The Handmaid's Tale (2017– )
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Offred reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead.


Mike Barker


Bruce Miller (created by), Bruce Miller (teleplay by)





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elisabeth Moss ... June Osborne
Joseph Fiennes ... Fred Waterford
Yvonne Strahovski ... Serena Joy Waterford
Ann Dowd ... Aunt Lydia Clements
O-T Fagbenle ... Luke Bankole
Max Minghella ... Nick Blaine
Bahia Watson ... Brianna
Jenessa Grant ... Dolores
Nina Kiri ... Alma
Ericka Kreutz ... Nurse Wheeler
Ryan Turner ... Uniformed Eye #1
Daniel Malik ... Uniformed Eye #2 (as Daniel Chaudhry)
David Snelgrove ... Eye Commander
Dave Lapsley Dave Lapsley ... Executioner
Edie Inksetter ... Aunt Elizabeth


Offred reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead.

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execution | hanging | See All (2) »


Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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Release Date:

25 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song "This Woman's Work" plays over a scene in this episode. This song was written and recorded by Kate Bush specifically for a dramatic childbirth scene toward the end of the 1988 John Hughes movie She's Having a Baby. The lead actress in that film, Elizabeth McGovern (who played the eponymous character having a baby), also played Moira in the 1990 film adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale. See more »


Although it's pouring rain, there is sunlight coming both into the church bell tower and the room where June is sitting. See more »


June Osborne: Our father who art in Heaven? Seriously? What the actual fuck?
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This Woman's Work
Written and Performed by Kate Bush
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Non stop edge of your seat insanity
19 June 2018 | by Brave_TraveIerSee all my reviews

Imo this is the series better episode. It was non stop with maybe two scenes that let me take time to breath and catch my breath.

The first episode shows right away that season 2 is not only trying to remain consistent but also trying to be better!!! This is a special TV series that has raised the bar with the standards of quality in a drama. You literally are so invested and engaged in this episode that during these high octane tense scenes, your blood pressure is spiked and you can go for a anti-anxiety medication! From the beginning in the baseball field to the scissors!!! Its pushes your limits more and more and you realize or at least I realized that I just endured torture mentally and visually being done. It effects me making me pause before going to the next episode to breath. And I can take A LOT!

I can totally understand in scenes when she agrees to follow orders or when that scene happened with the stove she then continued to eat...because she literally felt helpless and her will had been stripped from her. She knew she cant defy no longer at that moment at the table! Maybe it all resonates with her that resisting and fighting back my win a little battle but the larger picture is a great war that stands to last a long time and she has no allies right then. Nothing!

In the beginning with the rest of them lining up they were a group of women all as one sharing the same goal to obtain the same thing. In those moments that noose is put on the women down from her, shes not alone. She knows shes going to die with them fighting. She maybe be thinking she cant die know shes not ready but also the fact that the sick world she lives in, all that suffering will now be silent and go away.

Until she is given back life and then maybe she realizes, "But my child is still here! That's why i I'm fighting and surviving!" She then slowly accepts that she cant fight and survive at the same time she has to just surive. She sees it in the scenes leading up to when shes eating. But after that scream she hears... she then looks in front of her and see all the women and how shes more alone than ever before right in that moment. There is no place for camaraderie. Aunt Lydia has broken her will perhaps. Temporary, maybe. Shes passed "I rather be dead" to feeling at that moment going against them is much more horrifying than death and was just another waste of energy and a battle. Survival! She doesnt feel shame in that spoonful of Soup, she feels the need to survive at whatever cost she could! She knows her child is still out there or she would gladly choose another loney path; death. But she doesnt even entertain the thought because of her only purpose of living is the love she has for her kid.

This episode is jarring and its scenes like those two that made me study her thoughts of what she could be feeling and thinking. Later we see what happens which is big news for this show! It was done superbly too. I think I'm going to be apprehensive with my q-tip next time I clean my ears. (Yes, obviously I'm a man) I love Atwood and this series and find it to be unlike any drama on TV because it mixes suspense and thriller, all three in one some episodes so well. It's a series that deserved to air in the 2000s but would be impossible because it's so relevant to women today. I may not be one but I'm a passionate person. I think this show can unite women with it's incredible writing that never dumbs down for its fan, but stays loyal and rewards us for watching!!!


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