Other Women
The Handmaid's Tale Season 2

93%

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Critic Ratings: 15
Critics Consensus

June's newly found confidence keeps the wheels churning in this slow-burn episode, as lines of empathy are blurred between Gilead's enslavers and the enslaved.

Episode Info

A baby shower provokes a troubling shift in Offred's relationship with Serena Joy. Offred reckons with the choice she made that led her to become a Handmaid.

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Critic Reviews for Other Women

Although the violence is kept to a minimum, this week's episode is harrowing for a different reason as June loses the fight to keep her identity and appears to surrender to Offred.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Aunt Lydia, the engine behind so much of their pain, is in her element this episode as June's self-appointed keeper.

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

The Handmaid's Tale is rarely so content, to just push through the necessary plot points without any added artistry or complexity. Indeed, this week provides some vital character work.

May 9, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

In this moment, it's impossible to imagine another hour of The Handmaid's Tale doing more to show how ruthlessly our most human instincts can be turned against us.

May 9, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Emotionally, 'Other Women' brings June's (Elisabeth Moss) escape from Gilead full circle in a shocking and jaw-dropping conclusion.

Jul 17, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's a testament to the show that they can make melodramatic affair confrontations land with as much of a wallop as someone cutting their own ear off.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

June is gone. The other woman, Offred is here to stay.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

That separation between June and Offred is no longer a defense mechanism for June to hide her true feelings as a means of survival, it's full-on disassociation.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The Handmaid's Tale could never be called upbeat, but it goes to a truly dark place in the episode "Other Women."

May 16, 2018 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

It's so agitating that being back in the world of Commanders and the overwhelming number of Praise Bes dribbling out of the lips of Gileadeans that it was enough to drive this sane woman halfway crazy herself.

May 9, 2018 | Rating: 4.75/5 | Full Review…

"Other Women" is a very, very complicated episode, though its beginning is straightforward. Here is where we get into the very heart of Margaret Atwood's sweet spot: power dynamics between women.

May 9, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

The tone this episode hits makes me think that the show has found a sustainable aesthetic mode in which to figure out the rest of its issues. As long as it keeps landing the horror, I'll stick around for the ride.

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…