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March 28, 2012

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In what turned out to be a fun hour-long chat, Mitch and Jess were the only cohosts on this week’s show.

-Meryl Streep’s daughter guest starred as Eileen’s daughter in this episode-Mitch and Jess note how much she acts and looks like her real life mother.

-Now Sneaky Bastard is double sneaking?! Whose side is he on anyways?
-Michael’s break up with Julia was sudden and out of character.

-We attempt to understand the political jargon of Dev’s lackluster storyline.

-Ryan Tedder from the band One Republic had a small guest role in this episode. Mitch and Jess (attempt to) sing the group’s radio single.

-Ivy puts on her mean face too easily, and should learn how to say things in a nicer way, or else it’ll all come to bite her in the butt later!

-We FINALLY learn a little bit about Derek and Tom’s past-but only enough to just whet our appetites.

-Jess lectures Mitch on the ancient technologies of generations past.

This episode's hosts: Jessica O'Neal, Mitchel Clow

  • http://twitter.com/megan_stoll Megan Stoll

    Solidarity, Jess! I fondly remember cassette tapes. I used to play them on my boombox in front of my house while I painted my nails. Ah, those were the days. NKOTB! :)

    • KristenKranz

      My NKOTB cassettes were very precious to me.. that & the Aladdin soundtrack… Oh & using your finger to rewind the tape when it got caught up for some reason?? Hours of fun!

      • http://twitter.com/jessoneal84 Jessica O’Neal

        YES! Have you seen that FB picture that got passed around a while back with a cassette tape and a pencil and the caption said something to the effect of “today’s kids will never know the connection”? It is so sad, but true. Ahhhh, memories… :)

  • Jeff D.

    Mitch, you said that Lieutenant Governor was a military position. But it’s actually not, at least not in the way I think you were talking about. It’s actually the state level equivalent of being Vice President; it’s the second in command position underneath the Governor.

    • Mitchel Clow

      Thanks!

  • Soapstef

    My Madonna “Like A Virgin” cassette tape is precious to me! I do still buy CD’s too because I don’t know how to live without liner notes.

    I had divorced ITunes and IPods a while back because they were evil and I lost over 7000 songs, but thanks to Smash Chat I’ve decided to forgive. Lol.

    • http://twitter.com/jessoneal84 Jessica O’Neal

      LOL! It took me a really long time to jump on the iPod bandwagon and the only reason I did was because I started running and wanted to listen to music without having to carry a Discman. (Mitch, please tell me you know what that is!) :P

      • Mitchel Clow

        It was just a portable cd player, right? lmao

        • http://twitter.com/jessoneal84 Jessica O’Neal

          Ding ding ding!! ;)

  • Soapstef

    I was actually excited about Ryan Tedder being in this episode because he’s done some amazing work as a producer and song writer and he just seemed to explode and come out of nowhere. I hadn’t thought of him as anything but the singer for OneRepublic. I look at it like…..ya know those pop artists you hate, but you like that one cool song they had…well THAT song was probably written or produced by Ryan Tedder. According to IMDB he’s supposed to on two episodes of Smash, but I do have to say……that song for Karen was TERRIBLE. That was nobody’s best work!

    • http://twitter.com/jessoneal84 Jessica O’Neal

      Thank you!! Seriously, what was that?!?!?!

      • http://twitter.com/megan_stoll Megan Stoll

        I don’t even think that song was good enough to dance to at a gay bar… haha.

        • Mitchel Clow

          That’s a very specific specification, Meg ;D Haha have you been secretly meeting up with Coty on Friday nights? :P

  • Jeff D.

    I still buy CDs. I do have an iPod Touch and that is how I listen to most of my music (I copy my CDs into iTunes, and not all of my music is on there). But I’m old fashioned in this way: I want the physical copy of whatever product I’m buying, unless the only way to buy it is digitally. As much as I’m fascinated by new technology, I want a physical CD, a physical book, a physical DVD (I don’t want to own a movie that’s just going to sit on my computer), etc.

