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

Offred adjusts to a new way of life. The arrival of an unexpected person disrupts the Colonies. A family is torn apart by the rise of Gilead.

Previously on
The Handmaid's Tale...

I know what they did to you.

I'm so sorry.

Of glen.

My name is Emily.

What's she doing?

Every Handmaid who followed you
into disobedience

will face the consequences,
but not you.

You are with child.
You are protected.

That is your baby,
Mrs. Waterford.

God has created a new soul.

Godspeed, June.

I am taking
command of all your units.

The missing Handmaid
is with child.

Right now,
she is the only priority.


Can't get you out of the city.

Someone will come get you.

They have a place you can stay.

Until it's safe to move.

My name is June Osborne.

I am... free.

Is this
what freedom looks like?

Even this much is dizzying.

Like an elevator
with open sides.

In the upper reaches of the
atmosphere, you'd come apart.

You'd vaporize.

There'd be no pressure
to hold you together.

We get so comfortable
with walls.

It doesn't even take that long.

Wear the red dress,
wear the wings,

shut your mouth, be a good girl.

Roll over and spread your legs.

Yes, ma'am.

May the Lord open.

What will happen when I get out?

I probably don't
have to worry about it,

because there probably
is no out.

"Gilead knows no bounds,"
Aunt Lydia said.

"Gilead is within you.

Like the spirit of the Lord."

Or the Commander's cock.

Or cancer.

Come on.

Chop, chop.

Place has been empty
since before the war.

I come by here once a week,

check the rat traps.

Make sure nothing's
leaking too bad.

Here, come on. You wanna give
me a hand here? Come on.


Come on. Let's go.

There's water,

and there's power.

But you better just stay inside.

You get me?

You're gonna need that.


What's next?

I'm supposed to
get you here safe.

You're here safe.

Maybe see you in a few days,

if you're still around?

Under His eye.

After a while, crocodile.

Back to work!

You, too.

You! Go get your tools!

Let us sing unto the Lord.

The Lord is great
and He is merciful.

The sinners and the whores
are blessed with His grace,

so great and kind is He.
...the whores are blessed...

so great and kind is He.

May He bless us with
His mercy forever and ever.

May He bless us with...

Biome is a pretty
flexible classification.

It can describe the biosphere
of the entire planet,

or the microbial community
living on the skin of a spider.

All right, here's where
cell biology gets personal.

I want you to smell yourselves.

I'm serious.

Noses in armpits.

Can you smell that?

That is the smell
of your microbiome.

Bacteria, fungi, viruses...

Yes, Jenna?

Sorry, but how do the different
species of bacteria compete?

I mean, archaea, protists,
and all that? Do

There aren't archaea
in the human microbiome.

They're only found in extreme
environments, like salt lakes.

Not your armpits.

Actually, archaea have been
found in skin,

in the colon
and in the nasal cavity.

There've been
some recent papers.

I'll send you a reading list,
if you like.


Hey, wait up!


You got a minute?


You know, you're smart.

You belong here.


Don't let some guy make you feel
like your questions aren't valid.

Okay. I'll try.

That stuff gets better, right?

Like in grad school?

God, no.

Just stick with it.

ls that your baby?

He's ours. Oliver.

He's super cute.

Well, I have to get this.
I'll see you Wednesday.

Thank you.

Oh, um...

You want? I didn't know.
I'm good.

I'm supposed to use Stevia.

That's all we have at the house.

How's everything going?

Everything's good.

Good. Great.


So, next semester...

Next semester.

I have some good news, actually.

It looks like we're

gonna be able to get you, uh,

some nice chunk
of extra lab time.

That's awesome.

I know how hard it is
to carve out research time

when you're teaching so much.

So, good news.

You're giving away
one of my classes?

I want you to focus on
your mitochondrial lines.


I'm not teaching next semester.

At all.
Not this fall, no.

But it won't affect
your tenure application.

More lab time.
This is exciting.

What the hell, Dan?

This is an opportunity.

You're pulling me
from the classroom.

You should think of this
as an opportunity.

As opposed to what it is.

What is it?

It's caution.

It's an overabundance
of caution, I'm sure.

