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Critic Consensus: While "Jezebels" gives insight into Nick's backstory it does so at the expense of other, richer characters, creating a rare misstep in an otherwise engrossing season.

Episode Info

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

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Critic Reviews for Jezebels

Episode eight did little to advance the plot or deepen our understanding of Offred or her tormentor. And yet it sand-blasted our senses as Waterford brought his chattel to a quasi-official house of ill repute.

Sep 21, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Handmaid's Tale seems to flounder when it takes its eyes off its female leads.

Feb 5, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

The show wants its Commander young and disgusting, and Joseph Fiennes delivers. Every smile is shark teeth, every line brushed with cod liver oil. This Commander knows exactly what he's doing.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

The show is also shading out the Commander in a way I'm not sure I can quite track, though I'm interested enough to give it the benefit of the doubt, for now. (This is, not for nothing, in part thanks to Joseph Fiennes's impressive performance.)

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Nick lies back, and we get our first glimpse into his backstory! Finally! I've been wondering about this from the very beginning. Nick seemed almost too normal -- how the hell did he end up with the Waterfords?

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

There's no rabbit hole for Offred to escape through (if only!), but she's brought into a new facet of this strange new world. Curiouser and curiouser, indeed.

Sep 21, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The episode's potential is squandered as the writers choose to focus on Nick's back story and thorny relationship with Offred rather than put Moira in the spotlight.

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

This is not the adaptation I know and love, and this has been my least favourite episode of the series. I hope it regains its original tone next week.

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

This is why structural inequality and the systems of our cultures are so important: By and large, they determine how monstrous we become.

Sep 21, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's unsurprising that Elisabeth Moss and Samira Wiley are great here, and frustrating that their scenes feel so brief.

Sep 21, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…