The Handmaid's Tale - Season 1, Episode 2 - Rotten Tomatoes


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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.


Joseph Fiennes
as Commander Fred Waterford
Ann Dowd
as Aunt Lydia
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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.

November 4, 2017 | Full Review…

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

September 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

November 4, 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.

November 4, 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.

September 18, 2017 | Full Review…

That's the mark of a great adaptation like this one - to make it feel as though you're experiencing a familiar story as new.

September 14, 2017 | Full Review…

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