Playbill's weekly recap, with notes and comment, of the latest episode of the NBC musical drama series "Smash," about the dreamers behind Broadway musicals. Here's a look at the April 2 episode, "The Parents."
This week's episode is called "The Parents," and two of them — a mother and a father — appear in guest-star turns by performers we saw in Season One: Bernadette Peters as Ivy's ageless, Tony Award-winning mother, Leigh Conroy, and Dylan Baker as Karen's Midwestern dad, Roger, who is in New York City for some conference. Roger is supportive of Karen (Katharine McPhee) and her longtime wish to be on Broadway — and he's proud of his daughter's talent — but just doesn't understand why she chose to leave Broadway's Bombshell for Off-Broadway's Hit List. (You are not alone, Roger.) Her downtown urge might have something to do with the leather-jacketed man that Roger saw sneaking out of Karen's window one morning. Later, while watching a Hit List rehearsal, Roger sees director Derek (Jack Davenport) in a leather jacket!