Author: Kim Bowman

THE HANDMAID’S TALE Season Finale Recap: (S01E10) “Night”

This recap of Episode 10, the season one finale, of The Handmaid’s Tale is chocked full of {SPOILERS}. ***If you haven’t watched yet, go do that and then come back here. ;)*** For clarity’s sake, I’ll refer to Elisabeth Moss’s character as June when she’s not wearing the red robe and white bonnet, and as Offred when she is wearing the red robe and white bonnet. This episode opens in a flashback to June’s first day at the Red Centre. Aunt Lydia calls the women sluts and makes them line up. June gets shocked by Aunt Lydia’s cattle prod...

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE Recap: (S01E09) “The Bridge”

This recap of Episode 9 of The Handmaid’s Tale  is chocked full of {SPOILERS}. ***If you haven’t watched yet, go do that and then come back here. ;)*** For clarity’s sake, I’ll refer to Elisabeth Moss’s character as June when she’s not wearing the red robe and white bonnet, and as Offred when she is wearing the red robe and white bonnet. This episode opens on the Handmaids filing into the driveway of a home, which turns out to be Ofwarren’s (Commander Warren Putnam’s) home. Inside the house, Ofwarren says goodbye to baby Angela as she hands the baby...

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE Recap: (S01E08) “Jezebels”

 This recap of Episode 8 of THE HANDMAID’S TALE is chocked full of {SPOILERS}. ***If you haven’t watched yet, go do that and then come back here. ;)*** For clarity’s sake, I’ll refer to Elisabeth Moss’s character as June when she’s not wearing the red robe and white bonnet, and as Offred when she is wearing the red robe and white bonnet. This episode opens on June in Nick’s bed, thinking about Luke and self-shaming for being with Nick. Girl, take it easy on yourself, this sh*tty world is brutal and you’re allowed to find some semblance of happiness....

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE Recap: (S01E07) “The Other Side”

This recap of Episode 7 of THE HANDMAID’S TALE is chocked full of {SPOILERS}. ***If you haven’t watched yet, go do that and then come back here. ;)*** This episode opens on the car crash we saw in the first episode. It plays out the same as we saw it before, with June and Hannah running into the woods. Only now, we follow Luke. THIS IS VERY EXCITING! After June and Hannah take off, Luke opens the car trunk, grabs a gun, loads it. The sirens are getting closer. He takes aim, shoots, but then he’s shot in the...

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE Recap: (S01E06) “A Woman’s Place”

This recap of Episode 6 of THE HANDMAID’S TALE is chocked full of {SPOILERS}. ***If you haven’t watched yet, go do that and then come back here. ;)*** This episode opens on Offred remembering her passionate night with Nick. Cut to a gaggle of Handmaids scrubbing the blood of the dead off of the “hanging wall” by the river while Aunt Lydia shouts bible-y motivational quotes at them. They’re cleaning because they’re going to have diplomatic visitors, and, oh, what’s this now? The diplomats are coming to the Waterford home! Can’t wait. At home, Rita informs Offred that she needs...

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE Recap: (S01E05) Faithful

This recap of Episode 5 of THE HANDMAID’S TALE is chocked full of {SPOILERS}. ***If you haven’t watched yet, go do that and then come back here. ;)*** This episode opens on Offred, lounging on the floor of Commander Fred’s office, playing Scrabble. And she’s finally won, after 34 games. “I got lucky,” she says. “Maybe you’re just learning my weaknesses,” he replies. Indeed she is, Fred old boy, indeed she is. He presents her with a seemingly innocuous gift, a copy of a “women’s magazine” that you might see plastering our newsstands in 2017. How do I know...

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE Recap: (S01E04) Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum

This recap of Episode 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale is chocked full of {SPOILERS}. ***If you haven’t watched yet, go do that and then come back here. ;)*** This episode opens on June, Luke, and Hannah at a carnival together, laughing, enjoying each other. Offred tells herself she shouldn’t get too deep into her memories, or she’ll never get out of them. As you’ll remember from the last episode, Serena Joy ordered her to stay in her room, and she hasn’t dared defy orders. She’s been in her room for 13 straight days. She lays down inside her closet...

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE Recap: (S01E03) Late

This recap of Episode 3 of THE HANDMAID’S TALE is chocked full of {SPOILERS}. ***If you haven’t watched yet, go do that and then come back here. ;)*** The episode opens on Ofglen (the original one, not the new one we met at the end of the last episode who we decided is actually Alma from the Red Centre) being led by guards down a bright hallway to a locked cell, with some sort of mask over her mouth. Offred thinks, “Now I’m awake to the world. I was asleep before. That’s how we let it happen. When they...

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE Recap: (S01E02) Birth

This recap of Episode 2 of THE HANDMAID’S TALE is chocked full of {SPOILERS}. ***If you haven’t watched yet, go do that and then come back here. ;)*** The episode opens on Offred staring at the ceiling in the Commander and Mrs. Waterford’s bedroom, as she lies on their bed, in the midst of a “ceremony.” If you’ll remember, we learned in the first episode that “ceremony” is code for “threesome in which none of the three people want to be doing what they’re doing.” And again, just like the first time, no one is into it. Offred, Ofglen,...

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE Recap: (S01E01) Offred

This recap of Episode 1 of Hulu’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE is chocked full of {SPOILERS}. ***If you haven’t watched yet, go do that and then come back here. ;)*** I’m out-of-my-mind thrilled that Bruce Miller, the show’s creator, has given us this timely little gift of a show, based on the book by the incomparable Margaret Atwood. Now, let us begin. The premiere episode opens on a woman (Elisabeth Moss), a man (O-T Fagbenle), and their little girl (Jordana Blake) gunning it down a remote road in their car. Sirens are heard in the distance, it’s clear that they’re...

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