"Welcome to the friggin' loony bin."
Janine comments the indoctrination at the Red Center.[1]

Janine Lindo, also known as Ofwarren, then Ofdaniel, and now Ofhoward, is a supporting character in The Handmaid's Tale. She is a Handmaid whom Offred met at the Red Center. In the television series, she is portrayed by Madeline Brewer. In the television adaption, Janine is initially somewhat more rebellious.


In the past Edit

Before Gilead Edit

Janine apparently worked as a waitress, and was once gang-raped[1]. She has a son named Caleb who was taken away when Gilead rose to power[2].

At the Red Center Edit

Janine is taken to the Red Center and is immediately rebellious toward the Aunts, using harsh and forbidden language. She is punished by having her right eye removed. When she returns, meeker and more compliant, she is forced to 'confess' her sins and tell the story of her gang-rape. Aunt Lydia explains that Janine brought the rape upon herself and the other Handmaids are made to shame Janine[1].

Janine cries in the night. She seems to suffer a complete mental breakdown, believing she is living her old life as a waitress and asking people for their orders, which prompts Moira to slap Janine and speak harshly to her, in order to get her to snap out of it, as Aunt Elizabeth would show no mercy[1].

Present time, season one Edit

At a Particicution, Janine claims Moira is dead[1].

Janine is assigned to Commander Warren Putnam and Naomi Putnam and gives birth to a daughter, who the Putnams name Angela, whilst Janine names her Charlotte[2]. Due to an affair with her Commander, she believes he is in love with her. She claims he promised her they would run away together and be a family, though this is considered a lie so he could persuade her to do sexual activities with him that his wife wouldn't do. She clearly dislikes Mrs. Putnam and her obvious inexperience with children and even bites her at one point when she tries to take her child.[3] Janine claims Mrs. Putnam tried to take "Charlotte" from her in the middle of the child's breastfeeding.

"Please remove the damaged ones":
Janine is sorted out.

The handmaids are taken to a party to honor Gilead and show the foreign delegates their success, including presenting the children of Gilead. Serena Joy instructs Aunt Lydia to "remove the damaged ones" among the handmaids at the banquet due to their visible mutilations done by the regime, among them Janine, Oflyle, Ofthomas, Oftim, and Ofjohn #1. Alma later remarks to Offred that the delegates are interested in fertile women as a commodity to be traded between the two nations[4].

"Change is coming": June adjuring Janine
on the bridge.  See also: Janine and June

In the ninth episode 'The Bridge', Janine suffers a psychological breakdown after she is taken away from Angela and the Putnams to be reassigned to Commander Daniel, reverting to a child-like state during the Ceremony, violently repelling him and insisting that "he" (Warren) is coming for her. She is later able to make her way back to the Putnams and abducts her baby daughter. She is found standing on the edge of a bridge over a river, holding her daughter and threatening to throw herself off. When Warren tries to dissuade her, she becomes infuriated and reveals his promises to her and the sexual acts he made her do behind his wife's back. Offred is brought forward to try and talk her down. She seemingly manages to get through to Janine, who hands over her daughter to Offred, only to go ahead with her suicide attempt moments later, jumping into the frozen water. She survives, but is taken to hospital in a critical condition[5].

By Night, Janine has largely recovered, but for endangering her daughter by almost jumping with the baby, she is sentenced to death. The other Handmaids are ordered to stone her to death, but all of them defy Aunt Lydia's orders after the new Ofglen and then other handmaids starting with June later on refused to throw their stones at Janine[6].

Present time, season two Edit

Emily notices that one of the new prisoners arriving in the Colonies is Janine. She tries to embrace her, but is pulled back by an Aunt.[7].


Janine in the Colonies

Emily guides Janine through the inhuman and brutal reality of the Colonies, where Janine still seems to find reasons to smile. Janine organizes a wedding, presided over by Sally, a Jewish rabbi, for Fiona and Kit, the latter of whom is dying, to give them a moment of happiness before their chance at being together is taken away. Emily then angrily points out they are just "cows being worked to death", and Janine is "dressing up the slaughterhouse for them", to which Janine replies that "cows don't get married". The next morning Kit’s body is carried out for burial on the graveyard[8].

After the attack that destroyed the new Rachel and Leah Center and killed many of those in attendance, Janine and Emily are returned to the custody of Gilead where they resume their duties as Handmaids. Janine briefly and excitedly explains to June that the bombing resulted in "so few Handmaids" that a decision was made to rehabilitate those who were sent to the colonies, including Emily[9].

Offred walks to the store where she runs into Janine and Emily. Janine calls her new posting a "blessing from God" since it is "only the Ceremony", to which Emily replies being raped is not a blessing and anyone helping Gilead deserves to be blown apart. An ambulance drives by causing everyone to kneel and pray for the baby. Brianna tells Janine she heard it's Angela. As Janine panics, June promises her she'll find out more about what's going on[10].

