Series 1 - Episode 6 Chemistry



Smash has a great cast, a mix of terrific songs both old and new, but a book, ie storyline, barely worth the paper it’s scrawled on. Leading lady Ivy has a sore throat. Director Derek is a pig. Leading man Michael is randy. Lyricist Julia falls for his charms. That cliché-o-meter is clanging away!

This episode is worth catching to see how Anjelica Huston seizes every line as if it were not witless drivel, and for Katharine McPhee’s cover of Florence and the Machine’s Shake It Out. She’s once again simply stunning.


Ivy panics when her voice fails her, and Derek pushes her to take drugs to fix the problem - regardless of their potential side effects. Karen is offered a gig at a bar mitzvah, but struggles to get to grips with Jewish traditions, and Julia tries to avoid Michael after Frank returns home. Meanwhile, Eileen is introduced to an unfamiliar side of New York life.

Cast & Crew

Julia Houston Debra Messing
Derek Wills Jack Davenport
Karen Cartwright Katharine McPhee
Tom Levitt Christian Borle
Ivy Lynn Megan Hilty
Dev Sundaram Raza Jaffrey
Frank Houston Brian d'Arcy James
Ellis Boyd Jaime Cepero
Eileen Rand Anjelica Huston
Michael Swift Will Chase
Leo Houston Emory Cohen
Dennis Phillip Spaeth
Monica Swift Michelle Federer
Artie Swift Blake Johnson
John Goodwin Neal Bledsoe
Sam Strickland Leslie Odom Jr
Nick Thorsten Kaye
Barry Schwartzman Geoffrey Cantor
Jessica Savannah Wise
Linda Ann Harada
Director Dan Attias
Writer Jacquelyn Reingold
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