“Smash” 103 Recap: “Joltin’ Joe”


Following a quick scene of domestic bliss, Michael is at Eileen’s office when Julia arrives. Awkward small talk ensues, culminating in Michael telling Julia she smells good. Total bonage.

Eileen’s at a restaurant when a waiter delivers a Manhattan and a jewelry box. Jerry smarms up to her table and tries to charm her, telling her the backer she’s there to meet is in because of him. Eileen lets him know in no uncertain terms that he’s not worming his way into her musical. And she lets him have it with drink number three to the puss and leaves.

Tom and Dennis meet for lunch. Tom thinks it’s to do with Dennis’ contract renewal but Dennis lets him know it’s an actual date. He also spills that Derek and Ivy are doing it.

Which leads to an argument with Julia about the ethics of having sex with someone you’re working with. Julia, not being without sin, has no stones to cast, which only angers Tom all the more. He stalks off and Julia goes after him, only to be intercepted by Ellis. He’s all you need to let him cool down, and she’s all I think I know better than some assistant… what he needs… and you go away… and he’s all I don’t work for you… and she’s all I fired you once, I’ll fire you again… and he’s all yeah, that firing really took the first time didn’t it.

And he gives back the notebook he “found” with a butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-his-mouth smile. It’s a little early in the game for Ellis to be showing his cards, but the back-and-forth was just awesome. I heart Evil Ellis.

Eileen finally meets with her potential backer, Manny, who tells her he’s not interested in investing unless Jerry’s involved.

Out in Iowa, the baby shower provides an excuse for Karen to sing Gretchen Wilson‘s “Redneck Woman.” I’m not a country fan but I don’t hate it.

Then there’s another scene of relationship drama between Ivy and Derek. Next!

Tom and Julia kiss and make up and Julia confesses her affair with Michael Swift. No one else knows, except of course for Ellis who’s eavesdropping.

The morning after the shower Karen and her dad have a heart-to-heart and she assures him that she’s doing just fine in New York. Dad finally seems to get it but he slips her a check just the same. “I’m your dad, I gotta help out every once in a while.” He also fesses up that he sneaked into the shower so he could hear her sing. It’s very sweet.

The episode closes with Ivy and Michael singing the Marilyn/Joe duet “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”. It’s…not good. Definitely a song destined to be cut in out-of-town tryouts. Intercut with shots of the pair recording the song and singing it onstage are shots of Julia’s domestic bliss along with longing glances at Julia from Michael.

So. Interesting developments from Ellis this week. It should be fun watching the snake emerge further and further from the grass. I can’t wait to find out what he spotted in Julia’s notebook. And it was nice to see Tom and Dennis on a date. I don’t fully trust Dennis at this point, but they make a cute couple.

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