'Smash' Recap: 'Callbacks'

If last week’s "Smash" was the overture—all loud and emotional and intoxicating—then last night’s episode, "Callback," was the exposition. We met a lot of new characters, like Ivy’s scheming friend who gave his gal pal updates on Karen’s less-than-impressive dance auditions, and also had a lot of plot set-up with producer conflicts and family drama. And, of course, a whole lot of singing and dancing.

Much like viewers, the "judges" (the show’s producers and director) couldn't pick their favorite girl to be Marilyn based off their stellar "Let Me Be Your Star" renditions that closed last week’s episode. They decided to have another callback, where both Ivy and Karen sang an emotional, ballad version of "Let Me Be Your Star" that didn’t make the Marilyn casting decision any easier. Karen is too green; Ivy too polished. Read More...



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