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The 7 things you may have missed in The Handmaid's Tale season 3, episode 7, Under His Eye.

Warning: This article contains MANY spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale season three, episode seven, Under His Eye. If you’re not caught up yet, bookmark us and come back once you’re ready to properly debrief. Ready? Let’s go!

The Handmaid’s Tale season three started off with a focus on the resistance. There was a sense of rebellion and real hope that June was going to destroy Gilead from the inside out.

We knew there was the network of Marthas, who ran their resistance out of Commander Lawrence’s house. We knew they had successfully gotten Emily and Nichole out of Gilead. We felt like something big was coming.

Mamamia recaps The Handmaid’s Tale season 3, episode 7. Post continues below audio.

But after episode seven, it sort of seems like the writers have… forgotten about that.

Instead, the episode was focused on June putting more people in danger during her unrelenting quest to be near Hannah and uh, some weird dance moves from Fred and Serena.

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A real life closed caption.

In short: Not a lot happened (except confirmation that Ofmathew is the worst).

But hey! Next week's promo shows that we're finally getting that Aunt Lydia flashback we've been waiting for since forever, so that's definitely worth sticking around for.

If you dozed off, or couldn't get that weird vision of the Waterfords... dancing... out of your head, here's what you may have missed from The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 episode 7, Under His Eye.

The details inside the "unrestored" house.

Serena and Olivia Winslow's visit to an "unrestored" house in D.C is really... icky. Maybe that's down to Serena's obvious unease as she wanders through, or it's Olivia's casual, unaffected comments about the house, its former occupants ("Who used to live here?" Serena asks, "I don't know," Olivia replies, "Baptists, I think.") and the bunk beds that are already inside the house, that she suggests are ready and waiting for the Waterford's future stolen brood, just like hers.

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Maybe it's the fact the house is one of the few times we have seen humanity in Gilead outside of flashbacks.

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Red wine is still in the glass, an Xbox controller is on the ground. In the nursery, the baby's name is still decorated on the wall: Phoebe.

But there's signs of the panic and rush in which its inhabitants left (or were forced out) and The Washington Post on the dining room table has the headline 'Terror in Washington'. That's an understatement.

What Emily said at the protest could impact her... and June.

Emily and Moira's bonding was a bright moment in this episode, but Emily's decision to join her at a protest may have been her undoing.

Earlier, we saw her being questioned by the same Swiss committee that spoke to June last week about the crimes she committed in Gilead - so yeah, they have that whole 'ran over a guard' thing on record (To anyone who didn't experience the atrocities of Gilead, Emily's list of crimes must sound extraordinary. Was anyone else screaming at her to remind the Swiss official of why she did that? That she was raped, mutilated and shipped off to a radioactive wasteland???)

Then at the protest, they confront the Canadian minister of border security, demanding he keep Nichole in Canada.

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Stop filming sir you are going to ruin everything!!

At first, Emily hangs in the back, but when she hears the minister say the birth mother gave up her rights to the child (Uh, no, June... didn't do that, she just said she wanted Nichole to stay in Canada) Emily becomes emboldened.

Fighting her way to the front, she screams at the minister: "She didn't surrender anything, June gave Nichole to me, she wanted her baby out of that sick, twisted place... I risked my life to get her out! I did my part, now you do yours!"

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Don't you dare send her back, Canada!!!
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There was definitely a group of people trailing the protest, filming on their iPhones:

The official story in Gilead is that Emily stole Nichole and ran away with her. If a video gets out like it did with Luke and Nichole at the Chicago protest or the Canadian authorities spill the truth well... that's bad. June has survived a miraculous amount of sh*t so far, but aiding in the 'kidnapping' of a child from a high ranked commander? How can she possibly get out of that?

It also fits with a compelling theory about Emily, because if Canada negotiate an extradition treaty with Gilead (Canada, what the hell are you doing?) and accept her actions are criminal, she could be sent straight back into a red dress and bonnet, or more likely... Gilead's handmaid-using hanging block.

The rope is red.

Speaking of that: There's a lot we could say about the handmaids now being forced to take part in the public hangings... but at this point, it seems stupid to question these sorts of grotesque laws.

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A NORMAL BROWN ROPE WOULD'VE BEEN SUFFICIENT.

But uh, Gilead is fighting a war in Chicago, dealing with trade sanctions, trying to negotiate with Canada and making fancy videos featuring praying handmaids. We understand symbolism, but surely it has better things to spend their money on than painting ropes red. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The elite can do whatever the heck they want.

In our short time in Washington D.C we have seen:

  • A commander openly flirt with another
  • A wife admit to reading
  • Overtly sexual dancing
  • Wives snigger about their 'peacocks' a.k.a guards who they're definitely banging on the side
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Absolutely nobody wants this.
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Serena, HE CUT YOUR FINGER OFF.

Ah, the elite. Making the laws but absolutely not following them.

June probably just put Mrs Lawrence's life in danger.

Can we all agree that precisely no one wants to see the Waterfords rekindle their relationship while drunk on power in D.C?

What we do want to see is more of Eleanor Lawrence - and maybe her husband Commander Lawrence.

Commander Lawrence keeps his wife at home and although he had a hand in the creation of this hellhole, it seems more for her own safety rather than as a misogynistic power move.

Eleanor's bipolar disorder means she's not safe in Gilead and her husband knows that, so he keeps her away from the very intense eyes of other wives, commanders and the guards.

As Eleanor has a breakdown at Hannah's school, after not being allowed to see the children, June yells at the guard that she's unwell.

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"She's confused, she has... health issues," June says.

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No, the scary man with the gun will not let you see the children.

...Are her "health issues" common knowledge? The confusion and suspicion of Naomi Putnam's face in their earlier interaction suggests no. It could be now.

And we're not sure Gilead has much empathy for mental illness.

The veils muzzles have made their way to Boston.

Oh... sh*t.

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Pls tell us you just have a cold and don't want to infect others.
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We're yet to see if it's just the veils, or the wired mouths they're used to hide too.

Ofmathew's "difficult" pregnancy.

Ofmathew's pain early in the episode seemed like a really random scene until the very end, when it made sense as possible foreshadowing.

After admitting to spying on June and being the one to dob in Hannah's Martha, June flies into a rage and takes off her wings (the Gilead equivalent of 'hold my earrings').

"Do you have any idea what you did?" she screams. "You f*cking bitch!"

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Ofmathew is cancelled.

She holds her hands around Ofmathew's neck in a choke hold, holding her over the edge of the high bridge, before the other handmaids pull her off.

(Side note: When June starts screaming, Janine, Alma, Brianna and the other handmaids almost instinctively jump into action, standing in front of her to hide her from the guards. In an episode full of... not much to get excited about, this small act of loyalty and support stood out after touching and important).

A "difficult" pregnancy, plus the stress and emotional weight of having a hand in the killing of a Martha and the handmaids turning on her does seem to be heading towards a miscarriage for Ofmathew...

Look, Under His Eye may not have been the most thrilling episode of all time but the preview of episode eight shows the handmaids' open shunning of Ofmathew and most importantly: AUNT LYDIA'S BACKSTORY.

Here's hoping we also get less gross Waterford sexual tension and more resistance.

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