Enter Mr. DiMaggio

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"Enter Mr. DiMaggio"
Smash episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 3
Directed byMichael Mayer[1]
Written byTheresa Rebeck
Featured music"Grenade"[2]
"Redneck Woman"[3]
"Mr. and Mrs. Smith"[4]
Original air dateFebruary 20, 2012 (2012-02-20)
Guest appearance(s)
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"Enter Mr. DiMaggio" is the third episode of the American television series, Smash. The episode aired on February 20, 2012.


While Karen (Katharine McPhee) returns to Iowa to make an important decision about the future, the favorite for the role of Joe DiMaggio—Michael Swift (guest star Will Chase)—is discovered to be holding a secret and Eileen (Anjelica Huston) suspects her soon-to-be-ex-husband is sabotaging the musical by turning potential investors away.


"Enter Mr. DiMaggio" was written by series creator Theresa Rebeck and directed by Michael Mayer.[1] When the pilot was originally written it was for Showtime, but Robert Greenblatt left Showtime for NBC and brought the series with him.[5] Due to the change in networks, Rebeck was forced to remove 20 minutes worth of material from the pilot episode and put it into the second and third episode.[5] The episode marks the first appearance of Will Chase, who plays Michael Swift, the favorite for the role of Joe DiMaggio in the musical.[6] He is also an old flame of Julia's.[7]

The Iowa scenes were filmed in Nyack, New York.[8]

Studio recordings of the original song "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" by Megan Hilty and Chase,[9] and the covers of Bruno Mars' "Grenade" by Chase[10] and Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman" by Katharine McPhee[11] were released on iTunes on February 20, 2012.



The ratings fell significantly for the episode, with only 6.5 million viewers and a 2.3 rating.[12] With the DVR ratings factored in, the episode was viewed with a total of 8.70 million viewers and achieved a 3.2 ratings in 18-49 demographics.[13]


The Huffington Post writer Maureen Ryan complimented the screener copy of the episode, calling it "quite solid", but not equal to the previous two episodes.[14] HitFix writer Daniel Feinberg critically panned the episode, calling it "dreadful" and criticized the Iowa storyline and McPhee's performance of "Redneck Woman" calling it "embarrassing" and "kinda repulsive".[3] He also mentioned that the storyline kept him from enjoying the good parts of the episode.[3]


  1. ^ a b "About Smash and Credits". NBC.com. NBCUniversal. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  2. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin (February 15, 2012). "Spoiler Chat Daily: A New Couple on True Blood? Plus, Scoop on Glee, Parenthood and More!". Watch with Kristin. E! Online. Archived from the original on March 30, 2012. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Fienberg, Daniel (February 6, 2012). "Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 114". HitFix. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  4. ^ Blay, Zeda (February 16, 2012). "'Smash' unveils behind-the-scenes video - watch". Digital Spy. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  5. ^ a b VanDerWerff, Todd (February 3, 2012). "Theresa Rebeck | TV | Interview". The A.V. Club. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  6. ^ Stack, Tim (January 27, 2012). "Smash". Entertainment Weekly (1191): 48–49.
  7. ^ Debra Messing Bio on NBC Archived 2012-04-03 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Katharine McPhee
  9. ^ "Mr. & Mrs. Smith (SMASH Cast Version) [feat. Megan Hilty & Will Chase]". iTunes. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
  10. ^ "Grenade (SMASH Cast Version) [feat. Will Chase]". iTunes. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
  11. ^ "Redneck Woman (SMASH Cast Version) [feat. Katharine McPhee]". iTunes. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
  12. ^ Hibberd, James (February 21, 2012). "'Smash' overtaken by 'Hawaii Five-0' but 'Voice' tops". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  13. ^ Seidman, Robert (March 12, 2012). "Live+7 DVR Ratings: 'Modern Family' Still Tops Absolute Ratings Gains; 'Grimm' and 'Alcatraz' Top % Gains in Week 23". TVBYTHENUMBERS.COM. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  14. ^ Ryan, Maureen (February 1, 2012). "Maureen Ryan: Smash Review: Will NBC's Terrific Backstage Musical Make It Big?". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 5, 2012.