Saturday, January 13, 2018

What I’m Watching: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 1, Episode 6 “Mrs. X at the Gaslight” (B+)

Midge has become quite the social butterfly in her new circles, regularly making the rounds at parties as the hilarious comedienne that she is. I enjoyed the casting of Nate Corrdry, who I remember most from his scripted TV beginnings on “Studio 60 and the Sunset Strip” a decade ago, as Randall, a partner of sorts for her who actually seemed to do very well and allow her to shine in their duo acts. Susie was understandably very angry to learn that Midge had partnered up with someone and that she had seen another agent, and that one’s on Midge since this isn’t the first time she’s sought assistance from someone other than the person that she’s hired as her manager. Lew, played by Michael Nathanson, who I’m currently watching in a far less egocentric role on “The Punisher,” was considerably more aggressive than Midge would have wanted, though it’s becoming clear that her ideals are far from realistic. We got an interesting look at a member of Midge’s family, her sister-in-law Astrid, who converted to Judaism and hasn’t felt accepted by her husband’s parents despite her extensive efforts to show her enthusiasm for the religion. Abe seemed incredibly excited about his new work opportunity, venturing out to a restaurant the family would never otherwise dine at only to run into Joel and Holly, who got judged very harshly by the Weissman family. Nothing will compare, however, to Abe’s anger if this news of Midge’s arrests he was previously unaware of should do anything to interfere with his plum new post.

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