“My name is June Osborne, I am a citizen of the United States and I am seeking asylum in Canada.”
Blessed be the fruit!
Forgive me if I’m a little excited, but this week Handmaid’s Tale tells of June’s re-entry into mainstream society. And while his re-acclimatization has been difficult and tearful from the start, IT’S NOT IN GILEAD, so it’s cause for celebration.
Read on for the highlights of “Home”.
‘SHE WAS OUR HANNAH’ | As June gets off the Oona boat, Mark Tuello is there as America’s representative to welcome her to Canada. After officially declaring that she was seeking refuge in the Great White North, June ends up in a hotel with Luke. She’s calm and – as you can see when she takes a shower – so bruised. Luke orders a bunch of plates from room service but she doesn’t taste any before curling up in a bathrobe and sleeping for 17 hours.
When she wakes up, Luke takes a nap on the sofa nearby. She invites him to sit next to her on the bed; the formality between them and the way they delicately come together is heartbreaking. He immediately launches into an apology. “June, I tried to get you out. I did. And I tried to find Hannah. I tried everyday and failed, and I’m sorry, ”he says, adding that he understands if she can’t forgive him“ because I can’t forgive myself ”. She starts telling him about the time she visited Hannah at the lake house, and when she says, “She was our Hannah,” it’s Luke’s loss. He kisses her, crying and reassuring her that she is a good mother. She protests that she is not, recalling the last time she saw their daughter at the torture center. Important to note: June does not tell Luke about this interaction.
Later, when Tuello debuts June, Luke interrupts him and says he’s going to bring June home to see “our daughter”. Moira and Emily are at home with Nicole and are so happy to see their friend free. Emily hands the baby to June and Nichole cries. Then June cries and Emily cries, and it’s a very soggy episode, indeed. Later, when they are alone, June tells Nichole that “your daddy and I love you so much, your first daddy.” “
‘DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?!’ | At first, June seems to be doing well. She asks to accompany Moira and Luke on a food race. She invites Rita and Emily to dinner. But at the grocery store, seeing a few women in hijabs triggers a panic attack (their headwear reminds her of the one she was wearing) and June ends up gasping in the potato chip aisle. After dinner that night, Emily tells the ladies that she still hasn’t gone back to the bedroom with Sylvia, and Moira concedes that “we all left this place totally fucked up for sex. June wonders if any of them are wondering if they deserve to be released from Gilead, but Moira quickly says that they did what they had to do to survive, and “we here, Ladies. »
When June asks about Serena, the group quickly calms down. Eventually, Rita drops the bombshell that she saw Mrs. Waterford and that she is pregnant. “Is it hers?” Is it the commander? June asks, and Rita says yes. “Well, fuck her. I don’t care, ”June says casually. But you know she really, really does.
And that’s why she calls Tuello late at night and asks him to take her to her former mistress. The minute June walks into her room, Serena is back on her blessed BS. “I prayed for this chance and I humbly thank the Lord for your visit,” she said. “You would,” June growls. “You never gave me credit for anything.” Then Tuello leaves them alone, and Serena mentions how she wants to make amends, and something inside June is RIPPED.
“I came here so I could tell you how much I hate you,” she said. “You don’t deserve to make amends to anyone. The only thing you deserve is a life full of pain and shame. You destroyed my life, my family, my friends, my country and my child. There is nobody less worthy of redemption you.
This last piece makes Serena cry; she kneels down. But June is not over. “Do you know why God made you pregnant? So that when he kills that baby in your womb, you will feel a fraction of the pain you caused us when you ripped our children from our arms, ”she growls. ” Do you understand me? DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME??!?!?!?!??!?! That last part is yelled, and Serena sobs, and wow that was satisfying in a slightly disturbing way.
At home, June climbs into bed and aggressively kisses Luke, straddling him in the process. He tries to touch her but she pushes his hand down, and when he asks her to wait a second, she puts her hand over her mouth and rides him until she has an orgasm … which means that you can also drop this scene under “satisfactory (for June) but disturbing”.
The next day, Luke and June play with Nichole outside in the snow. At one point, Luke looks at his wife like he doesn’t know who she is.
‘RUN FOR YOUR LIFE’ | Let’s go back for a second. At the start of the episode, Tuello tells Serena that getting Fred to cooperate more could help both his fate and Tuello’s investigation. But when the mom-to-be visits Fred, she pushes back her desire to play daddy to the growing child in her womb. And he notes that June can sideline them both for the maximum sentence possible, so maybe it’s time to put down their fight “and team up to help each other.”
While she certainly doesn’t seem open to the idea, after June’s visit, Serena visits Fred’s cell and tells him that she needs him. He kneels down to bring his face close to his stomach… and isn’t it interesting that the audio of June’s conversation with Tuello about Serena is playing on stage? She says Mrs Waterford is driven by hate and rage, “and underneath that there is nothing but sheer misery … and she will do anything not to feel that, all to feel. good.
In short, June says, “If you get sucked into her, run. Run for your life. “
Now it’s your turn. What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments!