|Season 1, Episode 10|
|Air date||April 9, 2012|
Hell on Earth
The Movie Star
"Understudy" is the 10th episode of Season 1, and the 10th episode of the series overall.
The show has landed a star, the mercurial Rebecca Duval, but Eileen is thrown into a panic when Rebecca Duval gets stuck in Cuba. Derek puts Karen in as understudy, but she must learn to perform under extreme pressure as he threatens to break her will. Tom and Julia celebrate their anniversary with a ritual – and face some hard truths about what show business can do to relationships.
- Julia Houston - Debra Messing
- Derek Wills - Jack Davenport
- Karen Cartwright - Katharine McPhee
- Tom Levitt - Christian Borle
- Ivy Lynn - Megan Hilty
- Ellis Tancharoen - Jaime Cepero
- Dev Sundaram - Raza Jaffrey
- Eileen Rand - Anjelica Huston
- Uma Thurman - Rebecca Duval
- Never Give All the Heart by Smash. Sung by Karen.
- Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson. Sung by Ivy.
- Don't Say Yes Until I Finish Talking by Smash. Sung by Tom.
|Pilot • The Callbacks • Enter Mr. DiMaggio • The Cost of Art • Let's Be Bad • Chemistry • The Workshop • The Coup • Hell on Earth • Understudy • The Movie Star • Publicity • Tech • Previews • Bombshell|