In Season 2 of Smash, the "Bombshell" team is one step closer to achieving their Broadway dream. The Boston run was the success the team was hoping for, including producer Eileen Rand (Anjelica Huston); writers Tom Levitt (Christian Borle); and Julia Houston (Debra Messing); last-minute star Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee); and director Derek Wills (Jack Davenport). But, they are all about to learn even a charmed show cannot avoid paying for sins of the past. Will Eileen get away with mixing business and pleasure with her shady paramour, Nick (guest star Thorsten Kaye)? Will Julia’s marriage to Frank (guest star Brian d’Arcy James) survive the revelation of her infidelity? Will actress Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) bounce back from the shame of losing the lead role to rival Karen and bedding her fiance in retaliation? And will Tom and Julia’s long-time partnership endure the changing tides of opportunity? As they all scramble to push forward, one of the show’s players finds Brooklyn natives Jimmy Collins (Jeremy Jordan) and Kyle Bishop (Andy Mientus) toiling away on a current-day rock musical of their own, which could either become "Bombshell's" biggest rival, or yet one more Broadway false start. Weighing both the benefits and sacrifices of a career on Broadway, the Smash cast of Broadway hopefuls is rounded out by Karen’s lively new roommate/actress Ana Vargas (Krysta Rodriguez) and Tom’s boyfriend, Sam Strickland (Leslie Odom, Jr.).