The Handmaid's Tale (2017–…): Season 5, Episode 6 - Episode #5.6 - full transcript

Previously on
The Handmaid's Tale...

Our friendly's right there
in No Man's Land,

but he can't get across.

Everything we want to know
about Hannah is just there.

I'm going across.

I'm going with you.

I don't know
where the schools are.

But everything
we do know is on here.

This new grand plan of yours.

What are you calling it?

New Bethlehem.

The other Commanders
will never support that.

I should've listened to you.

I want to do things differently.

I want to address any problem...

With more...


Well, I was hoping that I could
get back to the Center and

settle in and start work.

We... We have many good people
already in place.

Most pregnancies
do end in bed rest.

Your baby's needs come ahead
of any plans or ambitions.

This way's a lot
quicker back to the border.


They're... They're...


- We have to go.
- You go.

Come on, come on.
It's right there.

We can make it.


Hold on.

Hey, hey. Hey. Stop. Don't.

You can't break them.

Luke, you can't.

Maybe one,
but you can't break two.

Are they Gilead?


No, I don't think so.

It's the smell.

It's some sort of disinfectant,
it's too many chemicals.

It's way too unhealthy for them.

Oh, Jesus.

It's okay. It's okay.

Just breathe. It's okay.

Okay. All right.

I gotta...

Are we good?

Yeah. It's just two
of them. Let's get it done.

Let's go. Get out. Come on!

Let's go! Now!


All right. Move him out.


Are you gonna tell us
who you are?

We're still in
No Man's Land, right?

What is this,
some sort of transit hub?

I got it.

Where are you taking us?

We're refugees, all right?

We got asylum in Canada.

There are people you can call

who will confirm
who we are. Okay?

What's your name?

June Osborn.

No, your ear tag.

Tell me who you're Of?


Fuck you.

Okay, take 'em away.

Him too. Move.

Come on.

Oh. Dr. Landers?

Blessed Day, Mrs. Waterford.

Uh, I'm sorry,
I must have misunderstood.

I thought that my ultrasound
exam was this morning.

It is. But we don't
have to go anywhere.

We don't?

Isn't it incredible?
It's a full birthing suite.

Uh, yes, it's incredible.

I had no idea
that this was up here.

It's much nicer than what we
have at my office in the city,

I can tell you.

And the Wheelers
arranged all of this?

Yeah, as soon as they knew
you might be staying.

Just for me.

They feel it's safer.

It's overcautious, I know.

But they understand
how valuable you are.

How, how special.

How kind.

Let's, uh...

we'll do the ultrasound first,

and then, if you don't mind,
I'll just take a quick peek.

Of course.


- Thank you.
- Yeah.

So you are at the place
right now

where perineal massage

is gonna start being
very effective for you.

Tearing is no picnic so,

anything to get that tissue
more flexible

will have great benefits for you
when the time comes.

Avoid the gels,

just stick with essential oils,
witch hazel, that sort of thing.

They have it all stocked here.

Thank you, Doctor.


your blood pressure,

it's the one pesky thing.
It's higher than I'd like.

Oh, I...

I'm probably just excited.

Of course you are.

But I'd really like you to
try and slow things down

over the next few weeks.

The more time you could stay
at home, resting, the better.

- I'll do my best.
- Ah! Forgot those.



Is everything okay?

Most definitely.

I was just wondering...

I, of course, have spoken to
Ryan and Al an is about this,

who encouraged me.

Encouraged you to do what?

To ask if you would like to
have dinner with me...



I mean,
we could either stay here

or I could host you at my house.

I am an embarrassing cook,

but my Martha makes
a delicious cedar salmon.

Does she?

I know we don't know
each other well right now,

but I would like to change that.

And what I do know...

is just that
I really admire you.

Well, uh, it's an interesting
proposal, Dr. Landers.



Doctor. I've been told
the procedure was canceled?

Esther's uterus harvesting?

Yes, thank you for coming.


It's so unfortunate.

Tragedy just seems
to follow that poor soul.

Well, happily, not today.

We stopped the procedure
when we found

the Handmaid had been filled
with His divine light.

Praise be His mercy.

- She's pregnant?
- Three weeks along.

I hadn't realized
she'd been posted yet.

Praise be.

Praise be.

Now, she'll be transferred

to the high-risk obstetrics
hospital this afternoon,

and she'll be there,
on bed rest, until term.


She's awake now
if you'd like to see her.

