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June and Serena come to terms with their decision to send the baby to Canada. Emily makes the journey to safety. Fred's household is destroyed- literally and metaphorically- from their decision.


This episode provides examples of:

  • Agony of the Feet: June gets her feet lashed again as punishment for breaking into the Mackenzie home.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Emily manages to get Nichole breathing with little effort after she is taken underwater.
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  • Jerkass Has a Point: Mrs. Mackenzie is the Wife in Gilead, a member of the elite who does not mind taking a child forcibly taken from her parents. As unsympathetic as it is, she has a point when she tells June that her constant attempts to see her daughter will only end up getting her killed. And that it troubles and confuses Hannah. (It's hard )
  • Oh, Crap!: Fred has a massive one when Serena and June reveal they gave Emily baby Nichole. If it gets out that the wife of a Commander had so little faith in the Gilead system that she smuggled a baby out of the country, he, Serena, and June would all face summary execution.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: While it may seem a case of Super Not-Drowning Skills and Improbable Infant Survival, Nichole surviving being submerged, babies under 6 months (and longer if the skill is reinforced) actually instinctively do hold their breath while underwater, hence how the young baby lived.
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  • The Scapegoat: Fred decides to treat June giving the baby to Emily as an abduction. Which makes sense since she already had nearly killed Aunt Lydia.
  • Trash the Set: Burn, baby, burn.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Serena's emotional breakdown from the Season 2 finale culminates with her burning down the entire house.
    • Fred breaks down when he realizes what has happened with June taking the baby to Emily and knows that he himself is in deep trouble should both Serena and June say anything. Men are responsible for their household in Gilead, and anyone can be executed...
  • What the Hell, Hero?: June gets called out twice. First by Commander Lawrence when he realizes that June did not get into the truck taking her to Canada, and by Nick after she is captured and returned to the Waterfords. Both have a point: many, many people who helped her put their lives and lives of their loved ones on the line. June endangered them all.
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