The Handmaid's Tale (2017–…): Season 1, Episode 2 - Birth Day - full transcript

Offred and her fellow Handmaids assist with the delivery of Janine's baby, prompting Offred to recall her own daughter's birth. Offred draws closer to Ofglen while dreading a secret meeting with the Commander.

Run, run, run!
Run, run!
OFFRED: Previously on
The Handmaid's Tale...
GUARDIAN 2: We got her!
JUNE: No!
HANNAH: Mommy!
This is the new one.
I'm Commander Waterford.
May God make me truly worthy.
SERENA JOY: He is my husband.
Don't get any ideas.
Fertility is a gift
directly from God.
You girls will serve
the Leaders of the Faithful
and their barren wives.
You will bear
children for them.
Welcome to the friggin'
loony bin.
Blessed are the meek, dear.
OFFRED: What'd they do to her?
"If my right eye offends thee,
pluck it out."
OFFRED: He's the
Commander's driver.
Maybe he watches me.
There's an Eye
in your house.
Be careful.
OFFRED: My name is June.
I intend to survive.
OFFRED: Blue.
I let it take me.
Blue Moon.
Rhapsody in Blue.
Tangled Up in Blue.
Blue Oyster Cult.
Blue Monday.
Our car was that color.
We bought it off Craigslist.
It smelled like maple syrup.
Luke said
it was a leak in the radiator,
it was probably bad for kids.
After we got it fixed,
I missed that smell.
And so did Hannah.
She said
it smelled like Saturdays.
(HANNAH LAUGHING)
(COUGHS)
(BED CREAKING)
I wish he'd hurry the fuck up.
(COMMANDER GRUNTS SOFTLY)
(INDISTINCT VOICES
ON WALKIE‐TALKIE)
(GATE CREAKS)
Hi.
Blessed be the fruit.
(INDISTINCT VOICES
ON WALKIE‐TALKIE)
May the Lord open.
(INDISTINCT VOICES
ON WALKIE‐TALKIE)
We should go.
It's gonna pour.
Would you like to
take the long way?
You're going to
get caught in the rain.
I like the rain.
Okay, whatever.
We're going home.
Under His eye.
BOTH: Under His eye.
Do you think
it's safe to talk here?
If we're careful.
Are you from here?
Brookline.
You?
Missoula, Montana,
if you can believe that.
I moved here for school.
Do you work in the city?
Or did you?
OFFRED: I was an assistant
book editor.
After my daughter
Hannah was born,
it was part‐time but sometimes
it was just paperwork.
But we did novels
and academic titles.
Once we did nine volumes
on the history of falconry.
Oh, man.
Actually, that sounds like
it'd be fun to me right now.
Yeah, it kind of
sounds amazing.
OFGLEN: I worked
at the university.
Lecturer in cellular biology.
OFFRED: Wow.
I thought
all the college professors
were sent
to The Colonies or...
I have two good ovaries.
So they were kind enough
to overlook my sinful past.
Lucky me.
(BUILDING CREAKING)
(THUDDING)
(DRILLING)
OFFRED: St. Paul's.
That was my dad's parish.
My daughter
was baptized there.
They took down St. Patrick's
in New York City.
Blew it up
and dumped every stone
in the Hudson River.
They fucking erased it.
(THUDDING AND RUMBLING)
And how do you know that?
How do you know
there's an Eye in my house?
(MAN SHOUTS INDISTINCTLY)
(INDISTINCT SHOUTING)
It's okay.
To be relieved
it wasn't you.
It was someone.
I know.
There's a way to help them.
You can join us.
What do you mean "us"?
There's a network.
I don't know.
I'm not that kind of person.
No one is
until they have to be.
Waterford is important.
He's very high up.
You should find out
and tell us.
Find out what?
Find out anything.
Don't say a word.
Of course I won't.
OFFRED: There is an "us"?
It seems imagined,
like secrets
in the fifth grade.
People with mysterious
histories and dark linkages.
It doesn't seem
as if it should be
the true shape of the world.
