Yes, it was just last week that we were gushing lamely about Uma Thurman's guest starring role on Smash, but we're going to gush lamely some more. She's added a direly necessary element of camp, for lack of a less overused word, that the show's been sorely lacking it since its inception.
Last night we watched her movie star character Rebecca befriend lead girl Karen for mysterious reasons. They went out on the town and boozed it up and got snapped by paparazzi, Uma Thurman being breathy and funny all the while. Of course the show concocted maybe the silliest excuse yet for Katherine McPhee to sing another pop ditty — this one, inexplicably, was a Snow Patrol song (remember Snow Patrol?) — but somehow, in the warm comedy glow of the ridiculous Rebecca character, what would normally induce groans and eye-rolls instead induced... well, less serious groans and eye-rolls.
But perhaps the most ridiculous thing that the show got away with while Uma entertained us was what happened while Karen and boring boyfriend Dev took Rebecca out to eat at an Indian restaurant. Rebecca was supposed to be sort of horrified by the restaurant (even though it in no way even remotely resembled some of New York's many Indian restaurants that could reasonably merit horror) and got in a wonderfully catty fight with Dev. And while those two went at it, Karen stared off at the television, on which a Bollywood movie was playing, and all of a sudden we were in the middle of a freakin' Bollywood number on freakin' Smash. And, like, everyone was involved.