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Critic Consensus: Levity is found in the form of perfectly suited -- and surprisingly humorous -- song choices that help "Birth Day" overcome the hopelessness of Gilead.

Episode Info

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.

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Critic Reviews for Birth Day

The moment plays equally devastating and funny, but that's why I love the show's use of humor and music: if you don't have a gallows humor you don't have anything.

Nov 5, 2017 | Full Review…

The real pleasure of this episode was seeing Joseph Fiennes sink his teeth into a meaty role.

Sep 19, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Sometimes you're in the horror movie; sometimes, nobody wins.

Jul 4, 2018 | Full Review…

No, I actually mean that: The producers used the song from The Breakfast Club and it's perfect.

Nov 5, 2017 | Full Review…

While I'd love to envision Moira and Ofglen and any other Gilead escapee possibly rallying help up north, you just know they're probably enduring something painful somewhere awful.

Nov 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Atwood has often said that she didn't write fantasy in The Handmaid's Tale-everything that happens in this story happens, or has happened, or is happening, to women in the real world. This is a horror story about slut-shaming.

Sep 30, 2017 | Full Review…

"Birth" is, as you might have guessed, about birth. But it also gives us insight into how dire the infertility crisis was before society went completely topsy turvy.

Sep 19, 2017 | Full Review…

A few series have pulled off second episodes stronger than their very strong pilots -- The Americans and Breaking Bad come to mind -- and now The Handmaid's Tale joins that group.

Sep 19, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

After two episodes, The Handmaid's Tale has shown that it excels at placing the horrific, the surreal and the achingly mundane side-by-side.

Sep 19, 2017 | Full Review…

The arrival of a new baby is a joyful thing -- at least until you remember what kind of a world we're in now. This is Gilead, remember? We can't just have nice things.

Sep 19, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…