The new board of regents
is concerned

that you're not maintaining
a healthy learning environment.

Do you have a picture of Syl
and Oliver on your phone?

Of course.

That probably wasn't smart.

But I'm not going to
hide my family.

I... I'm not asking you to.

You just did.

Look, things are
unstable right now.

After DC, people are afraid.

I think that if we lay low for a
little while as a department,

things can settle out.

So, you thought it was time
to hide the dykes.

You know,

I took all the pictures
of Paul from my office.

I noticed.

I thought you guys had a fight.

We did.

A few.

He says I'm a collaborator.

Paul's a drama queen.

They... They can't
scare us back into the closet.

I thought mine was
the last generation

that would have to
deal with this bullshit.

I thought all of you
were all so spoiled.

Not anymore.

I'm teaching next semester.


Welcome to the fight.

It sucks.

Facing forward!

Sorry. That one's still bad.


Just let it get some air tonight

and I'll bandage it up
again in the morning.

Thanks, doll.

Best nail place in town.

Give me a good review on Yelp.

Her fever's back.


Oh, God, please.

Claire found
some more duck eggs,

traded them for Tylenol.

Don't waste it.

She can't even hold down water.

Maybe some mint tea?

Could settle her stomach.

Get inside.

Come on.

Move, wife.

Find an empty cot.

Blessings to you.

Fucking bitch.

Go in grace.

Dear God,

thank you for your good
and generous blessings.

Give me strength to perform
your good works here on Earth.


You're okay.

What happened?

Let's get out of here.

Do I need to take anything to...

Food or...
Should I even take the water?

June, you can't leave. They're
looking for you everywhere.

I don't care. I don't care.

You're not a Martha
making a run for the border.

You're a pregnant Handmaid.

I know that.

Fucking Christ, don't
you think I know that?

June, what's going on?

You have to get me out of here.

There's nowhere for you to go.

You know what this is?

Do you know what happened here?

It's a slaughterhouse.

You've just gotta be patient.

We've gotten this far. Things
will calm down in a few weeks.



Fuck. Weeks?

How long does it take
to get someone out of here?

That's not how this works.

Why don't you tell me
how it works, then?

I don't know.
I've never done this before.

They don't tell me anything.

Do you know how hard it was
to find out you were here?

You don't know?

You don't know?
You just... What, you...

You just hand me over to Mayday
and you don't know?

'Cause you want to
play the hero? Huh, Nick?

What the fuck
are you talking about?

Who played hero at the stoning like some
kind of fucking rebel Handmaid Commander?

You made that choice.
It wasn't a choice.

I'm trying to keep you alive.

You and our baby.
I'm helping you.

I am risking my life
to help you.

You're being
so fucking stubborn.

We're gonna go north.

We can drive north across Maine.
I know where to go.

To Maine? You're never
gonna make it to Maine.

Hannah. We have to get Hannah.

You know where she is, right?
No, of course not.

Well, you're an Eye.
Find out. Ask Serena.

Make her tell you.

June, it wouldn't
make a difference.

They'll be watching Hannah.
I don't care.

They probably have Guardians assigned to
that house. Just find out where she is!

You're safe here!
Stop saying that!

We're gonna get Hannah.
We're gonna go north!


No, we're not.

I'm sorry. We're not.

Give me the keys.

Give me the keys.

Give 'em to me!


Wait, June.


Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!


I can't.

I can't.


Ten bags!

Keep going!

Back to work.

The Lord is my master.

He is my strength
and my sustenance.

Not here.

Here, you fill 10 bags
or you don't eat.

He is everywhere.

Back to work.

Don't be sloppy.

Get back to work!

Not so hard.

I have to get the dirt out. I
don't want to get an infection.

You will.
All the water is contaminated.

It stings a lot, but it works.

It's just alcohol.

Were you a doctor?

College professor.

Is that why they sent you here?

Wrap your hands when you work.

You want to keep the blisters
from breaking

until you can
get some callouses.

You should know that I was not in
favor of the university purges.

They were outrageous.

Having an education doesn't
make someone a criminal.

I had an MFA
before the law changed.

