'Smash': Karen goes 'Bad' and Ivy's actually really good


"It's not just a love story. We're trying to explore some bigger themes." -- Julia HoustonJulia's (Debra Messing) sentiments about "Marilyn" intimate one of the very things I love about NBC's "Smash" -- it's not just about exploiting the love (or lust, as it were) story lines. It's about art and music and acting and subtlety -- and yes, relationships. But above all, I think it's about passion, as a larger theme.And in "Let's Be Bad," "Smash" was passionately on its A-game -- for the most part. Let's take a look at what worked in Monday's (March 5) episode.The music, the music, the music. Despite having already seen and heard all of the songs from tonight's episode (really, as much as I love the early look, it's not necessary to release all of the songs), seeing them in the context of the episode as a whole -- with all of the seamless transitions in and...



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