An Alternate Take: Mozart in the Jungle, “You Have Insulted Tchaikovsky”

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

Mozart in the Jungle’s fourth episode puts Rodrigo in the spotlight.

Mozart in the Jungle’s fourth episode puts Rodrigo in the spotlight. As Hailey takes a step back from fifth-chair oboist to Maestro’s assistant, so too does she step back from protagonist to supporting character (at least for this episode).

Plot Summary

Hailey is learning the ropes of being Rodrigo’s assistant. Her first task? Make mate, based on instructions Rodrigo has recorded for her on an old-school cassette tape. Her second task? Mrs. Windsor, Board President, is planning a fundraiser to kickstart the capital campaign. Rodrigo has not only declined to attend, but has snuck off to the library to study in the hours leading up to the event. Hailey, spurred on by a threat of unemployment, goes off to find him while Thomas expertly schmoozes the crowd on piano.

After a brief1 detour to serenade their cabbie’s wife, Rodrigo makes up for his tardiness by leading the naughty-minded ladies who lunch in a wet-finger-glass-edge rendition of Für Elise. The ladies swoon; Thomas throws a fit, smashing glasses on the table. The next day, Thomas sets fire to some of his belongings, bequeaths his office to Rodrigo, and announces he’s taking a sabbatical.2

In the end, Rodrigo and Mrs Windsor come to an agreement: she will limit the number of fundraising appearances he has to make, but he will make a greater effort to participate in photo shoots and the social media campaign.

What we learned about Rodrigo

  • He likes to be “close to the ground”
  • He prefers old-school technology (see: cassette tape, rotary telephone on the desk, smart phone in the trash can).
  • He has conversations in his head with long-deceased composers.

An Alternate Take

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. Not at all brief  
  2. You know, your usual mid-life crisis, except Thomas is well beyond mid-life.  

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