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Smash: The Workshop

Everything comes to a head as Eileen, Derek and the team present "Marilyn The Musical" to would-be investors. Ivy is under pressure to perform, while her mother, Broadway star Leigh Conroy, undermines her at every turn. Karen must decide between the workshop and a meeting with a big-time music producer. Julia and Michael must face up to the consequences of their actions.

Source: NBC

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x7
Airdate: Monday March 19th, 2012

Director: Mimi Leder
Writer: Jason Grote

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Jun 02, 2012
AU (Seven) Sep 25, 2012

  • Currently 8.5/10
8.5/10 (2 Votes cast)


Special Guest Stars
Bernadette Peters
As Leigh Conroy

Guest Stars
Emory Cohen
As Leo
Leslie Odom, Jr.
As Sam Strickland
Neal Bledsoe
As John Goodwin
Thorsten Kaye
As Nick
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


The scene opens, and finally, the workshop is here. But first Julia and Michael Swift secretly hold hands on the street, rudely interrupted by Derek and Eileen who are also on their way to rehearsal. It’s the day before the workshop and Derek is crabby. He must be nervous. Also there’s a problem with the heat in the rehearsal building. It’s like 100 degrees in there. Michael and Julia get frisky in the hallway and are caught by a none too happy Tom, and of course, there’s creepy Eliss lurking in the background and he saw/heard it all, unbeknownst to the other 3. Karen goes to a recording studio! She breaks into Colbie Caillat’s “Brighter Than the Sun.” Karen makes it to rehearsal before things start. Karen decides to go back to the recording studio for an hour. ..

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