Enter Mr DiMaggio

Series 1 - Episode 3 Enter Mr DiMaggio



They’re a mucky lot, these show people. Dirty Derek (Jack Davenport) is all over Ivy like a tramp on a kipper – and now she’s worried she only got the part of Marilyn because she did the deed with the director. And Julia reveals she once had more than a “show crush” on the hunk now cast as Joe DiMaggio.

There's little improvement on the previous flaccid episode. The musical numbers look underfunded, and the dialogue is excruciating. Sample: philandering Jerry tells wife Eileen he’s bored with his blondes. “They all blend together. You never do.” So, she doesn’t “blend together”. That’s nice. He’s earning all the Manhattans Anjelica Huston can chuck at him.


The producers line up Broadway star Michael Swift to take the role of Joe DiMaggio, but Julia has a very personal reason for wanting someone else to get the part instead. Karen heads back home to Iowa for a baby shower, Ivy fears she owes her success to something other than talent, and Ellis's friends think he is not getting the credit he deserves - so he concocts a plan to strengthen his position.

Cast & Crew

Julia Houston Debra Messing
Derek Wills Jack Davenport
Michael Swift Will Chase
Karen Cartwright Katharine McPhee
Ivy Lynn Megan Hilty
Eileen Rand Anjelica Huston
Tom Levitt Christian Borle
Dev Sundaram Raza Jaffrey
Frank Houston Brian d'Arcy James
Leo Houston Emory Cohen
Ellis Boyd Jaime Cepero
Roger Cartwright Dylan Baker
Mrs Cartwright Becky Ann Baker
Jerry Rand Michael Cristofer
Dennis Phillip Spaeth
Ralph Masius Lewis J Stadlen
Monica Swift Michelle Federer
Artie Swift Blake Johnson
Moira Finnerty Steeves
Director Michael Mayer
Writer Theresa Rebeck
Writer Scott Burkhardt
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