Mozart in the Jungle Recap: Now, Fortissimo!

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
Mozart in the Jungle Recap: Now, Fortissimo!

“Mozart in the Jungle” Season 1 Episode 9 “Now, Fortissimo!” aired on Dec. 23, 2014 on Amazon. In this episode, Maestro Rodrigo de Souza (Gael Garcia Bernal) dragged Hailey Ruttledge (Lola Kirke) across town in order to meet his wife, Ana Maria, so that he could ask her to play the Sibelius Violin Concerto for his opening performance. Meanwhile, Cynthia (Saffron Burrows) ended up doing something very unexpected with Union Bob (Mark Blum) after Dee Dee gave her some drugs to dull the pain on her wrist. Meanwhile, because of everything that happened, Hailey, much to Alex’s (Peter Vack) surprise, came back to her. Read on to learn more about this episode.

At the beginning of the episode, Maestro Rodrigo de Souza (Gael Garcia Bernal) watched a video of one of Ana Maria’s recent performances in which at the end of her performance, cursed the system as police cars drove up towards them. She had played the violin after shooting a banner designed like a musical bar.


Meanwhile, Hailey Ruttledge (Lola Kirke) was interrupted in her oboe lesson with Betty Cragdale (Debra Monk) as Rodrigo called her and told her that they had to leave right after her lesson in order to go and find their new soloist. As she passed by her room before leaving, she noticed that her roommate, Lizzie (Hannah Dunne), was a little bit down and confused. It turned out that her uncle had settled their estate, which left her with a lot of money and she did not know what to do with it. Later on, Lizzie asked for some ideas from her friends, including Evan Byers, but she could not still settle on what to do with it.

Rodrigo then got Hailey to rent a car for them, and they drove to a toxic waste plant where Ana Maria was going to hold her next performance. On the way, Hailey realized who their new soloist was and warned Rodrigo that based on the last time he had met her, things might not go so well. She also reminded him that it might be risky as she was a loose cannon, but Rodrigo was confident that he could tame her. However, he insisted on going as she was the only one who could perform in his opening performance as she would make a bold statement and because she played with blood. Most importantly, she had to be there as she gives him life. However, when they got there, they discovered that she was gone and were told to go away, as the place was toxic.

Meanwhile, Dee Dee passed by Cynthia’s (Saffron Burrows) place and gave her some drugs in order to ease the pain from her tendonitis. She then had a meeting with Union Bob (Mark Blum) regarding orchestra matters, but because she was drugged up and drunk, she admitted to him that she thought that he was cute, and they ended up sleeping together, unexpectedly.

Meanwhile, Hailey and Rodrigo ended up checking at an inn, even if they had just one bedroom. Rodrigo then told Hailey that she could have the bed as he had not been sleeping well lately and asked if there was any Toblerone in mini bar, as it was his weakness. In the middle of the night, he woke Hailey up as Ana Maria had just posted her location.

They went there to an abandoned factory and saw a tent, which served as Ana Maria’s green room. Rodrigo was nervous, but Hailey encouraged him to go and talk to her. Rodrigo then told her to go back home and to wait before leaving for two minutes, just in case. At first, Ana Maria did not want to play for him as she believed that art like that was dead. However, when he mentioned that he wanted her to play the Sibelius Violin Concerto, she agreed, and they kissed.

Hailey, after hearing the sounds from the tent, rushed back to Alex’s (Peter Vack) apartment and decided to sleep with him right there and then.

There you have it for the recap on “Mozart in the Jungle” Season 1 Episode 9 “Now, Fortissimo!” For more news and updates, including spoilers and recaps, on “Mozart in the Jungle” and other television shows, keep following Movie News Guide (MNG).    

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