Mozart in the Jungle Recap: You Have Insulted Tchaikovsky

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
Mozart in the Jungle Recap: You Have Insulted Tchaikovsky

“Mozart in the Jungle” Season 1 Episode 4 “You Have Insulted Tchaikovsky” aired on Dec. 23, 2014 on Amazon. In this episode, while Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) contemplated and meditated Tchaikovsky in a library, Hailey Ruttledge (Lola Kirke) was tasked with getting him to an important fundraiser in one hour. However, along the way, they made a few stops, and she learned a surprising lesson from the maestro about the city. Meanwhile, Cynthia (Saffron Burrows) and the other union representatives talked about matters, while Thomas Pembridge (Malcom McDowell) tried to pacify the donors at the fundraiser. However, after learning that his wife knew about his affair with Cynthia, he acted out, prompting him to come to terms with things. Read on to learn more about this episode.

Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) meditated at the Rare Archives of a section of a library over a piece by the great composer, Tchaikovsky, in which he imagined that he was communicating with the great composer. Meanwhile, back at the New York Symphony, Gloria Windsor (Bernadette Peters) rehearsed how to greet the many donors attending their fundraising luncheon accompanied by her new assistant, Sharon (Jennifer Kim). She then became furious to learn that Rodrigo had decided not to attend, as he was part of the reason why they were holding the fundraising activity. Sharon then showed her to Rodrigo’s office, which was underground, where his assistant, Hailey Ruttledge (Lola Kirke), was preparing mate and following his taped instructions on how to prepare it. After learning that Rodrigo had left his phone in the trash can, she was instructed to find him and to get him to the fundraiser in an hour, or else she would lose her job.


Meanwhile, at the concert hall, Union Bob, Cynthia (Saffron Burrows) and other members of the orchestra committee met about various aspects, including rehearsal rooms over the summer, pay cuts and a bigger refrigerator.

In order to cut her time in half, Hailey managed to get Lizzie (Hannah Dunne) to bring Rodrigo’s suit to her. She then was able to break Rodrigo out of his meditative state, in which he actually penciled in a missing note in Tchaikovsky’s piece. However, he imagined that the composer himself had actually written down the note, which surprised the archivist.

Inside the limousine, he realized that the sounds of the city were almost like an orchestra and taught Hailey how to hear it. They were then interrupted by their Spanish limousine driver with whom Rodrigo got along with as they exchanged orchestra jokes. He then decided to humor the limousine driver’s wishes and detoured in order to surprise the driver’s sister, who was a big fan of Rodrigo’s. Lizzie, Hailey and Rodrigo ended up dancing, singing, eating and partying as it was the sister’s birthday.

Meanwhile, at the fundraiser, Thomas tried to keep things together by talking to the ladies and started the bidding in order to endow two batons, his and Rodrigo’s, by playing the piano. He was then interrupted by his wife, Claire, who informed him that “Constanza” had texted him. She then revealed to him that she knew that Constanza was really Cynthia, which meant that she knew about the affair all along.

Back at the concert hall, Cynthia decided to ask for a bigger refrigerator and went to the bathroom in order to inject her wrist, as she was suffering from tendonitis.

Finally, Rodrigo arrived at the benefit, and instead of playing the piano for them, using the ladies and their champagne glasses, he conducted a simple piece. While this happened, Claire, using hand gestures and actions did things to spite Thomas, which caused him to break several glasses and plates and lashed out at Rodrigo, who kept on going against the system and told him that he had “Insulted Tchaikovsky,” much to Rodrigo’s horror, as he did not understand what he had done to insult the maestro.

The next day, Thomas packed up his office in garbage bags and was interrupted by Rodrigo, who knelt before him to apologize. However, Thomas apologized to him and told him that he was going on sabbatical, as he was burnt out. He then asked for his help to burn his entire life’s work and told him that he should consider working within the system sometimes. He then gave Rodrigo the key to his office as he claimed that that was the only sanctuary he was ever going to have.

While this happened, Hailey applied what Rodrigo had taught her and heard the city in a new light as she was able to take in all the sounds, which did sound like an orchestra to her ears.

Later that night, Gloria showed Rodrigo his new flat, which was magnificent, and had an elevated portion. She then told him that she would try her best to limit the number of fundraisers that he had to attend, and he agreed to do the photo shoot for the orchestra. Hailey then came in with his mate and other things and then gave him a tube from Greenland. He opened it and took out some sheet music, with a bizarre melody, which disturbed him. He then informed Hailey that this meant that Ana Maria was going to New York and was telling him to stay away.


And that was all for the recap on “Mozart in the Jungle” Season 1 Episode 4 “You Have Insulted Tchaikovsky.” 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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