It was just last week that we were complaining about how depressing Smash has gotten, with everyone fighting and breaking up and becoming pillheads. Not only was the whole thing a downer, it also distracted immensely from what this show is supposed to be about. Namely, y'know, putting on a musical. But luckily last night a tall blonde Veela arrived and started to get things back on track.
Uma!!! Willow-limbed movie star Uma Thurman technically first appeared last week, but last night was her first full episode, and boy was she a delight. In a fun nod to what's actually happening on Broadway these days, the producer of this floundering Marilyn musical has decided that the show needs a big Hollywood star to properly sell it, so they've brought in Thurman's Rebecca Duvall, a flighty, slightly imperious blonde who can't actually sing as well as her agents and managers had promised. That horrifying revelation was made in grand fashion last night, with Thurman awkwardly bleating out the show's signature ballad after doing some kind of embarrassing, breathy Marilyn impression. It was a great, awkward, genuinely funny moment from a show that often takes itself a little too seriously.