That's a hangover
from an extinct reality.
Now, the Guardians
of the Faithful
and American soldiers
still fight with tanks
in the remains of Chicago.
Now, Anchorage is the capital
of what's left
of the United States,
and the flag that flies
over that city
has only two stars.
Now, darkness and secrets
are everywhere.
Now, there has to be an "us."
Because, now,
there is a "them."
Get caught in the rain?
Yes.
You were gone a while.
Sometimes we walk home
along by the river.
You need to be careful.
By the river?
With her. Ofglen.
She's my partner.
We shop together.
Don't get too close to her.
It's dangerous.
He wants to see you.
Who?
The Commander.
Tonight, in his office.
Why?
9:00.
Don't be late.
OFFRED: It's forbidden
for us to be alone
with the Commanders.
We aren't concubines.
We're two‐legged wombs.
Maybe he knows about Ofglen.
Have I been invited
to my own ending?
No.
'Cause it isn't an invitation.
I can't send my regrets.
(BIRTHMOBILE SIREN BLARING)
RITA: Offred!
(FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING)
(SIREN CONTINUES WAILING)
RITA: It's the birthmobile.
Hurry. They won't
wait all day.
I've got it.
Thank you.
I'll pray for good news.
(INDISTINCT VOICES
ON WALKIE‐TALKIE)
HANDMAID 1:
Everything will be fine.
HANDMAID 2: It will.
It's going to be good.
It's wonderful, isn't it?
Wonderful?
Who is it?
Ofwarren.
Praised be.
OFFRED: One‐eyed
bat‐shit‐crazy Janine.
What will she give birth to?
An Unbaby, with a pinhead
or a snout
like a dog's
or no heart?
The chances
for a healthy birth
are one in five,
if you can
get pregnant at all.
(POP MUSIC PLAYING
ON RADIO)
(PANTING)
You all right?
Fuck!
It's all right.
We're almost there.
(GROANS)
Okay, here we are.
(MUTTERING PRAYERS)
(POLICE SIREN WAILING)
(MURMURING CONTINUES)
LUKE: It's all right.
Hi. Yeah.
Can we get some help?
(SIREN BLARING)
(BIRTHMOBILE SIREN BLARING)
(HANDMAIDS MURMURING)
(SIGHS)
There's real coffee,
can you smell it?
We do the work
and then they pig out.
(NAOMI MOANING)
WIFE 1: It's okay.
Breathe, breathe.
There you go.
Breathe.
SERENA JOY: You're doing
so great.
(NAOMI GROANING)
WIFE 2: Really wonderful.
Thank you.
(GROANS)
NAOMI: It hurts.
(WIVES MURMURING)
WIFE 1: Such a special day.
WIFE 2: Such a blessed day.
WIVES: Breathe.
WIVES: Breathe.
WIFE 1: We are right here
with you.
WIFE 2: Breathe.
WIVES: Breathe.
Breathe.
(ALL MURMURING)
WIFE 1: She's been
doing so well. So well.
WIFE 3: Let's close our eyes.
WIFE 2: Mmm, this coffee.
It's delicious.
WIFE 1: Yes. Yes, it's okay.
WIVES: Breathe.
Breathe.
HANDMAIDS:
Hold. Hold. Hold.
AUNT LYDIA:
And again, girls.
OFFRED: There's a smell
coming from that room.
Something primal.
It's the smell of dens.
HANDMAIDS: Hold. Hold. Hold.
OFFRED: Of inhabited caves.
It's the smell of the plaid
blanket on the bed.
Where the cat gave birth,
once, before she was spayed.
ALL: Breathe,
breathe, breathe.
OFFRED: It's
the smell of genesis.
ALL: Hold. Hold. Hold.
ALL: Exhale, exhale, exhale.
Breathe, breathe, breathe.
And hold, hold, hold.
Exhale,
exhale,
exhale.
Breathe, breathe, breathe.
Hey.
ALL: And hold, hold, hold.
You're doing great.
