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Smash: The Cost of Art

Karen must learn to advance in the high-stakes world of Broadway, as Derek hosts a party for hot young star Lyle. Eileen tries a sly new strategy for raising funds, while Tom goes on a first date.

Source: NBC

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x4
Airdate: Monday February 27th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) May 12, 2012
AU (Seven) Sep 11, 2012

  • Currently 8.5/10
8.5/10 (4 Votes cast)


Special Guest Stars
Nick Jonas
As Lyle West

Guest Stars
Leslie Odom, Jr.
As Sam Strickland
Neal Bledsoe
As John Goodwin
Will Chase
As Michael
Main Cast
Debra Messing
As Julia Houston
Jack Davenport
As Derek Wills
Katharine McPhee
As Karen Cartwright
Christian Borle
As Tom Levitt
Megan Hilty
As Ivy Lynn
Anjelica Huston
As Eileen Rand
Brian d'Arcy James
As Frank Houston


The episode begins; with rehearsals for Marilyn finally getting underway. After Julia endures an unwelcome encounter with Ellis and an incredibly awkward conversation with ex-lover Michael. Ivy enters. After Derek announces her arrival, Marilyn's cast erupts in an ovation. After the gang runs through "20th Century Fox Mambo," chorus member Sam tells Karen that she's got a great voice. She humbly explains that she already knows the song, since she sang it in her Marilyn callback. Then Ivy swoops up behind Sam and says, in a faux-sweet voice, "Well, I'm singing it now." That evening, Julia gives Eileen a rundown of what happened on Day One. ..

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