This past weekâ€™s episode was an alright follow on from the previous week (which I really liked). Â The episode was good, but not great. Â It wasnâ€™t quite â€œughâ€ free but there were some good storylines and great scenes. Â We are getting closer to a production of Marilyn: The Musical and tensions are heating up for the characters and coming out in various ways. Â Letâ€™s see how it went down and what I thought.
Iâ€™ll start talking about Eileen because she was the opening scene and pretty inconsequential to the episode. Â The money problems we followed last week seem to have been taken care of but tension still exists with her ex-husband. Â This time it seems she got the short end of the stick when her assistant (lawyer, Iâ€™m not 100% sure) was stolen. Â All we really learned from her is that weâ€™re only weeks away from needing a complete script and Julia is behind on finishing scenes. Â Iâ€™m not particularly upset Eileen was inconsequential. Â As producer she has certain roles and she just wasnâ€™t needed this episode. Â Up to now I still like her character. Â She showed a lot of drive last week and is very passionate about Marilyn. Â Iâ€™m guessing that weâ€™ll continue to see those characteristics from her.
Letâ€™s move on to the practice studio. Â Basically Ivy isnâ€™t performing to Derekâ€™s standards and canâ€™t sing the song to his satisfaction. Â She didnâ€™t have enough bravado (correct musical term?) in her voice. Â Then comes the tense moment where Derek tells Karen to show Ivy how itâ€™s done. Â Karen, who is shocked is reluctant to perform in front of the group. Â Derek goes ahead and condescendingly chastises both Karen and Ivy. Â It worked because Karen goes ahead and sings â€œHappy Birthdayâ€ to demonstrate to Ivy what she was missing. Â Lots of three way tension here. Â To top it off Derek tells Karen and Ivy to get together so Karen can show her some things. Â How bout them apples? Bam! Â The scene with just Karen and Ivy (which I believe was the first one of the show where they interchanged words) was tense as well. Â Itâ€™s just awkward. Â Neither one of them want to be there. Â I was cringing just watching. Â Ivy ends it by telling Karen not to get too ahead of herself. Â I kind of agree, weâ€™re way to early in the show for Karen to become a star, at least not tragically (which wouldnâ€™t be good either).
Letâ€™s talk about Julia now. Â So sheâ€™s not finished with her writing and is quite distracted. Â Michael is still on the brain, my guess â€“ they never quite explained that. Â Michael is all about Julia though. Â He wants to meet with her to discuss scenes, and really wants her attention. Â In her defense she doesnâ€™t want to sit down with him. Â She knows itâ€™s not in her best interest. Â Enter Tom into the storyline now (though this isnâ€™t exactly chronological) because itâ€™s needed for a recap and heâ€™s over dating the lawyer from last week. Â I could see that reaction coming from a mile away. Â Tom is this artsy broadway writer and the lawyer is quite frankly â€¦ a lawyer (no offense to my lawyer friends). Â If I were Tom Iâ€™d probably see him as just a suit. Â They do go out on a date though.
Back to Julia. Â We already knew she had a tough home life with her husband no longer wanting the adoption and him wanting to go back to work. Â This week it got tougher and it had to do with her son Leo. Â Leo got himself arrested and couldnâ€™t get in touch with his mom (more to come later) so he calls Tom instead. Â Tom rushes to the police station, conveniently with his lawyer date, and is able to get Leo off with just a bench warrant. Â (He was arrested for smoking pot out of a vaporizer by the way.) Â Not only is doing drugs bad in and of itself but his arrest can complicate the adoption even further. Â This of course upsets Julia and she has to parent him. Â This leads to a scene in Leoâ€™s room where she lays down the law. The conversation was normal, something I would have expected from my mom. Â There was an â€œughâ€ moment here though. Â When Julia walks in Leo is listening to very heavy metal music. Â That was just way too over the top. Â Heâ€™s a teenager full ofÂ angst (heâ€™s experimenting with drugs) but do you really have to tell the audience with heavy metal music, give us more credit than that. Â Note that Tom liked the lawyer for saving Leo, they went out again, had sex, it was bad and then they laughed. Â End of Tom story.
