Ruth

Ep. 114 Previews

We discuss the overlap between musical theater fans and sci-fi , movie stars on Broadway, and how Smash depicts the casting couch.
Scarf Count: 9
Previews
Directed by Robert Duncan McNeill
Written by David Marshall Grant
NBC.com Synopsis: “Bombshell”faces its first audience just as a major crisis hits Rebecca Duvall.
Pop Culture References: Alyssa Milano, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Prince, Spock, Doctor Who, Daleks, Weeping Angels, Shakespeare, Slings & Arrows, Luke Kirby, Six Degrees of Separation, Stockard Channing, The Devil Wears Prada, Angels in America, Scarlett Johansson, Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Katharine Hepburn, Coco Chanel, Natasha Richardson, Cabaret, Daryl Zanuck, Dave Chappelle, Harvey Weinstein, Ursula, The Little Mermaid, game theory, the prisoner’s dilemma, Marc Kudisch, Bye Bye Birdie, Gaston, Beauty and the Beast, 9 to 5: The Musical, David Mamet, John Malkovich, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Water Engine, Anjelica Huston, Walter Huston, Knickerbocker Holiday, Marianne Faithfull, 20th Century Blues, Pirate Jenny, Fred Astaire, Cole Porter, Lassie, J’accuse!, Jon Snow, The Kids Are All Right, Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Isiah Whitlock, American Idol, Marilyn Monroe
Under 5 of the Week: Hinton Battle as the preacher!
Least Problematic Man of the Week: Tom!
What Would Tarana Burke Say? How To Deal With Sexual Harassment by Ashley Steves https://www.backstage.com/uk/magazine/article/deal-sexual-harassment-65206/#section0
Musical Numbers:
Smash! by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
September Song by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson
Stand by Donnie McClurkin
Smash was created by Theresa Rebeck
Tina is @nice_white_lady
Ruth is @yellow_fairy19
We are @talkinsmash

Episode 1.13 Tech

We discuss erectile dysfunction ads, how Karen is a Karen, and the problems of casting a non-singer with no stage experience in an unfinished new musical.
Scarf Count: 13
Tech
Directed by Roxann Dawson
Written by Jason Grote and Lakshmi Sundaram
NBC.com Synopsis:
“Bombshell” moves to Boston as it finally finds its way to the stage.
Pop Culture References:
Marie Kondo, Star Trek: Voyager, Tea With Queen & J, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Kiss Me Kate, Rex Harrison, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Chicago, Carwash, Mary J. Blige, Gilmore Girls
Listen to Tea With Queen & J on your podcast app or at
You can follow the show @teawithqj and on their hashtag #teawithqj
Smashlash:
Under 5 of the Week: Ty Jones as Sam’s brother. Follow him @TDJNYC.
Least Problematic Man of the Week: Sam! Congratulations again Leslie Odom, Jr. Follow him @leslieodomjr
Musical Numbers:
Another Op’nin’, Another Show by Cole Porter
I’m Going Down by Norman Whitfield
Smash was created by Theresa Rebeck
Tina is @nice_white_lady
Ruth is @yellow_fairy19
We are @talkinsmash
#talkinsmash

Episode 1.12 Publicity

Episode 112 Publicity

Guys, it’s the episode with the Bollywood number! We also discuss Dev’s growing resentment of Karen having a life, how good Ellis looks, and we Kent Test everyone’s favorite stage manager-Linda, played by Ann Harada! You can follow Ann Harada on Twitter at @annharada

Scarf Count: 32! A new record!

Publicity
Directed by Michael Mayer
Written by Therea Rebeck

NBC.com Synopsis: Karen finds herself seduced by the glamorous life of new BFF Rebecca Duvall… but can Rebecca be trusted?

Pop Culture References: Bollywood, Steven Spielberg, Marilyn Monroe, Broadway, Joe DiMaggio, Tony Yazbeck, Julie Klausner

The Kent Test: Linda scored a 5. The highest score for a woman of color yet!
The Kent Test was created by Clarkisha Kent. You can find her and the test on https://clarkishakent.com.

Smashlash:
Hillary Busis for Entertainment Weekly: https://www.google.com/amp/s/ew.com/recap/smasn-season-1-episode-12/%3famp=true

Noel Murray for AV Club: https://www.google.com/amp/s/tv.avclub.com/smash-publicity-1798172527/amp

Under 5 of the Week: Erin Wyatt as Lindsey Mullins IG: @wyattgram

Least Problematic Man of the Week: Tom!

