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Review: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3 Episode 3

December 6, 2019
5 min read

Amazon Prime‘s ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ has been a constant big hit with the crowds and critics, as the show offers to its viewers the complete package, from brilliantly crafted, heartwarming characters, to outstanding performances of the actors who play those characters. Along with, of course, its marvelous visuals and soundtrack, making it a delicious feast for both the eyes and ears. The latest season is no different.

With the introduction of Shy Baldwin’s character in the show (played Leroy McClain), this season has been on an all new high with its music. Baldwin is like the Johnny Mathis of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ universe, whose warm jazzy tunes definitely take one back in time. The third season has introduced significant Black American characters in the show, which were missing from the previous two seasons, adding a much needed layer about race to the show set in 1950s New York.

Baldwin’s character plays an important role in the third season of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’, as he gives Midge her first big break, and asks her to open for him as he tours around the country. The past two episodes have Midge figuring herself and her relationships out, in New York, while she also interacts and performs with Shy. In the first one, she opens for him for the first time, while in the second episode, she is introduced to his team. But its with the show’s third episode that things finally pace up as Midge prepares and leaves for the much awaited tour.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3 Episode 3 Recap:

The third episode of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ is all about goodbyes and new beginnings. The episode opens with Susie, in front Harry Drake, Sophie’s former manager, as he reveals to her that he has a five and a half-year long contract with Sophie and that Susie will end up earning close to nothing from her performances. We are then given a peek into Sophie’s life as a comic, as she makes a group of writers tirelessly write her pieces. She then introduces Susie to Sternberg’s “Miss Julie” her dream role that Susie was warned about by Harry. Susie then finds herself in a tight spot as Sophie demands to be her priority. This, I am sure, is going to lead to a much bigger conflict as the show progresses.

The scene then shifts to Abe and Rose bickering over their potential new homes, as they struggle to find a house to shift into within the week. Its a difficult time for the family as everyone says their goodbyes to the home they have grown up and grown in. Midge is filled with nervousness as the day of her first tour approaches. Joel and Midge share an intimate moment in the kitchen as they bond over Midge’s famous briskets, while Joel assures her that she will go great at the tour. Meanwhile, Abe and Rose continue to struggle with their shifting as they are out of time and options. It is then hinted that they could, in fact, move in with the senior Maisels.

The rest of the episode is essentially about Midge and Susie travelling to Las Vegas with Shy Baldwin and his team. In a hilariously heartwarming moment in the episode, Susie and Midge hold hands, with Susie terrified of the flight, while Midge helps her overcome the fear. The next few scenes are equally hilarious and have Susie and Midge exploring the wild gambling life in Vegas, followed by the duo discovering Midge’s name on a marquee.

Midge completely bombs her first opening act for Shy Baldwin in Las Vegas as she struggles to find topics that would have her listeners entertained, but no one seems invested. She somehow still manages to get a few laughs but overall fails. Upset and in a state of prolonged panic, she worries about coming up with interesting enough topics. Until Susie pretty much forces her back on stage,but a smaller one, to perform again. Midge begins half annoyed, and ends up basing almost her entire piece on failure and what it means to women, pulling the crowd from all over and getting her audience whooping with laughter.

The episode also shows different sides to Baldwin’s intimidating manager, Reggie, as we see him as a brutal manager, a loyal and protective friend, and also a fun-loving musician. The episode also has Joel and Mei bonding at the Chinese restaurant where we learn that she is actually a medical student. It also introduces another new character to the show, Carole, Shy’s bassist, and another female artist on tour away from her kids.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3 Episode 3 Review:

With the third episode, a lot of potential conflicts and layers are introduced in the new season. One of which is, of course, to do with Susie managing Sophie Lennon while she also works with Midge. All of us know that this wouldn’t end pleasantly.

Then we have Abe and Rose potentially living under the same roof with Moishe and Shirley Maisel. I personally don’t think the two couples could last that long. The very thought of it sounds disastrous, but damningly hilarious, and I can’t wait to see where this one goes. Along with that, we have all the new characters introduced this season, and with this episode we learn more about each one of them. This only makes us curious to know what’s in store for them, and for us, and what role they would play this season.

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