A Tale of Two Marilyns: Predicting the SMASH Finale


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All right, so, I’m a little late to the game. I just read a spoiler about next week’s SMASH, so put your fingers in your eyes – I mean, your hands over your ears – well, just do what you do when you want to avoid spoilers if you don’t want to be spoiled, OK? It’s late.

The following was on TVLine:

What to Expect | Nick Jonas returns as child star-turned-Bombshell investor Lyle West, per The Hollywood Reporter. … We end this season at an out-of-town tryout, in Boston, and we still don’t know who’s gonna play Marilyn,” executive producer Neil Meron tells us. “It is going to be a cliffhanger!”

Aside from being really freaking annoyed that we still aren’t going to get an answer on who plays Marilyn, and that not everyone is of my mind that an ending without a cliffhanger is a way of showing that a story is secure in itself, it isn’t all that surprising. The pictures from the episode (see throughout) are showing that both Ivy and Karen get Marilynned up for the big stage. A preview video shows Derek coaching Karen. I was all, “DUUUURRRRR, it’s KAREN,” in my recap.

Too often we just snark out here without putting our money where our mouths are.  Creation is difficult and producers don’t get paid enough to put up with our complaints can’t be blamed for everything if we can’t come up with something better. So, with no promises of anything even approaching good, I thought I’d give it a shot here. Without further ado I present my projected storyline and predictions for Smash‘s first season finale. (Keep in mind, Nick Jonas is returning to the show as one of its producers, so that’s two bits of bias with which I enter this charade.)

Some of this, I actually think will really happen. The parts I don’t, you can probably guess. And away we go!

EPISODE OPENS:

"God, I hope she doesn't get it."
  • The dream team bunch of geniusheads who really believed a suicide scene at the end of a musical was going to get a standing O have their big sit-down.
    • Over the wails of woe that they don’t have a star, and while they prepare to do another jerk-around number on the person they hired to play an understudy on TV, Tom can barely contain himself. DuSuck is gone! The song and not the star can be king again! He wants to fix all the little things they did to make the rest of the show suck more so that DuSuck wouldn’t seem to suck so much, but there’s not time for that, and he throws a tiny hissy.
    • They have the fourteenth conversation of this type this year: “Karen or Ivy?” One of them, probably Baronness von Huston, sick to death of this conversation despite the many rooms and cities in which it has taken place, is pulling from a flask; she starts asking, “Iren or Kivy?” “Ivanka or Korra?” Derek pipes in with, “I can’t just hand this off to an amateur, especially when I haven’t slept with her yet!” and goes off in search of more condoms (and Karen) so he can make this decision like an artist.
    • “Oh, honestly,” says Baronness von Slushiface (at this point). “Where’s my other-side-of-the-tracks boyfriend? I got a new Henry Higgins outfit and he’s picked out the perfect Eliza Doolittle hat, and I’m randy and on a schedule.”
Does anyone care if we like each other anymore? That guy? No? That guy? Oh well.
  • Enter Eliza himself, breaking up our little tableau. With him is the investor he pulled out of a heroin ditch.
    • The production team, which has dissolved into one gay man weeping over his piano about whyyycan’twejustpickIvvvvyyyyyyyyy; a female writer trying to figure out what part of this moment in her life she can use to fix the show (so that she can insist, later, that it is OUTRAGEOUS! that anyone in the show have any crossover into her personal life); a semi-drunk-but-only-showing-it-through-crooked-smiles-and-asymmetrical-bangs producer, and a director who has absconded in search of some Marilyn-shaped bootie, suddenly remembers that someone is paying for this dang show and they better have a plan stat.
    • Enter Nick Jonas, also looking for a Marilyn to bang. Three assistants walk behind him carrying the Degas, holding a can of kerosene and a match in case the show doesn’t rebound.
    • Derek, frustrated in his search to stick it to Karen, comes running back in with a burst of inspiration. They can both do it! We’re out of town, no one talks between cities these days ANYWAY, let each girl take a night, do her best, and the producers can make this decision for us since, frankly, the four of us are like Snooki trying to choose gold or silver eye shadow before heading out to D’Jai’s to hook some hotties, you know what I’m saying?
    • Everyone applauds. The genius director has done it again. Cut to gratuitous shots of iMessaging and Karen and Ivy sharing “God, I hope I get it” looks while their chorus friends fawn over them each in rotation. Dang it, they were just about to have a sing off! Because that is what people do!
Yeah, lady. I got your Degas right here.
  • Big company meeting in front of the stage!
    • Derek: “Right. Ivy, Karen, we don’t trust either of you to park this thing. Frankly, I’ve left Ivy a shattered, blues-singing wreck who can barely tie her shoes without popping a Prednisone. Karen, you just came off the tomato truck and my unresolved sexual daydreaming about you is clouding my ability to see you as anything but wearing too many clothes. So we’re going to do this the way that MTV did with Legally Blonde: as publicly and as humiliating as possible. Go get glammed, girls. We’re gonna audition you right in front of the audience. You’ll be fine. Break a leg. Each.”
    • Karen: “What a great opportunity! I can’t believe I’m expected to learn of all of this in five minutes! Gosh dang darnit, I’d better put my cornfield grit to work here! Oh my, I can’t believe it!”
    • Ivy: “What a crock of crap. Bitch. Oh by the way, I screwed your boyfriend.”
    • Karen: “…” [has breakdown]
    • Derek pops into frame from below: “Is a Marilyn having a breakdown? I can fix it! I’m here! I’m the director! I know just what you need!” [begins unbuttoning pants]
    • Ivy: [throws shoe at Derek's head and storms off]
    • Derek: “What? I am trying to direct, here!”
"Why. Can't. I. Just. Sleep. With. Her. Already? I need the full Marilyn collection! She's stopping me from getting Bingo!"
  • Meanwhile, Smellis talks to the Baronness.
    • Ellis: “I put the peanuts in DuSuck’s drink. I have saved the show! Give me all the awards, a 50 percent stake, and your weird boyfriend.”
    • von Huston: “Don’t let Boston hit you in the ass on the way out.”
    • Alternate ending to this scene: the Baronness uses the bowtie (which Ellis borrowed from Blaine Anderson) to strangle him to death.
"Psst. Ivy. I almost peanut-murdered... fooor youuuu. I'm not creepy." *paws*
  • Chorus people are jibbering. Dev tries frantically to explain.
    • Dev: “Your answer to ‘Will you marry me’ was ‘I’M IN TECH.’ What are you, an iPhone? Of course I slept with the only person with whom you’ve ever had to compete for anything. [pause.] All right, that even sounded wrong to me. Hey! I’m a scumbag! I’ll get out of your life now, but I will use my accent and my exotic charm to seem gallant  and tender while I do, because I am trying to shore up support among your hot cast. I need a rebound lay.”
    • Karen: [In the middle of four vocal rehearsals, three tap dances and two costume changes.] “Dev, I just, you were the one thing I trusted, you know? The one thing I could count on. I am so earnest it’s difficult for people to make fun of me for anything else. Our love was so pure and you ruined it. And now I have to learn a show in the middle of this and -” [stops, turns and looks at gathering crowd, who apparently heard Dev:] “Look, just because I’m from Iowa doesn’t mean I don’t know how to cut a bitch.”
    • Crowd scatters.
    • Dev leaves. Rehearsals continue apace, with the level of histrionics only found in theater.
  • Julia’s family, meanwhile… no one cares.
"Hold me back. I feel a punch coming on."
  • Ivy’s turn first! Curtain goes up and Ivy is all, “I own this stage, and I swear I won’t even fall down.” Karen stands backstage and is all, “My lliiiiife is faallliiiing appppaaaaaaaaart!!!!! Oh, hey. Marilyn’s life fell apart too. Is that – do I – do I know her now? OH MY GOD! I am having a MIND MELD! I know everything about her! I’m gonna KILL THIS!”
  • Derek appears behind her. “You know that Marilyn slept with all her directors, right?”
  • Karen: “Die.”
"So, where's the part where I climb to the top of a people-mountain?"
  • Ivy’s ends to much fanfare: she nailed it and now it’s time for the amateur to put up or shut up. One day of Karen having a complete mental breakdown ensues, followed by…
  • …Karen’s turn! The chorus people are excited for her (to her face) and bitching about her (to her back). Dev sneaks in and watches from the back, and falls in love with her all over again, making us all vomit. Tom starts to see that maybe there are other actresses in the world besides Ivy. Nick Jonas slowly releases his grip on the Degas. Ellis sharpens knives outside the theater. The Baronness and Eliza are doing it in a closet. Derek is so close to rushing onto stage and taking Karen right there that someone is restraining him with a silk scarf out of wardrobe.
  • The curtain falls, flowers are thrown, tears are shed, and that’s our last shot of the season, folks.