I would like that, very much.

Blessed Day, Esther.

Blessed Day, Aunt Lydia.

It's all right.

Here, dear.

Here now.

All right.

I've just heard this morning's
surprising news.

I wonder if you could help me to
get to the bottom of something.

Three weeks ago,

that was
Commander Waterford's funeral,

was it not?

You remember that, don't you?



I want you to be honest with me.

Do you understand me?

Esther, do you understand?

Yes, Aunt Lydia.

On the day of the funeral,

you had a private audience
with Commander Putnam.

Now you can tell me the truth.

There is nothing
to be ashamed of.

I need to ask you...

did you behave
in a way that might have,

even unwittingly,

invited his attention?


God knows our... our truths.

I didn't do anything.

He raped me.

That's terrible!

That's terrible!


I'm sorry, dear.

I'm sorry.

No, you're not.

I'm what, hon... I...

- What...
- They all do it.

You know they do.

You're not sorry.

I think what you need now

is rest, dear,

because you're very tired
and you...

you need to rest

because you have, you have...

Get off me!

Take a rest, dear.

Don't fucking touch me!

- No, no.
- Get out!

- Get out!
- No, Esther!

Get out!

Help me! Help me!

No, no. Help me! Help me!

Commander Putnam?

That's right.

Do you dispute any of the facts
as I have laid them out for you?

No, no, it all sounds
very likely.

Then you agree
that Commander Putnam

needs to be punished.

For what crime?

He got her pregnant

a day before she was posted.

Enlighten me, Lydia,
where's the sin here?

He violated that girl.


The Ceremony is sacred.

It is blessed by God.

Oh. Right.

You mock God's name?

And you defend a rapist?

One day, Commander,

there will be justice.

Watch your tone.

Watch it, Lydia.

Forgetting yourself.

Thank you.

Given me a lot to think about.

You're welcome, Commander.

And I will leave you to it.


I mean, if they're not Gilead,
then who are they?

We were out there for two day...

Like... Moira's gonna be losing
her shit right now, right?

I mean, she could be the one
that gets Mayday.

Now, Mayday
aren't gonna come, right?

Mayday aren't comin', right?

I don't know.


- Why don't you sit down?
- Huh?

I need you to sit down.

I'm-I'm-I'm tryin' to figure...
Why do you want me to sit down?

Panic, it wastes the energy.
Sit down.

I'm not panicking.

I'm tryin' to figure out
how to get us out

and how to get you outta here.

Like, I'm, I-I-I'm sorry I'm
being such a man about it.

I'm sorry that I'm... you know,
but I'm just tryin' to,

like, you,
you've been in this...

How many times have you
been in this situation? Huh?

A few.

Crazy. A few fuckin' times.

Honestly, sometimes the box is
a lot smaller than this, so...

That's crazy!

That's... That is insane!

Like thinkin' about you here

and you gotta get help from
wherever you gotta get help from

like that's just not fair.
Like, you deserve...



Please, stop.



I survived.


I survived.

So, just...


I'm sorry.

It's okay.

I'm sorry. Sorry. I just...

it's just when I... When I think
of you in places like this,

by yourself,

I just wish...

I wish I could've
been the kinda guy

that could've come and got ya.

And I know how that sounds,
I just...

I just wish

I could've been with you
through that.

You were with me.

You were.

All right.

I just love that the more
you cut back some flowers,

the more they bloom.

I used to spend hours
in my greenhouse

reminding myself that pruning
encourages life.

I love that.

You know, I, uh...

I found Dr. Landers

to be quite the gentleman
this morning, and so kind.

Oh, I'm so glad you agree.

You know,
he's really such a catch.

He was just appointed
to the head of Obstetrics

at the University of Toronto,
did he mention that?

No, but he asked me to dinner.

He did? Oh, wonderful.

I'm not sure that I agree.

But why?

I mean, surely this is evidence
of God's great blessing.

I mean, he's nice and everything

but I'm not gonna
date my gynecologist.

I may not even choose
to get married

in the near future, at all.

It's not actually Gilead, is it?

You can't be a single mother.

I'm not. I'm a widow.

Your baby needs
a mother and a father,

and that's more important
than your feelings.

I think I need a break
from the flowers.

Where are you going?

I'm going for a walk.

Well, no, it's too cold.

And Dr. Landers said
you need to rest.

Perhaps we need to
organize a conversation

between you
and Commander Lawrence...

