Most of my thoughts in the order that I thought them while watching the third season of The Handmaid’s Tale S3 E2 “Mary and Martha” on a Wednesday night in Southern California while I should have been taping my podcast.
For the slow folk: SPOILER ALERT!!!!!
What’s with Gilead supermarkets? They ain’t got no food. Wait. The non-Gilead world probably got them cut off like how America did Cuba. Damn.
Lose Chicago?! All the guns in Chicago and the Americans couldn’t hold it?
Aunt Lydia aint’t dead?!?!?!? Didn’t ol’ girl flip her over the railing?! That’s a study old lady to survive that.
What’s up with the wife? Mrs. Lawrence?
I knew Aunt Lydia wasn’t going to make it up the stairs. Why she think she was?
Wait. A taser. We just tasing women who supposed to be child-bearing and in their mid-section? Ain’t that, I don’t know, dangerous?
Zaddy wondering what the voltage is. He kinda over June, huh? At least he got her out of the Handmaiden holding center. And how he didn’t get caught when he drove her to the McKenzies?
June’s husband ain’t feeling this new baby that ain’t his, is he?
Clitoral reconstruction? They cutting clitorises off in Gilead?? WTF? Did we know this already.
I can’t get a read on Zaddy. Is he no longer down with helping The Cause? He says he knows June? Hmmm. Figuratively? Or BG?
It was that easy to change his mind about helping the woman? I guess that’s a testament of how whim-my white men/people can be? Like this woman’s fate depends on the mood of a maybe kinda Liberal.
June is starting to strike me as a WW who needs some adventure. Does she like feeling like a hero? I’m just not buying into her WW bad-assery. She’s no Lara Croft or Sarah Connor. Or Nancy Pelosi.
Gilead is Green except for dry cleaning. LOL. I’m so fascinated with this world. Like, I wish Gilead would have a full “Puerto Rico” episode like She’s Gotta Have It and show me the culture/landscape/history. But, you know, like with some plot thrown in.
Poor Elizabeth. I totally get why she wouldn’t go see her family at this point. Like, what if her wife moved on? Or her kid doesn’t recognize her? That would be heartbreaking.
Why is Luke being such a douche?? Like, Sir, express yourself. The passive aggressiveness is too much!
Oh. “He looks at you and sees June.” Yeah. I get it. I need him to just say that.
“No one’s talking about happily ever after. Just after.” Damn.
Wait. Ol’ girl is back at Zaddy’s house and shot up! Wtf?!
Wait. Wife knows what’s going on? I thought she was out of it!
Sis making all that damn noise like she don’t hear all them footsteps in the house. They gonna kill that girl to save themselves, aren’t they?
Yup. She dead. They gonna incinerate her like ol’ girl from Native Son??
Yeah. June don’t know when to stop. And Beard Zaddy has a point about June’s recklessness. Like she doing “the right thing”, but doesn’t know the stakes/consequences. And it’s getting folk in trouble.
Wait. Was getting her feet whipped up the extent of June’s official punishment?? Nothing else?
I’m not even mad Zaddy called the Martha back in the house. June needs to learn a lesson about consequences. Like you’re not Harriet Tubman, Sis. I mean, maybe you can become her. But you’re doing a lot right now while knowing the least about the operations.
They’re using butter to keep their hands soft? Ain’t no lotion in Gilead??
Are there no shovels in Gilead either?
Ok. So they DO have shovels. Why would June even start to dig with her bare hands then??
He sent Cora away.
Luke is coming around toward the baby. “You look like your Mommy,” he says. This is love right here. That ain’t his kid. Wife ain’t around, but because it’s his wife’s kid by another man and she’s his daughter’s Sister, he is raising her. I mean, the baby didn’t ask to be here. But that’s still a lot.
Who is this black girl with no compassion? Sis. You heard this whole Gilead story before. It’s in your ancestry. I guess a lotta black folk do like some by-the-book religion.
Dear Pick Mes, this is your future.
Elizabeth gotta flip phone. Wait. Canada giving free healthcare and free phones?
Awww. She called her wife. And chick stopped slam in the middle of the street. Maybe their “ending” will be happy.
Random: I kinda miss Serena. I need an update. Sis went HAM and burned down the house. What’s next?? Is she gonna fail up too like June??
NEXT EPISODE: Season 3, Episode 3