“Mozart in the Jungle” Season 1 Episode 2 “Fifth Chair” aired on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, on Amazon. In this episode, a very nervous Hailey Ruttledge (Lola Kirke), after her impromptu blind audition, joined the New York Symphony, which resulted in a disastrous first day. Meanwhile, Lizzie (Hannah Dunne) prompted her to return Alex’s scarf to him, while Thomas (Malcolm McDowell) tried to come to terms with him not being a conductor anymore. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode picked up from where it left off. Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) dragged Hailey Ruttledge (Lola Kirke) after her impromptu blind audition to the board room, where Gloria Windsor (Bernadette Peters) and the other board members were making some marketing decisions. They pitched the idea of using the tagline “Hear the Hair” and dubbing the season as “Sinphomania” to him. He found the first one ridiculous but liked the second option. He then insisted on bringing Hailey into the orchestra by changing the symphony’s first piece of the season to “Mahler’s Eighth Symphony,” which needed an extra oboist. Rodrigo told them that Hailey plays with blood, which was what matters. Hailey then skipped home and told the good news to her roommate, Lizzie (Hannah Dunne), who was busy tattooing a male friend of hers.
Afterwards, Hailey kept on practicing her part in the symphony so that she would be perfect during her first day, which disturbed all of her neighbors and Lizzie, as she kept on repeating the same piece over and over again. Meanwhile, Rodrigo went for a walk and explored the city.
The next morning, Thomas revealed to Cynthia (Saffron Burrows) that Rodrigo had been right about his final performance — it had been flawed. However, Cynthia reassured him that since he was the Executive Musical Director Emeritus, that he could still rattle some cages.
Later that night, as Hailey was still practicing, Lizzie, tired of her playing decided to force her into paying Alex (Peter Vack) a visit since she still had to return his scarf. There at his apartment, they kissed, but were interrupted by Addison (Mackenzie Leigh), a dancer who danced in the park at one in the morning.
The next morning, Thomas was saddened by the fact that everyone, including his former assistant, Sharon (Jennifer Kim), gave Rodrigo the royal treatment after he came in on his bicycle. At the other entrance, Hailey was nervous to go in at first, but Cynthia accompanied her inside and introduced her to everyone backstage. There, Hailey saw that some people dealt in drugs and others talked to each other about Rodrigo’s choice. Hailey then introduced herself to Betty Cragdale (Debra Monk), the first oboist, who insisted that Hailey had slept with Rodrigo to get that position.
During rehearsal, Rodrigo brought in his parrot, Igor Stravinski, named after the composer. He himself was shocked when Sharon decided to wipe away the parrot dropping from his shoe with her scarf. They then started to play Mahler’s Eight Symphony, which went smoothly. He then concentrated on fine tuning each section, but when it came to the woodwinds, particularly the oboes, Hailey messed up. Because of this, Rodrigo decided to change to the Hungarian March, which did not need a fifth chair.
As the rehearsal went on, Thomas confided to Gloria that he had no idea why he wasn’t still conducting as he was a great conductor.
Outside, a teary-eyed Hailey cleaned and packed away her oboe.
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