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In light of the mixed success of the workshop Derek (Jack Davenport) recruits an unsuspecting Karen (Katharine McPhee) to help him steal the musical from Tom (Christian Borle) and Julia (Debra Messing) by offering the Broadway newbie her own musical number in the show. The fallout from which leaves the show with a director at war with the writers and a play without a Marilyn Monroe.

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A week has past and yet the cast of “Marilyn” will still need another half an episode in preparation for their all important workshop where they will present a rough version of the show to potential investors. Bernadette Peters makes a guest-appearance as Ivy’s (Megan Hilty) famous Broadway mother, and Karen (Katharine McPhee) is forced to choose between attending the workshop or meeting with an influential music producer.

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Honestly I’d forgotten this show even existed. Sure, I remember the big campaign NBC put out hyping its premiere after the Super Bowl, but I missed the pilot and hadn’t really given the show a second thought. With several of the shows I usually write about taking late Winter breaks I decided to tape a couple episodes of Smash and give it a shot.

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