The Coup (Smash)

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"The Coup"
Smash episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 8
Directed by Paris Barclay
Written by Theresa Rebeck
Featured music "Three Little Birds"[1]
"Dance to the Music"[2]
"Touch Me"[3]
Original air date March 26, 2012 (2012-03-26)
Guest appearance(s)
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"The Coup" is the eighth episode of the American television series, Smash. The episode aired on March 26, 2012.


The creative team deals with what happens after the workshop of Marilyn; Derek (Jack Davenport) asks Karen (Katharine McPhee) to help him take the show from the writers; Eileen's (Anjelica Huston) daughter (guest star Grace Gummer) makes a surprise visit.


Guest stars include Grace Gummer as "Mahatma" Katie Rand, the daughter of Eileen and Jerry, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder as himself, and Michael Cristofer as Eileen's estranged husband, Jerry Rand.[4]

The episode included "Touch Me", an original number performed by Katharine McPhee and written by Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, Bonnie McKee and Noel Zancanella[5] and produced by Tedder. It also included Brian D'Arcy James' cover of Bob Marley & the Wailers' "Three Little Birds"[1] and Megan Hilty's cover of Sly and the Family Stone's "Dance to the Music".[2] Only the latter was released as a single on iTunes.


  1. ^ a b Mitovich, Matt (March 22, 2012). "Smash First Look Video: Can Julia's Husband Sing Her Troubles Away". TVLine. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "'New Song from Tonight's March 26 Episode of NBC's Critically Acclaimed Musical Drama "Smash" Available Today on iTunes". The Futon Critic. March 26, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 6, 2012). "'Smash' First Look: Ryan Tedder, Katharine McPhee Get 'Touch'-y (Exclusive Photos)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Smash : The Coup". Zap2it. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Touch Me". ASCAP. Retrieved March 6, 2012.