Eden will become animal feed because she is a “heretic”. WTF? All she leaves behind is some gray clothes that I thought were green all this time.
Rita and June are upset about Eden’s death. She was a child. June blurts out to Rita that she slept with Nick, Eden’s husband. Uhhhh, Ma’am? Reel it in.
June goes thru Eden’s things and is floored when she finds a copy of the Bible. She rushes to Serena in the greenhouse with said Bible that Eden also wrote in. Serena says Eden was hiding a multitude of sins. June tries to reason with her: Eden was a kid who was trying to understand God. June wonders how Serena will keep Holly/Nicole safe in Gilead. Serena says the kid will be raised proper and obey God’s Word. June points out that she won’t be able to read it. Welp!
Did Serena have any foresight at all about how Gilead or her forced breeding program would work out in real life? The problematic holes here are glaring. You didn’t foresee that women not being able to read would affect you and your kid?
Serena tells June to get out, and then stares at the Bible. She knows June is right.
Nick is receiving Eden’s father who apologizes for her behavior. He says Eden was the light of his life and he is ashamed. Um.. the people who executed a child should be ashamed. Commander Waterford asks about the other daughter and says she should learn from Eden’s transgressions. Sir. Where is your soul? This man’s daughter was just murdered and you want to lecture him on child rearing?
Awww, Lawd. Eden’s daddy says she came home with ol’ boy and he called the authorities on her. WTF?! The level of brainwashing in Gilead is insane. You threw your own daughter to the wolves? Commander Waterford compliments him on his faith. Serena and June look horrified.
June is feeling Mama Bear fiesty on behalf of Holly/Nicole. She wants to know what Waterford will do when this BS happens to his daughter. He slaps TF outta June... and she slaps TF outta him right back. Like, his hair was askew. LOL. He grabs her by the face and tells her that “women are the misery of all man, all of you.” If that’s how you feel, then go f— men. I’m sick of these ‘I like to have sex with women but don’t like women’ men. You don’t like women? Then go hang out with men and let them feed you and f— you. Save yourself and womankind the misery.
Also, this lunatic should not be raising anyone’s child, but especially not a daughter. I doubt there’s therapy in Gilead to fix what will surely ail lil Holly/ Nicole growing up in this house with this father.
Baby Holly/Nicole is awake and June and Nick, her parents, go in to hold her. This is Holly’s introduction to her dad. June tells Nick she loves him and they snuggle as a family. Wow. It’s a beautiful moment that I can’t enjoy. I kept waiting for something bad to happen because: Gilead and no one gets to be happy very long.
The Handmaids are walking... probably to the store cause that’s the only place they seem to go. Crazy Handmaid wonders if Eden and her lover are together in heaven. She walks over to the wall where their bodies have been hung. This is some sick sh—.
Sidebar: every time I drive somewhere in the 'burbs for more than 10 minutes, I encounter a deer carcass on the side of the road. This is horrifying to me. I can’t imagine going for a walk and there are dead bodies hanging about.
June tells the other Handmaids about the Bible Eden hid. They agree she is brave for reading the Bible. Wow. Professor Handmaid says she has her first ceremony, ie rape, with her new person at the new house. She’s also been dreaming about her son, who turns 7 soon. June says they should celebrate. They long for cake and tequila.
Elsewhere, there’s a gathering of wives. Baby Angela who was dying a few weeks ago is gaining weight. Good for her. Serena walks off with Angela’s Mom and asks if she worries about her daughter’s future. Angela’s Mom says she has faith in Gilead. But then the convo turns. She has opinions, and there’s another woman with them too. And Serena is interested in hearing them. What is she up to?
Professor Handmaid is asleep on the bed upside down. She goes downstairs for her ceremony, I think. There’s music playing. And a fire burning. She goes in the kitchen for a knife, then into what looks like the study.
She kneels on the floor with the knife out, waiting to the ceremony. Dude is like nope, not doing that with you. Get up. What’s up with this guy? I can’t figure him out. He’s an architect of Gilead, but he’s way casual.
Serena walks into... a boardroom, courtroom(?) where the commanders are gathered. She would like to propose an amendment. She brings in a bevy of womenfolk — wives— to plead her case. She wants the kids, including girls, to be able to read the Bible. This is considered radical. The Commander looks mortified. And pissed.
Serena goes full revolutionary. She opens a Bible and begins reading. Everyone’s in shock— and looking at Commander Waterford like, “get your wife”. Some of the women walk out. Look. I get this is illegal. But Serena was a grown degree holding, public intellectual before Gilead. It shouldn’t come as a shock that she reads.
The women are waiting in the hall for an answer when Waterford comes out and gives the women the polite brush off. Serena remains and seemingly unable to read her husband, says she proposed reading the Bible “for Nicole.” I’m waiting for him to backhand her the way he did June. Oh wait, it’s worse. He called the authorities on her.
