The Handmaid's Tale - Season 1, Episode 8 - Rotten Tomatoes


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.


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

September 21, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | 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.

July 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.)

September 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?

September 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.

September 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.

September 21, 2017 | Full Review…

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