What happened to Midge? – Hollywood life
The last episode of Miraculous Mrs. Maisel started in San Francisco in 1965. Lenny I’m doing a stand up routine and it’s not going well. He had no purpose on stage and quickly lost the audience’s attention. He’s not the Lenny he used to be. His sharpness was gone. He’s forgetting a bit. He’s crumbling under the spotlight.
Susie looked at Lenny in horror. She couldn’t believe what she was seeing. Later, Susie goes to Lenny and asks him to leave with her. She is Mosquito manager and can help him get back on his feet. She called his act of standing up “disgrace.”
Lenny does not accept Susie’s offer. He doesn’t think he has a future in standing up. Susie begs Lenny to reconsider. “Because you are Lenny Bruce. There will only be one of you. Bring him back,” Susie said. Lenny was called away before he could give Susie a real answer. “Keep those favors. Use them for someone who deserves them,” he said. Before leaving, Lenny asked if Midge was around. Susie said no.
When Susie stepped outside, Midge was smoking there. Midge immediately asked about Lenny. “He’s a mess, Miriam,” she said. Midge didn’t come to see him, but she looked very disappointed when they left Lenny behind. As we all know, Lenny will die a year later.
The episode goes back to New York City in 1961. Susie is currently sleeping on a park bench. She was eventually arrested after fighting the police. Midge bails her out. Midge takes Susie out for coffee for the full story. Midge knows that Susie is upset, but Susie is very quiet. Slowly but surely, Susie begins to open up more about Hedy and their past. Susie moved to New York after Hedy returned from Paris getting engaged when they were children. That was the first and last time Susie fell in love.
Gordon reluctantly tells Midge that she’s going to be on the show…tonight. Midge ran straight to Susie to tell her the news. Apparently, Hedy was the one who made the request.
Meanwhile, Moishe tells Joel that he is leaving the company. After the shower, he reconnected with Shirley. They are selling their house and buying an apartment in Boca Raton as soon as they can get around. Suddenly, Joel received a call from Midge about Gordon Ford Exhibition. Joel beamed with pride. He blessed Midge to talk about him in her usual time if she needed to.
“Have I ever told you that you are amazing?” she asked. Joel replied, “You have. Much. More than I deserve.” Midge wanted Joel in the audience. Joel promised that he would be there. “I’ll put the tickets under ‘the one that’s gone,'” Midge quips.
Abe rushes home to tell Rose about Midge being on Gordon Ford Exhibition tonight. Rose is not amused and says she won’t go. Rose doesn’t believe that Midge has been trying to call her all day like Abe says. Yes, the phone is off. Midge enlisted Joel, Shirley, etc. to try to hold Rose all day. When Rose realized that, her and Abe hastily left. There are no taxis on the Upper West Side. They ran down the street trying to catch a taxi. No amount of active bargaining. Rose even gave her wedding ring! They ended up on the bus, which Rose later called a “harrowing” experience.
Gordon decided to take out Midge just as she was rising. She didn’t join the show to perform. She just came as a writer. Susie runs after Gordon, but he doesn’t change his mind. Susie yelled for Mike in the middle of the office. He didn’t know what was going on. She asked him to fix this. Gordon changed Midge’s moment to a last-minute human concern.
Midge was ready and lifted her onto the set stool. Joel wondered what was going on, and Midge just shook her head. Gordon began interviewing Midge on the show. It is very cut and dry. He calls her a “resident female writer,” and he does so in a derogatory manner. Midge decided to shoot her. Gordon cuts her off and starts the commercial, even though he still has 4 minutes left.
Mike asks Gordon to make up for the lost 4 minutes. Joel goes to Susie to ask what’s going on. Susie assumes this is entirely her fault because of Hedy’s plight. Mike tries to convince Gordon to let Midge do his thing. Only 4 minutes.
Midge left the stage to talk to Abe. He told her that he was so proud of her no matter what. Rose is grateful that Midge did her best to bring her here.
Midge returned to her seat and saw the mic. She grabbed Susie. These are the 4 most important minutes in her life. Midge is thinking about doing something that might “ruin” her and Susie. Susie knew exactly what Midge meant and agreed to let her go. “Chests up,” Susie said. That’s all Midge needed to hear.
Midge sat down on a stool and told Gordon she was “never good at following the rules” before they went live. She does a jump, jumps off the stool and grabs the mic. She has 4 minutes and shines. It was a game-changing moment. The crowd went crazy for her.
“I think it’s inevitable that they’ll hate me when they grow up,” Midge said of but give her baby in the usual time. Her jokes ran out of ground. Even Gordon is smiling. Everyone is circling around Midge.
“I want a big life. I want to experience everything. I wanted to break every existing rule,” said Midge. “They say ambition is an unattractive trait in a woman. Maybe. But you know what’s really unappealing? Waiting around for something to happen. Midge doesn’t wait around. She’s walking straight into the star. The crowd erupted.
After she got up, Gordon greeted her in a chair and began interviewing her. He calls her routine “awesome.” Gordon admits he was wrong about her. He introduced her as “wonderful, wonderful, wondrous Mrs. Maisel.” Midge kisses Joel in the crowd. As the crowd continued to applaud Midge, Gordon whispered, “You’re fired.”
Six months earlier, Lenny was trying to teach Midge how to be famous. It was a great night for both of them. Their only night together. She opened her fortune cookie, the one she kept close to her, and reread the night when everything changed for her.
The show moved on to 2005. Her team is reviewing her schedule. Midge wants to keep booking and stay busy, but she sure want to be in New York for the holidays. Midge walks past her lavish apartment and fiddles with her wedding photo with Joel, a coveted possession. After spending the evening alone, she phoned Susie. They will watch an episode of Jeopardy: Tournament of Champions together, even though they are on separate shores.
Midge tells Susie about her day. Midge wants Susie back to work. Susie finished her time. Midge and Susie bicker and laugh over the phone, just like the old days. Just like it always has to be.
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