Having chosen a protagonist for their musical, in this week’s episode our favorite producing team sets out to find who’ll play Mr. DiMaggio while Karen starts facing the realities of being part of the workshop, Eileen suspects her husband is sabotaging her musical and Ivy wonders if she got the part of Marilyn just because she’d been sleeping with the director.
I’ll say this before anything: This wasn’t a bad episode, but it felt a lot like one that’s used to bridge two bigger arcs rather than the plot-heavy episodes that preceded it. Rather than getting a big storyline, we got a bunch of smaller ones that have been ongoing since the beginning and were now given a bit of a spotlight, something that made the episode much lighter than the ones before – However, at no moment did it become boring or drift away, a good point for it.
Perhaps the two stories that caught my attention the most in this episode were, first, Eileen’s storyline – I found her character intriguing in the pilot and, though she didn’t shine as much in the second episode, she seems to be back on track for this one, and I think that the fact that her storyline, though tied to the musical, isn’t musical on itself and it’s likely to bring in a different kind of drama from the one her castmates are expected to get.
The other storyline that held me in this episode (And one that I expect will become more important in the next few episodes) is the rivalry between Ellis and Julia, along with his newfound ambition for receiving credit for the musical, something that neither Julia nor Tom seem to see coming.
Besides of the somewhat weak storyline when compared to the previous two episodes, Enter Mr. DiMaggio was also very light on music – There were only three songs on the episode and only one of them related to the musical. Thankfully the songs weren’t horribly handled (though the Karaoke scene was rather bland in my opinion), but the use of few of them was noticeable, particularly because the choices themselves weren’t really strong ones. Nevertheless, I believe the lack of focus over the music allowed the show to move its dramatic arc a bit, just enough to start setting up what should be the main story arcs of the season.
Final Review Rating: 3.5/5