Author: Katherine B. Shelor

The Handmaid’s Tale: Night

The final episode of the season begins with a flashback to the Handmaids’ introduction to the Red Center, where they are called sluts for their clothing. “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and he shall lift you up”–they are taught to be demure and submissive. At the end of the opening scene, Aunt Lydia takes June to a room with a single chair, where a tag is put on her ear, and she reflects on how the handmaids looked at each other then–with terror–and that they don’t look at each other that way anymore. “They should never...

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The Handmaid’s Tale: Jezebels

In this episode, we learn a bit more about Nick and sense the awakening of his moral compass through his compassion for June. As the episode opens, June is sitting on Nick’s bed, feeling guilty because Luke is alive but she goes back to Nick frequently—because it feels good. We then flash back to Before, and see Nick at a career counseling place. He apparently has a hard time holding down a job, and when he’s heckled in line he punches the man who heckled him. Rather than chasing him off and telling him not to come back, the...

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The Handmaid’s Tale: Where the Boys Are

In the previous episode, June learned that Luke was still alive—the episode ended with a visiting Mexican diplomat pressing a notebook into her hand so that she could write her husband a note. It follows, then, that this episode focuses entirely on Luke’s story. We learn that he was, indeed, shot when they were trying to flee to Canada, but that he survived and later escaped from a crashed ambulance. We also learn how the family came to be traveling on that remote road. They had previously escaped from the city and were living in a cabin owned by...

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The Handmaid’s Tale: A Woman’s Place

In this installment, Gilead prepares for a visit from the Mexican ambassador. The handmaids are tasked with scrubbing bloodstains off of the walls where dead bodies are usually hung as examples of what will happen to those who misbehave, and Jeanine comments on how it looks strange without the bodies—people can get used to anything. At the Waterfords’ house, tension is high because the Ambassador will be coming over for dinner, and life in Gilead must be shown in the best light. Mrs. Waterford warns Offred to speak wisely to the visiting diplomats. For the first time in the...

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Weekly Recap – Episode 5, Faithful

Episode 5: Faithful In this week’s episode, some time has passed. Offred has, at this point, played 34 games of Scrabble with the Commander, and is feeling comfortable enough with him to share something approaching real opinions. He gives her a gift—a fashion magazine a la Cosmopolitan—and although she says it is not allowed, he says, “It is with me.” Offred—hereafter referred to as “June” in flashbacks for the purposes of these summaries—recalls when she first met Luke. She and Moira are waiting at a hot dog stand, looking through Tinder, and lamenting the string of bad dates June...

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