During that long, long moment, I thought "Then, she got an idea. An awful idea. The Grinch got a wonderful, awful idea!"
I don't particularly like this thing where June's a dark, gritty antihero or whatever, but, more importantly, I don't understand the logic of this decision. They just had to keep her from talking to anyone for a few more days. And June told JANINE their plan. Which is just as bad as letting Ms. Lawrence know, plus the part where she can't monitor Janine.
I agree with previous posters who said it seems like the Americans are honoring their agreement with Serena, which is the smart thing to do, and the ethical thing to do.
Also, because there were stills last week that made it seem like Luke was there for the arrest, and then we didn't see him, I think it's possible we're missing a scene where someone got Luke to agree to this arrangement so that they could get Fred. But it's an interesting point -- I'm not sure Luke could be compelled to bring the baby there against his will.
I think it's possible to argue that one of the levers Gilead has to control the Handmaids is that it's holding their children hostage. That's something that's been used against June more than once, and the reason she ultimately didn't leave last season. So, you could say that, if the Handmaids knew their kids were safe, they might be more willing to resist, and also that they might not be willing to leave while their kids are still hostages.
Based on the angry, sad way they were looking at each other, they'd be good candidates for marriage on this show, but I think the laws of Gilead say that June can't be anyone's wife because she's a sinner or whatever.
However, I think it's a good point that, with his wife dead. Lawrence has a lot less reason to leave the country, even if he still goes through with the plan to send the kids. He might end up staying behind with some kind of other agenda.
I didn't think of that, but if Lawrence purposely helped her OD, that would explain a lot about the way he was looking at June, and the dialogue where they both said they should have looked in on her -- we know June's lying; maybe he is, too. I'm not sure he'd do that to his wife, though. We keep getting told that he really, really loves her.
That's also what I thought, but there was that one line of dialogue where Serena was worried that Fred would be extradited to somewhere where he could be executed, which suggests to me that he might not be in US custody. I think they said something last episode about him being tried by the international criminal court, or a war crimes tribunal or something, and I have no idea how that works.