Tuesday, February 22, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 2, Episode 2 “Billy Jones and the Orgy Lamps” (B+)

I love the fast pace of dialogue on this show, best illustrated in the opening montage where Midge was able to double her tab everywhere, mostly by telling each vendor that the previous one had suggested it and that it was almost better for them than the other way around. Redesigning her bedroom so that she didn’t have to associate it with negative memories was probably a better theoretical concept than a practical one, and her parents agreeing to move in with her only if they could tell people that they bought her back the apartment is going to drive her endlessly crazy. Her father working out of her bathtub so he wouldn’t wake her mother and her mother moving all the kitchen items only to have Zelda move them back because she couldn’t reach any of them are entertaining consequences she’s already seeing. Susie’s visit to see a potentially committed Sophie was memorable, as was the phone call she got from her sister about how she’s now working at the insurance company where they successfully committed fraud. I knew I recognized the woman Midge met in jail, and that’s because she was played by Kayli Carter from “Private Life” and “Mrs. America.” I’m intrigued by Midge’s new career prospect, and I’m not sure it’s going to be all that she’s expecting it to be. I did enjoy seeing her have a sincere conversation with Abe at the end of the episode about how people actually liked him at his new job that paid him almost nothing, and seeing how warmly he received the caricature of himself during his first meeting.

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