In the hospital, Serena asks Naomi if Janine, who is brought by Aunt Lydia, could see the baby. Her husband is okay with it but Naomi isn't. Offred takes Janine to see the baby in the ICU. Dr. Hodgson arrives in her Martha dress, changes clothes and is briefed by Dr. Epstein. She runs some tests on the baby. The doctors give Angela's parents bad news. Serena goes after the doctor but the doctor says is that all they can do is pray for the baby's recovery. Janine is able to hold the baby in order to say goodbye. Aunt Lydia later wakes up in the ICU and finds Janine in her underclothes holding a very much alive baby[10].

Isaac is escorting June and Janine on a shopping trip. When Janine starts talking loudly, Issac orders her to be quiet and refers to her as "unwoman," referring to her prior status as a prisoner in the Colonies. When Janine replies that she and June are having a conversation and tells Isaac to "suck [her] dick", Isaac hits her in the mouth with his gun, knocking her to the ground. He then roughly escorts June home[11].

Present time, season three Edit

Useful Edit

June, Alma, and Janine stand on a street corner, peering up at the corpses hanging from the street lights above her.

God Bless the Child Edit

The Putnams invite Aunt Lydia and the Handmaids to their house for a reception. Naomi Putnam thanks June for what she did on the bridge and addresses a "bless you" to Janine. She then sends Aunt Lydia and the Handmaids to a separate back room.

Naomi brings baby Angela down to the parlor. Janine breaks protocol when she approaches the Putnams and asks to hold her daughter but Naomi allows it. Janine voluntarily hands the baby back only to start insistently suggesting that she could move back into the house and give Angela a brother or sister, concluding she "just wants to be with her daughter". An incensed Aunt Lydia strikes Janine down and continues to beat her. June calls for someone to stop her, but as none of the Commanders or their Wives react, she throws herself between Janine and Aunt Lydia, yelling at Aunt Lydia who eventually comes to her senses and stops. Janine is carried off by guardians. Lydia looks around, muttering an apology to the guests, except for Janine, before leaving the parlor.

Unfit Edit

After Ofmatthew's discussions with Aunt Lydia resulted in the hanging of a Martha, many of the handmaids (save for Janine) begin to bully and shun her. Janine has sympathy for Ofmatthew, telling June "You're being so mean...She's only doing what Aunt Lydia told her to do." June's relationship with Ofmatthew continues to decline until June testifies that Ofmatthew does not want her baby, and she is brought up to testify and be shunned for her sins. Janine takes part in the shunning, calling Ofmatthew a sinner and a crybaby along with everyone else. Later, at Loaves and Fishes, Janine makes an effort to befriend Ofmatthew and be kind to her while Ofmatthew becomes increasingly anxious. Ofmatthew suffers a mental breakdown after seeing June experiencing joy at her suffering, and beats Janine (the closest person to her) with a can of lobster meat. Ofmatthew, revealed by Aunt Lydia as Natalie, then takes a gun from a guard, aims it at June and then Aunt Lydia, but is shot by the Guardians before she can hurt anyone else.


Ofmatthew is taken to a hospital for months, mentally brain-dead, but kept alive so the baby can be born. June is confined to the hospital room with Ofmatthew until she gets better or the baby is born. The other handmaids visit them, including Janine, and they pray for the safety and the health of Ofmatthew's baby. During their prayers, Ofmatthew has a seizure and the handmaids are hurried out. Later Janine visits June and Ofmatthew in their room; when June asks why she had come she admits her wounds from Ofmatthew's assault had become infected. She also confesses she had not been praying for Ofmatthew, and believes the seizure to be her fault. She starts speaking to her, saying "Natalie, I forgive you, and I pray for you to get better," before June tells her she won't. She then amends her statement, saying "I wish for you to find peace." June then tells Janine that they can help her find peace by killing her. Janine scolds June for being cruel, reminding her that she can't kill Natalie because "She's one of us". June realizes she's right and puts her stolen surgical blade away. Janine tries to confiscate it from her, June refuses, and Janine tells June she's selfish and that she's changed for the worse.

Janine's infected wound on her eye is a point of shame and embarrassment for her, and she tries to cover the wound with her hair while the other handmaids pray at the hospital. Aunt Lydia scolds her, saying "Nothing is more ugly than vanity", and she fixes her hair back in her veil. Later, after the surgical procedure for her infection, Aunt Lydia comes by with a gift for her - a red velvet eye patch. Janine takes the gift excitedly and puts it on, and laughs with Aunt Lydia that she looks like a pirate. They enjoy a moment of joy and laughter before Janine continues, "Like a space pirate," reminding the audience of her loss of semblance.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Episode 1.1, "Offred (TV Episode)"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Episode 1.2, "Birth Day"
  3. Episode 1.3, "Late"
  4. Episode 6, "A Woman's Place."
  5. Episode 1.9, "The Bridge"
  6. Episode 1.10, "Night"
  7. Episode 2.1, "Unwomen (TV Episode)"
  8. Episode 2.5, "Seeds"
  9. Episode 2.7, "After"
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Episode 2.8, Women's Work"
  11. Episode 2.9, "Smart Power"
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