I'm wondering if she's literally off her meds. Gilead might not believe in psychiatry.
The way the scene was set up, with her wife hovering in the background, seemingly learning about this stuff for the first time, I thought she was about to say she'd been arrested for having sex with a Martha so that they could both cry in extreme closeup.
I wish we were spending more time on this story, because I do think the angle they're working this episode -- where the wife is like, "Nothing that happened in Gilead matters to me; we can just move on" and Emily is like, "Everything that happened in Gilead matters a lot and I'm not the same person anymore" -- is super interesting.
I agree, and, in the past, I've been annoyed when the show tried to make June responsible for Gilead murdering it's own citizens. It's not her fault if the government kills people. That said... I kind of feel like this one was a little bit June's fault?
At the start of season two, she made a serious, good faith attempt to escape, and it went wrong, and people got killed. This time, she exposed everyone for no reason by showing up at Hannah's school when she didn't have a plan for what to do when she got there. Seeing Hannah wouldn't have helped anyone, including June, but it put lots of people at risk, and one of them died. She didn't kill that person, but she wasn't very careful with that person's life, either.
The sense I'm getting is that there are regional differences in which of the rules are emphasized and how they're enforced. So, in DC, the sexual stuff seems to be more relaxed if you're reasonably circumspect about it (hence that dude from Oz putting the moves on Fred). This is actually a sign that DC might be a better fit for the Waterfords, since their whole philosophy toward following the rules of Gilead has mostly been "If nobody sees it, nobody gets mad."
As for doing the tango at a party, I can buy that, too. There are already places in the world where it's officially wrong to do things like that in public but, if you go to a rich person party behind closed doors, the rules are relaxed.
The Grand Seduction of the Waterfords is not a plot line I was salivating to see, but I admit the pieces are all coming together to show us that life in DC -- for the privileged class -- is much closer to what they imagined when they helped build Gilead. The rules don't apply to them and they can maintain something closer to the lifestyle the had before as long as they pretend to be pious in public.
It was a good scene, but it also reminded me of a very similar scene in Quills (which is set right after the French Revolution). I liked the Quills scene a little more because it was understated -- the camera tracks across the evidence that the home's previous owners were literally dragged out of the building, but nobody mentions it. Here, I wish they had trusted us more to understand what was up without explaining it.
Yeah, there was part of me that thought, "Maybe this is just how couples pick each other up in religious dictatorships..."
I understand and can get behind June's decision to stay in Gilead, but, for me, I think the issue is more that I would like her to either have an actual plan to get Hannah back OR admit that she doesn't and that it's harder than she thought and maybe she screwed herself by staying, but she has to try, etc.
So, either we're watching her slowly gear up to rescue her kid, or we're watching her slowly despair that she made a mistake and won't be able to rescue her kid after all.
Instead, I feel like we're watching her do random stuff that's somewhere in between having a plan and not having a plan, and there's no a lot of momentum.
I had the same thought, and I'm hoping that info is on the tape and we just didn't hear the whole message. I could see a possible direction for this story where Gilead offers to trade Hannah for Nicole, and set a precedent that the old kids still belong to their parents but the new kids belong to Gilead.
The reason I don't think that will happen is because it would anger too many of the people who kidnapped pre-existing kids. But it would have taken Luke in an interesting direction if he was faced with the possibility of getting his daughter by blood in exchange for the daughter he's adopted and been caring for.
I agree with you that the show totally won't send June to Canada any time soon, but, reading the thread, I'm starting to feel like season three would have been a lot more interesting if it had.
I think there are interesting and timely stories to be told about the refugee situation in Canada, and June could have been a really good part of that since she's kind of an agitator now. Plus, it would be interesting to see how her relationship with Luke changes when they're back together and raising Nick's baby.
In Gilead, they could have split the action between Serena trying to choose between the fantasy of the world she wanted to live in in Gilead vs the reality of what Gilead has become and her need to either escape or destroy it (without trying to get Nicole back) + a plot line about Rita working with the Marthas to resist.
I think it depends on whether you see the show as ideally being about The Situation with Gilead, explored from lots of different angles, or That One Handmaid Who Resists Gilead (which is, I think, what the show runners have chosen).