It was probably the softer way Ivy was written/filmed last night, but I found Megan/Ivy especially pretty last night. At the bar, in Derek's bed and walking down Broadway/Breakaway daydream, she just seemed naturally pretty. Maybe I just haven’t really noticed her face before on the show. (I actually saw her in 9 to 5, but she didn’t look anything like Megan dressed up as Dolly.)
Wow Ivy really, really knows Monroe's life inside out. I'm glad it was confirmed that she has fastidiously studied, as until the drug induced fiasco last week, she had always come off as a true professional. Between her conversations with Derek and Karen, she seemed to know all the intimate details about Monroe and was at complete ease discussing her, like she was talking about one of her friends. Also, last night took the Ivy/Derek relationship into just that territory - a relationship. During 3 days/nights, they were at each others places all three nights. Setting it up this way allows for far more Karen drama...not only does she get the understudy/lead, but she might just get Derek. At least his daydreams seem to lead that he is smitten with her. His actions do, however, show he is into Ivy at least for now.
I liked Ivy last night, even though she was scheming. I liked that she wasn’t as insecure as she has been recently. I liked her getting in the mix with her friends and talking with Derek without hesitation. I enjoy the way Megan can play her in any mood and it seems realistic. I wonder if Ivy is merely acting more focused/secure to get back in the musical or if she is just more comfortable with herself when she isn't having to "prove herself" in the shadow of famous mama. I would like to think the Breakaway number showed a bit of “I fucked up bad and blew my big chance and now have to dig my way out and show what I can do”, but I doubt it.
Karen, oh Karen. If the writers wanted me to see improvement in her vocals, I did. But making her so green that she doesn't know where to be on stage was too unrealistic. She wants the role, but hasn’t been watching Ivy like a hawk? The difference between Ivy and Karen's preparation is being shown like night and day. Karen is going with the flow and feels like eventually she will get the role for her talent, so she doesn't have to learn about Monroe’s life or pay attention to staging while in the ensemble. Having seen Ivy live and breath the role leaves me a bit let down by Karen's uninspired attitude. I liked Ivy telling her to not take this opportunity for granted. However, as someone mentioned upthread, I do think that Ivy is going to be let down and Karen will end up with the role. 2 or 3 times this episode Ivy made comments to Derek and Karen about how to get the best out themselves. Me sees it backfires on Ivy.
Last night did make me believe that McPhee has been downplaying Karen, so that her performances now show improvement. And hence...we can see "the making of a star".
From the previews, I see Ivy is back in the ensemble next week. I wonder who arranged it (Derek or Tom) and bet it isn't explained by more than a passing line by someone looking at her as she stretches before rehearsal.
When I read the spoilers, I was convinced Ivy must have come down with laryngitis and had her feet cut off for Karen to be promoted over her.
THIS! I agree that there was no reason to fire Ivy. They should have demoted her to ensemble/understudy and then none of that crap last week might have transpired...sigh... Also, if she is placed back in the ensemble wouldn’t she be the natural choice to become the understudy? I wonder how short lived any bonding between Ivy and Karen will last. I have been enjoying their scenes together and I like it better when they are at least friendly. I gather that Karen respects Ivy’s talent (from the duet last week). I think Ivy regrets that her stupid mistake has allowed Karen to have a chance at showing what she’s got, because from the door scene at the end, Ivy clearly saw that Karen can sing.
However, if/when Rebecca leaves/gets fired, aren’t we are right where we were in week one? With a musical and no star power to sell it. The new rock star investor, who looks like a stoner type, wouldn't give a shit in the wind what Ivy did before (primarily in response from having lost the part), but only what she brings to the show now. From what they’ve shown, Ivy should get it. But from what I foresee, Karen will. I think Eileen/Derek would rather sell it as a “discovery” with a green newbie than a promotion of a seasoned ensemble player.