Spoilers for “A Jewish Girl Walks Into the Apollo,” the third-season finale of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” ahead.
- 1 Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Concluded
- 2 The Season Three Conclusion
- 3 Maisel’s Vivacious Lead Character
- 4 Susie Reassures Her Sister Tessie
- 5 It’s not Like Midge to be Shiny.
- 6 Sly is Gay
- 7 The Thought of His Secret being Revealed Terrifies Shy.
- 8 The Apollo Performance
- 9 The Maisel Could Ever Really Hurt
- 10 The Eight Episodes of the Third Season
- 11 Season 4’s Conclusion
Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Concluded
When season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel concluded, viewers had no idea how good of a deal they had gotten. At the end of its 2018 season on Amazon Prime, the show left viewers feeling hopeful.
Midge Maisel, played by Rachel Brosnahan, has recently booked a tour opening for made-up music star Shy Baldwin (Leroy McClain). She was going to spend the next six months travelling all across the United States and Europe.
The Season Three Conclusion
One year later, in “A Jewish Girl Walks Into the Apollo,” the season three conclusion of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” all that potential is shattered.
Susie Meyerson (Alex Borstein), Midge’s manager, and Midge are left out in the cold as they watch Shy’s tour plane take off for Europe.
Shy’s manager Reggie (Sterling K. Brown) recently kicked the band off the tour’s second leg. Seeing the plane disappear above the New York City skyline has done nothing but bring tears to Midge and Susie’s eyes.
Maisel’s Vivacious Lead Character
These two have come to a really bad place. Don’t feel too bad for Maisel’s vivacious lead character, though; there are some major reasons why. As of right now, anyway.
Even while the sight of Midge and Susie sobbing on the tarmac is distressing, it does not accurately portray the full financial impact of their dismissal.
Midge has recently purchased an apartment because she is feeling secure and wants to provide for her family. She put up her agreement with Shy as security.
At this time, the agreement is void and of no further effect. Nonetheless, Midge must continue making the mortgage payments on the apartment she purchased from her ex-father-in-law Moishe (Kevin Pollak). The likelihood of Moishe being sympathetic to Midge after she lost the Shy role is low.
The problem of Susie and Midge’s finances is more fundamental. While Midge is unaware of it, “The Apollo” shows that Susie has a serious gambling problem that is beginning to affect both women.
It is speculated that the money earned on the first part of the tour with Shy was lost on Susie’s most recent betting loss. In the last act, Susie burns down her childhood home for the insurance money.
Susie Reassures Her Sister Tessie
“The insurance will cover Midge’s half of the money I lost” (Emily Bergl). There is no telling how long it will take for the Myerson sisters to receive their insurance payout, if they ever do (someone has to verify the fire wasn’t started on purpose, right?).
Midge’s manager may be arrested for insurance fraud, and it’s unclear when Midge will start receiving income sufficient to cover her high rent.
Yet, Midge bears a great deal of responsibility for her precarious situation. Early in the season finale, on Midge’s Apollo show, Reggie prods her to talk about Shy.
Reggie claims, “They want to hear stories about him.” They are really into road stories, crazy anecdotes, rumours, and temper tantrums.
It’s not Like Midge to be Shiny.
Instead, Midge speculates about what Shy is like offstage because of fear that Shy’s all-Black audience will not welcome her. For comic effect, she portrays her so-called companion as an archetypal femme.
When Midge and Shy first met, she claims he was the more attractive of the two in the women’s restroom. As a joke, she says that Arthur Miller is going to try to go out with Shy.
Sentences like “He very much has a guy for everything else” can be read in a scathingly sexist way. Reggie explains why he fired Midge by saying that Shy’s feelings were hurt by a joke about her “Judy Garland shoes.”
Midge’s show was full of the kind of vaguely homophobic statements that were common in the 1960s, when she was performing. As a result, Shy has been pleading with Reggie to dismiss Midge.
Sly is Gay
Midge’s remarks were especially risky for a Black guy in the ’60s, a time of extreme homophobia. This comedian’s ignorance of Shy makes her acts all the more heinous.
Sly is gay. Midge is aware of the truth, not some hurtful “joke” or hearsay, that Shy is a gay man. This is confirmed in the sixth episode of season three, titled “Kind of Bleu,” when Midge discovers a battered Shy in the boat’s hull while he is in Miami.
The assailant, he says, was a potential partner he met at a bar (presumably a gay bar). Man became angry, striking Shy in the face and perhaps ribs.
The Thought of His Secret being Revealed Terrifies Shy.
He sobs at the thought of Reggie finding out this nightmare happened “again” and tells Midge that all the girls in the images are all for show. You can’t go telling [Reggie] that you discovered me like this.
He begs, “Please don’t tell anyone.” Midge concurs. It warms the heart to see Midge tend to Shy’s wounds, cover them up, and retain his trust in silence, just as he had requested. Suddenly, Midge looks like a reliable ally.
The Apollo Performance
This goodwill is completely shattered by the Apollo performance. Shy, a native of Harlem, was exposed by Midge, who visited his house and told hundreds of neighbours about it.
Midge knew the terrified singer Shy wouldn’t have wanted them to talk about her despite what Reggie said they should. Midge just lied to her buddy to protect her valuable set. She needs some time in the comedic equivalent of hell to reflect on the damage she caused.
The Maisel Could Ever Really Hurt
There is no way that Maisel could ever really hurt its main character. Midge’s future success is emphasised throughout the 2019 season’s episodes, as it has been in every year prior.
Susie predicts Midge will become “a legend” to her former client Sophie Lennon (Jane Lynch) in “Marvelous Radio.” In the last scene, Susie reminds Reggie that the planned European tour is just the beginning.
I guarantee it. No one else is quite like her. Reggie tells a distraught Susie, “You’re going to be just where I am someday.” when he has no choice but to fire Midge and board the plane.
The Eight Episodes of the Third Season
Each of the eight episodes of the third season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel introduces a different potential professional path for Midge.
They include Midge’s debut appearance on a late-night show, the stage of her husband Joel’s (Michael Zegen) club, and even Midge’s meeting with real-life legend Moms Mabley (comedy superstar Wanda Sykes). Then there is the vast expanse of ideas that could be floating around in Amy Sherman-brain. Palladino’s
Season 4’s Conclusion
One day, the incredible Mrs. Maisel will realise her entire incredible potential. That time may not occur till Season 4’s conclusion.