That was another missed opportunity. Since the timeline was fuzzy, we don't know whether the enslavement of fertile women was happening at that time, but wouldn't it have been interesting to see Lydia's reaction to not only the child being taken, but Noelle being cuffed and gagged, wrapped in a red cloak and stuffed into a van?
We'll never see Noelle or the principal again, they were one of what are becoming signature one-offs on this show.
The writers' vocabulary seems to be quite limited. As Noelle's son is taken, she screams "you bitch" at Lydia multiple times. June screamed "you bitch" at Ofmatthew last week. Is that what this sorry mutation of an iconic feminist novel has come to? Instead of meaningful dialogue, women call each other bitches? Shame.
I paused during the recap of the last episode's hanging scene. Two Handmaids were executed along with the McKenzie's Martha. Would that not make the Handmaids cautious about what they do in front of Aunt Lydia?
The idea that they are rallying around June because she got Holly/Nicole out of Gilead is nonsense. June had nothing to do with that, it was handed to her on a silver platter - with no knowledge of or participation on her part to set it up - by the Martha underground (and maybe Commander Lawrence, he was obviously aware of it because he took Emily to the drop site).
Speaking of Lawrence, wow, there is another character that has been violently jerked back and forth with no sense of rhyme or reason. Is he part of the Resistance? Does he support the Martha network? If so, what happened to his longtime Martha who disappeared? Does he think the Handmaid system is an abomination? Is he a sneering, dismissive woman-hater? Is he super-powerful or does Aunt Lydia order him around? No wonder he always has a giant scarf around his neck, he must be trying to treat his whiplash.