‘The Morning Show’ Episode 5: Will Alex Levy Defend or Abandon Mitch Kessler?

Apple TV+ is now home to a gamut of original shows worth watching (we’re looking at you, Dickinson); however, its major ticket-seller is The Morning Show (TMS). Starring Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, and Jennifer Aniston, the show provides an inside look at the lives of those who help America wake up in the morning. 

Jennifer Aniston Alex Levy in The Morning Show
Jennifer Aniston attends Apple’s global premiere of ‘The Morning Show’ at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts | Brian Ach/Getty Images for Apple TV+

TMS anchor Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) is accused of sexual misconduct, and co-host Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) must cope with his absence while coming to discover that she was headed for the chopping block preceding the Kessler debacle. 

The show spirals into a gripping drama — though veering into the melodramatic at times — and provides a captivating, yet all-too-relevant exposé into the #MeToo movement. As for Reese Witherspoon, Levy chooses her character, Bradley Jackson, as a replacement for Mitch, throwing the Network she doesn’t trust for a loop; however, in doing so, she may have just spoonfed the network’s her own replacement…

What happened between Alex Levy and Mitch Kessler in episode 5? 

Episode five shows Alex Levy struggling to cope with the Mitch she has lost — not the predator in the papers, but the co-host who sat by her side for years. Kessler even comes to The Morning Show, begging his former co-workers, his former allies, to speak up on his behalf. The silence and tension prove palpable, as Levy, clearly in distress, turns and walks away. 

Levy is later shown taking a bath, trying to relieve some turmoil. However, she must see Mitch…again. Levy winds up leaving a benefit for the Theatre Development Fund — one that she is hosting — to spend time with Mitch. The two drive around town for quite a while until The New York Times drops its Mitch Kessler story, and Levy requests to be taken home. 

Though acknowledging that she had an idea of what was going on, seeing it all written out was too much. It was too much for the conflicted, confused, and determined woman who — moments before — allowed Mitch to kiss her on the lips. For, let us not forget, these two have a sexual history. 

Will Alex Levy come to defend Mitch Kessler in ‘The Morning Show?’

The Morning Show is making a point of displaying Levy’s conflict; Levy knows the situation is not black and white. Levy loves Mitch, but when she looks at him, she now sees two men — one who she views as deplorable, and another who she views as her safety net, her friend, her family. 

When Bradley Jackson decides to head to the bar for her co-worker’s birthday, and spend time with a bunch of girls from the office, it becomes clear that the situation involving Kessler sits differently among the women. A drunk Mia Jordan (Karen Pittman) explains that it isn’t “black and white,” to a 24-year-old newbie (the Birthday girl), before excusing herself from the table. 

The Morning Show, though steering into dangerous territories, seems to be showing how difficult this is on those who have known Kessler for years. However, will the difficulty lead to action or silence? And, if someone chooses to speak on behalf of Kessler’s morals, who could it be other than Levy? Who matters to America more? The question is: will she do it? Will she defend the Mitch she loves, or will she silence the predator she can’t believe he became? 

Levy will presumably come to a crossroads; no one gets to have their cake and eat it too. She can’t be with Mitch when she needs him, but then dismiss him when it’s bad for her career. She will get caught if she continues down this road. She only has two options: to stay or abandon. And, if she cares about her career, above all else, she only has one option.