it's spring break!
I'm sorry but when I was in college, spring break was a single week. Has that changed?
Dev and the New York Times reporter continue to flirt.
He calls Karen about coming to Boston and she explains they're working 12 hour days and are very busy.
Ivy is worried that Derek's attracted to Rebecca and asks Ellis about it. He agrees to watch for her.
It's his birthday and Rebecca does a MM "Happy Birthday" rendition to him. He's touched, they're back at her dressing room, he's telling her about Marilyn and they kiss.
Ellis is away from the door when Ivy shows up. They rush to listen. It appears that Derek and Rebecca are having sex. But that's not verified.
Karen is surprised by Dev who gives her flowers and then gets bent out of shape that, in the middle of rehearsals, she can't drop everything to talk to him. He's also miffed he can't watch rehearsals.
They meet up later with Dev making a big announcement. He wants to get married. Karen says she can't give an answer during tech.
(The way she keeps repeating "tech" is as annoying as Redford telling Jane Fonda in Barefoot In The Park, "Corey, I have a case in the morning" over and over.)
He's been flirting with the journalist and considering sleeping with her and came close this week but that made him realize he loved Karen and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, will she please take his ring?
Golly. What gal can resist that?
I almost, just this week, screwed around behind your back but didn't, want to get married!
Like most women, Karen doesn't find that proposal charming.
She's back at the hotel and gets pulled into a room with the other gypsies who want a sing-off between her and Ivy. She doesn't want to participate. Ivy's all geared up.
Ivy is the worst. A number that should have been shaped and built to loudness is started off full blast so there's no where for the singer to go. That's why Ivy's wrong for Marilyn. She lacks the instincts. She's a bad child actress hitting all the pre-programmed notes but there's never anything special there because it's all mechanical.
So Tom and Sam go to visit Sam's family (which lives in Boston) and Tom apparently wants to go to bed with Sam's father. Why else would he repeatedly side with Sam's father over Sam? Sam shouldn't be a dancer, dancers don't have long careers, blah, blah, blah. If dancing is so wrong and bad, maybe Tom shouldn't be co-writing musicals. There is no chemistry between Sam and Tom. (Sam is, at least, a solid actor. I hope they kill Tom off in the cliffhanger. I know they won't, but let me dream.)
So the end of the episode is Dev in a bar trying to drown his sorrows.
We learn Karen made the right call.
When a busty woman sits down next to him, Dev's putting on a smile and offering to buy her a drink, introducing himself and her name is?
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):