The Handmaid’s Story Episode 9 Recap: The One That Received Away

By no means low cost the power of subpar white guys to fail up.

That’s the takeaway from this week’s Handmaid’s Story, by which Fred Waterford weasels his means out of worldwide felony costs and incites a blind, violent rage in his former handmaid — which is saying one thing, given their historical past.

In different information, June and Luke now have a person on the within who’s prepared to assist them with intel on Hannah… and that man occurs to be Nick.

Learn on for the highlights of “Progress.”

WORKING THE PHONES | We choose up with June and Luke taking lengthy, fraught seems at one another after she’s simply completed telling him concerning the final time she noticed Hannah. She apologizes once more for not with the ability to extricate their daughter from Gilead, however he rapidly says it’s not her fault. However when she mentions that Hannah is “dwelling” now, he objects: “House is right here. House is with us.” He says they’ve to search out her, however June isn’t hopeful… till she sees the not-insignificant quantity of knowledge he’s gathered on Hannah up to now. “There’s not a day that glided by that I shouldn’t have achieved extra,” he laments.

With Tuello’s assist, they place a name to Commander Lawrence. “You could need one thing,” he appropriately surmises. He factors out that the house by which Hannah is rising up is the one one she remembers, and they need to go away her there. “Your love f–ks individuals up,” he observes. “You’re a fountain of heartache and hassle.” He additionally tells her that Janine is alive and again on the Pink Middle with Aunt Lydia, which brings June to tears.

Ultimately, Lawrence presents to assist get Hannah again if June will negotiate… say, return 10 of the youngsters she placed on that flight? “You realize we’re by no means giving these youngsters again,” she says, realizing that he’s not going to assist her. However nonetheless, she presses on, telling Lawrence, “We love her. We are her household. Joseph, I do know you’re a good man.” That impacts him, we see, however he doesn’t waiver: He tells her to be thankful for being free and to maneuver on. “In the event you can,” he provides after they cling up.

IN THE NICK OF TIME | So Luke suggests a unique angle: Nick. “I feel he would do something for me and Nichole, yeah,” June says, clearly shocked that her husband is behind the concept of contacting her child daddy. After which she’s actually bowled over when Nick says that it’s safer for her to convey Nichole and meet up with Nick in particular person, fairly than make one other name to Gilead. To be clear, Luke does NOT love the concept of this rendezvous, however he is aware of it’s their greatest hope of discovering Hannah. So she agrees, including that they should attempt the whole lot “for Hannah.”

With Secret Service brokers within the automotive behind her, June drives to an empty college in the course of nowhere to see Nick. “Freedom agrees with you,” he says as June beams, then kneels right down to see their daughter in her stroller. “She’s a complete completely different particular person,” he remarks. They go inside to speak, however earlier than June may even make her request for details about Hannah, Nick is producing a folder of the whole lot he’s been capable of finding. (Facet be aware: I admit, I acquired a bit of heart-eyes-emoji at this level within the hour.)

Hannah resides in Colorado Springs, and there are present images of her going about her each day life. “Getting her out is unattainable,” Nick warns. “There are Guardians all over the place.” However not less than they know the place she is, “and I’m right here,” he guarantees, “to do what I can.” June marvels at how a lot he’s risked to assist her. “I ought to have run away with you after I had the prospect,” he says, they usually kiss however then principally simply relaxation their foreheads towards one another and cry softly. Then Nick offers Nichole a doll they usually each make foolish noises on the child for the couple of minutes they’ve acquired left.

“Attempt to be joyful,” he tells her, holding her shut exterior moments earlier than they should half. “You, too,” she says. And after she’s again in her automotive, he takes a marriage band out of his pocket and slips it again on his finger. As she drives dwelling, June grins and cries and is an enormous ball of (understandably stirred-up) emotion.

ESTHER RESURFACES | We talked about Janine earlier than, so let’s examine in there. She’s shocked when she sees Esther Keyes as a handmaid within the Pink Middle, being punished for refusing to eat. Janine meekly steps in to forestall Aunt Lydia from torturing the woman, suggesting that she will possibly get her to conform. Esther could be very keen on what June is as much as, however Janine hardens her voice as she tells the woman (and herself, in all probability), “Overlook June. She’s not right here. We’re right here. And you must deal with your self now.” She factors out that Gilead is not going to kill Esther however will make her want she have been lifeless. “It is advisable to keep alive so that you will be right here when issues get higher,” Janine provides. And ultimately, her message will get by means of. Esther eats, Aunt Lydia is happy and nobody needed to lose an eye fixed this time.

‘THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS’ | On the detention middle in Toronto, Fred and Serena open child items — together with an infant-sized Commander’s swimsuit, ick — from their fervent followers. When he tells her to learn a card they’ve obtained, she offers him a pointed look. “Am I allowed now? Now that no one’s watching?” He says he’s made errors however he needs to begin over, it’s all God’s plan, yadda yadda. The truth is, he thinks she ought to write one other guide, as a result of “The world ought to hear your voice once more.”

The Waterfords are shocked when Warren and Naomi Putnam arrive for a go to. Naomi offers a bit of side-eye to the pad the place Serena has been making notes, however says nothing about it. That’s in all probability as a result of she’s actually there to push her agenda: She needs Serena’s child son to return stay along with her in Gilead if/when Serena is just not in a position to take care of him herself. In the meantime, Warren commends Fred for being a very good little Christian soldier throughout his time in Canada. However when Fred asks what Gilead is doing to get him out, Warren’s all, “What now?” Seems, there’s zero political will to stage a “Free the Waterfords” marketing campaign, lest doing so encourage extra kidnappings. The truth is, all Commander Putnam can supply is a field of cigars and the peace of mind that “we’ll proceed to ship you our ideas and prayers,” which is alleged with the straightest of faces and due to this fact is the funniest line within the episode.

Later, within the chapel, Serena worries that their baby will turn out to be a ward of the state and that she might be despatched to the Colonies or pressured to be a handmaid. Fred guarantees her that gained’t occur and that eh will do “the whole lot in my energy” to guard their baby. “What energy?” she asks. “What might you presumably do from in right here?” Fred tells her to have religion — and we’ll discover out why in a second.

A FLOP FLIPS | When June comes dwelling with Nichole, Luke and Moira cry and giggle as they give the impression of being over the whole lot Nick has gathered. Tuello is there, too, and he reluctantly says that they’ve a brand new asset in Toronto: Fred Waterford. “He has agreed to share his wealth of information, inside details about Gilead” and all that good things in trade for his freedom: The prosecution as dropped its costs. Moira and Luke can’t consider that america made a take care of Fred, however June quietly lays it out: Her testimony spooked him, and Tuello used that worry to flip Fred. “Generally, you must let one fish go to catch plenty of different, greater fish,” he says sheepishly.

Tuello leaves, and one thing in June’s face makes Luke begin calling for her and operating after her as she follows. He’s practically at his automotive when she explodes. “That man is a f–king rapist!” she screams time and again, lunging at Tuello. “I’ll kill you!” she guarantees, livid — and if it weren’t for the intervention of Luke and the Secret Service brokers, I feel she would possibly.

Now it’s your flip. What did you consider the episode? Pontificate within the feedback!

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