'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel' Season 4 Episode 7: Midge performs at a JFK fundraiser
'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel' has always tried to blend facts in a series that serves as a fictional account of a comic's journey. While we've seen depictions of real-life comedians like Moms Mabley and Lenny Bruce, the series has so far managed to stay away from portraying other individuals who were of significance during the era in which it's set. Surprisingly, that isn't the case with Episode 7 of 'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel' Season 4.
Beginning with Abe having an uncomfortable encounter at his tobacco shop, Episode 7 of 'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, titled 'Ethan...Esther...Chaim,' shows Midge talking to Gloria, one of the dancers at the Wolford. Rambling about her accounts, Gloria cuts her short to inform her about an opportunity to perform at a fundraiser for John F Kennedy in New York. Called 'Wives For Kennedy,' the fundraiser thrown by Jackie Kennedy has an opening for a female comedian. Midge agrees to perform once Gloria tells her that it's a paid gig, and doesn't mind that she can't use profanity in her set.
Opening on a positive note filled with bullet points of Kennedy's promises if he were to be elected president, Midge switches to list out a major con. As the room turns silent, Midge pulls out a copy of the Life magazine that has Jackie Kennedy on its cover. Riffing on Jackie's good looks, Midge entertains the crowd thoroughly while managing to not say anything that could be deemed offensive or vulgar.
However, things take a turn when she narrates a recent sexual encounter of hers in which she ended up as a homewrecker. The women respond positively in the beginning but by the time she's done with the setup, Jackie breaks down in tears and Midge's attempt to mitigate falls flat, resulting in her set being cut short.
Episode 7 of 'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel' Season 4 ends with Midge awkwardly calling for dessert to be served to a room full of crying women, as Dinah helps Susie find a new talent over dinner.
'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel' is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.