Smash Season 2 Review “Bells and Whistles”

Now that we’ve established the two different zones for the characters on Smash, split between ‘Hit List’ and ‘Bombshell’, we can start looking at the individual struggles for each group. Tom is now the director of his very own Broadway musical, with Ivy in the lead, but he has no idea of how to deal with people or, crucially, how to say no. Derek, meanwhile, is having the opposite problem, and can’t face the prospect of leasing a little creative control over to Jimmy.

Both musicals are suffering for their directors’ respective shortcomings, and it takes a meeting of minds to resolve their issues. The episode is not without its casualties, however, since Sam’s return to town throws Tom for a loop. Those two were always so sweet together, and having the character come back was a lovely reminder of how great he was during season one. There’s a ray of hope for his return when Tom offers him a role in ‘Bombshell’, but Julia later appeals to him about what’s best for the show.

Since Sam quit his job on ‘Book of Mormon’ for a number in ‘Bombshell’, he doesn’t take the news well, and it looks as though that romance is well and truly over. Another return we saw in this camp was that of Ivy to the role of Marilyn. Having her sing a good portion of ‘Let Me Be Your Star’ served as a welcome reminder of how brilliant she was, and will now be.

Meanwhile, Derek and Jimmy are still clashing over whose show ‘Hit List’ really is, and the conflict over Karen’s affections isn’t helping any. This love triangle really serves no purpose if Derek doesn’t have an interest in pursuing Karen romantically, and to my eyes it seems like more of a power struggle than anything else. ‘The Bells and Whistles’ sees a win for Jimmy, nevertheless, as he both wrangles back some of his ideas for the show and mans up enough to knock on Karen’s door in the middle of the night. How will Derek react? That’s anyone’s guess.

What did you think of the episode? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.