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An incomplete list of plot twists crammed into the 15-episode first season of 'Smash'

Hopeful female lead sleeps with director
Director tries to sleep with other hopeful female lead
The better actress wins top billing
The better actress loses top billing to the ingenue
Both actresses lose top billing to Big Name Star
Ingenue returns to bucolic country home, finds inspiration
Big Name Star can't sing, burns out, quits show
Ingenue steals female lead's side job
Spurned female lead contemplates suicide
Writer sleeps with male lead
Writer's marriage breaks up
Writer's marriage attempts reconciliation
Assistant keeps secrets
Assistant tries to bribe someone
Show loses funding
Show regains funding
Composer finds love
Composer loses love
Composer finds truer love
Ingenue faces pressure from impatient boyfriend
Producer and composer hate each other
Producer and composer find detente
Teenager gets busted on drug charges
Teenager briefly goes missing, but comes back
Everyone gets jealous of the relationship their partners have with the show instead of them

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2 parts introspection
1 part links
1 part creativity
1 part stinging wit
dash of sarcasm

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