Episode 1.01 – PILOT!
Ruth & Tina discuss the look of Smash, the contrast between the show’s dueling divas, the importance of scarves, Ellis is Eve Harrington, baseball movies, Karen Cartwright is a whiny baby, the fun of shows within shows, the long path to Broadway, being an asshole doesn’t make you an artistic genius, casting couches, accentuating your breasts, the difference between U.S. and U.K. acting, what Smash gets right & wrong about the audition process, being creepy-charming vs creepy-creepy, vs charming-creepy, Derek Wills is a sexual predator, and whether Karen Cartwright works as a character.
The Smash pilot was directed by Michael Mayer and written by Theresa Rebeck.
Original music by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
Trigger Warning/Content Note: Sexual Harassment
Pop culture references:
Katharine McPhee, American Idol, Christian Borle, Eve Harrington, All About Eve, Marilyn Monroe, Field of Dreams, Debra Messing, Brian D’Arcy James, Liza Weil, Gilmore Girls, The West Wing, Law & Order:SVU, Emory Cohen, Brooklyn, The OA, Woody Allen, Erin Brockovich, YouTube, Heaven Can Wait, Spiderman:Turn Off the Dark, Dylan Baker, Becky Baker, Anjelica Houston, Michael Cristofer, Singin’ in the Rain (no, no, no, yes, yes, yes), Patti LuPone, My Fair Lady, Margo Channing, Glee, Chicago (movie), Renee Zellweger, Ever After (movie), Drew Barrymore, Cinderella, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Black Swan, Annaleigh Ashford, Megan Hilty, Christina Aguilera, Linda Perry, Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen, Emilia Clarke, The Seven Year Itch
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