The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5 Episode 3 Recap – why does Midge think she’s getting fired?

April 14, 2023 (Last updated: 2 weeks ago)
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The writing is superb in “Typos and Torsos,” speeding by at an impressive pace, delivering whip-smart one-liners and witty commentary. The excellent script and clever humor prove why this show has made such a lasting impression.

We recap the Prime Video series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5 Episode 3, “Typos and Torsos,” which contains spoilers.

Flash-forward scenes prove that Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) eventually becomes a star, but it still looks rather unlikely in the sixties’ timeline, regardless of this fact.

None of Midge’s jokes are being used at work, and the stand-up comedian struggles as a single mother in this hectic new world.

“Typos and Torsos” continues Abe’s (Tony Shalhoub) work-based dramas, while Rose’s (Marin Hinkle) paranoia grows and Joel (Michael Zegen) tackles his insufferable parents in the season’s best installment yet.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5 Episode 3 Recap

We start in the future again, Israel, 1984. Midge takes a chopper to meet with her son Ethan, who is engaged to be married and training to be a rabbi. It’s clear that his relationship with his mother is fraught, but she is trying to change matters now, at least.

Meanwhile, in 1961, a joke tally board proves that none of Midge’s jokes have made the show yet. She’s weeks in and still struggling to be accepted.

In the sixties, a young Ethan won’t sleep in his own bed, and he’s taken to see a therapist. Midge tries a new technique, slowly moving him away from her bed back to his own. Joel comes to help, talking about how his parents are driving him crazy.

Rose is jumpy and paranoid after the tea room fire. Whilst Abe is stressed beyond belief after his first-ever typo mistake in print form.

Why does Midge think she’s getting fired?

At the writer’s room, one of Midge’s jokes finally makes the cut, and Gordon okays it for the show. She calls Susie to celebrate. During the live performance, Gordon accidentally flubs Midge’s joke, and she audibly groans at the mistake. Mike tells Midge to grovel for her job, but she fears she will be fired for this terrible faux pas anyway.

Midge tries to apologize to Gordon at the after-work drinks. Gordon accepts her apology but refuses to admit that he made a mistake himself. He lies, saying that he did it on purpose. Midge can’t let this go and gets into a rather dramatic argument with the TV host in front of all the other bar guests.

Midge argues that it was a good joke, just bad delivery. She storms off, assured she’ll be fired now.

Meanwhile, Rose fears her rivals are out to get her and asks Susie to get her a gun. Joel’s life goes from bad to worse. His parents show up at his club, embarrassing the owner and annoying the patrons. Midge tries to perform a stand-up set, but Joel’s parents heckle her to no end.

READ: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5 Review

Joel’s parents badger Midge about the information on Mei and the baby. She can’t bring herself to tell them the truth and lies, saying Mei is stuck in China.

Joel goes along with the lie, and his father tries to organize a covert mission to get her out. Joel is forced to confess to the truth in the end. His parents are surprisingly comforting on the matter.

Why does Susie go to jail?

Susie informs Midge that her argument has made the papers, and she would not be surprised if Midge is sacked on Monday. Susie then receives a call from prison and meets with a stranger. This woman claims to be Rose’s rival. She’s been imprisoned and accused of starting the tearoom fire. These intimidation tactics seem to have worked; this criminal admits defeat and allows Rose to go about her business once again.

Ethan’s sleeping plan seems to be working effectively, but Abe keeps moving the boy as he is blocking the toilet door. Midge and Abe get into an argument over the scheme.

Abe refuses to go with the plan any longer. The next night, Abe talks to Ethan alone, discussing fear and how there are far worse things to be afraid of than your bed. Abe scares Ethan half to death with his so-called words of wisdom.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5 Episode 3 Ending Explained

At work, Midge fears that this will be her last day on the job, and she prepares to be fired. Gordon is informed that the show is the number one talk show in the whole of America. They go to celebrate after the live recording, skating at the Rink at the Rockefeller Center.

Midge assumes that she hasn’t been fired after all and tells Susie the good news. Then Gordon speaks with Midge in private and tries to kiss her. Midge comments on Gordon being married, but that doesn’t seem to stop him from flirting with her further.

While Midge is propositioned, Susie seeks out Mike. The two finally make amends and decide to organize lunch together.

The episode concludes with Midge heading home, relieved to still have a job. She finds Ethan in her bed again, petrified after Abe’s talk. Elsewhere, Joel’s parents get back together, cuddling in bed, comforting one another after Joel’s bad news.

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2 thoughts on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5 Episode 3 Recap – why does Midge think she’s getting fired?

  • April 14, 2023 at 6:44 am

    I don’t understand the point of these flash forwards. She seems to have a bad life, even if famous

  • April 17, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    I wish I could edit out all scenes with the Abe character. This one has become an overacted, unfunny character and ruins all scenes he is in. More Rose.please.

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