This week ("Tech" S1E13), I was caught a bit off guard to find them having already moved into the theater for their tech rehearsal before the show's approaching opening night. Though the pacing threw things off for me a little in the beginning, I was also surprised to find out just how soon the show would be opening.
With all that's happened leading up to"Tech," I felt like they would never get that far, but now that they're here, I feel like they got here too fast. With only two episodes left this season, it's no wonder they had to start speeding things along.
As everyone is settling into their hotel rooms and spending the majority of their time working out the kinks in the show while getting through the grueling process of their technical rehearsals, the cast and crew are all getting a little anxious and overwhelmed. When Karen (Katherine McPhee) leaves her boyfriend, Dev (Raza Jaffrey), for her isolation while they put the finishing touches on the show, he takes her unwillingness for him to come and visit as a sign that she may be slipping away. He decides that it's time he does something about that, but when his attractive co-worker, RJ (Tala Ashe), comes over for a drink, he ends up doing something that may drive Karen even further away.
When the new actor playing the part of Joe DiMaggio, Ted (Tony Yazbeck) books a pilot in "Tech," he unexpectedly leaves the production, and with no DiMaggio just days before the curtain parts for the first time, the only logical choice is to bring back their first choice for the role, Michael Swift (Will Chase). This does not go over well with Julia (Debra Messing) who only recently reconciled with her husband, Frank (Brian d'Arcy James), after having an affair with the actor.
When Derek (Jack Davenport) and Eileen (Anjelica Huston) pressure Tom (Christian Borle) into breaking the news to her in "Tech," things get even more tense, with Julia accusing Tom of taking their side over hers, even though they are all aware of the affair.
"Tech" shows even more relationship drama. Tom meets Sam's (Leslie Odom Jr.) family for the first time, and Ivy (Megan Hilty) is convinced that the show's star, Rebecca Duvall (Uma Thurman), and Derek are sleeping together behind her back, helping Rebecca get more in touch with her character in the process.
Though the stuff with Sam's family was mostly drama free, when Ivy figures out that there may be some truth to her suspicions, she accuses Karen of knowing what Derek and Rebecca have been doing, she decides to make a move on Dev, who she finds sulking in a bar, and if the previews for next week are any indication, things there are about to get much worse.
Overall, there was a lot of drama in "Tech," and a lot of hurt feelings, and even though that describes most episodes of this particular show, that's no reason to use it as such a crutch. Some of the musical sequences are a little boring, and though the character development is keeping things interesting, it's almost getting to the point of being compared to a daytime soap opera.
I give this week's Smash a 3 outta 5.
"He got a what?! A pilot?! No one saw fit to tell me that my leading man has left the show?!" Rebecca Duvall - "Tech" S1E13