Smash season premiere recap: Another Op'nin', Another Show

With Karen and Ivy Lynn, her foe / Can Safran save it, or will it blow? / It's season 2 now so come on, let's go!
Ep. 01 | Aired Feb 5, 2013

YOUR MOMENT OF JEN A revamped season 2? Who cares -- all we really need is more J. Hud retro pastiche numbers.

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Even Jimmy is reluctantly resisting his natural jerkishness, thanks to a harsh talking-to from Kyle. Oh, Kyle, why can't you and Tom find BFFs who appreciate you? (Like me! I would!) He brings Karen a flash drive that holds all the songs he's written so far. The fact that he's got them saved in the first place proves Jimmy cares a whole lot more about this musical business than he's been letting on.

Ivy, meanwhile, arrives at Derek's palatial apartment with another kind of gift -- coffee and a hangover-fighting greasy sandwich. They're sharing a friendly moment when she realizes he has company... then finds out that the company is Karen, who's preparing to share Jimmy's flash drive with the director. Karen coldly tells her rival that she heard Ivy saved the day last night: "I was on the subway when they called me." Yikes, so much for that detente they reached last episode. As Ivy's leaving, she hears Karen ask Derek what his ex wanted. "Nothing important," he answers before the elevator doors have even closed. Poor girl -- they just keep moving the liiiiine!

Footlights, Part 2

- Derek, yelling something we've all wanted to yell at Eileen: "Did it not seem a little bit strange to you that a Brooklyn bartender and his funny little friends had millions of dollars in cash lying around?" Too bad he forgot that Nick actually works on the Lower East Side.

- Julia has Tom tell the team that she's missing meetings because of a "college thing" with Leo. Honey, if you're going to make him fib, at least give him some believable material.

- Eileen's Bombshell embarrassment is front page news, complete with a caricature of the producer waking up with a severed Marilyn head in her bed. And then Jerry made her an offer she couldn't refuse...

- Bobby, Jessica, and Ana enthuse that Jimmy's music is good -- "like, Jonathan Larson good." Hear that, songwriting team who actually wrote "Caught in the Storm"? Somebody at NBC likes you!

- Speaking of, which of Jimmy's songs did you like better -- this one, or "Broadway, Here I Come"? I thought my answer would be the latter, but then I had "Caught in the Storm" stuck in my head for days, so.

- I almost liked Jimmy when he made fun of Karen for saying "FYI." But only then.

And there you have it, folks: Smash 2.0. Do you think the show is changed for the better, or does season 2 not actually seem very different from season 1? Are you intrigued by Jimmy and Kyle's musical? Did Jennifer Hudson meet or exceed your expectations? And finally, be honest -- don't you miss the scarves, just a leeeeettle bit?

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