What do you think? What percentage of this will happen Monday night? Low to mid 80s, right? Nah, maybe 70s. Oh, all right. Ten percent if I’m lucky.

Still. It was fun to dream.

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  • Juliassgirl

    Hilarious!

  • 19yearslater

    Haha, I can actually see the they each get one thing happening. And Karen’s earnestness getting Marilynified by Ivy’s bitchiness. And of course Derek being a creep.

    • http://leakynews.com LeakyNews

      :D

  • Jvandemark

    Oh. My. God. It’s 3 in the morning and I am crying I am laughing so hard. I can’t decide which part I like better, the strangling with Blaine’s bow tie or the silk scarf restraint!

    • http://leakynews.com LeakyNews

      :D never underestimate the power of INSOMNIA

  • http://twitter.com/JoshWatchinTV Joshuay

    This was the best thing ever and if someone from ABC sees this I bet they poop themselves wondering who leaked their big finale.

    • http://leakynews.com LeakyNews

      Especially the Derek Bombshell Bingo

  • http://about.me/dshana Shana Debusschere

    Haha, this was brilliant! “Smellis”: hilarious! Plus, I think some of these things might actually happen! NBC should employ you to write their episode descriptions! :-)

    • http://leakynews.com LeakyNews

      LOL, I think this will be proof to them that they should never do that.

      • http://about.me/dshana Shana Debusschere

        Haha, who knew what direction they decide to go into in season 2.. :-)

  • jpegfilms

    This had an incredibly Cracked-like feel to it. Probably the funniest thing I’ve ever read by Melissa. My favorite part were the photo captions, the best being Karen asking when she climbs up the mountain of humans. Well done!

    • http://leakynews.com LeakyNews

      Thanks :) it’s nice to know my insanity at late nights is not going unappreciated :D

  • http://twitter.com/AnneWelchDayap Anne Welch-Dayap

    Melissa, you crack me up! DuSuck, the Baronness and Smellis! *giggles*

    • http://leakynews.com LeakyNews

      Doesn’t she just SEEM like a Baronness though? I can’t help it! -M

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  • karissa

    THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER THAN WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED.

    • Melissa

      NO I LOVED IT!

      • karissa

        Haha! To be fair, I actually did quite enjoy it, but mostly because it had more Bombshell than usual, and I am of the opinion that Bombshell is better than Smash itself. That said, there were really only a few moments that made me facepalm — namely, Julia’s implied pregnancy (presumably Swift’s, so UGH go away please) and Ivy’s implied suicide attempt (why must she be continually pummeled by this show at every turn? I think it’s pretty sloppy and superficial storytelling).

        I really do think your idea of splitting the nights between Karen and Ivy would have been better. I still don’t buy Karen as a real person (Katharine McPhee’s acting simply doesn’t have the complexity and charisma required to make such a one-note character come to life) and I’m tired of Karen getting absolutely everything (except Dev, now, maybe?) with little proof that she deserves most of the accolades. However — I was surprised by how great she did turn out to be as Marilyn. Still not convinced that she’s better than Ivy (what on earth does Derek see in Karen but not Ivy?), but whatever.

        Oh! The exception to Karen’s general lack of personality — that snarky line about being “just a little upset about something.” Why has it taken so long for her to say something that great? (Obvious answer: because she wasn’t in pain until now, duh! Cue eye roll.)

        Also, PLEASE STAY FAR AWAY FOREVER, ELLIS.

  • http://twitter.com/19yearslater Sarah Moe

    Aha you were spot-on with the Dev sneaks in! And Julia writes personal songs for show use. Also Derrick’s creepiness has reached new levels. It’s truly gross.

    • Melissa

      I CHEERED when I saw that, LOL

      Derek is super creepy. But I also found a bit of appreciation for him in this episode. MORE IN THE RECAP OF DOOM which will follow tomorrow.

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