The Marthas and Handmaids occupy tenuous positions. Offred visits Janine. Meanwhile Ofglen and her Martha lover have been arrested and tried. Continually raging Aunt Lydia pops up. Baby Angela is fawned over; I guess she is not a Shredder then? How did views become so entrenched? Nobody challenges them on their messianic sense of righteousness? The Gilead lot have a moral imperative to have a lack of kindness. Offred finds it unendurable as the wives discuss their distain for Handmaids in front of her.
There is no mild, thoughtful acting. The wives are memorably genial in their respectability, seeing Handmaids as a grim necessity. Janine is in disarray. Offred is pensive. Nick is a callow jerk with a visible hint of menace and he is profoundly sinister. He spoke to the Eyes about Offred. Flashbacks show the loud Moira and June discussing the new laws.
This episode lacks any discoverable impact. Luke had no prescience. Offred is asked questions by an Eye and Aunt Lydia zaps her with a cattle prod. Serena Joy thinks a joyful event is imminent. Ofglen faces exceptional vindictiveness for disappointing her. How can people have a knowing adherence to Gilead? Offred sheds popularity by getting her period. Serena Joy wears a charming deceptive mask. Ofglen’s real name is Emily. This was dumb and stupid.
“An offence to god.”
“That word is not to be used.”
“We’ve been under marital law since DC.”
“By His Word.”
“Sluts, get out of here.”
“By His Name.”
“Under His Eye.”
“I don’t think that’s the army.”
“The Common Mercy.”
“Sentenced to Redemption.”
“Your existence is an abomination.”
“You know how they get.”
“It’s only Vanilla. But I can have it.”
“The weaker girls.”
“Things can get much worse for you.”
“You can’t come back from that.”
“When I crack. Run.”
“Walk faster please.”
“Everybody loved him.”
“You contribute, you’re in.”
“The community needs you.”