Hulu’s The Handmaid Tale season 5 dropped episode 5 on the streaming service today, October 5th. Last week’s episode left us with June running into Serena, after she pulled out a gun on the protesting crowd, and a tense moment between the two as Serena jumps into a car to be brought to safety. Everyone, I believe, was rooting for June to just take out Serena, and June vowed the next time that she would not be holding back. We have Episode 5 today, and we have the entire recap and review. Check out The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 episode 5 recap and review.
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The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Episode 5 Recap
Disclaimer: The following consists of many spoilers from The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 episode 5. If you only wish to read the review, please skip this recap and scroll to the next section.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Episode 5 begins with June receiving a call from Lily informing her that a guardian is crossing the border with important information. June, Moira, and Luke head out and learn the friendly are stuck in No Man’s Land due to tightened security. Luke decides to go find Hannah himself, still reeling from the guilt that Serena put on him in his last episode. June decides to go with him while Moira stays back. They have no other information on the person they are meeting, other than a code-word and instructions.
Back at the Wheeler’s, Serena has plans to open up another center as she’s not going to let “rules get in the way of God.” Joseph both calls and tells Serena about the bad press following the center’s being shut down. Serena believes focusing on Gilead is wrong and that they should instead focus on fertility and the babies. Warren hangs up on her. He doesn’t want Gilead to be open to the world, but Lawrence points out that if they don’t open their doors, their nation will die. They eventually decided on going ahead with a fertility center. However, Serena still isn’t happy, as she feels trapped in Canada.
June and Luke eventually find their contact and follow him at his request. Although guarded, they do so. They arrive at an abandoned bowling alley and give them a USB with the details they need on Hannah. He encourages the couple to wait until sunset before heading back to the border, because it’s not safe. So, they decided to wait it out. Eventually, Luke, June, and their contact start to head back when the Gilead contact steps on a landmine and his leg is blown off. The pair try to help him, but they see people coming. The pair ran at his urging but stopped on the open road and were captured.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Episode 5 Review
Episode 5 of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 is a whole lot of nothing. Seriously, they dragged out an entire episode that could have been wrapped up in 15-20 minutes. While it is understandable that this episode is building to something bigger, they left out Aunt Lydia’s storyline all together, which was really starting to get good and was a real eye-opener.
In true fashion of the show, it ends on one of the biggest cliffhangers, reminding many of season 1 when June was captured in Gilead. After her, Luke and Hannah were on the run. Full circle. While this was sort of a filler episode, it sets up episode 6 to be ground-breaking!