Musical Numbers:
“Run” by Snow Patrol
“Secondhand White Baby Grand” by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
“A Thousand and One Nights” by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman

Smash was created by Theresa Rebeck

Tina is @nice_white_lady
Ruth is @yellow_fairy19

We are @talkinsmash
www.talkinsmash.com

Watch Smash at nbc.com or the NBC app.

Episode 0.02 Bombshell in Concert

Ruth and Tina do a quick debrief directly after the May 20th Bombshell In Concert streaming event. It was before the oh-so-exciting announcement of Smash, A New Musical but we’ll talk about that and more on our next episode coming soon.

Tina is @nice_white_lady
Ruth is @yellow_fairy19

We are @talkinsmash
www.talkinsmash.com

Episode 1.11 The Movie Star

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

Smash was created by Theresa Rebeck.

Tina is @nice_white_lady
Ruth is @yellow_fairy19

We are @talkinsmash
www.talkinsmash.com

Episode 1.10 Understudy

Like Elizabeth Warren, Ivy has a plan! Julia and an off-screen Frank commit various parenting no-nos. Tony Award winner Christian Borle finally gets a full blown musical number. Tina’s lifelong crush Terrence Mann guest stars! Eileen and Nick’s mature flirtation blossoms into a full blown make-out session. Our love for Wesley Taylor and Ann Harada continues. Derek and Dev are trash. We question whether the show failed to properly credit who played the drama teacher.

Scarf Count: 12

Understudy
Directed by Adam Bernstein
Written by Jerome Hairston

NBC.com Synopsis:
The show has landed star Rebecca Duvall, but Eileen is thrown into a panic.

Pop Culture References:
Angelina Jolie, 30 Rock, Baby Got Back, Beastie Boys, Black Panther Party, Woody Allen, Cate Blanchett, Emma Stone, Louis C.K., Roman Polanski, Jack Nicholson, Harvey Weinstein, Sean Penn, Michael Bloomberg, Westeros (Game of Thrones), Jessie Mueller, Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Waitress, Carousel, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Oklahoma, The Rock, Mad Men, The Washington Square News, Kermit the Frog, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Sardi’s, Daryl Zanuck, Jerry Orbach, Joel Grey, Terrence Mann, Cats, The Rocky Horror Show, Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables, Sense 8, Charlotte d’Amboise, Every Little Step, Mick Jagger, Bernadette of Lourdes, One Republican, Wrestlemania, How I Met Your Mother, Gary, Titus Andronicus, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Christopher Durang

Anjelica Houston interview (TW: sexual assault, IPV) https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vulture.com/amp/2019/05/anjelica-huston-in-conversation.html

Under 5 of the Week: The Drama Teacher (Kristine Nielsen?)

Least Problematic Man of the Week: Leo (Emory Cohen)

What Would Tarana Burke Say?:
Melvin J. Lerner quote from Belief in a Just World: A Fundamental Delusion
https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Belief_in_a_Just_World.html?id=1t3VBQAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button
“If we assume then…” Quote is on page 6

Trigger warning that Lerner, a white man, uses racist language in this study including the “er” version of the n-word.

Musical Numbers:
Breakaway written by Matthew Gerrard, Bridget Benenate and Avril Lavigne

Don’t Say Yes Until I Finish Talking written by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman

Never Give All the Heart written by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman

Smash was created by Theresa Rebeck

Tina is @nice_white_lady
Ruth is @yellow_fairy19

We are @talkinsmash
www.talkinsmash.com

Episode 1.09 Hell on Earth

We discuss Ellis’s bisexuality, the heartbreak of learning Lawyer John (Neal Bledsoe) is a Republican, Ivy’s confusing cocktail of medication, Derek is still a whiny baby, Ivy & Karen confront each other, the Julia/Michael adultery song, male anger, and physical violence.

Scarf Count: 10

Hell on Earth
Originally aired 4/2/2012

Directed by Paul McGuigan
Written by Scott Burkhardt

NBC.com synopsis:
The team begins their pursuit of a marquee star, as Eileen charges Tom and Julia with finding a title for the newly reinvigorated musical.

