‘Maisel’ heads to the Catskills in the return of Amazon’s hit series
And that’s where everything goes wrong. But I’m getting ahead of myself — let’s rewind.
The setting? Paris, 1958. Midge Maisel and her father, Abe (Tony Shalhoub, “Monk”), quickly travel from the Big Apple to the City of Lights in order to rescue Midge’s mother, Rose (Marin Hinkle, “Homeland”). Instead of finding a damsel in distress, still reeling over how her social life in New York City turned nonexistent, they find a calmer, more content Rose, settling happily into her new life, in her new cozy (small) apartment in the heart of Paris — much to Abe’s chagrin and Midge’s slight confusion.
That’s only the beginning of the wild second season of Amazon Prime’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Now single, Midge (Rachel Brosnahan, “House of Cards”), must set out to find exactly who she is on her own (but never without her manager, Susie Myerson, portrayed impeccably by Alex Borstein), while working to perfect her craft as a rising stand-up comedian in the city.
Winner of two Golden Globes (Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy and Best Actress for Brosnahan) and five Primetime Emmy Awards (including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series), “Maisel” returns and shows viewers exactly why they’re good at winning.
Midge’s ex, Joel (Michael Zegen, “Boardwalk Empire”), appearing to be single and ready to mingle, finally steps up, longing to get out of his parents’ house, and bears the weight of his father’s business, Maisel & Roth. The audience can see the very definition of character growth for Joel in this second season.
Although it may seem as though Joel still carries a torch for Midge, newcomer Benjamin Ettenberg (portrayed by Zachary Levi), comes in and sweeps Midge off her feet after meeting at the Catskills.
While vacationing with her family, Midge picks up a gig with Susie’s help, located right outside the Catskills. The crowd is bigger than ever, and everything is going great until she sets eyes on her father, sitting front and center in the room, listening to his otherwise prim and proper daughter lob raunchy jokes.
That’s when things start to unravel for Midge as she has to come to terms with her truth so she can share her growing success with friends, family and suitors.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” returns with a 10-episode second season with the same fast-talking, exuberant, go-getter characters, a stunning wardrobe from costume designer Donna Zakowska and a story that won’t let the fans down.