This week brought us back to the roots of the series: the competition between Karen and Ivy for center stage and the subsequent devolution of their moral compasses. This is the sweet spot for the series too, and it really was fun to see Ivy go diva on Karen, and for Karen to finally grow a backbone and bitch out the other ensemble member who’d been calling her “Iowa.”
- Karen’s new-found personality led the ensemble members (Bobby and the other 2) to stage an “intervention” which I guess is theater-speak for the inevitable makeover scene, interrupting Dev’s conference call/nightly airing out of his chest hair. Seriously, does Dev ever button his shirt?
- I always enjoy a makeover scene and this one was made all the more enjoyable by Bobby’s incorrigible hair, and wide-mouthed energetic dancing. I could have done without the Adele soundtrack. Sure, I love her, but how did they not realize that she is way overexposed and it’s time to move on? So, for those of us keeping track of the public places in which Karen and Co. have sung, we have karaoke, lounge, and now hipster bar with incongruous rooftop stage.
- The biggest musical number was put together on the fly to woo young Nick Jonas to invest in Eileen’s Marilyn dreams. I don’t really know much about the Jonases, but I thought Nick was kind of perfect in this role (though no one sings Buble but Buble!). As ridiculous as it seemed that they would put together such a performance on the fly, it is also kind of how I imagine theater people actually do party, so I dug it. It also helped advance the plot, since we got to see the spark between Julia/Dennis Duffy is really based in their love of theataaah!
- Derrick and Ivy: please stop. Ivy, you are delusional thinking that he genuinely wants to date you, and Derrick, she already has the part, let’s move on to some other PYT. I do however like that Derrick gave Ivy some straight talk, basically saying, you wanted to be the star, now act like one. So both Karen and Ivy had to learn what their new roles entail and come to terms with it. Good writing.
- Presented without commentary: Eileen: “You told me once you were an art history major. If that were a real Degas, how much would that be worth?” Julia: “It is a real Degas!”
- Some final tidbits: loved the Julia/assistant snark at the party; Tom, just because the lawyer is good-looking and compliments you, doesn’t mean he isn’t boring as hell; are we to assume that the “Andrew” Dev was talking to on the phone was Andrew Cuomo?; I like the reality of Ivy still being broke and having to wear second-hand Posens to parties.
- And finally, Come on, Eileen! You are a fierce bitch, and I hope this is the only time we will see you crying in someone else’s bedroom at a party and begging money off Nick Jonas. Because of this moment of weakness, reflecting on the wreckage of your once Degas-filled marriage, you have been awarded the cheeseball of the week! So, eat your feelings in the form of an aged camembert and herbs de Provence cheeseball, soaked in tears and Manhattans, and then dusted with a sprinkling of former dreams and black truffle shavings.