Smash – 1×4 – The Cost of Art – Recap
Nick Jonas guest stars on this week’s new episode of Smash. A multi-millionaire child star who just so happens to be good friends with Derek. Not quite as good as he is with Ivy. And Karen is just realizing just how close the two of them are. Unfortunately for her, she’s going to have to get ahead in this business on her own.
It makes it a bit harder when no one in the ensemble will welcome her or help her learn the ropes. Karen struggles to fit in during the workshop rehearsals but Ivy continues to have her removed from performances. She just stands out too much and is obvious competition for Ivy. I don’t know why Ivy has no confidence. She is still, in my opinion, the better Marilyn.
The dancers eventually turn to help Karen make a splash in the right way. They help her with clothes, dancing, and her performing with a group. It leads to them singing and dancing to Adele in a bar where..Karen sings and dances lead. Wasn’t the point supposed to be that she wasn’t to outshine the others?
Derek throws a big party for Lyle, the rich, talented star. Eileen sets her eyes on him immediately to alleviate her money troubles. This kid has so much money he doesn’t know what to do with it all. She has a painting worth hundreds of thousands but her ex husband’s name is on the receipt. She can’t sell it to anyone else. Lyle agrees to help her out if she can prove to him that their show will be a hit. Michael, Ivy, and Julia put on a performance with one of the songs from the show and it’s great. Finally, a catchy song from this thing.
Ivy notices Derek chatting up another girl at the party so she agrees to a tour of the bedrooms with Lyle. Um. Ew. How old is he? Is he even legal? At least he can sing Michael Buble. Derek doesn’t back down and clings to his right to flirt as long as it can lead to an investment in his show. Classy.