The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5 Episode 9 Recap and Ending Explained

May 26, 2023
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Midge’s big break is beautifully realized in this emotional finale. It’s a magical conclusion that will have die-hard fans and even cynics in tears. A touching ending that showcases the love and affection Amy Sherman-Palladino has for Midge and this story.

We recap the Prime Video series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5 Episode 9 (finale), which contains spoilers and explains the Ending.

The final ever episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel focuses on the story of Midge’s (Rachel Brosnahan) eventful first appearance on the Gordon Ford Show, yet there are a few other key scenes from different timelines to enjoy as well.

As you’d expect, it’s an emotional conclusion that will please the die-hard fans, who may have been undecided by the final season.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5 Episode 9 Recap

What happened to Lenny Bruce?

Starting in 1965, Susie watches Lenny Bruce as he performs an awkward stand-up routine. He’s fallen mightily from grace, now appearing bitter, drunk, and surprisingly unfunny. He rants about his court cases and even forgets his own lines.

Susie offers to get him back on his feet, to help him launch a comeback, but Lenny doesn’t want to hear it. He tells Susie to spend her time on someone who deserves it instead. Outback, Midge waits to hear Susie’s verdict. They vow to try again. Midge holds a special place in her heart for Lenny, and she doesn’t want to give up on him just yet.

Back in the show’s present, 1961, we discover exactly what Midge’s emergency call was all about. She picks up Susie from the police station. Susie is struggling to cope after her last chat with Hedy.

She divulges her darkest secrets to Midge, confessing about her first love. Midge apologizes to Susie; if she’d known the truth, she would have never asked for the favor in the first place.

It doesn’t matter because that favor has worked. Midge is called into Gordon’s office. He informs her that she will be on the show that very night.

However, Gordon isn’t happy about it, but Midge is ecstatic; her dreams are finally coming true.

She rushes over to Susie’s to tell her the good news. Midge then calls Joel. He’s so happy for her; he even consents to her using their personal life for material.

While Midge prepares for her set, she phones her father, relaying the good news. Abe is also elated. He runs home and updates Rose on the good news. Together Midge’s parents race over to see their daughter perform.

How does Gordon sabotage Midge’s performance?

Of course, Gordon has decided to sabotage the performance. He informs Midge that she will be on the show as a writer. She will only be interviewed, unable to perform her comedy routine. Susie and Mike try to change Gordon’s mind, but he is fixated on this plan.

Midge’s family are seated, and the show begins. Midge is introduced as a writer and given a stool to sit on; she won’t even be interviewed on the hallowed couch.

It’s a heart-breaking exchange as Joel realizes what is happening, and Midge shakes her head at him, feeling defeated.

Gordon steals the spotlight during the interview, not letting Midge get a word in. When she finally starts to tell a few jokes, he cuts to a commercial. Mike argues with Gordon, telling him he still has four minutes left to fill.

Midge speaks with her parents, who are so proud of her, and then heads back to her stool. As she walks back, she spots the microphone and understands what she needs to do.

Midge asks if she can be reckless, and Susie gives her the go-ahead.

How does Midge seize her big break?

When they return from the break, Midge states she is a comedienne and grabs the mic. She delivers a perfect stand-up routine, talking about her life, her children, and her dreams of becoming famous. She kills it, even making Gordon laugh. The set ends with a standing ovation.

Gordon invites her over to the sofa for a proper interview, introducing her as the marvelous Mrs. Maisel. As the crowd cheer, Midge blows Joel a kiss, and Gordon tells her that she is fired. What a phenomenal sequence!

We then revert to six months earlier. Midge is in a Chinese restaurant with Lenny. They are talking about fame, and Midge is practicing her autograph.

Lenny reiterates that Midge is going to be famous very soon. She takes a fortune cookie, and Lenny tells Midge about her future. This is a special moment for Midge, as she keeps the fortune all those years later.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5 Ending Explained

The series ended in 2005. Midge is now an old lady. She talks through her schedule with her staff. Her home is a large, luxurious apartment, but she appears extremely lonely. Midge phones Susie. They seem to have a system in place where they both watch the same quiz show at the same time but miles apart.

They appear to be best friends once again. Midge brings up reincarnation, and they discuss what animals they would like to come back as. Susie’s response makes Midge laugh hysterically. The finale concludes with the two friends laughing together as we fade to black.

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1 thought on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5 Episode 9 Recap and Ending Explained

  • May 27, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    I loved the show! Did not want it to end.
    Every actor was spectacular. Thank you for five fabulous years of great film!

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