In interior design.

Is that why they sent you here?


I was weak.

I committed a sin of the flesh.

My husband was so busy
with the Handmaid,

he didn't even notice.

What happened to him?

I don't know.

Probably got promoted.

I fell in love.

Do you think that matters?

To who?
To God.

I know it does.

If it was love, He will forgive
me, He will protect me,

He will deliver me
from this place.

He will.


Past their expiration date,
but it's better than nothing.

That water is full of E. Coli.

You are truly a lamb of God.

Two pills every four hours.


Why are you doing this?

A Mistress was kind to me.


Keep moving forward.

- Stay in line.
- Moving forward.

at Logan International Airport

are required to have
valid documentation.

Please have ready to show...

You and you,
step through.

- Do you see the doggie?
- No. No.

- Do you see the doggie?
- No.

The dog?

Multiple nationalities with...

- How old's the kid?
- Two.

Mine's six.

Child under four years...

I'm sorry, these were
just issued this afternoon.

There was a whole
different set this morning.

Don't you love bureaucracy?

Okay. Who's the American?

I am.

So, the boy
and his mother can go,

but I'm afraid
you'll need a Canadian visa.

You'll have to
go to the embassy.

- The closest one is New York City.
- Step out of line.

I called. They said it was fine
as long as we traveled together.

- That's families.
- Move this way.

We are a family.

I'm his mother, too.
We're married.

Smart to bring this.


That'll help, for sure.

Is there a problem?

You just need
a border traffic bypass stamp.

You guys can meet her at the gate.
It shouldn't take too long.

Two boarding
passes for Flight 8455.

And one conditional.

- Thank you.
- Next, please.

Okay, sweetie,
it's this way.

to Logan International Airport.

Please be patient

and respond to all instructions
given to you by airport staff.

Oh, Mommy! Mommy!

You go ahead.
Get a snack or something.

We'll come with.
It's two hours until we board.

We're coming with you.

Final boarding
call for Flight 6255 to Mexico City.

Final boarding call
for Flight 6255 to Mexico City.

Sir, are
you a Canadian citizen?

You're the one
who gave birth to the child?


Was it your egg
or an implanted embryo?

Why is that
any of your business?

Ma'am, this'll go a lot faster
if you cooperate.

Em, please...

I'm trying to cooperate. It's just
we're going to miss our flight.

You should
probably just send them on ahead.

We're staying together.

Well, you're certainly not going
to Montreal with them today, miss.

I spoke to the agent outside.

We're married.

He said it was fine.


This is not valid.

It has the stamp.

No. The document
is no longer recognized.

You are not married.

It's forbidden.

What does that mean?

Forbidden by the law.

What law?

The law.

You can't do this.

Miss, sit down.

I want to speak
to your supervisor,

and I need to
see a lawyer right

Was it your egg
or an implanted embryo?

How are you feeling?

Oh, so sick.

I didn't think I would get

sick so fast.

It hurts. Hurts.

I know.

Have faith in His mercy.

He is the redeemer.

He is the deliverer.

Did you take your pills?

I don't think they're working.

What did you do?

What did you give me?

God will save me.

God will save me.

You will suffer.

You will suffer.

You will burn in agony
for all eternity.

Every month,
you held a woman down

while your husband raped her.

Some things can't be forgiven.

It'll take a few more hours.

You're a monster.


Fucking monster.



Oh, pray with me.

Pray with me.

You should die alone.

There will be consequences!

Get your tools!






Move! Let's go!

Everybody knows
the basic erogenous zones.

You got one, two, three,


five, six and seven.

There are seven?

Let me see that.

Oh, yeah.

That's one?

Kind of
an important one.

Oh, you know...
You know what?

I was looking at it upside down.

Ah, well, you know,
sometimes that helps.

Okay, now, most guys would
hit one, two, three, and then go to

God, by whose mercy the faithful
departed have found rest,

please send Your Holy Angel
to watch over this place.

Through Christ our Lord.


That is ripped foul.


The DH is ready to celebrate.

And so are these fans.

It hasn't happened
at Fenway Park for 95 years!

The Red Sox are World Champions.