June makes a monumental decision which seems to weigh on her more than any other. Though, when it comes to Serena, her decision has her in a nearly joyous mood.
|Director(s)||Deniz Gamze Erguven|
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Meanwhile In Toronto: Fred, Moira, Luke, Mike, Serena Joy
Serena Joy is pretty much living her best life. Mike has her in what looks like a beautiful hotel suite and whatever agreement she brokered with him, it got her visitation rights. Oh, yeah, in case it wasn’t made clear, she screwed over her husband of decades for a baby that isn’t hers. Which is something Moira points out, as she is forced to allow Nichole to spend an hour with Serena, and before she is escorted out of the room.
But, before you think Luke and Moira were just coerced to deal with Fred and Serena being in Canada – you’re mistaken. Mike does allow Luke to speak with Fred, with a guard present, but you can tell he knew something was going to happen. Luke is, after all, June’s husband and this man kidnapped his wife, represents the people who stole his daughter, and what man do you know could have all that done to him and not snap? Especially when dealing with someone like Fred, who is just smug.
Sacrifices Had To Be Made: Commander Lawrence, June, Eleanor
In Gilead, we’re told in one week, the plane will come in, and the kids will ship out. This is something which, at first, was rather joyous for June. A plan was coming together and was doing much good. On top of that, it seemed she was going to get away with murder for with Fred and Serena Joy taken in, it is assumed Commander Winslow’s disappearance may have been related in some way. However, there is the issue of Eleanor. Someone who is a bit overzealous about kids being rescued to the point she is willing to speak of it to some of the other wives.
As you can imagine, this is alarming to June since this will not only ruin her plan but probably get more people killed at once than she has gotten harmed thus far. So, she goes off on Eleanor, quite harshly, until Commander Lawrence stops her. But, what he doesn’t stop is the guilt Eleanor takes on from being chastised which leads to her killing herself. An action June could have saved her from, for she did discover Eleanor not too long after she took her pills. Yet, to protect all she planned, she lets her die.
Which, for June, might have been a good idea. Well, at least for now. For one issue June was facing was, with Fred being taken in, and Commander Winslow missing, it made a lot of the hotheads in Washington want to retaliate. Also, with those two gone, it has allowed Commander Lawrence to regain prominence. So combine a dead wife with a resurgence of power equals Commander Lawrence stopping his peers from locking down the border or more drastic actions.
However, there is a serious issue that June now has to deal with. Eleanor was one of the driving reasons Commander Lawrence was willing to work with June. So, with her dead, and him suspecting something, did she create a short term solution which won’t allow for her long term plans?
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- Considering Eleanor is dead, does Commander Lawrence have much of a reason to go along with June’s plan anymore?
The Weight Of June’s Decisions Is Aging Her
I hope this doesn’t come off ageist, but there is something about looking at June, after Eleanor’s death, which makes it seem she has aged. Which I only point out since we spend a good 5 or so minutes an episode staring at June’s face. To not know every line, bruise, pore, and the structure of Elisabeth Moss’ face at this point could only be achievable if you fast forward.
So one would submit the stress of Gilead, grand plans, letting people get harmed, killed, or even committing suicide because of her pursuit of redemption, it’s getting to June. Maybe to the point that, before this is all over, she’ll likely die not from a bullet, but a heart attack or stroke. Which, I know, considering how Handmaids are medically monitored this isn’t likely to happen. However, a lot of things which shouldn’t happen do on this show all the time.
Serena Betraying Fred
It can’t be said June planned out Fred’s demise but as strong-minded as Serena is sometimes said to be, let’s not pretend June isn’t watching an old seed planted bear fruit. Serena has long been pushed to look at Fred as the reason she isn’t happy or fulfilled. So this, what could be considered her snapping, its on par with Luke punching Fred in the face.
On The Fence
Why Would You Let A Civilian With Motive To Inflict Pain Be With A High Ranking Prisoner?
Which really shouldn’t have happened. I get Mike will try to write it off as something he didn’t know would happen but, think about it, you have a war criminal in your custody. Why in the world would you let anyone who has reason to do them harm in the same room? He could have stabbed Fred, took the guard’s weapon, assuming he had one, and pretty much killed your leverage and gave Gilead all the reason they needed to start a war. But, I guess giving the audience a cathartic release was all that mattered, right?
The Handmaid's Tale
|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Episode Information||Topics & Focused Characters|
|Season 3, Episode 12 “Sacrifice”||June makes a monumental decision which seems to weigh on her more than any other. Though, when it comes to Serena, her decision has her in a nearly joyous mood.|
|Season 3, Episode 10 “Witness”||June takes on a major sacrifice to make a breakthrough in her goal to liberate Gilead’s children. A plan which will test how competent Gilead’s security and leadership are.|
|Season 3, Episode 11 “Liars”||With a recent announcement of season 4, it seems marketing coordinated that with an episode that may finally be the beginning of the end.|
|Season 3, Episode 8 “Unfit”||We finally get to learn about Aunt Lydia’s life before Gilead took over, but that may become an afterthought considering how the episode ends.|
|Season 3, Episode 9 "Heroic"||As June is pushed to the brink of utter madness, murder even, she snaps. But, in snapping, she may have found a new purpose for her life.|
|Season 3, Episode 7 “Under His Eye”||As June loses yet another ally, so begins her possibly losing it. Though she might not be alone as Emily does as well. But, as that happens, Serena finds a crew.|
|Season 3, Episode 6 “Household”||We take a trip down to DC to learn if things are better or worse in the capital and oh, not only are they worse but June gets a wake-up call.|
|Season 3, Episode 5 “Unknown Caller”||We’ve come to the point where things might be beyond June’s control, and she may be forced to realize she’s no different than Commander Lawrence’s Marthas.|
|Season 3, Episode 4 “God Bless The Child”||June really tests the limits of her influence, but this time with the Waterfords and Aunt Lydia. Especially when Janine puts herself in a dangerous situation.|
|Season 3, Episode 3 “Useful”||Commander Lawrence begins to reveal his intentions to us and to say, even after an hour, they can seem ambiguous, that’s an understatement.|
|Season 3, Episode 2 “Mary and Martha”||A few old faces return this episode, and we learn how willing Commander Lawrence is when it comes to participating in the new underground railroad.|
|Season 3, Episode 1 “Night” [Season Premiere]||The Handmaid’s Tale returns, and like many a season premiere, we are presented the calm before the storm.|
|Season 2/ Episode 13 “The Word” [Season Finale]||For those, like me, who thought The Handmaid’s Tale was in a perpetual cycle, many things happen which break the wheel and lead us to believe Season 3 will be the fall of Gilead.|
|Season 2/ Episode 12 “Postpartum”||June may find herself responsible for yet another death as Emily finds herself in a rather peculiar commander’s home.|
|Season 2/ Episode 11 “Holly”||Desperate times call for desperate measures and June finds herself having to put her baby first as things become impossible for her.|
|Season 2/ Episode 10 “The Last Ceremony”|
Perhaps the happiest day of June’s life in a long time also meets yet another where she ends up getting someone killed.
|Season 2/ Episode 9 “Smart Power”||A trip to Canada temps Serena Joy, Nick meets Luke, and June searches for a godmother. Including Aunt Lydia who opens up to her.|
|Season 2, Episode 8 “Women’s Work”||Many women get a taste of the old world and there is the slightest bit of hope things could get better for them. However, said blessing is finite.|
|Season 2, Episode 7 “After”||A quiet revolution has begun with a bang and it seems Lillie’s bomb was just an exclamation point before a new chapter.|
|Season 2/ Episode 6 “First Blood”||As Serena Joy and June continue their complicated relationship, something possibly game-changing happens at the end of the episode.|
|Season 2/ Episode 5 “Seeds”||Just as it seemed the world broke and killed June and she has assumed the role of Offred, she gets two serious wake-up calls.|
|Season 2/ Episode 4 “Other Woman”||How long can you fight and be defeated, be the cause of others misery and death, before you decide to give up? It seems June has found out the answer.|
|Season 2/ Episode 3 “Baggage”||Guilt over not being the perfect mom, nor feminist, haunts June as she reminisces about her mother and how she has been as a mom.|
|Season 2/ Episode 2 “Unwomen”||The colonies are finally seen as well as an update on two favorites – Emily and Janine.|
|Season 2/ Episode 1 “June” [Season Premiere]||After her grand act of defiance inspiring a non-violent protest, it is time to see how Aunt Lydia plans to punish the girls and whether June’s pregnancy means anything in regards to that.|
|Season 1/ Episode 9 “The Bridge”||It’s easy to get desensitized. Both in terms of what the show offers and in general. Thus making the job of an actor harder for they have to give more of themselves over to you – the audience. Now, up to this point, I shed no tears, felt no significant shock, and only admired Moss and Dowd’s performance. But in this episode, one of those things changed.|
|Season 1/ Episode 4 “Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum”||With it being 13 days since June has been outside, seen someone besides the meek Rita and malicious Serena Joy, she is losing it. Yet, she finds a message hidden away for her that provides strength.|
|Season 1/ Episode 7 “The Other Side”||Rather than drag out what may have happened to Luke, as I want to believe they are doing with Moira, we get an episode dedicated to him.|
|Season 1/ Episode 6 “A Woman’s Place”||As the Mexico ambassador visits, we get a peek inside the past of Serena Joy and her part in what eventually created Gilead.|
|Season 1/ Episode 5 “Faithful”||Many characters have their true colors revealed and, alongside this, June herself we learn isn’t as innocent as she seems.|
|Season 1/ Episode 3 “Late”||As it’s revealed what happens to those like the original Ofglen, June continues to try to navigate through a world in which she finds herself to be the lobster in the boiling pot.|
|Season 1/ Episode 8 “Jezebels”||Would it be wrong, if not odd, to say I was a bit bored by “Jezebel?” Granted, we got another character’s background story and saw someone from June’s past, but I found it difficult to be excited or engaged. To help understand why, look below.|
|Season 1/ Episode 1 “Offred” [Series Premiere]||Being that Young Adult novels have come to dominate visual media dealing with a post-war period, it is a bit refreshing that those under 25 play little to no role in the series. Women who have experienced life instead are the focus and how they are dealing with a world which sent back women’s right at least a century.|
|Season 1/ Episode 10 “Night” [Season Finale]||Solidarity is what causes and maintains revolutions. But for solidarity to sprout there needs to be one voice. One refusal to the oppressor. Which is what we get in The Handmaid’s Talefinale: “Night.”|
|Season 1/ Episode 2 “Birth Day”|