The Handmaid’s Tale “First Blood”

It’s time for another installment of “Everybody Loves Offred (Except for Serena Joy)”.

Let’s see who loves Offred this week.

After a doctor suggests the Waterfords need to create a lot of love and such in the house to help Offred with her pregnancy after the scare of the previous episode.  That means Serena Joy gives her a nicer room, suggests getting her a pregnancy pillow, and even got her the world’s most uncomfortable Brunch With Friends.   But this is Serena Joy, so as soon as Offred asks for a picture of her daughter Hannah, well, it’s back to the old room for Offred.

Next up:  Nick.  Nick is in love with Offred, so much so that he hasn’t slept with his new wife Eden.  Granted, he tells us Eden is 15, but Handmaids are hardly the one to go to for comfort when it comes to choosing sexual partners.  She does have some advice for him:  sleep with Eden.

Why?  Because our next contestant on Everybody Loves Offred is Eden, who confides that Nick hasn’t touched her and she’s thinking of turning her husband in as gay.  He isn’t, but Eden doesn’t know that.

By the by, Nick does take the advice.

And then we get to our final contestant:  the Commander.  After Serena complains about Offred being tricky with the whole photo thing, he goes to see her, hoping for sex (DENIED!), but he does give Offred the requested photo.

But none of that has anything to do with the title of the episode.  What gives?  Well, Commander Waterford is dedicating a new Handmaid Center that will train many more Handmaids, and even though Nick got the promise of a transfer from another Commander, something happens that may, you know, delay that transfer.

Then, in the middle of Waterford’s speech, we see the new Ofglen, the one who got her tongue cut out, run in and suicide bomb the center, with only the Handmaids outside given enough warning to escape.

Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch.

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