Friday, February 14, 2020

What I’m Watching: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3, Episode 7 “Marvelous Radio” (B+)

I wasn’t sure exactly what was going on when this episode started and we kept seeing Midge go into studio after studio to record a radio ad, only to be paid in unbelievable quantities of the product she was selling. The repeated humorous quips about Susie not reading the contracts closely enough had some entertaining consequences, like her accidentally doing porn at one point, and when she had to be replaced first by Susie and then by someone else in the studio because she really just how heinous the message she was spreading on behalf of a far-right candidate who thought Nixon was too liberal was. It had an even more important influence on Susie’s relationship with her other client. Missing her cue and then speaking softly were signs that Sophie wasn’t ready for the big stage, but Susie was convinced by the end that she had tanked in on purpose. Telling her that she’ll never be worth what Midge is probably supports what viewers of this show want to hear and believe, but it was a harsh and unusually authentic sentiment from Susie. Abe chasing one of his former colleagues down the hall made it seem like no one was ever going to take him seriously again, but apparently he got published in the New York Times in time to give away copies of his piece at his grandson Chaim Christian’s bris. It was nice to see Benjamin again, who proved that he really is the nicest guy in the universe when he expressed that he holds nothing against Midge and assured a distraught Rose that he’s going to be fine.

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