The Handmaid's Tale (2017–…): Season 5, Episode 4 - Episode #5.4 - full transcript

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- What was that color?
- Yeah.

- What does purple mean?
- I don't know.

It's not pink, though.

She's not a little girl anymore.

The purple color

Hannah was wearing.
What does it mean?

It means she's ready.

New school.

Training for future wives.


How am I supposed to keep
my baby girl safe from here?

I want to stay here.

You must realize it's not
safe for women in this place.

Especially unmarried women.

I don't believe that will be
my situation for much longer.

She's not as tough as we think.

She's scared.

Somebody... help!

No! Oh, God! Janine!

Dear God,

please do not punish her
to teach me a lesson.

I can turn things around!
I will.

I promise you.

We want you in Toronto.

To best represent
our sacred republic.

Never touch my daughter again.

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How old is she?

Excuse me?

Around 14 months?

She's breathtaking.

Thank you.

It's Nichole, right?

I know who you are.

Wanna go home, sweetie?

- June Osborn?
- Come on.

So that's Baby Nichole.


Get your boots on there.
Go home?

I always wanted a girl.

Both of my pregnancies
were boys.

We're gonna go home.

Ready to go home?

You're so lucky
you were in Gilead.

Now you have
this beautiful, precious...

healthy little angel.

Hey, hey.
Do not touch my daughter.

- But she's God's child!
- Back up!

You get the fuck away from her!

You don't deserve her, slut!


What did you say to me?


Fuck you!

Infertility takes
a tremendous physical

and psychological toll,
especially in these times.

Extreme responses like
this woman's aren't uncommon.

You were right to be on guard.

Thank you.

You were just
protecting Nichole.

And so...

I went a little past protecting.

How past?

Just past.

It got...


Was she all... all right?

I didn't stop to find out.

We knew

that Serena's return
would be incredibly challenging

- for June's whole...
- Her return

to people praying for her.

Like she's a fucking saint.

Sorry, I'm sorry. Just, sorry.

Just, uh,

how do we know that, um,

that you... that she, uh,


get physical again?


Yeah, it's a good question.


sounds like
it will be really difficult.



Will the Canadian government
be watching me,

like the ICC has?

They don't anticipate

any need for
round-the-clock surveillance.

So, some measure of privacy.

That's a relief.


I imagine it is.


One last time...

I strongly urge you to accept
Canada's offer of asylum.

To keep you safe.

As an American citizen.

I'm not an American citizen.

My allegiance is to God.

Then, Mrs. Waterford,
you are officially released

from the custody
of the American government.

You'll be restricted
to Gilead-affiliated properties

in accordance with
your lack of diplomatic status.

Blessed day, Mrs. Waterford.

I'm Ezra Shaw.

Blessed day, Mr. Shaw.

It's nice
to meet you face-to-face.

Mr. Shaw will be
my escort from here on in.

Gilead has made
all the arrangements.

Well, then.

Excuse me.

Good luck.

With your...

future endeavors.

I don't need luck.

I have God on my side.

Hmm. Then,

may He guide your steps.

Please, though,

step carefully.

You aren't in Gilead.

This is a free country,
Mrs. Waterford.

Mrs. Waterford
is now secure

and en route to the Center.

Mr. Shaw. Blessed be.

Your home away from home.

Looks promising.

Shall we?


Living quarters are upstairs.


Look who finally
fucking shows up.

My apologies. I was, uh,

tied up
with internal debriefings.

Internal debriefings
about my kid?


How is she?

I, I saw her.
I didn't speak to her.

She looked good.

Very healthy.


You were this close to her,
and you didn't do anything.

What are you doing?

We are combing through
the intel we have gathered.

That's all I'm able to disclose.

Well, that's just
a bullshit answer.

I came to give you
the official notice

from the State Department.

Mrs. Waterford is
no longer under our supervision.

As of today, she has been
released from ICC custody.

You let that happen.

Where is she?


Gilead owns
pre-war property in Toronto.

Canada has decided
to unfreeze this asset

in an effort
to improve relations.

It will technically
be considered Gilead territory.

So they're
opening a damn embassy?

A Cultural Center.

Serena will be in residence
to represent Gilead's life ways,

advocate for their values.

The images
of Serena at the funeral

were very successful for Gilead.

They want her
to remain visible to the world.

Pregnant miracle.


