'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Season 4 Episode 2 Review: Midge slips but Susie picks her up

Titled 'Billy Jones and the Orgy Lamps,' Episode 2 sees Midge begin to doubt and second-guess her decisions as things start to fall apart


                            'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Season 4 Episode 2 Review: Midge slips but Susie picks her up
A still from 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Season 4 Episode 2 (Amazon Prime Video)
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It's a treat for fans of 'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel,' as Amazon Prime Video dropped not one but two episodes of the comedy-drama. Episode 2 of 'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel' Season 4 starts with Midge increasing her tab limits with the neighborhood dry cleaner, baker, and other vendors in an attempt to cut down on expenses temporarily. She takes Imogene's help to move back into her old apartment. Later in the evening, she asks her parents to stay with her, to which they agree, having grown tired of Moishe and his antics. However, to protect their image, her parents make it look like they bought Midge her apartment back and that they took her in with open arms. Already upset with the way they behave after moving in, things get worse when Midge finds out that there's no milk at home and that she can't run a tab at the delivery agency as it goes against their policies. She calls Susie, who is already bummed out after Tess starts sleeping with the insurance company man, and vents to her. 

At the behest of Harry Drake, Susie forces Midge out of her apartment and takes her to Bobby's comedy club, hoping to get her on stage to make her feel better. However, the slots are filled and the acts bore them. Susie locks Billy Jones, the next act, inside the smoking room to buy some time for Midge to perform. They get banned from Bobby's club and a policeman arrests Midge for solicitation even after Susie clarifies that she was using the solicitation gag as part of her set. Midge goes on to perform in a holding cell at the police station before making bail. She also gets Susie to post bail for another girl in there and while recovering the money finds a potential venue to perform. Susie gets the insurance check from Tess and pays Joel back, who warns her to stop mishandling Midge's money. 

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Episode 2 of 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' ends with Midge coming back home to receive a check from her father to cover household expenses and the two have a drink. Midge, hopeful of handling things, assures her father that everything will be alright. Titled 'Billy Jones and the Orgy Lamps,' the episode shows Midge's vulnerable side as she finds herself second-guessing her decisions. We haven't seen much of that doubt surfacing since her career reached new heights. Even though Midge tries to hide her financial miseries from her parents, Abe chips in at the right time, making it one of the lighter moments, in an otherwise taxing episode. We also catch a glimpse of the hidden, considerate side of the brash Susie, as she worries for Tess and looks out for Midge. In all, Season 4 of 'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel' has kicked off on an engaging note and we can't wait to see what comes next!

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'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video