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Smash: Understudy

The show has landed a star, the mercurial Rebecca Duvall, but Eileen is thrown into a panic when Rebecca gets stuck in Cuba. Derek puts Karen in as understudy, but she must learn to perform under extreme pressure as he threatens to break her will. Tom and Julia celebrate their anniversary with a ritual - and face some hard truths about what show business can do to relationships.

Source: NBC


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x10
Airdate: Monday April 09th, 2012


Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Jun 23, 2012
AU (Seven) Oct 09, 2012

  • Currently 8.7/10
8.7/10 (3 Votes cast)

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Special Guest Stars
Uma Thurman
As Rebecca Duvall
Recurring

Guest Stars
Emory Cohen
As Leo
Recurring
Leslie Odom, Jr.
As Sam Strickland
Recurring
Neal Bledsoe
As John Goodwin
Recurring
Thorsten Kaye
As Nick
Recurring
Terrence Mann
As Randy Cobra
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
Raza Jaffrey
As Dev Sundaram
Brian d'Arcy James
As Frank Houston

Recap

The episode begins, and Dev didn’t get the job and he commiserates with hot NYT reporters RJ. Paul got the job instead. Karen doesn’t know yet because she’s busy being the understudy for Ms. Duvall. Everyone (Ivy’s old friends) congratulate her, and Bobby comments to Sam that she’ll never be able to hack it. Afterwards Sam visits with Ivy but doesn’t break the good news to Ivy — he lets Derek do it. Ivy calls her a usurper and Derek says after what happened at “Heaven on Earth” he can’t even get her into the chorus. Meanwhile Karen goes to visit Dev at the office and he doesn’t tell her the bad news — but she tells him her good news. Eileen’s demands that Ellis do something to earn the co-producer title – find Rebecca Duvall and set up a meeting with the investors...

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Warning: Smash season 1 episode 10 guide may contain spoilers
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