Get the fuck out of my house.

Get the fuck out of my house.

She has no standing here.

She has no status.

She doesn't have a passport.

There's no money in her name.

She can't even drive a car.

She's limited.

I warned you about her.

You won't listen.

God, you're such
a fucking disappointment.

Well, perhaps your expectations
are unrealistic.

Have a good evening.

I'll see you out.

I'm, I'm, I'm calling the city.

We're gonna find out
where that place is.

I... I know a guy who works
at the House of Commons.

He's gonna help us.

She always gets what she wants.

No, no, no. Not this time.

She's not gonna pull
a fucking Gilead bullshit here!

No. By, by tomorrow morning,

by... I'll... we're gonna have
the whole fucking city on this.

Look, June.


June, don't worry.

All right?
We're gonna stop this.

I'm not worried.




Are you all right, ma'am?

Isn't there something
that you can do?

I can't stop her from driving.

But if she sets foot
on the property...


I understand.

The alarms are set.
The cameras are on.

Guard's at his post.

Thank you, Ezra.

I'll keep you both safe, ma'am.

By His hand.

Praise be.

- Hey.
- Hey.


I just drove to her building.


I drove to her building
like a fucking crazy person.


Is that it?

All I can think about...

is shooting her
in the fucking head.

And I don't know how to stop
myself from actually doing it.

I get it.


She's in a building, right?


And I know they're trying to
make it the new fucking Gilead.


there's no army.

I know that.

What there is, is building codes

and neighbors and a fucking
City Council, all right?

And we can use those things
to shut her down.

It's not gonna...

It's not...


All right, all right. Let's say
you shoot her in the head.

All right? You shoot her,
and what happens then?

They take Nichole from you.

You get that?

Like, we, we lose our
best chance of getting Hannah.

That's what happens.


can you let me try?


Yeah, of course.

- It's gonna work, okay?
- Mmm.

Ow! Fuck.


Just... just a few more, dear.

- A few more.
- No.

These exercises
are so important.



Remember what the Lord said.

"Fear not."

"Believe only,

and she shall be made...


Will you stop
talking about the Bible?

My legs don't work!

All right. All right.

Just, just rest.

Has Esther woken up yet?


Serves her right.


How could you say that?

A girl so wicked

that she would kill
her own sister

deserves his retribution.

She's a child.

Who was hurt and abused.

I told you that!
I warned you about her!

I gave her an opportunity

to live a life
of service and grace!

Or else!


Live a life
of service and grace,

or else,

you would let her rot
in The Colonies!

I know you'd just...

pluck her eye out.

I gave you...

the education you needed

to live a safe
and meaningful life.

And here you are.

Still with us!

Just stop it.

I know what you do,
what you do to those girls.

Your precious girls.

I see you!

I see who you really are!

I've still got
one good eye, remember?

You gonna take that one too?

They ran out of the ecru?

That was the closest shade,
Mrs. Waterford.

I have Commander Lawrence
on the secure line.

Oh, excellent. Thank you.

Hello, Commander Lawrence.

So, Mrs. Waterford.

What can I do for you?

Well, great news.

Some of the other consulates
have extended invitations.

It seems that you
or someone in your office

has declined them.

On my behalf.

Everyone is thrilled
by your work so far. Why...

why overexert yourself?

It seems
that recognition efforts

in South America have stalled.

And that political wives
have only heard

of the worst rumors
of life back home.

Gilead is
the only country on the planet

that has had
an increase in live births,

and I believe
that I am uniquely positioned

to remind the local ambassadors
of that fact.

Perhaps with an afternoon tea.

Venezuela has expressed interest

in some of our more successful
female education programs.

An informal conversation
might be useful.

Over tea.

Yes. A lovely idea.

So, uh,

anything else
you wanna chat about?


Paint colors for the nursery?

Nocturnal visits
from a certain local stalker?

You heard about my visitor.

Yeah. Ezra said you were jumpy.

I'm not that easily intimidated,

She's just...

stomping her feet like a child.


That child has been known
to misbehave.


I'd stay focused on work,
and avoid her.

I'll take that under advisement.

Blessed day, Mrs. Waterford.

Blessed day, Commander.

What happened?

This came for you.

Jesus Christ.


- June.
- Don't.

We can still stop this.

With fucking building codes?

And lawsuits?

