The Handmaid's Tale - Season 1, Episode 4 - Rotten Tomatoes

Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum



Critic Consensus: "Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum" is buoyed by Offred's lasting optimism -- though performance-wise the episode belongs to Joseph Fiennes.

Episode Info

Punished by Serena Joy, Offred begins to unravel and reflects on her time with Moira at the Red Center. A complication during the Ceremony threatens Offred's survival with the Commander and Serena Joy.


Joseph Fiennes
as Commander Fred Waterford
Ann Dowd
as Aunt Lydia
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Critic reviews for Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum

It's a testament to how dark the going has been that an episode featuring torture, psychological abuse and a creepy doctor offering to impregnate indentured heroine Offred could be considered optimistic.

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

Kudos to Joseph Fiennes for his performance about his lack of performance.

July 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite all attempts to isolate the Handmaids from the world and one another, a connection remains.

July 3, 2018 | Full Review…

In a horrific dystopia like Gilead, sometimes you need to stop and smell the corpses.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Elisabeth Moss is so good at these tiny veiled moments of manipulation, as she meekly tells him that she knows Serena is right to punish her, but she doesn't know how much more confinement she can take.

September 29, 2017 | Full Review…

For all the great writing in this series, and there's no shortage, it's tough to think of a series in recent memory more reliant on the stories told by its actors in silence.

September 19, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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