The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 5/ Episode 7 “A House Full of Extremely Lame Horses” – Recap and Review (with Spoilers)

Susie (Alex Borstein) and Miriam (Rachel Brosnahan)

With the high of Susie and Miriam reconciling and learning how their professional relationship ended in the last episode, so comes the question of what’s left to cover?


With the high of Susie and Miriam reconciling and learning how their professional relationship ended in the last episode, so comes the question of what’s left to cover?

Release Date (Prime Video) May 12, 2023
Director(s) Amy Sherman-Palladino
Writer(s) Amy Sherman-Palladino
Newly Noted Characters and Cast
Pete Rob McClure
Danny Stevens Hank Azaria
Previously Noted Characters and Cast
Ethan Colin Keane
Esther Ireland Varvajal
Abe Tony Shalhoub
Joel Michael Zegen
Miriam Rachel Brosnahan
Gordon Reid Scott
Mike Jason Ralph
Susie Alex Borstein
Rose Marin Hinkle
James Jay Will
Janusz Alexander Gemignani
Zelda Matilda Szydagis

Plot Recap

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The Brilliant One – Ethan, Esther, Abe, Joel, Miriam

In Abe’s mind, Ethan should be the brilliant one. He is the firstborn male, and there is a history of them, like Abe, who are distinctly notable, whether doctors, lawyers, or creative serial killers. So Ethan being 6, the turning point age, and being below average? Abe has a conniption and is ready to blame Miriam for being okay with Ethan’s aptitude and Joel? He lays into Joel since his belief was that if Joel limited his interactions with Ethan until he was 6, he’d be a true Weissman. However, unfortunately, he is a Maisel.

Abe (Tony Shalhoub)
“Abe (Tony Shalhoub),” The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “A House Full of Extremely Lame Horses,” directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino, 2023, (Prime Video)

Luckily, as shown in the future, what Ethan lacked, Esther picked up in terms of intelligence and being neurotic.

Your Sitting On Gold Like You’re Sitting Over S*** – Gordon, Mike, Danny, Miriam, Susie, Pete, James

Danny Stevens, a sitcom star, is promoting his book on Gordon’s show. With his writers giving him material not up to snuff, he seeks out Gordon’s people. Of them all, only Miriam says anything that resonates: to tell his life story and find the funny. Doing so kills, even as Danny talks about his parents escaping the holocaust, so he wants to poach Miriam. Miriam doesn’t take the bait, but she does get pay parity with the rest of the writers’ room as it shows she is increasingly becoming a hot commodity.

Danny Stevens (Hank Azaria)
“Danny Stevens (Hank Azaria),” The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “A House Full of Extremely Lame Horses,” directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino, 2023, (Prime Video)

Yet, despite her increasing value, Gordon still refuses to let her do part of her set or sit on the couch. Why? Well, it isn’t George, because we jump in after Susie found a way to get him out. Mike now tells us that this is a Gordon rule. So, with that in mind, when Susie is playing poker with Mike and the producers of other talk shows, she takes advantage of Pete’s showcase for Jack Parr.

Now, is Miriam trying to do that show? Not really, since she thought everything was about Gordon’s show. But, with him blocking her, even though it feels odd, Miriam does the showcase and kills. Yet, because Pete doesn’t know how to sell a comic like Miriam, he blocks her from going further and switches tracks to discuss James.

Susie doesn’t like this. She goes to bat for Miriam, even to the point of potentially screwing James out of an opportunity. However, James won’t stand for it and seems ready to drop Susie for his chance to go on Jack Parr.

Other Noteworthy Information

  1. Miriam, in 1973, has been going into debt to fund her mother’s dreams – mainly since Rose is dying.
  2. Janusz is getting tired of Miriam’s family calling Zelda for every little thing, to the point that he may say in English how he feels about them.

Review

Highlights

Watching Susie Go To Bat For Miriam

Unquestionably, the season’s high point will likely be episode 6, which addresses the fall of Susie and Miriam’s relationship and the reconciliation. But, to see just how far Susie would go, how hard she fought, even at the cost of another client? It’s something to see. That passion forces you to see Susie as a character and Alex Borstein as an actress to the point of wanting to see what she has, beyond new “Family Guy” episodes, coming next.

On The Fence

Wondering What’s Left For The Season

What is left to see or cover in the final episodes? Seeing Miriam and Susie in the 80s talk and hash out their issues and have a drink? See the final years of Abe, since we got that with Rose, to a point? Maybe see Imogene in the flesh and not just hear her voice? I don’t know about you, but the thing I worried and wondered about the most has been done. So Miriam finally doing Gordon Ford or whatever moment that is going to be her big break; I feel that it has to truly be something. It has to have the kind of stand-up set Rachel Brosnahan could do in front of a live audience and kill.

But, even though there is so much that can be done, I feel like we shouldn’t get our hopes up too high.


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