I really enjoyed this episode and thought it was compelling and pulled you in from the start in a way that the premiere didn't. I think the premiere had more dynamic music and dancing and the better, more exciting second half for sure. The Liza performance with Mein Herr and all of that especially pulled me in.
But from a strictly storytelling angle, this was more what I was hoping for from this show. I think it may have hit me differently than others. My takeaway was not, Bob Fosse is a jackass that cheats as often as he smokes. If you know almost anything about him, you already knew that. But Gwen? In the premiere she was portrayed as almost the angelic supportive suffering wife that was getting cheated on by this dog of a husband of hers that uses her talent to get him out of a rut. But this episode, we see the greater picture. Gwen is a cheater herself, in a relationship when she takes up with Bob, knows he's married, and sticks with the affair even when she knows of the wife's illness. Encourages him to leave his sick wife for her. I like that depth, it's more like the Walk the Line June Carter Cash portrayal than what you typically heard about. Gwen is not some unwilling victim in this relationship, she went into it with her eyes wide open. Sure, it may have gone worse than she intended long term and that doesn't mean Bob gets a pass, but expecting a cheater that you cheated with not to cheat on you is always super special. His second wife Joan, found that out the hard way as well.
So, I thought this did a very good job of setting up the history of their relationship. I liked that we went far enough back to see that Gwen was the star, not Bob, when they met. That the connection they have working together was there almost from the start and helps to explain things a bit more. I also thought the non-linear worked well in this context since we're seeing the different stages in their tumultuous relationship. I'm definitely all in on this show now.
Also, I really enjoy Susan Misner as an actress, she's been great in many things now and she was well cast as Joan here. But, um, she's in this basically musical and we're not going to see her dance? Say it ain't so. Hopefully she's back dancing in some capacity in a future episode. Not that I didn't enjoy Michelle in the Damn Yankees scenes, but Susan is a kickass dancer capable of putting what we've seen so far to shame.