The Worst Episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale: A Grueling Journey Through Gilead’s Darkest Moments.

Ladies and gentlemen, hold on to your bonnets and capes because we’re about to take a deep dive into the dark and twisted world of The Handmaid’s Tale. Now, before we start, let me just say that I’m a HUGE fan of this show. But, let’s be real, even the best shows have their off days. So, in the spirit of honesty, I’ve decided to compile a list of the worst episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale. Whether you’re a seasoned fan or a newbie to Gilead, buckle up and get ready for a bumpy ride as we explore the episodes that left us scratching our heads and questioning our loyalty to this hauntingly beautiful series.
Heroic

Heroic

Season 3 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2019-07-17

Confined in a hospital, June’s sanity begins to fray. An encounter with Serena Joy forces June to reassess her recent actions.

Allegiance

Allegiance

Season 5 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2022-11-02

June and Luke prepare for a rescue mission. Serena tries new tactics with her oppressive hosts. Lawrence makes a surprising proposal to elevate his status.

Dear Offred

Dear Offred

Season 5 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2022-09-28

June fights her need for violent revenge as Serena settles into her new role in Toronto. Rattled by Janine, Aunt Lydia makes a surprising suggestion to Lawrence.

Seeds

Seeds

Season 2 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2018-05-16

Offred spirals as a Gilead ceremony disrupts her relationship with Nick. Janine tries to adjust to life in the Colonies, jeopardizing her friendship with Emily.

Safe

Safe

Season 5 – Episode 10

Air Date: 2022-11-09

Under threat, June must find a way to keep herself and her family safe from Gilead and its violent supporters in Toronto.

Postpartum

Postpartum

Season 2 – Episode 12

Air Date: 2018-07-04

Offred is sent to a familiar place. Nick is rocked by Gilead’s brutal response to a crime. Emily is assigned to a mysterious new house.

Useful

Useful

Season 3 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2019-06-05

June navigates a meeting where she must face both Commander Waterford and Nick. Serena Joy attempts to recuperate at her mother’s home. Lawrence teaches June a hard lesson about the difficult decisions he makes as a Commander.

Fairytale

Fairytale

Season 5 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2022-10-05

June and Luke embark on a dangerous quest. Serena gets to know her new hosts.

Sacrifice

Sacrifice

Season 3 – Episode 12

Air Date: 2019-08-07

Gilead leadership is rocked by losses among their own. Luke and Moira adjust to new arrivals in Canada. June worries about disruptions to her plan, only to have tragedy strike the entire household.

Birth Day

Birth Day

Season 1 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2017-04-26

Offred and her fellow Handmaids assist with the delivery of Janine’s baby, prompting Offred to recall her own daughter’s birth. Offred draws closer to Ofglen while dreading a secret meeting with the Commander.

Other Women

Other Women

Season 2 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2018-05-09

A baby shower provokes a troubling shift in Offred’s relationship with Serena Joy. Offred reckons with the choice she made that led her to become a Handmaid.

After

After

Season 2 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2018-05-30

An attack sends shockwaves through both Gilead and Little America. Serena Joy makes a dangerous choice in order to protect her family. Moira searches for someone from her past.

Vows

Vows

Season 4 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2021-05-19

After a shocking reunion with a dear friend, June contemplates the possibility of freedom, and confronts the unfulfilled promises she’s made to herself and to Luke.

Border

Border

Season 5 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2022-09-21

June and Moira join a rebel outpost. As a pregnant widow, Serena tries to restore her status. Aunt Lydia questions her strict methods of dealing with Handmaids.

No Man’s Land

No Man’s Land

Season 5 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2022-10-19

June and Serena find themselves in a desperate situation.

Motherland

Motherland

Season 5 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2022-10-26

June considers a tempting but risky offer from a surprise visitor. Serena hits rock bottom and searches for allies.

Baggage

Baggage

Season 2 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2018-05-02

Offred reflects on her relationship with her mother as she navigates her way through Gilead. In Little America, Moira tries to cope with the trauma she endured.

Unwomen

Unwomen

Season 2 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2018-04-25

Offred adjusts to a new way of life. The arrival of an unexpected person disrupts the Colonies. A family is torn apart by the rise of Gilead.

Jezebels

Jezebels

Season 1 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2017-05-31

The Commander surprises Offred with a secret adventure in Gilead. Nick’s troubled past leads to his recruitment by the Sons of Jacob.

Women's Work

Women’s Work

Season 2 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2018-06-06

A sick baby tests Offred and Serena. Janine finally faces Naomi.