See also: Fred and Offred (Category)
June Osborne, as Offred, goes to the Commander's office unsure of what's going to happen, but he just wants to play a game: Scrabble.She later goes back to her room and laughs with relief.
Offred asking Fred about her predecessor
Commander Waterford has an unsuccessful Ceremony with Offred. Later that night, the Commander and Offred have another game of Scrabble where she asks him about the Latin phrase "Nolite te bastardes carborundorum"; he tells her it means "Don't let the bastards grind you down". She also inquires about the previous Offred, in which he tells her that she committed suicide because life was unbearable. He makes it known that he doesn't want that to happen again and releases Offred from her solitary confinement.