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June tries to make her way to a plane that will transport her to Canada. Flashbacks show June's relationship with her mother.

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  • The '90s: Given the age difference between June and Luke and she name-dropping a character from My So-Called Life, this decade was where June spent her formative childhood years.
  • Boom, Headshot!: The pilot gets one after the plane gets shot down.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: In the offices of the Boston Globe, June puts together how the Sons of Jacob went from a minor fringe group who were dismissed as just a bunch of loudmouths to a force capable of overthrowing an entire nation and setting women's rights back 200 years.
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  • Les Collaborateurs: The refugee that Moira meets is a gay man that went from being in the United States Army to a Guardian overnight and ended up executing a number of homosexuals, including a man he had dated in college.
  • Did Not Think This Through: June manages a very clever escape from Omar's apartment, but, in her desperation, doesn't consider that Omar's failure to come home means he's been interrogated, and has quite likely betrayed her.
  • Downer Ending: June gets recaptured.
  • Honor Before Reason: Against his better judgement, Omar allows June to stay with his family.
  • Hope Spot: June very nearly escapes. She makes it onto the plane to Canada, which is then shot down by a group of Guardians.
  • Idiot Ball: Looking out the window? In broad daylight?! Really, June?
  • Not so Fast, Bucko!: You didn't really think she was going to escape to Canada this early in the season/series, did you?
  • Oh, Crap!:
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    • Omar gets this after he receives a message from a contact. It isn't shown what the message is, but it is likely that the plan he is part of has been compromised.
    • June gets this later when Omar and his family do not return from Church. This forces her to don his wife's Econo outfit and leave.
  • Properly Paranoid: In the Before, June's mother warns her about how things are changing for women and she needs to fight back. June just brushes it off as her mother being far too proactive but realizes now she should have listened.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • June briefly considers trying to rescue Hannah but realizes that she has no clue where her daughter is and even if she does, she has no way of escaping with her. Hence she decides to go to the airstrip that Omar mentioned earlier.
    • Also June does not consider that the extraction point may be compromised after Omar has his Oh, Crap! moment. As a result, her escape attempt ultimately ends in failure.
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  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The Driver for Commander Wells is also a refugee trying to flee Gilead and make it to Canada.
  • Shout-Out: A flashback reveals that June wanted to marry Jordan Catalano.
  • Time Skip: In a voiceover, June notes that two months have passed since the previous episode.
  • Wham Shot: One for June when a slide show of workers at a farm shows her mother among those forced to work.
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