Serena has the whole
goddamn world behind her.

No, she doesn't.

- We...
- It's gonna happen here.

- No, it is not.
- She is gonna bring it here.

I swear to fucking God,

she is gonna bring it here.

The only way to stop her,

and to stop them is to put
them all in the fucking ground!


I got it.


I'm sorry, baby girl.
I'm here now.

I'm here, sweetie.




I've got her.


Who's a good girl?

Here we go.


It's okay.

Hey, baby girl.

You're fine, baby.


What am I doing?

What the fuck was that?

Being really angry?

Please don't tell me
to calm down, okay?

Wasn't gonna.

He has no idea what he's doing,

and he seems
to have completely forgotten

that none of this shit
worked the first time.

June, he's right.

This is a refugee town.

An overcrowded one.

And any of us make trouble,

people start getting
thrown in jail,

shipped off for resettlement
someplace else.

We have to play by the rules.


We can't do
that other stuff without

bad shit happening
to a lot of people.

Look, I will dance
on her grave with you,

soon as the dirt's in.

But she's not worth
losing your family over.

What if this is who I am now?

I don't worry
about you being with her.

Not anymore.

And that's not nothing.



I'm just gonna
hang out in here for a while.

Sounds good, Momma.

And we can send
a lovely gift basket to Germany.

Yes, ma'am.

Excuse me, Mrs. Waterford.

Luke Bankole is outside.

He's asked to see you.

Do we have time?

Not much.

If I may, Mrs. Waterford,

I, I think I should handle this.



No, that won't be necessary.

Just a friendly chat
between old acquaintances.

Have you checked him
for any security concerns?

Yes, ma'am, of course.

Let's check him again, please.

Thank you. Give us a moment.

Praise be, ma'am.

So, why are you here,
Mr. Bankole?

Why are you here?

I'm here to spread His word
and to show the people

that there is
a better way to live.

There's a crowd
of people outside right now

that would love to see you
shot down in the street.

From what I can see, it's, um,

quite the opposite.

Building codes.

I've found 15 violations

that could
get this place condemned.

I make a couple of calls

and this place is shut down
in a matter of days.

Is that what you came here
to tell me?

That we have issues
with the plumbing here?

Well, I...

I also came here to tell you
that my wife...

is gonna kill you.

Right? And I'm gonna let her.

Is that so?



You can get kicked out,

you could be killed,

or just help us get Hannah back.

Agnes is happy.

She has fit and loving parents.

Just as the good Lord intended.

Who am I to question God's will?

You know, come to think of it,

I do wonder
why you never returned to Gilead

to save your daughter.

I mean,
there were risks of course.

Which your wife took,

and she suffered for them.

Many times.

Then again,
she did have Nick's support.

I'm sure that gave you some...

small comfort knowing that.

You stay away from my family.

Or the next time I see you,

I'm gonna fucking
kill you myself.


Handmaid-on-Handmaid attack.

No fatalities this time.

Esther is the last of the girls

to be under...

her influence.

Can't even say her name?


There are smoother waters ahead.

There better be.

Gilead is opening its doors,
just... a crack.

And when the world peeks inside
at our Handmaid system,

let's just say it needs
to be running smoothly.

No, uh,


No assaults.

No chocolates dipped in poison.

Commander Lawrence,
I have come to believe

that the Handmaid system
must be reformed.

A new protocol.

To prevent such
harmful incidents

from happening in the future.

I'm all ears.


would remain under my care.

Commanders and Wives
would visit each month,

when it's time
to perform the Ceremony.

You mean go to the Red Center?

Kind of...

Handmaids hotel,

where you're the concierge?

I believe God
will be better served

if Handmaids are not posted
in households.

What are you smoking?

No Commander's
gonna buy into that.

They're not interested
in some quick...

in and out to make a baby.

- Commander...
- They want those girls

in their homes.


Any time. So they can...

sniff the air
after they walk by,

or do whatever
the hell they want.

Get their rocks off.
These are pious men.

They need a little kink.

You know that.

Do I?

Don't you?

The Handmaid system

is not changing. Not now.

So, get a grip on your girls.

Not too tight though.

We can't afford
to show any scars right now.

Was there no option
for natural light?

You must stay clear
of the window

for your own safety,
Mrs. Waterford.

Well, I think we do
three setups here,

and then we move to a window.

You will fall to your knees

and you will beg.

