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During the first twelve episodes of Smash, fans could barely be bothered with the question of who would play Marilyn. They were too busy wondering if anyone was going to give Ellis the smack in the face he deserved. While only a minor character, Ellis' schemes and never-ending selection of sweater vests made him a much-hated sensation. It seemed there wasn't a single conversation behind a closed door that Ellis didn't eavesdrop on. After he pompously declared in the finale, "You haven't seen the last of me," viewers were more than ecstatic when he was soon proved wrong. (The character didn't return in Season 2.) Ellis wasn't a character we loved to hate. He was just a character we hated.