Last night's episode?
It really demonstrated my point: Ivy is a lousy Marilyn Monroe.
A few people disagree (I'm surprised it's only a few) and that's fine. But from my point of view, Ivy might win a Marilyn look-alike contest at a night club but it takes more than that to capture someone on stage. We believe, for example, Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn despite the fact that they do not look alike, the same with Barbra Streisand playing Fanny Brice.
There's nothing there with Ivy.
She's learned to sing in a non-threatening way. Actually, her mother (Bernadette Peters) got to the heart of it when she talked about all those years in the chorus. If Ivy ever had any indviduality, they stripped her of it.
I'll also be very clear on this, she's too fat to play Marilyn.
That may, indeed, be close to Marilyn's weight (or not) but this is 2012 and Ivy is fat.
I'm surprised no one's wanted to make that point. Maybe because they think it's cruel. She's a lead actress hoping to play Marilyn on Broadway. She's fat. She would have been considered overweight in the seventies. She's fat and that's not by some absurd "heroin chic" definition of "thin." Ivy's fat (and that's even with the Spanks or body girdle she's wearing -- which you can usually see the outlines of).
Karen is not a dead ringer. But she brings sparkle and energy. It's the difference between a wind up doll and an artist.
Tom is irritating as hell and if I'd seen last night's episode, I might have changed my answer. (Last night, I wrote that Ivy was my least favorite character on the show.) He is what I feared he was, a self-loathing gay. He's about to go after Ivy's friend because he sees Ivy's friend as straight (despite being repeatedly told otherwise). He'd rather have some one straight-acting. That's highly offensive especially when you factor in that the man he's blowing off isn't what anyone would call a flamer.
Tom's a priss and the writing has made him that. He's the Auntie Mame of the show and, sorry, I'm just not into that. I thought TV had moved beyond that. Probably they would have needed a more talented actor -- and certainly a good looking one wouldn't have hurt -- to have made Tom work.
Instead, we're stuck with the bags under his eyes, slack jawed actor playing Tom as a nellie who wants a str8t acting man.
I love Debra Messing but can someone explain to me why last week she went around the apartment in that awful (and bra-less) pajama top and then went across town in it to have sex with Michael (the actor who plays Joe in their workshop) but she's in bed with her husband in some red thing that looks like it's bound her breasts against her chest as if she's about to audition for the role of Yentl?
Maybe their marriage is that screwed up and when her husband's home she wears that?
Okay, I could buy that except wasn't her husband home when she slept with Michael? (Yes, he was.)
Bernadette had very little to do but she did it well. I wish she'd be brought back with an actual storyline.
Eileen is attracted to the bartender of Bush Whack. (See last week's post for Eileen's first visit there.)
They performed the workshop for some unimpressed backers.
Derek thinks Ivy needs to be fired.
Derek is correct.
Tom has a hissy fit at the notion. Then he insisted that Michael needed to be fired and Julia agreed.
Derek pointed out that Michael's doing a perfect job.
But Tom is a priss and wants Michael fired to protect Julia.
This is supposed to be about a show, a lot of money's in it, and just because Michael and Julia slept together (long after he had the role), he has to be fired?
But Ivy sleeping with Derek to get the role was a-okay?
(Remember, Derek came on to Karen and she turned him down.)
I'm sick of Tom. I keep hoping he'll be walking across Lexington Ave. and get creamed by a bus.
Look for real actresses to start wanting the Marilyn role. (Remember, Uma Thurman's guest spot is coming up.)
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):