You will beg for His grace
to redeem you when Gilead...

You know nothing!

You know...

...we went through?

You idiots!
You need to obey!

Fuck off!

What is happening?

Get the fuck
outta my face, fucker!

You need a man
to put you in your place.

- The fuck...
- I don't see any men

- around here, so...
- Get the fuck back

- where you came from!
- Hey!

Hey, man, she came from America.
What the fuck?

There is no America.

Then take it easy, okay?

Ma'am, we need
to vacate the premises.

Where are we supposed to go?

We're working on that,
but it's not safe here.

June. Put the gun down.

June, put the fucking gun down.



What the fuck
are you doing here?

- Come on.
- What are you doing here?

Come on. We gotta go.

Go. Go, get her out of here! Go.

- Come on.
- Go!

Come on!

Stay back.

Ma'am, we found
a secure location.

Where is it?

For those
who are truly righteous,

He sometimes sends a refuge.


I've got it.

God saved you
for a reason, dear.

I don't think
God is doing this to me.

After all you have been through,

you don't think
there's a reason behind it all?

I don't care anymore.

Come on, now.
Slow down, slow down.

Blessed day, sir.

I should've listened to you.

About Esther.


I need your help.

With the other girls.

What kind of help?

You know them,

and understand them
in ways that I do not.

Will you watch over them?

And tell me
when any of them are struggling?

Aunt Lydia, if I do, you'll just
do something horrible.


I want to do things differently.

I want to address any problem...


With more...


We can shepherd
these girls together.

And keep them on God's path.


God may test us, body and soul.

But He always...

rewards the most righteous.

Hi, how are you?

Are you okay?

I almost died.




Thank you.
No, no, no. Thank you.

The chief inspector
in the fire department

lost his sister in Gilead.

And he's
shutting down the building

for construction violations.

Building codes.

So, Serena's homeless.

Let me see that gun.

Did you clean this?


I watched a YouTube video.

Looks good.

I didn't do it this time.

But I am not going to promise
that I won't do it next time.

I can't promise I won't either.

I guess we'll just
have to trust each other.

Do you wanna go inside?

Not really.

♪ Listen to the wind blow ♪

♪ Watch the sun rise ♪

♪ Run in the shadows ♪

♪ Damn your love
Damn your lies ♪

♪ Listen to the wind blow ♪

♪ Watch the sun rise ♪

♪ Run in the shadows ♪

♪ Damn your love
Damn your lies ♪

♪ And if you don't love me now ♪

♪ You will never love me again ♪

♪ I can still hear you saying ♪

♪ You will
Never break the chain ♪

♪ And if you don't love me now ♪

♪ You will never love me again ♪

♪ I can still hear you saying ♪

♪ You will
Never break the chain ♪

♪ Never break the chain ♪

♪ Never break the chain ♪

♪ Never break the chain ♪

♪ Listen to the wind blow ♪

♪ Down comes the night ♪

♪ Break the silence ♪

♪ Damn the dark Damn the light ♪

♪ Run in the shadows ♪

♪ Damn your love
Damn your lies ♪

♪ And if you don't love me now ♪

♪ You will never love me again ♪

♪ I can still hear you saying ♪

♪ You will
Never break the chain ♪

♪ And if you don't love me now ♪

♪ You will never love me again ♪

♪ I can still hear you saying ♪

♪ You will
Never break the chain ♪

♪ Never break the chain ♪

♪ Never break the chain ♪

♪ Never break the chain ♪

Please wait here.

♪ Never break the chain ♪

♪ Never break the chain ♪

♪ Never break the chain ♪

Mrs. Waterford.

Praise be.

Welcome to our home. I'm Al an is.

Mrs. Ryan Wheeler.

Every good and perfect gift
is from above,

coming down
from the heavenly lights.

He chose to give us birth

through the word of truth

that we may be
a kind of first fruits

of all that He created.

♪ And if you don't love me now ♪

♪ You will never love me again ♪

♪ I can still hear you saying ♪

♪ You will
Never break the chain ♪

♪ And if you don't love me now ♪

♪ You will never love me again ♪

♪ I can still hear you saying ♪

♪ You will
Never break the chain ♪

♪ Never break the chain ♪

♪ You will
Never break the chain ♪

♪ You will
Never break the chain ♪

♪ You will
Never break the chain ♪