An Alternate Take: Mozart in the Jungle, “Silent Symphony”

Mozart in the Jungle (Screen: Amazon.com)
Mozart in the Jungle (Screen: Amazon.com)

In Season 1 Episode 3, our heros (and even our villains) are struggling with new circumstances.

In Season 1 Episode 3 of Mozart in the Jungle, our heros (and even our villains) are struggling with new circumstances.

The symphony is having trouble moving with energy and as a single being. In an effort to get them back on track, Rodrigo has them mime their way through the Hungarian March, without their instruments. Unfortunately one of the trombonists, Laszlo,1 overdoes it. He keels over and ends up in the hospital.

Thomas, meanwhile, is being interviewed by a classical music journalist. He gussies himself up, thinking it’s a television interview, but it turns out to be a local podcast, and the topic is not him but Rodrigo.

After being fired from the orchestra, we find Hailey continuing to muddle along in Styx The Musical. During one performance, the lead actor attacks an audience member for filming, and the show closes, leaving Hailey totally unemployed. She’s day-drinking in the park with Alex when he introduces her to busking. She plays, he dances.2 Alex convinces her to go demand her paycheck from the orchestra. In the process of collecting it, Hailey drunkenly yells at Rodrigo’s assistant for making fun of her, insulting Rodrigo in the process. He hears her and, admiring her ability to be honest about him, gives her a job as his assistant. Her first task? CUT IT ALL OFF. “With passion, Hailey.”


That’s what *actually* happened in this episode. In a perfect world, it would have looked a little more like this:

Mozart in the Jungle (Screen: Amazon.com)
Mozart in the Jungle (Screen: Amazon.com)
Mozart in the Jungle (Screen: Amazon.com)
Mozart in the Jungle (Screen: Amazon.com)
Mozart in the Jungle (Screen: Amazon.com)
Mozart in the Jungle (Screen: Amazon.com)
Mozart in the Jungle (Screen: Amazon.com)
Mozart in the Jungle (Screen: Amazon.com)
Mozart in the Jungle (Screen: Amazon.com)
Mozart in the Jungle (Screen: Amazon.com)
  1. aka Howard Lyman, a Lockhart/Gardner lawyer on The Good Wife  
  2. It’s like that Yo Yo Ma / Lil Buck collaboration, except a lot more white.  

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