ALL: Exhale, exhale, exhale.
(HANNAH COOING)
Mmm.
You smell so good.
You do.
Hi, Hannah.
Hi.
Hello there.
You looking around?
(LUKE SNORING)
Is Daddy keeping you awake?
(SNORING)
TANIA: Hey, Mom.
Hi.
How we doing?
Very good, I think.
Hey, will the doctor call me
when the tests come back?
Oh, the lab
just sent them up.
All normal.
Genetic screening
and cardiac tests are perfect.
She is a healthy little girl.
Oh, yes, she is.
Thank God.
Praised be.
JUNE: Yes, she is.
TANIA: Got it.
JUNE: Don't lose that.
Don't lose that.
Ooh, hello.
Someone's gonna
take their first bath.
Yes.
(SNORING)
TANIA: Oh, here we are.
Here we are, Hannah.
Bath time.
Ooh.
(TANIA GIGGLES)
Where are the babies?
Oh, we had
a difficult night.
Two went to
the intensive care unit.
And the others
are with God.
NAOMI: Oh, it hurts!
WIVES: Breathe,
breathe, breathe.
Breathe, breathe, breathe.
Should I wash these?
MARTHA: No, the mistress
is particular.
Just set them on the counter.
Thanks.
All right.
WIVES: Breathe,
breathe, breathe.
It's so crowded up there.
At least someone
spiked the juice.
You okay?
He wants to see me, alone.
Your commander?
Shit.
You don't know why?
No.
Maybe he did this
with the one before you.
Maybe she told
someone about it.
Let me see
what I can find out.
It's too dangerous.
It'll be okay.
I'm sneaky.
SERENA JOY:
What are you doing?
I'm just helping,
Mrs. Waterford.
Well, leave it.
Come with me.
Offred, what's
going on up there?
Her contractions are getting
much closer together.
(SIGHS) It's taking forever.
Is it breech, dear?
Did you hear that word?
No, ma'am.
LEAH: Oh, well, we'll have to
be patient then, won't we?
Yes, ma'am.
Would you like a cookie, dear?
CAROLINE:
You shouldn't spoil them.
Sugar is bad for them.
LEAH: Oh, surely
one won't hurt.
It is a special day.
Offred,
would you like a cookie?
Yes, please.
Thank you.
Here you are.
Oh, isn't she well behaved?
You can go.
CAROLINE: (SCOFFS)
Little whores, all of them.
SERENA JOY: But still,
you can't be choosy.
You have to take
what they hand out.
(DOOR CLOSES)
(BREATHING HEAVILY)
(WATER RUNNING)
ALL: Breathe,
breathe, breathe.
AUNT LYDIA: Girls!
Energy!
Let Him feel your devotion...
(JANINE GROANS)
And we will be rewarded.
ALL: Hold, hold, hold.
Exhale, exhale, exhale.
(JANINE GROANS)
AUNT LYDIA:
Good girl, Ofwarren.
Good girl.
You are doing so well.
We are so proud of you.
(GROANS)
No, I'm, uh, I'm fine.
I need to walk.
Stretch your legs a bit.
Girls, come on, now.
Help her.
Help her now.
(GROANING)
(SCREAMS)
Get her to the chair.
Tell her it's time.
(GROANS)
(HANDMAIDS WHISPERING)
(GROANS)
(PANTING)
It's time.
AUNT LYDIA: It's time to push.
ALL: Push, push, push!
(GROANS)
ALL: Breathe,
breathe, breathe!
Push, push, push!
Breathe, breathe, breathe!
Breathe, breathe, breathe!
Breathe, breathe, breathe!
(GRUNTS)
(SCREAMS)
(SCREAMS)
ALL: Push, push, push!
Breathe, breathe, breathe!
Push, push, push!
Breathe, breathe, breathe!
Push, push, push!
Breathe, breathe, breathe!
(INAUDIBLE)
(INAUDIBLE)
Please bless us.
Please.
(BABY CRIES)
A fine and healthy girl.
(LAUGHS)
God be praised.