Pop Culture References:
Scandal, Prednisone, Ambien, Klonapin, lorazepam, benzodiazepines, Billy! Phantom of the Opera, Michael Crawford, American Idiot, Studio City on the Sunset Strip, Norbert Leo Butz, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin, Coriolanus Burt, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Slings & Arrows, Bruno Mars, La Mama, Tom Ripley, Doug Jones, Doubt, Michael Riedel, New York Post, Bernadette Peters, Game of Thrones, Crown Royal, Donald Trump, Uma Thurman, Gypsy, Garson Kanin, Shonda Rhimes, Sean Duggan, Oz

Lianne’s Kent Test Score: 4
Read the Kent Test here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/equalityforher/HR_The+Kent+Test.pdf
Follow Jennifer Ikeda on Twitter @Ikedamame

The Kent Test was created by Clarkisha Kent. Follow her on Twitter @IWriteAllDay_ and join her Patreon https://www.patreon.com/clarkishakent

Smashlash:
Noel Murray (A.V. Club)https://tinyurl.com/yyojlqbb

Under 5 of the Week:
Andrea Bordeaux as the Casting Assistant
Follow her on Instagram @andrea_bordeaux

Least Problematic Man of the Week:
Piano Man in Times Square

Musical Numbers:
The Higher You Get, The Farther You Fall by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
Under the Brooklyn Bridge by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
Cheers (Drink to That) by Avril Lavigne, Jermaine Jackson, Rihanna, et al.

Smash was created by Theresa Rebeck

Tina is @nice_white_lady
Ruth is @yellow_fairy19

We are @talkinsmash
www.talkinsmash.com

Episode 1.08 The Coup

We discuss how much we hate Mahatma Katie and her imperialist voluntourism, the misuse of super talented Brian D’Arcy James, Wesley Taylor is a damn delight, Dev’s messed up priorities, Smashmath, Ellis might be our favorite character now, the secret Brooklyn rival Marilyn Monroe musical number, Derek & Tom’s history, Tom brings the bad news to Ivy.

Scarf Count: 11

The Coup
Originally aired 3/26/2012

Directed by Paris Barclay
Written by Theresa Rebeck

NBC.com synopsis:
Ivy remains in the dark about her fate, while Derek recruits Karen to help.

Pop Culture References:
NAACP, Director’s Guild of America (DGA), Lord Elgin, Gandhi, Ryan Tedder, One Republic, Heather Graham, Bowfinger, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Grace Gummer, Meryl Streep, Degas, Jonas Brothers, La MaMa, Mandees (still in business!), the West End, Bernard Telsey, Crazy Dreams (Carrie Underwood song), Bebe Neuwirth,

Smashlash:
Hillary Busis-Entertainment Weekly https://ew.com/recap/smash-season-1-episode-8/

Under 5 of the Week AND Least Problematic Man of the Week: Judge Davenport (David Lipman)

What Would Tarana Burke Say?
“Inherently, having privilege isn’t bad, but it’s how you use it, and you have to use it in service of other people.”
https://tinyurl.com/TaranaBurkeGuardian
@TaranaBurke

Musical Numbers:
Three Little Birds written by Bob Marley
Dance to the Music written by Sly Stone
Touch Me written by Bonnie McKee, Noel Zancanella, Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle

Smash was created by Theresa Rebeck

Tina is @nice_white_lady
Ruth is @yellow_fairy19

We are @talkinsmash
www.talkinsmash.com

Episode 1.07 The Workshop

We discuss Bernadette Peters as the retconned version of Ivy’s mother, Karen Cartwright’s demo, Ellis is Amazing Amy, Megan Hilty is a really good actor, time management the day before the workshop, Tina loves Wesley Taylor and will tell you that, Unexpected fun pairings on Smash, we want to work for Eileen, but she needs to work on her racism, how old is Leo supposed to be again?, should Karen have bailed on the workshop?, the zone of being the lead vs. being in the ensemble,

The Workshop 
Directed by Mimi Leder
Written by Jason Grote

Pop culture references: On the Basis of Sex, Deep Impact, Haley Joel Osment, Pay it Forward, M. Night Shymalan, Ava DuVernay, A Wrinkle in Time, #NotALabRat, Hamilton, Mean Girls the Musical, A Chorus Line, Kelly Bishop, Gillian Anderson, All About Eve, Ivan van Hove, A Streetcar Named Desire, Angels in America, The Play that Goes Wrong, The Front Page, John Slattery, John Goodman, Ben Hecht, His Girl Friday, Gone Girl, Tommy Motola, Bruno Mars, G*psy, Tony Awards, Storm Reid, Some Like it Hot, Fran Drescher, How the Irish Became White, Prednisone, Sex & the City, Jenny LaRoche, True West, Ciara, Future, Slings & Arrows, Rachel McAdams, Luke Kirby, Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley, Lenny Bruce, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Stage Door, Katharine Hepburn, Alyssa Milano

