Midge and Susie have always been an unlikely duo and “Someday …” look at their relationship with tenderness and humor while continuing the trend of refusing to search deeper into their friendship . At this point, I am honestly puzzled by why this is the case, especially when the scenarios where we place these two dynamic actresses encourage greater intimacy. But while this situation is incredibly fun to watch and have some amazing gags, we do not learn Susie better (even if we learn that she is snoring!).
This makes me worried that Susie has been thrown under the bus a bit like a sign for most of this season. Although she gets some of the best zingers in the series, and there are some attempts to get to know her through her family, we do not really know about Susie’s inner world. Sure, she has some important wishes, but most circles around Midge. One of the reasons I loved “Let’s meet music and dance” so much was that it packed Susie longing for a warm family in a way that was both fun and narrative. But even if “Someday …” Midge and Susie close close, sharing a car and even more hotel rooms when traveling in the Philly area, we do not leave the episode to learn something about Susie’s character. [1
9659003] This is really not true for other characters this season. One of the reasons why I loved the first opening episodes of season 2 is the fact that we got to know Rose so much more intimately. And although some of the revelations about Abe have been disappointing, he has gone from fighting infuriating for more than a few controlling moments. I feel like a better understanding of who he is and what he wants from life.
And Joel! Good God, last season, I could hardly stand to look at him. This season I can not only see how much he has grown and changed, but I have also become much more sympathetic to his character. The last moment, in which he defends Midget’s right to be paid by striking a club boss in his face, may not have been feminist (“Unfortunately, to get things to work in a man’s world, do you need a man,” says Midge Susie while they figure out their hard earned money) but it was really pleasing.
However, I do not know that I understand who Susie is as a person more than I did in Season 1 and it’s frustrating because she’s a character I love and really want to know more about. But “Someday …” just confirms what we already know: the Midge is faster and more exciting, while Susie is less busy, but also much more surly.
Still, despite the fact that this section was a little bit flat, it was a pleasure to watch. Many have said about how The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel shows obsessive wealth and beauty, but the show also does a good job that conveys missility with equal attention to detail, from the car that will not start unless Midge is “counted up” to motel rooms filled with o-dumped toilets and pests (poor Susie really gets a commodity with any skin reaction that happens to the face).
Midge tries very hard to see the spaces like these as an adventure, but it is clear that they make her incredibly uncomfortable. She can embrace her independence, but she is still the black woman who wants someone to pick up her bags and who hates not getting a shower. “It’s like I’ve got a twin that’s a middle age hair!” Midge says about her own reflection as she struggles to get ready for a concert in the car while Susie is driving.
The bomb bar deling is a good prospect of how Midge moves emotionally from her Upper West Side world, even though she is still enamored by her comforts. Imoge’s party is fluffy, ornate and feminine, all true markers of a Midge Maisel event, but because Midge mixed up the dates she can not actually be there.
Imogene can forgive his friend’s mistake (which seems a little out-of-character, but maybe the pregnancy hormones have softened her!) But Rose is furious about her daughter’s misconduct. Let’s just take a moment to note how Midge gets her comic time from her mom. After all, as singer Imogen closes his legs to keep the child from coming out so that they can all wait for Midge to get home, it was quite burned.
When Midge returns home, she is wrinkled to see her still pissed mother leave touching her to clean up. In the last moment of the episode, we see a slightly uneven Midge attempt to clean up old streamers, half-flow balloons and remaining muffins, while The Strokes! (The Strokes!?) “Someday” plays in the background. Even though she is tired, she relies on the apartment, as a reprimanded teenager who is apparently still proud of her mistakes.