We celebrate the advent of Uma Thurman on the show, the growing camaraderie of Karen and Ivy, and the sexiness of emotionally available men. We bemoan the musical number of the week and wonder why no one on this show will stand up for musicals?! In the episode, the creative team tries to morph the show to suit their movie star. Ellis’ sexual gamesmanship is foiled by a call waiting fail. Dev is still the worst.

Scarf Count: 13

The Movie Star
Directed by Tricia Brock
Written by Julie Rottenberg & Elisa Zuritsky

NBC.com Synopsis:
“Bombshell” is turned upside-down by the arrival of movie star Rebecca Duvall. Karen and Ivy are drawn into an uneasy alliance against their new rival — but can they overcome their history? The romance between Tom and Sam heats up, while Julia and Frank must put aside their differences to address a family crisis.

Pop Culture References:
Gilligan’s Island, Soapdish, Katie Holmes tap dancing on SNL, Parks & Recreation, Gilmore Girls, Stephen Sondheim, Hustlers, the Actors Studio, The West Wing, Mickey Rooney ruining Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Guys & Dolls, Ewan McGregor, Jane Krakowski, White Christmas, Martha Graham, Audrey Hepburn, Funny Face, Gigi

Under 5 of the Week: The Guidance Counselor (Betsy Aidem)

Least Problematic Man of the Week: Nick (Thorsten Kaye)

Uma Thurman interview – Feb 3, 2018: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/03/opinion/sunday/this-is-why-uma-thurman-is-angry.html

Musical Numbers:
Our Day Will Come by Mort Garson and Bob Hilliard

Dig Deep by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

But instead of those, watch Audrey Hepburn from “Funny Face”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4G5hUvL-wI

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