Derek picks up rehearsal: the song is "Voice in a Dream," and it comes right after a scene when Jesse hears Amanda singing a song on the radio that he wrote and she stole, and he goes after her. Stage right, where Jimmy starts, is Greenpoint; stage left is L.A., where Amanda is performing. And there are obstacles in the way--so Derek calls in the obstacles. Who are dancers. Lots of 'em. The song starts, and the choreography is acrobatic, almost frantic, with Jimmy making his way slowly across the stage, the dancers alternately helping him and blocking his way. He gets almost there, and then they drag or carry him back, over and over. And all throughout, Dead Eyes is just staring blankly from her podium. Good god. She's like a pillar of salt over there. When the song ends, everyone applauds. Derek's hair is very satisfied.
Julia accosts Scott after he locks up the theater. She asks him to listen, and tells him that she knew what she did hurt him, and she's sorry she didn't apologize back then, but she's apologizing now. He thanks her, then gives his condolences on her divorce. And he doesn't walk away and sing a song, but in my mind he does. And it's great. There's even a dance break.
Karen, at the afterparty, tells Ana that she's in love with Jimmy; she realized it while he was performing. Ana tells her to put herself out there and tell him, even if it ends up with her crying and hating him (so good for a working relationship!), and says she'll put herself out there first. So then Ana goes up on stage, stops the music, and hollers at Derek to listen to her as she begins singing BeyoncĂ©'s "If I Were a Boy." It's...not accomplishing what she wants it to, I don't think, even when she gets up on the bar and dances. Although Derek looks delighted that twentysomething girls are finally competing for his attention again. When she's finished, Jimmy laughs adorably and claps her on the shoulder as everyone in the bar applauds and Ana looks like she's about to pass out.
Tom brings Sam into the stairwell to tell him he can't put the song in Bombshell. He apologizes and says he'd be amazing in it, but he can't. Sam says he left a job for this, and also because he thought Tom was ready to have a real relationship, but he's the same old Tom, putting his work ahead of everything else. He leaves to see if he can get his job back. When Tom comes back in, Ivy accosts him and says she wants to redo some costumes to differentiate between her and Karilyn, and Tom says nope, they're fine, and also she can't have a break in act two. But he will listen to her on that one tiny note about the breath in "Let Me Be Your Star" that she suggested earlier. Ivy deflates.