“Mozart in the Jungle” Season 1 Episode 3 “Silent Symphony” aired on Dec. 23, 2014 on Amazon. In this episode, Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) changed tactics with rehearsals and asked the orchestra to play silently in order for them to give it their all in rehearsals and during the performance itself, which caused an accident. Thomas Pembridge (Malcolm McDowell) discovered that Rodrigo really did look up to him. Meanwhile, Alex helped Hailey Ruttledge (Lola Kirke) to get some fast money at the park and helped her gather up her courage to claim her money from the orchestra, where she vented out her anger, which, subsequently, landed her an interesting job offer from Rodrigo. Read on to learn more about this episode.
Oboist Hailey Ruttledge (Lola Kirke) experienced a one of a kind of experience as the musical she was playing for, “Styx Oedipus Rocks,” closed as the main character assaulted an audience member who was illegally filming the show.
Meanwhile, at the New York Symphony, Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal), in a turban, continued to rehearse the orchestra for their opening performance of the “Hungarian March.” He then stopped them and reminded them that they had to play as one as they were all “different harmonic strings of the same vocal chord.” Before they went on a 10-minute break, Rodrigo told them to put their instruments down, as the music is not in the notes, but in the silence between them.
Cynthia (Saffron Burrows), who was in the ladies bathroom, was surprised to see that Rodrigo was there as well, as he preferred the ladies bathroom as it was cleaner than the gentlemen's. She then asked him if he was satisfied with them as an orchestra and told her that he wasn’t but that was his responsibility. He then surprised her by telling her that he had noticed her bass cleff tattoo on her upper thigh, which she claimed was a souvenir. He then gave her his bracelet, which he gave as another souvenir.
Meanwhile, at the park, Alex (Peter Vack) reassured Hailey that losing her job meant that she could open up to other positive energies, which Hailey hoped included some money, as she only had one job left — a teaching job. Alex then suggested that she play her oboe at the park, while he danced to her music, which earned them some money, which was thrown into a hat for them.
Meanwhile, Thomas Pembridge (Malcolm McDowell) got ready for his interview by putting on some eyeliner. However, he was surprised when he learned that there would be no cameras around as the interviewer, Bradford Sharp, had a podcast. During the interview, as Sharp kept on asking his opinion on Rodrigo, including Rodrigo’s relationship with the tempestuous performance artist Ana Maria, Thomas decided to ask one of the assistants to get him out in around five minutes.
Meanwhile, while the interview was happening, Rodrigo rehearsed the symphony by asking them to play without instruments. Even if they could not hear anything at all, they all could hear the music being played in their hearts and minds as they gave it their all. However, the rehearsal ended after Laszlo, one of the elderly musicians in the orchestra collapsed.
Meanwhile, back in Thomas’ office, he was shocked to learn that a quote that Sharp had said wasn’t from Rodrigo but from him. At that moment, he realized that they did sound alike when he was younger. He then rushed to the hospital with Cynthia in order to be with their old friend, Laszlo, who insisted that Cynthia become the chair of the orchestra committee after him. Rodrigo then came in and apologized to Thomas and told him that it was an honor to work under him and that he wanted to become friends with him one day. Thomas then reminded him to stay the course and that there could be no life without death.
Inside the supply closet, Thomas told Cynthia that he had missed seeing her in rehearsal and were about to bicker when they stopped as they had heard a violin play. Rodrigo had, much to everyone and Laszlo’s delight, played the violin for him.
Meanwhile, Hailey gathered up the courage to collect her money from the orchestra. Dee Dee, the percussionist drug dealer, was surprised when a woman from Human Resources called him in as she wanted some drugs as well.
While waiting, Hailey noticed that Sharon (Jennifer Kim), Rodrigo’s assistant and the receptionist had been laughing at her. Because of this, she snapped at Sharon and told her that she had spent such a long time practicing the oboe and felt that it had still been an honor to perform at rehearsal for a little while as she had worked hard for it. She then called Rodrigo an egomaniac with a parrot and became mortified when she learned that he was right behind her.
Inside his office, he thanked her for being truthful to him and told her that she had talent but wasn’t ready yet. He then told her that if she stayed as truthful with him as she was now, he had a job for her that would allow her to stay close to the orchestra, would allow her to continue practicing music and would allow her to learn from him. After she agreed, he asked her to cut his hair.
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