AUNT LYDIA: Clumsy!
(LAUGHTER)
AUNT LYDIA: This is a time
for rejoicing, my love.
This is our happy,
happy moment.
(COOING)
Think of what's to
come for you, my girl.
(AUNT LYDIA LAUGHS)
(LAUGHS)
OFFRED: All right. It's okay.
Look at me. Look at me.
She's beautiful.
She's beautiful.
(LAUGHS)
Precious. Precious. Precious.
Look at this one.
(AUNT LYDIA LAUGHS)
LEAH: She's just perfect.
CAROLINE: Isn't she?
SERENA JOY:
Do you have a name?
Angela.
Angela.
WIVES: Angela, Angela, Angela,
Angela, Angela, Angela,
Angela, Angela, Angela,
Angela, Angela, Angela.
Angela, Angela, Angela.
Luke?
LUKE: Hey.
Hey.
Are you hungry?
I got some snacks.
Where is she?
Did they take her
for a blood test?
Huh?
Hannah. She's not here.
I don't know.
I thought you had her.
(ALARM BLARING)
WOMAN: (OVER PA)
Code Yellow. FMC Baby.
What's that?
I don't know.
Wait here, honey.
Luke?
WOMAN: (OVER PA)
Code Yellow. FMC baby.
No, wait there.
I'll be right back.
(ALARM CONTINUES BLARING)
WOMAN: I don't see her.
Luke?
(ALARM CONTINUES)
(PANTING)
JUNE: What?
Stay here.
JUNE: Oh, my God.
(ALARM CONTINUES)
Hey. Excuse me?
Excuse me?
What are you doing?
She's alive.
(ALARM CONTINUES)
My baby.
I told them.
She's not your baby.
Of course she is.
Isn't she beautiful?
(ALARM CONTINUES)
Luke?
Okay, wait, wait, wait, wait!
Hey, stop!
She's here!
Stop!
Don't take my baby!
She's here.
No! No!
Take the baby!
(HANNAH WAILING)
Stop!
It's my baby!
I'm the father.
She's mine.
She's my baby.
Just give her to me, Luke.
PROTESTER:
(SCREAMS) No!
Okay, she's fine.
Give her to me.
Give her to me.
PROTESTER: (SOBBING)
Don't take my baby!
Here you are.
Is she okay?
Yeah, she's okay.
Is she all right?
She's okay.
PROTESTER: Don't take my baby!
She's crying a lot.
Don't take my baby!
(SCREAMS) Please!
(WHISPERS)
No one knew anything
about what
your Commander might want.
Sorry.
But that doesn't mean
it's bad.
If he accuses you
of something,
don't defend yourself.
Don't explain.
Just apologize.
They love to be forgiving.
Okay.
Thank you for trying.
No worries.
He probably
just wants a blowjob.
What did he say?
When he asked
to see you alone?
He didn't.
He sent his driver, Nick.
Be careful.
A lot of the drivers
work for the Eyes.
He said
I shouldn't trust you.
He said you were dangerous.
Really?
Yeah.
I mean he's right.
Trusting anyone is dangerous.
Especially a carpet‐munching
gender traitor.
(CHUCKLES)
(ANGELA WAILING)
(WAILING CONTINUES)
(WAILING CONTINUES)
MARTHA: Time to get up now.
This little girl needs a nip.
(GROANS)
(WAILING)
MARTHA: I have work to get to.
You okay by yourself?
Yeah, I nursed my son.
(ANGELA WAILING)
I've done it before.
(WAILING CONTINUES)
Come on.
Come on.
It's right there.
Come on.
Shh.
(SIGHS)
Caleb used to do that
when he ate.
Pull my hair like that.
(WHISPERS)
Caleb's your brother.
I'm your mommy.
