The Handmaid's Tale: Together
October 13, 2022 9:39 AM - Season 5, Episode 6 - Subscribe

June and Luke's mission puts them in serious jeopardy. Serena senses a threat from her benefactors. Lawrence and Nick make a shocking power move.
posted by roolya_boolya (7 comments total)
What an episode. So many payoffs and moments of narrative satisfaction. Serena's increasingly pushed into the life of a handmaid. Putnam finally getting his just desserts. June and Serena reunited.

Absolutely stunning performance from McKenna Grace as Esther.
posted by roolya_boolya at 9:41 AM on October 13, 2022 [2 favorites]

Why on earth didn't June finish Ezra off?
posted by kokaku at 1:11 PM on October 13, 2022 [2 favorites]

Putnam's had that coming since Season 1, but still when it happened it was shocking at how quickly he was dispatched - and who did it too.

Yeah, Serena's seen the writing on the wall for her future life and knows she needs to GTFO of that situation. The scene with the doctor made my skin crawl, especially when he was talking about perineal massage and then in the next breath asked her out. Ugh. But she and/or June should definitely have finished Ezra off. That whole scene was like Thelma and Louise gone bad.

Also, re Esther, WTF is uterus harvesting?! Do they mean egg harvesting for the proposed IVF facility?

Aunt Lydia still doesn't get that The Ceremony is rape too.
posted by essexjan at 2:14 PM on October 13, 2022 [1 favorite]

Ezra clearly not being dead bothered me.

Aunt Lydia is so close to getting it. As I've said, I'm not here for Lydia's redemption but Ann Dowd brings being ... well, Ann Dowd to the role so I want her to get it.

Serena's redemption I'm never going to be on board for. She helped create this world and now she has to live in it. Too bad for her.

McKenna Grace is awesome. Also, I liked Janine being Janine. Also as I've said, I only want the best for Janine and out of everyone, I want her to have some kind of happy ending.
posted by edencosmic at 5:15 PM on October 13, 2022

Politics make strange bedfellows, indeed.
posted by luckynerd at 5:49 PM on October 16, 2022

What an episode! This is the fulcrum of the season and, perhaps, the entire show. The key thing here is so many of the bad actors finally realize the truth. Serena realizes she's a captive of Gilead because of her pregnancy. Aunt Lydia realizes the Commanders are raping the girls she protects. And Luke realizes just how awful June's life has been, crumbles entirely in just a few hours of the pressure she survived for these past few years. All of them have lost their police innocence., their coping in the face of the monstrosity of Gilead.

The exception is June. She's got nowhere new to learn here, she's just living out the skills she's learned. She handles her imprisonment with aplomb. She even handles Serena's turn reasonably well, jumping in the car and driving away. Probably North. She has her shit together.
posted by Nelson at 9:58 PM on October 31, 2022

Ok, so I'm glad we're not back in Gilead but I'm hating this plotline. They needed a reason for June and Serena to be together, so they had a bunch of people make really dumb decisions to get them to this place.

I'm actually really interested in June and Serena's stories this season. But there's no good reason for their meeting to have to have been forced like this.
posted by LizBoBiz at 3:18 AM on November 3, 2022

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