Absolutely not.

You need to rest.
Your baby needs to rest.

That's final.

Al an is.

Go to your room.

- Hey.
- Hmm?

How's it goin'?

I'm actually doing pretty good.


Yeah, I mean considering,
you know.

How are you doin'?

How's your... How's your butt?

You talkin' 'bout my butt?


- How is it?
- It's really good, thanks.

It looks good.

I mean, I'm just sayin'.
You're lucky there's a cage.

And armed guards.

'Cause otherwise...

You know what?

I'm kind of starting
to really like this place.

You know, tall ceilings
and natural light.

That kind of loft feel?

It's growin' on you?

I'm wondering if it's on Airbnb.


Get up.

Hands up.

All right, all right,
easy, easy.

Are you taking us back
to Gilead?

Yeah. Yeah,
we're taking you to Gilead.

You listen to me.

You tell your boss he has to
call Commander Lawrence

or Commander Blaine.
Do you understand me?

- Hey! What the fuck, man?
- Fuck.

- You okay?
- Luke, I'm okay.


Just do what they say. Okay?


Turn the fuck around.

All right, dude, no problem.

Luke, no! Fuck!

Don't fight them, Luke!
Don't! Don't hurt him!

Luke, don't fight them!

All right, all right.

- He's not fighting you!
- All right, I'll stop!

Luke! Hey! Hey! Stop!

What are you doing?

He's not fighting you!

Stop it!
He's not fucking fighting you!

- Stop resisting!
- He's not fucking resisting!

- Get back!
- He's not resisting!

Let go of him! Let go! Stop it!

Fuck is wrong with you?

It's okay. It's okay. It's okay.

The fuck is wrong with you?

Where are you taking him?
Where are you taking him?

It's okay, Luke.

You're okay.

What the fuck is wrong with you?

You fucking animals!

It's okay. Baby, you're okay.

You're okay.
Just try to breathe.

Luke, you're okay.

You're a bull
in the field, Warren.

You're gonna singlehandedly
repopulate the planet.

Wouldn't that be something.

Praise be.

Yes, praise be.

And to think that such a quick

and impulsive act

could have such huge
political implications.

Well, not so quick,
but, uh, yes.

You of course understand

that your plans for
New Bethlehem are dead.

I know you don't see it yet,

but, uh,
it's what's best for Gilead.

Be a good sport about it

in front of the other Commanders
won't you, Lawrence?

Oh, absolutely.

It's a good example
for young Commander Blaine,

accept when
you've been outplayed.

I'm learning a lot
from the both of you.

Now, wait now.

I didn't do this to her
with any thought

of how a baby
could impact my stature.

It feels like
an even greater blessing

I always took you for
more of a Jezebels' man,

less of a quickie behind a desk
before a funeral kinda guy.

I'm surprised

you have the capacity
to imagine either,

given your pious lack of

action on the subject.

I'm just too busy thinking about
the future, Warren.

You know, I just wonder,

if you never allow yourself
to enjoy the spoils

of your position,

why seek it in the first place?

Thank you, Ezra.

Good evening Mr. Wheeler.

You asked to see me?

Yes. Good evening.

Is this about the conversation
I had with your wife earlier?


No. She mentioned that,
uh, the two of you had

words, but I trust that
you two will work things out.

Yes, I suppose we will.


No, um...

I wanted to see you


June Osborn
was apprehended today

by one of my teams
in No Man's Land.

Are you're sure it's her?

Yes, it's fully verified.

She's traveling
with her husband.

You don't ever have to
worry about them ever again.

Now you can just...

You can just focus on your baby.

What's gonna happen to her?


I'm going to send Ezra
to No Man's Land

and have him
deal with her there.

Like what she did to Fred?

Of course,
I could send her to Gilead,

like I do with the others,

but I just don't trust
that they will actually

deal with her properly.


Of course not.

She has too many
sympathizers there.

Well, they can't save her
this time.

I want to go with Ezra.

No, not in your condition.

I don't... I don't think
it's a good idea.


I'll be fine.

I need to go.

You want to see it?

Bear witness.

She's taken so much
away from me.

I need to see it.
I need to see the end.

I want to tell my son

that I know what happened
to his father's killer.

That she's gone from the Earth.

All right,

you may go.

Thank you.

Thank you. In God's grace.

In God's grace.


You okay?

Are you okay?

I'm right here.

I'm right here.