♪ Woke up this morning
shine with the rising sun ♪
♪ Three little birds ♪
♪ Sit by my doorstep ♪
♪ Singing sweet songs ♪
♪ Of melodies pure and true ♪
♪ Saying ♪
♪ This is my
message to you ♪
♪ Don't worry ♪
♪ About a thing ♪
♪ 'Cause every little thing
is gonna be all right ♪
(BELLS TOLL)
(DOG BARKS)
(DOG BARKING)
(BARKING CONTINUES)
(BELLS TOLL)
(TOLLING CONTINUES)
OFFRED: Beyond
the Commander's door
is a place
where women do not go.
Not even Serena Joy.
What male totems
are kept in there?
I guess there may be something
he wants from me.
To want is to have a weakness.
That gives me hope.
But I can't stop thinking
about the girl
in the horror movie who goes
down into the basement
when the light is out.
The girl who thinks
her boyfriend
with the perfect hair is just
playing a sexy prank.
"Justin, are you down there?"
And then she descends,
with a stupid smile,
to her bloody end.
That girl is a fucking moron.
COMMANDER: Come in.
OFFRED: Please, God,
don't let me be
a fucking moron.
(EXHALES)
COMMANDER:
Close the door behind you.
Sit down.
Please.
Thank you for coming.
You're welcome.
You can look at me.
We're not supposed to.
In here, we might be able
to bend the rules.
Just a bit.
Hello there.
Hi.
I imagine you must find
this strange.
I guess it's
a little strange.
I want...
This will sound silly.
I'd like to play
a game with you.
A game?
Yes.
Do you know how to play?
Yes.
Good.
Three‐eighty‐six
to three‐eighty‐three.
You're good, but I caught you
at the end there.
I'm rusty.
Then we'll have to
have a rematch.
All right.
I'm out of town next week,
but when I get back?
I'll check my schedule.
Well.
See if you can
squeeze me in.
Where are you going?
D.C.
Nothing exciting,
just meetings.
Well, after you
get back, then.
It's a date.
Now, I think it's time
for you to go home.
Thank you for the game.
You're very welcome.
Good night.
Good night.
(DOOR CLOSES)
(GIGGLES)
(GIGGLES)
Wow.
("DON'T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME"
BY SIMPLE MINDS PLAYING)
♪ Hey, hey, hey, hey ♪
♪ Ooh, whoa ♪
♪ Won't you come
see about me? ♪
♪ I'll be alone
dancing you know it, baby ♪
♪ Tell me your troubles
and doubts ♪
♪ Giving me everything
inside and out and ♪
♪ Love's strange
so real in the dark ♪
♪ Think of the tender things
that we were working on ♪
♪ Slow change
may pull us apart ♪
♪ When the light gets
into your heart, baby ♪
OFFRED: Does he know
what the Commander and I
did last night?
Our illicit journey into the
world of triple word scores?
Does he care?
I think he does.
Ofglen.
I can tell her that
the Commander is going
to Washington.
Will she be surprised
by the Scrabble game?
She'll be glad I let him win.
I know that much.
She'll be
proud of me for that.
♪ Will you recognize me? ♪
(SONG STOPS ABRUPTLY)
Blessed be the fruit.
May the Lord open.
You must be Offred.
Yes.
Praised be.
We've been sent good weather.
Yes.
Which I receive with joy.
Has Ofglen been transferred
to a new post so soon?
I am Ofglen.
OFFRED: Fuck.
('DON'T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME"
BY SIMPLE MINDS RESUMES)
♪ Hey, hey, hey, hey ♪
♪ Ooh, whoa ♪
♪ Won't you come
see about me? ♪
♪ I'll be alone
dancing you know it, baby ♪
♪ Tell me your troubles
and doubts ♪
♪ Giving me everything
inside and out and ♪
♪ Love's strange
so real in the dark ♪
♪ Think of the tender things
that we were working on ♪
♪ Slow change
may pull us apart ♪
♪ When the light gets
into your heart, baby ♪
♪ Don't you forget about me ♪
♪ Don't, don't, don't, don't ♪
♪ Don't you forget about me ♪
♪ Baby, don't you
forget about me ♪
♪ Don't, don't, don't, don't ♪
♪ Don't you forget about me ♪