The Scarves Are Coming Off: Highlights from the Season 2 Premiere of ‘Smash’

"Smash": Anjelica Huston as Eileen Rand, Jack Davenport as Derek Wills -- (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC)

“Smash” returned Tuesday night with with a two-hour premiere filled with big numbers, new characters, and Bombshell nearly making it to the Great White Way before being sidelined.

Julia spent most of the episode couch-ridden and scarf-less, Karen met a surly waiter with a talent for writing musicals and a terrible attitude, Derek went on a daytime bender, and Ivy tried really, really hard to redeem herself.  Unfortunately, since Ivy was so vicious throughout Season 1, the only way she could truly redeem herself is by, oh, I don’t know, saving Bombshell from Eileen’s scheming Frank Langella look-alike ex-husband.  So of course that’s exactly what she did, belting out a climactic “They Just Keep Moving the Line” for a mesmerized gala audience.  It’s all very rousing, so rousing, in fact, that it beats out both the “Will & Grace” homage that new roomies Tom and Julia (fresh out of a public spat with her estranged husband) offer us, as well as a very special Harvey Fierstein cameo.

If you missed all of the action, watch the full two-hour Season 2 premiere here on or with XFINITY On Demand.

Now, on to the highlights!

1. They Just Keep Moving the Line

Ivy to the rescue?  Yes, Ivy to the rescue in grand, gold-throated fashion.

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 2. Derek’s Delusion Disappears

It takes a musical number featuring all the beautiful chorus girls who’ve used Derek to try to further their careers for the drunken director to realize that the only reason anyone goes out to dinner with him is because he sits in the director’s chair.  Sad face, Derek — maybe it’s time to stop being such a cad.

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 3. Karen Proves How Totally Not Uptight She Is

With her Bombshell breakout in jeopardy, Karen finds a brooding waiter with a talent for penning musicals.  Unfortunately, Jimmy the brooding waiter hates pretty much everyone, especially people who compliment his work by singing it beautifully.

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 4. Jennifer Hudson Reminds Us How Talented She Is

Aren’t we forgetting something?  Oh, yes, of course — Jennifer Hudson!  The Dreamgirls star has graced Season 2 with her amazing voice, playing Veronica Moore, a Broadway vet who tells Karen that the best thing to remember about being on Broadway is that haters gonna hate.

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5. Ivy Is Growing Up…Or Is She?

The important takeaway from a tumultuous premiere in which Bombshell‘s fortunes are reversed twice is that Ivy seems really, truly, deeply sorry for the way she behaved.  She sings “Don’t Dream It’s Over” — how much sorrier can one jilted diva be?  Ivy’s penance lasts the entire two-hour premiere, and just when we think she’s learned her lesson, she flashes an evil-ish stare between the closing elevator doors.  Brace yourself — a three-way diva war may only be an episode away.

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