Thursday, February 27, 2020

What I’m Watching: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season Finale)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3, Episode 8 “A Jewish Girl Walks into the Apollo…” (B+)

I like when this show features flashbacks to previous events we hadn’t necessarily seen, and that was especially effective in this case as we saw Midge break the news to Joel that she was pregnant before encountering them again at the same spot with less rosy notions about Ethan going to school in Queens. Though she and Joel didn’t quite agree on a plan regarding that, she did have high ideals of getting her apartment back, a welcome return to normalcy for someone who’s been on the road for a while now. Her spot at the Apollo went very well, but unfortunately it seems that the nature of the jokes she made about Shy were enough to truly offend him, resulting in a parting exchange only with Reggie telling her – and Susie – that they were done. Presumably she’ll find something else to do, but this is definitely a crippling setback. Susie had a nice time saying goodbye to her mother with her sister, and hopefully she didn’t gamble all Midge’s money away. Joel may actually have done well for himself, while Rose has found a new passion that only occasionally has problematic consequences. I like that Benjamin showed up to confront Midge and she was pretty flabbergasted by the whole thing. Like the first two, this has been a fantastic and truly marvelous season, and I’m glad that the cast and Tony Shalhoub once again won SAG Awards for their fantastic work. I don’t know what to expect in season four, but I’m almost disappointed I finished this season so quickly since it means another ten or so months until the next season premieres.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Rachel Brosnahan

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