'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel' Season 3 Episode 6 sees Shy come out to Midge after she rescues him from a liaison gone wrong
Shy is closeted with only Reggie knowing his secret. For a star whose appeal lies in girls swooning over him, the secret is a big one. As if sealing the pact of trust between them, Shy tells Midge his real name -- Dwayne -- a name he had refused to reveal to her earlier
Spoilers for 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Season 3 Episode 6 'Kind of Bleu'
Poor Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan). Despite spending the night on a lounge chair to accommodate her parents in her room, she still can't get their approval for her career. Abe Weissman (Tony Shalhoub) still doesn't think she is funny but is relieved that her set is now "clean".
Rose Weissman (Marin Hinkle) still thinks it is like "prostitution" and she is determined to drink martinis to numb herself if she is forced to watch her daughter perform. What else are parents for if not to undermine your passions and confidence?
The Weissmans are in their element, ecstatic at leaving the Maisel household in their rear-view mirror, soaking in the Miami sun and getting to patronize their daughter. In contrast, Shy Baldwin (Leroy McClain) is not doing so well.
Midge runs into his irate band members at the harbor after they have been kicked off his boat and have been fired to boot. Even though they know that they'll be hired back the minute Reggie (Sterling K. Brown) gets to hear about it, they are furious about his diva behavior. It is not the first time Shy has done this.
Midge clambers aboard the boat and they sail the high seas together, bonding over champagne and shrimp cocktails. So later, when Shy is nowhere to be found as the band waits for his arrival and complains, Midge turns detective.
She finds him still in the boat, bleeding and drunk. She tenderly takes care of him and Shy, responding to her kindness, tells her why he is in that state. He tells her that he brought a lover back to the boat who did this to him.
"What girl would do this," says a stunned Midge before realization dawns. Shy is closeted with only Reggie knowing his secret. For a star whose appeal lies in girls swooning over him, the secret is a big one.
As if sealing the pact of trust between them, Shy tells Midge his real name -- Dwayne -- a name he had refused to reveal to her earlier. It is a powerful moment when Shy opens up to her and Midge handles it beautifully, disguising his bruises with makeup so that he can get up on stage.
The piece-de-resistance of the episode is when Shy does a "stool set", sitting down because he is too injured to stand and perform. He unleashes a magnificent song that encapsulates how "bleu" he is feeling, crooning, "No one must know..."
Midge, backstage, looks on sympathetically. Is this the beginning of a beautiful friendship? We think so!
'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' is available for viewing on Amazon Prime Video from December 6 onward.