    Regarding buying CD singles, I’ve done that before. In the early days of American Idol, the winners and runner-up used to release their debut singles (plus one or two extra songs) on its own CD. They did that all the way up til season 5. Then the following year, they started selling all the weekly songs digitally, so the CD basically went out the window for them.

    And regarding the cassette tape: Mitch, I don’t know how old you are. I’m 23, and I would assume you’re in your 20′s as well (if you’re younger, apologies). If you’re around my age, you should remember at least the end of the cassette tape reign. When I was really young, I remember our family had a bunch of cassette tapes to play our music.

    Finally, regarding Uma Thurman – she’s on for 5 episodes. So she’ll be on for the remainder of season 1 once she’s on.

    • http://twitter.com/jessoneal84 Jessica O’Neal

      Hahaha, nice to know that other people remember all the “old” technology, too! (Mitch is 19, btw) My sister is one of those people who likes to have the physical CD – I’m not even sure if she owns an iPod. 

    • http://twitter.com/ducadiposa Gianmarco Segato

      Hey JD
      I’m much older than all of you I think…but totally agree about wanting to have the physical evidence of my musical purchase. I like the extra print materials etc. Also for the kind of music I listen to, I’m not always happy to hear it only in compressed digital form through earphones…it’s just not enough!

  • Stefanie C.

    Have you guys seen this EW Popwatch thing yet?
    http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/03/27/five-ways-to-fix-smash/#disqus_thread

    I agree with almost all of it…especially the KILL ELLIS part but I really have issues with taking out their personal lives.

    • Mitchel Clow

      I TOTALLY agree with not having Glee-esque poppy songs. Spring Awakening esque songs are a great substitute.

      Thanks for the share! It’s very much appreciated!

  • Stefanie C.

    I just read in Soap Opera Digest that Thorsten Kaye who plays Nick (the juicy bartender) has broken his arm and that it will be written into the show. I don’t know if you know of his work, but he was a pretty big deal in the Soap Opera world.

    This got me thinking about the whole Soap Star thing. I’ve always wondered if the “Soap Opera” stigma still exists?! Soap stars are all over the place in primetime and movies so I don’t think it does really, but what about in the Broadway World? Now that all these soaps are cancelled, more of them than ever say they’re headed to broadway. Do broadway actors resent this and does it hurt or help these stars at all in the broadway world? 

  • http://twitter.com/ducadiposa Gianmarco Segato

    Hello! So glad to have discoverd your podcast! I really don’t watch much television but Smash has soooo impressed me that I’ve been keen to find like minds! You guys are very entertaining, and all I could think about while watching this episode is, well, “sneaky bastard”! I’m just about caught up with the season this far….have been watching it on ctv.ca (now that’s a great free deal even though the screen seems to crash with pretty regular frequency…grrr). I found the first half of this episode a little under par in comparison to the very high standard of the series so far. I didn’t like the bowling alley song – it seemed so random and just sort of plopped in, and ended very abruptly. But things really picked up after that – the big show number with Karen was very well done, even though as it seemed obvious to everyone (incl even Derek in the end I think), it was just not appropriate. It smacked of extreme pandering to what might have been perceived as a more broad “pop” audience. The scene between Derek and Tom was really quite something. I also loved the moment as the team was leaving Eileen’s office and see Ellis sitting there and are just kind of shaking their heads…and Julia’s parting line about not having seen the last of him was priceless. I thought Dev’s storyline was fine…liked the way they sort of paralelled it with Karen’s i.e., these two learning the hard way about the not so pretty realities of their chosen fields. I did miss there not being a big “Broadway” style number…these have been what truly make this show stand apart. I do worry that perhaps overall, the entire series is a bit to “nichy” and NBC may want it to appeal to a much wider audience, hence the “all pop tunes” episode this one seemed to be. However, we’ll have to wait and see if the show gets back to its more appropriate musical roots as it progresses. Great job team Smash chat…looking forward to now getting caught up on the rest of the podcasts as well! (Sorry this was so long…had a lot of enthusiasm to get out!)

    • http://twitter.com/jessoneal84 Jessica O’Neal

      Thank you so much, Gianmarco! We are so glad that you found us and enjoy listening. I look forward to seeing more comments from you. :)

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