Songs:
Brighter Than the Sun by Colbie Caillat and Ryan Tedder
Lexington & 52nd Street by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman

Smashlash:
Ken Tucker for Entertainment Weekly: https://www.google.com/amp/s/ew.com/bernadette-peters-workshop/amp/article/2012/03/19/smash-
Noel Murray for A.V. Club:
https://www.google.com/amp/s/tv.avclub.com/smash-the-workshop-1798172037/amp
Hillary Busis for Entertainment Weekly: https://www.google.com/amp/s/ew.com/recap/smash-season-1-episode-7/amp/

Under 5 of the Week: Mason (Hunter Gallagher)

Least Problematic Man of the Week: Sam (Leslie Odom, Jr.)

What Would Tarana Burke Say?
“I don’t think that every single case of sexual harassment has to result in someone being fired; the consequences should vary. But we need a shift in culture so that every single instance of sexual harassment is investigated and dealt with. That’s just basic common sense.”
https://tinyurl.com/TaranaBurkeGuardian
@taranaburke
@MeTooMVMT

Smash was created by Theresa Rebeck

Tina is @nice_white_lady
Ruth is @yellow_fairy19

We are @talkinsmash
www.talkinsmash.com

Episode 1.06 Chemistry

Title: Episode 1.06 -Chemistry
Update: In keeping with our professional standards, this page now has audio for the correct episode.

Episode 6: Chemistry We talk about Prednisone, the stigma of medication vs the celebration of alcohol, being chronically ill & disabled, our growing affection for Ellis, smooth underarms, wearing a woman down is not consent, watching problematic media, pectoral cleavage, and Julia’s pajama top.

Scarf count: 5

Chemistry
Originally aired March 12, 2012
Directed by Dan Attias
Written by Jacquelyn Reingold

NBC.com synopsis:
Ivy faces major vocal issues, while Julia struggles to avoid Michael. Meanwhile, Karen books a side gig at a bar mitzvah.

Pop Culture References:
The Wire, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, LaDuca, Glee, Gilmore Girls, Alexis Bledel, the Emmys, Marilyn Monroe, Elton John, Donny Hathaway, Leon Russell, Duck Hunt, The Magicians, Carnegie Mellon University, Inherit the Wind, Gamergate, Revenge of the Nerds, Crazy Stupid Love, Dan Fogelman, This is Us, Steve Carrell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Tarana Burke, #MeToo, Alyssa Milano, Rick Grimes, Keira Knightley, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Mickey Rooney, Nashville, Mykelti Williamson, Dollhouse, Joss Whedon, Buffy, Angel, Eliza Dushku, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, The Grudge, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Will Chase, Ben Affleck’s tattoo, The Moth, Bette Davis, Jean Harlow, Revenge of the Nerds, Soul Man, C. Thomas Howell, Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry, Confederate, #NoConfederate, D.B. Weiss & David Benioff,

Your Princess is in Another Castle by Arthur Chu https://tinyurl.com/yazd28mz

The BRCA1 story by Dr. Mary-Claire King https://themoth.org/storytellers/mary-claire-king

Smashlash:
Hillary Busis (Entertainment Weekly): https://tinyurl.com/y7u3vj7x
Noel Murray (AV Club):https://tinyurl.com/y947cxdk
Alan Sepinwall (Uproxx):https://uproxx.com/sepinwall/smash-chemistry-roid-rage/

Least Problematic Male of the Week:
Frank – Brian d’Arcy James
@briandarcyjames

Under 5 of the Week:
Zach – Hale Ackleman @hale_appleman

What Would Tarana Burke Say?
“There’s a power in empathy”.
@TaranaBurke
http://m.startribune.com/tarana-burke-founder-of-me-too-movement-speaks-at-u-about-the-power-of-empathy/474354883/

Musical numbers:
Who You Are by Jessie J
Shake it Off by Florence & the Machine
History is Made at Night by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman

Smash was created by Theresa Rebeck

Tina is @nice_white_lady
Ruth is @yellow_fairy19

We are @talkinsmash
www.talkinsmash.com