The shadow selves begin telling Marilyn how worthless she is, and Karen begins singing "Fade in on a girl." The blocking here mirrors the very first scene in the show, when Karen was singing "Over the Rainbow." We skip to "Twentieth Century Fox Mambo," and then into "Lexington and Fifty-Second Street," which I still don't like. Out in the audience, Jerry curses to himself, which I guess means he likes it.
In the dressing room, Ivy is staring at herself in the mirror hatefully. Onstage, Karen is doing the suicide scene, so they've finally gotten her naked in bed the way Derek wanted her. She is completely blank behind the eyes. Marilyn expires on the last notes of "Secondhand White Baby Grand," and as Karen sings, "I still have something beautiful to give," Shrek looks at Julia and she tries to ignore the fact that she's inconveniently pregnant with another whimsically named Swift spawn.
Michael reprises "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" as Karen gets into her final costume. Derek nudges the wardrobe mistress out of the way and zips Karen's dress, saying, "Whatever happens, never doubt you're a star." Jesus CHRIST, show.
The new song: Karen performs on a bare stage, under a spot, like Barbra at the end of Funny Girl except not awesome. Behind her are projected images of Marilyn throughout the show as she sings about not being forgotten. Derek and Dev watch her from the wings. The song is a showstopper, and McPhee's putting every tendon and ligament into it, but goddamn, can you imagine what Megan Hilty would do with this? She'd burn the place down.
In the dressing room, Ivy dumps a whole bottle of pills out into her hand.
Karen finishes the number, superimposed on one final image of Marilyn, and the crowd goes wild. And even Debra Messing doesn't sound particularly convinced when she asks us, "That was quite a finale, right?" Sure, Deb. It was something, all right.
And that's all there was, folks. Thanks for reading, everyone. See you on Broadway.