In the series premiere of this musical drama about a group of people staging a Broadway show, a writing duo come up with the idea to base a show on Marilyn Monroe, and an experienced chorus girl competes against a promising newcomer for the lead role.
Casting begins for the Joe DiMaggio character, and the lead contender is hiding something. Meanwhile, Karen returns to her hometown to attend a baby shower; and Eileen's ex-husband pollutes her pool of potential investors.
Karen discovers a new acting opportunity while accompanying Dev to a government party. Elsewhere, things grow more complicated between Michael and Julia; Eileen teams up with Ellis; and Ivy worries about her relationship with Derek.
The musical is performed in front of potential investors, and Ivy's confidence is weakened by her mom, a Broadway veteran. Meanwhile, Karen is torn between doing the workshop and meeting with a music producer; and repercussions await Julia and Michael.
A top-tier star is sought for the musical. Meanwhile, Eileen wants Tom and Julia to come up with a new name for the show; Karen and Ivy audition for the same orange-juice commercial; and Frank uncovers something unpleasant.
A famous celebrity signs on to the show, but problems arise when she gets stuck in Cuba. Meanwhile, Derek tests how much pressure Karen can withstand as an understudy; and Tom and Julia commemorate their anniversary.
Karen and Ivy team up to form an awkward alliance when movie star Rebecca Duvall appears on the scene. Meanwhile, Tom and Sam grow closer; and Julia and Frank have to unite to focus on a pressing family matter.
The production heads to Boston, and Eileen and Julia argue about possibly rehiring Michael. Meanwhile, Derek's bond with Rebecca intensifies; Karen must choose between her boyfriend and the show; and Sam invites Tom to a family dinner.
Rebecca faces a personal crisis as "Bombshell" begins previews, and Tom and Julia rush to tweak the show in response to feedback from the first preview. Meanwhile, Frank deals with Michael's return; and Dev wants to mend his relationship with Karen.