'Smash': Did Kyle die or survive in 'The Phenomenon'?
Last week's episode climaxed with a dramatic montage of Mientus singing Jeff Buckley's "Last Goodbye" -- intended as a farewell to his friend and creative partner Jimmy ( Jeremy Jordan) -- and ended on a shocking cliffhanger when Kyle was struck by a car. (While singing! Never change, "Smash"!)
What could have been a prolonged drama -- or simply a brush with death meant to ultimately reunite Kyle and Jimmy -- instead was abruptly resolved in "The Phenomenon." Yes, Kyle actually died.
Instead of reuniting Kyle and Jimmy, Kyle's death helped patch up the damage between Jimmy and Karen ( Katharine McPhee), while reminding Tom ( Christian Borle) that his friendship with Julia ( Debra Messing) means more than any professional insecurities he may have.
The episode's final twist: "Hit List" is heading to Broadway, backed by Eileen's devious ex-husband, so it can properly face off with "Bombshell" at the Tonys (because "Smash" exists on a planet where musicals not based on movies are nominated for Tonys) in the May 26 "season finale."
Since moving to Saturdays earlier this season, "Smash" has been averaging under 2 million viewers and a 0.4 rating in the key 18-49 demo (though it almost doubles that, to still very low numbers, in Live+7 ratings that factor in DVR use). Barring any last minute miracle, the two-hour May 26 send-off is likely to double as the series finale.