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Minx Finale Recap and Ending Explained

Joyce seeks to develop a solo career after quitting Minx and Bottom Dollar Publications in the ninth and tenth episodes of HBO Max’s comedy series ‘Minx.’ Joyce returns to New York with her former colleague Maggie following her appearance on ‘The Dick Cavett Show.’ She falls out with Maggie and her friends and eventually returns to Los Angeles, only to be greeted by violent protests and lawsuits against her magazine. The first season of the show concludes with important developments that rewrite Minx and Joyce’s fate. On that topic, let us share our ideas on the subject! WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.

Recap of Minx Episodes 9 and 10

The show’s ninth episode, titled ‘A Scintillating Conversation About a Lethal Pesticide,’ begins with Shelly and her husband Lenny attempting to improve their sex life, only to fail. Joyce visits the office of Betsy, a well-known magazine, to see her friend Maggie, who also works there. Maggie’s supervisor requests that Joyce write a story on Minx in Betsy. Maggie organizes a dinner party for Joyce and a few of her coworkers. They demonstrate their superiority complex by mocking Joyce’s former coworkers at Bottom Dollar. Joyce, offended, quickly quits the gathering after creating an excuse and walks to a pub with a stranger.

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Back at Bottom Dollar, Doug conducts Billy Brunson’s photography with no consideration for Minx’s aesthetic or purpose. Bambi objects to the use of photos that do not correspond with Minx. When she finds her voice isn’t being heard, she abandons Doug and Bottom Dollar. Shelly goes to see Bambi after having a bad experience with Lenny. They eventually get intimate. Doug considers Wendy Mah as Joyce’s replacement and makes a preliminary agreement with her. When Doug orders Richie to take Brunson’s shots, despite his objections, the photographer leaves Bottom Dollar.

Willy’s wife injures his penis in retribution for his domestic abuse in the tenth episode of the show, titled ‘You Happened to Me.’ Joyce comes to Los Angeles and confronts Doug about using Brunson’s images in the next issue of Minx. Willy sues Doug and Joyce for instigating his wife to attack him through an essay published in Minx. He requests that males protest against Minx and Bottom Dollar for publishing materials that devalue “their gender’s supremacy” and spread “rebellious and abhorrent conceptions of feminism.” Bridget Westbury joins forces with Willy and announces that she is attempting to ban pornography in the San Fernando Valley.

Minx Ending: Will the Minx and Bottom Dollar Publications Close?

When Willy’s wife Wanda reacts to his masculine control over her, he learns that Joyce’s Minx is more than just an academic work. He becomes terrified when he realizes that women are reading the magazine to learn about their rights and value in order to revenge against domineering men. As a misogynist, a society in which women rise up to oppose men is terrifying to him. As a result, he proclaims the need for men to remove Minx’s power. Willy’s attempts to persuade men to protest against Minx and Bottom Dollar bear fruit, as Doug is forced to temporarily close his office building.

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Even though Minx and Bottom Dollar have not yet been shut down, Doug is encountering significant obstacles in resuming operations of his business. One after the other, lawsuits are brought against him and his company. Doug is drowning because his financial situation prevents him from settling them out of court. Furthermore, Doug’s situation is projected to worsen as a result of Westbury’s efforts to ban porn in the Valley and her quiet in the face of violent protestors destroying his property. Since his lawyer decides against using Westbury’s secret to blackmail her, he lacks a clear path to reopening his publishing firm.

Doug and Joyce, on the other hand, may not see the end of Minx or Bottom Dollar Publications anytime soon. We can anticipate Doug to come up with inventive strategies to salvage his company and go forward with his ambitions, as he has in the past. Even if he has to make modifications to his content, Doug is expected to make improvements that satisfy and line with readership trends. He might find a way to deal with Westbury’s objection unlawfully, even if it means revealing her previously unknown secret.

Doug, why do you give Minx to Joyce?

When protestors begin destroying Bottom Dollar’s workplace, Doug, Tina, Joyce, Bambi, and Richie take refuge in a hidden room. To distract themselves from the carnage unfolding in front of them, Bambi and Joyce begin reading reader mail and are surprised to see that their readers admire them. They learn from the letters that Minx has inspired women to stand up to abusive husbands and dominating males in their life. Joyce learns that a baby was named after her in honor of her efforts to free Minx. Doug knows that Joyce has touched the hearts of his readers through Minx as he listens to Joyce and Bambi read these messages.

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Minx has been nothing more than a product to sell for Doug since its start. He has no emotional attachment to Minx other than the impressive sales figures it generates. When Joyce departs Minx and Bottom Dollar, he looks for someone to fill her shoes so that he may continue to sell the magazine. However, after reading the letters, Doug recognizes that Minx is Joyce’s child, and no one can put as much heart and soul into it as she has. The emails he receives from his fans help him realize that Joyce’s hard work and sacrifice are the basis of Minx’s success.

When Joyce states unequivocally that she will not be returning to Bottom Dollar Publications, Doug realizes that there is no one who can take over as CEO of Minx. A guaranteed salary may help him appoint Wendy to run the magazine, but it cannot replace Joyce’s unrivaled desire to connect with every reader through her creation. Thus, Doug delivers Minx to Joyce after recognizing that working on the magazine without the one who gave birth to it is pointless. Doug respects Minx’s ability to touch people’s hearts through Joyce enough to step away from her dream project.

Why is Joyce not returning to Bottom Dollar Publications? Will Doug and Joyce collaborate again?

When Doug welcomes Joyce back to Bottom Dollar Publications, she rejects the offer without giving it a second thought. Joyce has worked for and volunteered to work for a number of guys throughout her life. Almost all of them have used her thoughts and intelligence to their advantage while wielding power over her. Whether it was her former boss at New York Magazine or Doug at Bottom Dollar, males have repeatedly demonstrated their authority over Joyce without appreciating her. She understands that returning to Bottom Dollar will only allow Doug to regain control of her. As a result, she decides not to return to Doug and his company.

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Joyce no longer wishes to be dominated. She has gained enough of her readers’ respect to be able to establish her voice and expression on her own, without relying on a guy to tell her what she should do. Joyce does not want her voice to go unnoticed or to be disregarded because it does not line with her employer’s economics. Joyce cannot bear another authoritarian figure controlling her vision and creativity, even if she is a woman. She can finally be autonomous as a woman and a publisher now that Doug has stepped away from Minx. However, this does not necessarily imply that she will no longer socialize with Doug.

Joyce admires Doug’s actions in assisting her in realizing her dream. While working independently for Minx, she may request Doug’s help with non-creative or non-editorial matters such as printing, shipments, and sales. She may even consider working on Minx within Bottom Dollar with full editorial control in the future. A reunion is feasible if Doug agrees to publish Minx without interfering with Joyce’s creative process.

TV Status: Returning Series

Duration: 35 min


TMDb: 8.1


Minx Finale Recap and Ending Explained
Minx Finale Recap and Ending Explained


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