Two-thirds of the way into the pilot of Amazon Studios’ The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
, there’s a moment that underscores just how unflappable Rachel Brosnahan
’s uptown Jewish housewife heroine, Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel, truly is.
Her business suit-wearing wannabe stand-up hack of a husband, Joel (Michael Zegen
), drops the news on the eve of what will be a very busy Yom Kippur that he’s leaving Midge for his secretary Penny—and with his wife’s suitcase no less.
“You’re leaving me for a girl who can’t figure out how to sharpen pencils?” stings Midge.
“I need to start over,” Joel groans.
“With her? She wins?” Midge asks—without tears—before slamming Joel. “Can I just say you have the worst timing ever?”
Then comes her punchline: “Grab some pens on the way out, you’re going to need them.