THE "SMASH" REPORT: Season Two Premiere, Or, Change Partners and Dance

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06 Feb 2013

Megan Hilty and Leslie Odom, Jr.
Photo by Craig Blankenhorn/NBC

SAM AND TOM: Bombshell ensemble member Sam (Leslie Odom, Jr.), Tom's boyfriend and Ivy's bestie, has been offered the role of The General in the national tour of The Book of Mormon (the "Casey" mentioned in this episode is Tony-winning Mormon director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw). With the prospect of Sam on the road, Tom views himself as single again. In the real world of showbusiness relationships, lovers separated for months by work make it work by planning intermittent visits, video chatting, phone calls, whatever it takes. (And certainly Tom is rich enough to buy plane tickets to see Sam wherever the tour may take him.) "Smash" would like us to believe that showbiz relationships are thin as tissue paper. In truth, they often are as boring and solid and committed as any that exist outside the spotlight. Is this the end of Tom and Sam?

DEREK AND WOMEN: "You may be a womanizer," Veronica tells Derek of Rebecca Duvall's charges of sexual harrassment, "but I know there is no merit to her story." Shortly after, Derek almost kisses Karen, who is referred to as his "muse" several times in the two hours. But, mostly, Derek is neutered at the top of Season Two. Even once-desperate Ivy doesn't go there. And the producers of The Wiz drop him from the project, his agent reports (that's excellent Brynn O'Malley, of Broadway's current Annie, as the agent, who also surfaces in that bar fantasy number). With Bombshell in limbo for the moment, Derek is hungry, professionally.


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