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March 7, 2013

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Harry Potter references are a-plenty in the latest episode of Smash Chat! Join the Smash Chatters as they recap episode 2×05 of Smash, “The Read-Through.”

-Andrea believes that we’re supposed to see a change in Jimmy in this episode.

-Tom was too cute in all of his different roles in “Public Relations!”

-Was Terry a wasted use of Sean Hayes?

-How will Dangerous Liaisons tie back into Bombshell?

-Karen’s “Some Boys” song was a poor choice.

-Anna is just what this show’s characters need!

-Jess explains the different versions of Bombshell that are referenced in this episode.

-Which version of Bombshell will Eileen choose?

-News includes season 2 ratings continually dropping, Rosie O’Donnell revealing that the Tony’s will be faked for the season finale, and a fun audio clip with Smash‘s Jeremy Jordan and Glee‘s Jonathan Groff from Miscast 2013.

Think of something we missed? Sound off in the comments below, and we may read your response on the show!

Feel free to tweet at us your thoughts @Smash_Chat

This episode's hosts: Jessica Chapman, Mitchel Clow, and Andrea Salazar

  • theaterboy1

    I realize this is a minor detail but there is no ‘e’ at the end of Rosie O’Donnell. Tom’s many roles in “Public Relations” was priceless, and it was easily my favorite number in the episode! I felt bad for Kyle and how no one liked his story, and I think I am in the minority here but I actually love Karen and Jimmy together! I don’t know, that’s just my opinion. As far as which version of ‘Bombshell’ Eileen picked I’m thinking she either chose the workshop version or she’s going to combine the best from both versions (if that’s even possible). That is what I would do, anyway.

    • Mitchel Clow

      Fixed! That’s my spelling skills + no sleep at its finest! haha

      And I felt bad for Kyle to a certain extent, but he just was too whiney about it to really make me feel for him.

  • Sara

    Harry Potter references? When? Where? Who? How is it possible that I missed these? Can anyone quote it? Now I have to know!

    • Mitchel Clow

      Haha well we talked about how the way Peter is treating Julia reminded us of how Dumbledore does’t reveal crucial details to Harry so that Harry would act in a certain way. We also joked that Tom must’ve had a lot of Polyjuice potion to play all of those different characters in “Public Relations.”

  • Gianmarco Segato

    Just squeaking in here with a comment before watching the next episode tonight, and looking forward to your newest podcast. First – thanks for the mention on the second last podcast – I hadn’t listened to the whole thing before commenting last time :) I was jumping up and down when you all got into the crazy meta weirdness of Smash’s treatment of real “stars” who come on to the show to play fictional “stars” etc. I can’t help but feel that the show is making a sly side-swipe at the current theatre trend to boost attendance at live shows by bringing in stars from other areas (TV, movies etc.) BUT as you say, the strange thing is that on Smash, they’re always shown in a negative light – and good on Sean Hayes and Uma Thurman I guess for going along with that. Anyway, it adds interesting layers to the show.
    I am very worried about these crappy ratings. It’s not looking good for a season three, is it? I’d really like if your panel could chat about this a bit, maybe after you analyze the episode. That is…WHY do you think that Smash hasn’t been able to grab a wider audience? I don’t watch Glee, and realize it’s kind of a different show, but it somehow (with a sort of musical theme) has had great success. Maybe Smash is just too “niche” with it’s Broadway focus? But surely, there’s a pretty interested Broadway show audience across North America? Broadway shows have traveling versions which appear in all the major cities – you’d think at least some of that built in theatre audience would lap up a show like Smash. Any thoughts?

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