‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Episode 5 Recap: Midge Gets Her First Taste of Failure
If you had asked me at the start of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel when Midge would have her first bombing experience on stage, I would have said near the end of the season, perhaps in the finale, so that she could triumphantly rebound from that to end the season. Or perhaps not — perhaps it would be the cliffhanger for season 2, leaving Midge wondering if she’s cut out for comedy.
But Amy Sherman-Palladino and Co. decided to plunk the first (and the second) bombs in episode five, hilariously titled “Doink,” which also works. I just thought Midge would have a smidge more success before she bombed. Either way, it’s an important lesson to learn for any comedian, but especially Midge. Everyone bombs. Everyone. And it’s especially important for her because she’s a person who has basically never failed at anything in her entire life.
Some of that is due to the immense privilege Midge was born into, but some of that is also due to her natural wit, charisma, brains, and drive to succeed. She has lived an exceptionally charmed life, which is put on excellent display when she “performs” for the B. Altman employees at a party and admits she never had a “first apartment.” But because of this charmed existence, Midge has absolutely no idea what it feels like to fall on one’s face — and in what is no surprise, she doesn’t like it.
What’s great about having Midge bomb twice in one episode is that she learned two important things about her comedy, because she bombed in two very different ways. The first time, she bombed because she was trying to make jokes about her charmed life. You can’t be “self-deprecating” about how basically great your life is. Even if for her getting a job seems like a brave new world, for most people that’s just life, so that’s not going to fly. She’s either going to have to keep mining her misery for jokes or write more creative material. That’s a huge lesson to learn.
The second lesson isn’t quite as big, but it’s important nonetheless: You have to write your own jokes. Midge knows it’s unacceptable to steal material, but she should also know that having someone try to write material for you is a dicey proposition. That person doesn’t know who you are, so there’s no truth behind the jokes, no matter how many comedy notebook observations the writer can draw from. And good comedy has to come from truth.
Now there’s just the third lesson left, which Midge will have to learn next episode — when you bomb, get up, dust yourself off, and keep going.
Odds and Ends
I have to say, I could not be less interested in Joel’s life with Penny Pan. I don’t care that his parents don’t like her, I don’t care that his and Midge’s couple friends don’t want to hang out with him and his mistress. I just don’t care. Is this supposed to make us feel bad for Joel? Or simply show us his journey on his way back to Midge? I don’t honestly see them getting back together, so it all just feels kind of pointless to me.
Midge’s parents’ reaction to her getting a job is delightful. I can’t believe Rose (Marin Hinkle) didn’t literally clutch her pearls.
Even if Herb Smith is a total hack, any time Wallace Shawn can be on screen in any project is a win. He’s so great.
Midge: “I went to Bryn Mawr.”
Herb: “Definitely the funniest of the Seven Sisters.”
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)