Ivy had a Marilyn-like moment of her own during an early dress rehearsal for "Bombshell" on the latest episode of "Smash." During a hot scene with JFK, he was supposed to slip her dress off, leaving her in her slip. Instead, he accidentally removed both articles of clothing, leaving Marilyn fully exposed to the attending family and friends.
It was a shocking moment, but one that Eileen and Tom thought had some merit to the story. Would Ivy be willing to repeat the moment intentionally? They had another preview performance that night, so they left the decision in her hands. When the moment came, Ivy remained fully clothed. But at the end of the scene, she dropped her sheet intentionally, trying to use her body to lure JFK back into her arms. She turned Marilyn's sexuality from being objectified by the president into a tool of power -- even though it ultimately failed as he still walked away.
TVLine was a little surprised, saying that they didn't expect to get "The Full Monty" from Marilyn, but thought it made sense for the show. As for The AV Club, they gave a blanket statement about the show in general in their review: "This isn’t great television or even very good television, but it’s at least somewhat entertaining television, and it’s Saturday night, and we’ll take what we can get."
"Smash" continues in its earlier timeslot at 8 p.m. ET on NBC's Saturday nights.
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