I'm sorry.

I'm really sorry.

June, stop.

You didn't know how bad
it could be, and I...

I did.

I should've told you.

I shouldn't have let you
come to No Man's Land.

I should've stopped you.
I should...

I'm just sorry.

'Cause it's my fault,
what happened, so...

You don't get to say that.

I decided to be here.

I decided that.

Help me load up.

Last time...

Last time we didn't
get to say goodbye.

And I don't want that
to happen again.


Fuck that.


Because we're gonna stay alive.

June, when we get to Gilead,

they're gonna execute us,
all right?


You listen to me, okay?



Last time when we were apart...

No matter what happened,

I never gave up hope.

And you never gave up hope,

because we knew...

we just knew...

that we would
find each other again.


we're just gonna do that again.


I love you.

I love you.

And we are gonna do that again.

Do you understand?

Yeah, we're...

- we're gonna stay alive.
- That's right.


Even if it is
the slightest discomfort,

Ezra will
bring you home immediately.

Oh, I know.

Thank you.

He's legal.

They don't want him. Dump 'im.

- No, no, no.
- What?

No, we stay together!

No, no! Where are you
taking him? No!

- No! June! June! No!
- No!

No! No! Where are you
taking him? No! Luke!

- I love you!
- Luke!

- June!
- No! Get off of me!

Dump him at the border.

- June!
- No! No! No!

Get off me!



No! Where are they taking him?

Where are they taking him?

Tell me!
Where are they taking him?

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry.

No matter how many times you've
thought about your own death,

I don't think it happens
exactly the way you expect.

There's always a curve ball.

Some strategy
you didn't fully think through.

An enemy you didn't see in time.

No matter what you do,

the end is always a surprise.

Why is everyone looking at us?

Oh, I'm sure
word has gotten around.


What did you do?

Something you will be
thanking me for.

Commander Warren Putnam,

you are to come with us.

What on earth
could be so important

that you need to disturb me
in the middle of breakfast?

Get your hands off me!

Wait! Warren?

What the hell
do you think you're doing?

Yes, yes. Okay, I am...
I'm walking!

Fine, I can walk.

- I'm not trying to go...
- Warren!


This is outrageous!
Get your hands off of him!


The High Criminal Court
of Gilead,

in a special overnight session,

found you, Commander Putnam,

guilty of apostasy,

sins of the flesh.

That's insanity!

For what?

The rape of unassigned property.

She's my Handmaid!

She belongs to me!

The eyes of the Lord
are everywhere.

Keep watch on the wicked
and the good.

But I have a baby on the way!

You okay?

Not really.

You gonna tell me
what's going on?

You already know.

You shouldn't be worrying
about Lawrence or Putnam

or any of that stuff.

I can't stop.

I'm worried about the kind of
person this makes you.

The kind of person
this makes me.

It makes me the kind of person
who will do whatever it takes

to make Gilead
a safer place for our child.

Are you sure
that's who you did this for?

I'm sure.

Take a long look, girls!

In Gilead,

there are consequences
for disobeying God

no matter who you are.

You are holy vessels

and, by His word,
you will be protected.

Honor God

and, in return,

you shall be honored.

Commander Putnam
was an evil man.

He took advantage
of his position.

This was justice.

I wish I could've watched.

Home now, for warm milk!

I'm here to fetch one of
the runaways, June Osborn?

Mr. Wheeler approved it.

Shaw's here.

He's taking the Red Tag.

Did we get approval?


Who are you?

Are you fucking serious?

As serious as you were

when you told me you wanted
my baby to die inside of me.

Do you remember that?


It was the best day
of my fucking life.

So, what is this?

It's payback for Fred?

Cut her bindings.

I want her to be able to pray.
On her knees.

For God's sake, Serena.

Wait, wait, wait, wait.

You gotta let me do it.

I need to do it. Okay?

- I don't know.
- Yes.

She killed my husband.

She cursed my child.

I should do it.

God is giving me
a chance for justice.

I need to do it.

Give me the gun.

Let me do it.



Don't do it.




I pray for our children.

I pray

that my daughters

live a life of peace

a life without all of this hate

and violence.

Give them a life

give them a happy life.

And, dear God,

may they do better than we did.



Get in the car.

- What are you doing?
- Get in the car!


Serena, what the fuck
are you doing?

Hurry up!

Get in the car!

Hurry up.


Serena, what the fuck
are you doing?

Just drive.