Karen was also having her own one on one tension with Dev. Â On top of her being flustered by what was going on in the practice studio Dev found out he wasnâ€™t likely to get the promotion he was expecting. Â Dev was also getting his info from a pretty NY Times reporter and Karen was a little bit jealous. Â Later on in the episode Dev wanted Karen to get all gussied up and accompanying to a dinner on the USS Intrepid. Â All he wanted was to show off his hot girlfriend so he could try and get points at work. Â Kind ofÂ chauvinistic though as a man I understand it and Iâ€™ll say that women can do that to men too. Â I think Devâ€™s motives were a bit wrong here though. Â This forced Karen to sing out her feelings. Â It was a great performance but I didnâ€™t like the fact that it happened. Â It just made me feel like I was watching Glee and there was no need for her to sing them out. Â I realize I liked last weekâ€™s performance in the bar with the ensemble but this was different because it was just her. Â The tension went on to the dinner. Â In an effort to get ahead in his career Dev didnâ€™t even sit with Karen. Â This upset her. Â It turned out to be a good thing though as she was sitting next to Devâ€™s rival and mined him for information. Â It was nice that she could get over being upset to do something nice. Â I like the two of them. Â I donâ€™t think theyâ€™ll work out in the long run but they play the characters like they genuinely care for each other.
Back to Julia again. Â More â€œughâ€ moments abound. Â I already alluded to the fact that Michael wanted to meet with her and she initially blew him off. Â That was only initially. They ended up meeting at a diner and spent all night flirting and eating pie. Â Thatâ€™s why Julia was M.I.A. when Leo tried to get a hold of her. Â If thatâ€™s all that happened this episode between them it would have been sufficient. Â Fast forward some more and Michael shows up unannounced at Juliaâ€™s and Leo ends up inviting him for dinner. Â He gets drunk and says stupid things. Â Julia tries to rush him out multiple times but the car service conveniently didnâ€™t come. Â They end up sitting outside talking and the car service comes. Â And there it was again, some more tension (the sexual kind this time) and Michael ends up singing his feelings to her. Â UGH! Â It was just too much. Â It was a sweet song but again, weâ€™re not watching Glee. Â They kiss and Leo sees from the window. Â More to come on this one Iâ€™m sure. Â Heâ€™s a homewrecker, Leo will get upset, the husband will find out, the adoption will be even more jeopardized (they may even lose it). Â Iâ€™m sure all of these things will happen.
Last but certainly not least is Derek and Ivy and their tension. Â I already said he wasnâ€™t satisfied about her singing. Â That wasnâ€™t all he was dissatisfied with. Â Ivyâ€™s confidence was still shaky and she couldnâ€™t perform a practice round of â€œLetâ€™s be badâ€ multiple times. Â He chastises her and after she almost cries she pulls it back together for a performance that was quite spectacular. Â They did one of those shift to the broadway stage version and it just worked really well. Â It was long, there was story, the costumes and singing and dancing were great. Â Afterwards everyone claps but Derek is dissatisfied. Â This infuriates / upsets Ivy and she decides to go confront Derek (after some drinks andÂ commiseratingÂ with her cast mates of course). Â She shows up at his house and tries to yell at him. Â He has this thing where he can turn it right back around because heâ€™s an artist. Â He goes on to say when heâ€™s in the practice room itâ€™s not about any particular person (whether he cares about them or not) itâ€™s all about making Marilyn and he only expects the best and she needs to understand that. Â This is now two episodes in a row where he drops some wisdom bombs. Â He then follows it up with an â€œAre you staying?â€ comment and is sweet on Ivy which makes us think maybe heâ€™s not that altruistic. Â They sleep together and when Ivy wakes up in the middle of the night heâ€™s not there. Â Heâ€™s downstairs working on the play. Â Now thatâ€™s dedication. Â As much as he kind of annoys me Iâ€™m really starting to like him and he may in fact be my second favorite character in the show.
So it was an alright episode full of tension. Â Iâ€™m still going to keep watching. Â Who knows where weâ€™ll be in a couple weeks and what can happen then. I hope the writers treat us a little bit better and give us less â€œughâ€ moments by writing smarter but I guess I can deal. What did you think?
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