Following the bombing of the new Red Center, Commander Pryce is killed in the bombings and is replaced by Commander Cushing, who increases military presence throughout Gilead, and more checkpoints. However, when his scrutiny surpasses Serena's comfort zone, conflict arises.
In the aftermath of the Red Center attack, the handmaids, all in black coats, gather in a funeral garb. Aunts are lining the path to the red caskets waiting for them to mourn. Aunt Lydia reads the (patronymic) names of the 31 deceased handmaids. In the vehicle on the way home, the handmaids talk about those they lost. Homes all over town are marked with bodies hanging in front of homes, showing the wrath of the Republic.
Commander Fred is lying half-conscious in his hospital bed. Nick offers to take Serena home for sleep and a change of clothes. She refuses his offer. Commander Putnam enters the room with a visibly injured Commander Cushing and announces Commander Pryce "has gone home to God" and Cushing will be taking on Pryce's "security duties". Cushing promises he will find everyone responsible for the gruesome attack.
In the Colonies, some vans stop by as a line of prisoners walk to the work. A list of names is presented to the guards, who pull several women out of the line and put them into the vans, among them Emily and Janine.
At the U.S. embassy in Canada, Luke and Moira get word from Ms. Tapping about the bombing, however the names of the deceased handmaids are not yet known. Luke leaves, certain in his belief that June is OK. Moira doesn't want to leave until she can be sure.
Ms Tapping gives Moira the opportunity to check a small library of binders in order to see whether her fiancee Odette died during the attack. The binders are filled with images of the unidentified dead.
Offred stores her mourning outfit away into a little suitcase. Shortly afterward, Rita announces that there is a visitor for her. Commander Cushing is at the house for Offred, and orders Rita to leave him alone with the handmaid. They briefly talk about Ofglen (second), but he asks about how she ran away. He says that she can trust him and asks again who helped her. She insists that she was taken against her will. He touches her stomach and holds her chin, saying he needs to know if her house is infected with terrorists. He hears a commotion outside and leaves. A Martha is shot and Cushing steps over her corpse before looking back at Offred.
Offred gets to the hospital. Serena Joy is happy to see her and to show Fred his baby is safe. She tells her that her husband needs to rest. She leaves the room and sees Nick. She cries on his shoulder saying the Martha was just reaching for her pass when she was shot, and that Cushing wants to know who helped June when she ran. Nick promises he "won't let anything happen to [her]." She ask about him and they begin to kiss before she walks away.
At home, Offred sits before a plate of food. Serena Joy comes in and tells her to go to sleep. Serena Joy talks about Ray Cushing with Offred and says that he's always been a blowhard even when they vacationed in Antigua together with his wife Sonia. When she tells her that he came to talk with her. She wants her to be very careful about what she says to Cushing. Offred reminds Serena that Commander Deeds' entire household was slaughtered do to Ofglen's actions and he would do the same to anyone with a connection to the underground. When Serena says that Fred wouldn't allow that, she says that he isn't there.
In Canada, Moira is still looking for her fiancee. Luke brings her food and says that Odette wouldn't want her to push herself so much. She says she just wants to know if she died alone. He leaves and she continues looking.
Nick walks home alone and returns to his room. He finds, he finds Serena inside waiting alone. She learns from him that submitting warrants to the "Consular of Divine Law" needs the Commander's signature. Nevertheless, Nick agrees to help Serena "walk through the process."
Moira finds the page that shows Odette's corpse. She begins crying and holds the book to her chest as she rocks back and forth.
Nick exchanges glances with the guards in front of the Waterfords' house and heads to the front door. As Cushing comes up to the house, he is prevented from opening the gate and a van of the Eyes stops by and guardians surround him. Commander Putnam explains he's being arrested for treason on the word of Commander Waterford, due to the "overwhelming" evidence submitted by the Eyes. Nick, June, and Serena watch from the house.
In the grocery store, Eden announces what she will cook for dinner, to the annoyance of June. Janine greets a surprised Offred. She says God has a plan for both of them, pointing in the direction of Emily. Offred greets Emily then reveals that her name is June, acknowledging that she never got a chance to tell her. Feeling driven, Offred introduces herself as June to Oferic who reveals her name to be Brianna. Spurred on by confidence, the handmaids in the grocery store (Brianna, Dolores, and Sarah) begin to exchange their real names to each other.
In Canada, Ms. Tapping announces the women who were deceased as a result of the bombing, showing their photos as they were from before. At this point, the real name of the bomber, Ofglen #2, is revealed to be Lillie Fuller. Later, Moira puts a photo of herself with Odette at a memorial. Luke joins her and they hold hands.
Serena Joy asks June to accompany her to the office where she has already put together new security policies, explaining she'd like things to start getting back to normal. Reminding her of her former profession as editor, she asks June to read over the policy drafts. June grabs a pen.
Moira is going to get $250,000 for being a surrogate mother. Luke jokingly offers Hannah instead. June wonders if she won't get attached to the baby instead.
She and June go to an ultrasound. Moira refuses the photo, though June pushes her to.
She goes to a birthing class with June. She looks around at the happy couples and becomes insulted when she "throws Luke in [her] face." June tells her that their marriage isn't perfect and jokes about his inability to load the dishwasher.
Moira gives her baby, Gavin, to a doctor. He begins crying after leaving her arms. She watches as he is given to a new couple.
The parents send Moira a card on Gavin's six-month birthday. Later, she runs into Odette, the doctor who helped with the pregnancy. She helps her pick out wine and tells her to call her by her first name.
- Commander Fred
- Serena Joy
- Aunt Lydia
- Commander Cushing
- Commander Warren
- Eden Blaine
- "My Life" by Patricia Kaas
- "Venus" by Bananarama
- Events from the first season suggest Tapping uses Mayday resources to identify displaced Handmaids. See Mayday#Communication chains.
- The order of names sixteen deceased are announced as follows:
- Jennifer Briggs
- Mae Cohen
- Nora Ford
- Patricia Frank
- Lillie Fuller - identified as the possible attacker
- Cheryl Gardini
- Joanna Grant
- Lindsay Hayes
- Tiana Moore
- Jada King
- Megan Young
- Chloe Washington
- Adriana Hall
- Helen Campbell
- Isabella Lopez
- Odette Johnson
|Season 1||Offred | Birth Day | Late | Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum | Faithful | A Woman's Place|
The Other Side | Jezebels | The Bridge | Night
|June | Unwomen | Baggage | Other Women | Seeds | First Blood | After | Women's Work|
Smart Power | The Last Ceremony | Holly | Postpartum | The Word