'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel' Season 4 Episode 8: Midge refuses to open for Tony Bennett

Lenny throws Midge's name in as a replacement to open for Tony Bennett at the Copacabana but she declines the offer


                            'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel' Season 4 Episode 8: Midge refuses to open for Tony Bennett
A still from Episode 8 of 'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel' Season 4 (Amazon Prime Video)
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Lenny Bruce has been one of those few characters in 'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel' that fans can't seem to get enough of. Mostly because of relatively short screen time and also because of the vibe that he brings to the show and the unaddressed sexual tension between him and Midge, the character portrayed by Luke Kirby, is a hit among many. Marking his Season 4 appearance in Episode 6, Lenny leaves in a rush without even thanking Midge for picking him up from the streets the previous night. She finds an inebriated Lenny on the curb and lets him sleep in her son's bedroom.

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He returns in Episode 8 of 'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel' Season 4, and boy he did catch us all by surprise. Titled 'How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?,' Episode 8 of 'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel' Season 4 begins with Midge and her family rushing to the Beth Israel Hospital to visit Moishe, who has been admitted there after having a heart attack. After having a somewhat uncomfortable conversation with Mei, she leaves to spend some time at the Wolford to cool down. She goes on stage to perform but instead speaks on how the men in her life can't handle any pressure or stressful situations, and how women, in general, are made to appear like they are dependant on everybody else, while they "were always the ones in charge." "Are women more important than God?" Midge asks, before ending her monologue saying she doesn't want Moishe to die. 

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She goes to the dressing room and is told that Lenny is waiting for her. He apologizes to her for the other morning and they talk about Lenny's upcoming performance at the Carnegie Hall. This is when Lenny reveals the second reason for him being at the Wolford. He tells Midge that he chose to perform at Carnegie over opening for Tony Bennett at the Copacabana for five nights in a row and that he has suggested her as a replacement.

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Before they can discuss any further, the police raid the Wolford, and Lenny ends up taking Midge to his hotel room where they spend the night together. The following morning, Susie gets a call from someone who works for Tony Bennett, asking to book Midge but she turns it down after she's reminded of Midge's choice to not be an opening act anymore. 

Episode 8 of 'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel' Season 4 ends with Midge catching Lenny's performance at the Carnegie Hall, while Moishe returns to his house, seemingly supportive of Joel's choice to be with Mei. 

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