Back at the Crazy Guy’s House, Aunt Lydia pays a visit to Professor Handmaid. She heard the ceremony with Crazy Guy went “splendid”. Wait. What?
Aunt Lydia goes Aunt Lydia on Professor Handmaid and when she’s had enough, the Professor stabs her in the back and Aunt Lydia falls over the railing and down the stairs where she groans in agony. Emily goes down to finish her off, kicking her down the steps. She’s still alive when the house Martha walks in, sees what Professor Handmaid has done and locks her in her room.
At first Professor Handmaid is giddy, but then realizes the weight of what she’s done and flips out.
Serena and The Commander arrive home and Serena is out of it. What happened to her??
June is deeply concerned. I mean, I guess, cause this Lady is raising your kid, you need her to be ok. But she’s also the lady that’s beat you, and held you down while her husband raped you. Should you really be wasting energy on giving AF about her?
Turns out, Serena’s pinky was cut off as punishment for reading. She’s a wife, society’s upper echelon, but when she acted up, she got punished like a lowly Handmaid. Um... am I supposed to feel bad for her? Isn’t this the world she created? This is what she wanted or nah?
Serena says, “I tried...” Um.. you also created this sh—. Try harder.
Commander Waterford is in the kitchen and can’t find the tea. Rita is somewhere.
June ain’t with the sh—. She calls out Waterford for what he did to Serena. He’s unapologetic. He’s all, she didn’t know her place. June’s disgusted. This mofo is going to raise her child?
He asks June if she wants to stay in the house. Rules can be bent to make that happen. He wants to try for a boy. “Could be fun”, he says. June tells him, “go fuck yourself, Fred.” His response is dangling more visits with Hannah.
Professor Handmaid is cowering in her room when Crazy Commander comes in. They’re going for a drive and he’s playing some song about broken glass I don’t recognize. Um... where are they going? What is happening?!
Back at The Waterfords, June is putting Hannah down when there’s a commotion outside. A house is on fire. Rita comes in and tells June to get her shoes and she and. “Friends” can get June and the baby “out”.
June grabs her sh—, goes back for Holly/Nicole. She sees Nick, who gives her a knowing nod.
The Commander is in his office when he notices a commotion. He comes upstairs and senses something is wrong when he encounters Rita. He runs up to June’s room and I can’t make out what’s scrawled above her bed. (A bit of research revealed it’s Latin for “Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down”.) Nick follows him upstairs and gets familiar when the commander orders him to put a search party together. Nick tells him to stay put.
Meanwhile, June is almost out when she encounters Serena who wants her baby. June tries to reason with her that she can get Nicole out and she can’t grow up in Gilead. June says she knows how much Serena loves Holly/Nicole. Serena asks to hold her to say goodbye. She prays over the baby. And then gives her to June.
Holy Moly!!! I didn’t think she would let her go. I mean, Serena reconstructed an entire country and sent millions of women into exile or the Dark Ages just to have a baby of her own. And she let her go? That’s love. Serena’s still a trash-ass human, but this was a noble and unexpected act.
June and Holly and a series of Handmaids run thru back alleys of the city until... Lawd this is taking forever. Is someone coming or not?
June has a flashback about Hannah, who cannot be saved, not right now. Geez.
Maybe watching this show will give white women some overdue empathy for enslaved women. Like maybe they will see themselves in June and see her trek on a modern day Underground Railroad and the impossible and agonizing decision to run and leave your child/family behind.
Oh God, finally a car arrives. It’s the Crazy Commander and Professor Handmaid aka Emily. He’s getting them out of Gilead. He sends them off, imploring them to “have a nice life, don’t get caught and keep away from drugs.” I don’t know what sins this man is atoning for or what he’s done with Aunt Lydia’s body, but God bless him. Seriously.
Emily gets in the van that pulls up and June lags behind. Ma’am, do you want to leave Gilead or not???
It’s or not??!?! She gives the baby, who is now named Nicole, to Emily and stays behind. Wow. Wow. Wow.
I’m gonna assume she’s staying for Hannah? And she’s gonna try to find her and get out? I don’t have kids, so I don’t understand this level of love. I mean. I get it. But I don’t feel it. I respect it.
But also, June has tried to leave plenty of times knowing Hannah was in Gilead. And she tried to leave after the last time she saw Hannah. I guess Holly turned Nicole and Serena’s treatment by her husband and The Commander’s new level of crazy gave her a new POV: there is no safety for girls and women of any stature in Gilead.
I can’t wait to see how this plays out next season. Because June cannot go “home” without being put to death. And she can’t roll up on Hannah. What will she do for food and shelter and water??
So many questions, not enough answers.
Btw, this ending is being skewered by critics. It was unpredictable for me and I rather liked it
What did you think??