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Serena's punishment was awful and the apparent fate of baby Angela gave my heart a thorough going over before the surprise happy ending. So, I give this week a solid six.
When compared with every episode of the masterful second season so far, 'Women's Work' is a considered foot off the brake, its slow-burn tension not dissimilar to episodes from season one.
I'm still not sold on the show's rationale for bringing Emily and Janine back to Gilead, but Janine's story in "Women's Work" does offer a potent variation on the episode's themes of resistance and complicity.
Gilead might be a 'man's world', but it means nothing without a woman's heart.
Feeling sympathy for Serena Waterford was something that was barely imaginable in season one, yet here we are, alongside June, hoping she is okay.
Even though the show is careful about asking too much sympathy for Serena Joy, this is also the episode that exposes the awkwardness behind the show's diversity.
The Handmaid's Tale remains completely unpredictable, because there are no one-dimensional characters.
Serena not only took a very big risk to help others, she suffered very painful consequences for it.
For the first time all season, Fred is ascribing to the "superiority" of his gender that Gilead has given him.
Warning: If you haven't felt any sympathy for Serena up to this point in the series, you may after watching this episode.
"Women's Work" is a weaker episode, to my mind, one that flirts at all times with being miserable for the sake of being miserable.
It's beautiful and haunting as Janine carries on singing over the credits. Like her, her song is sweet and unaffected. But it's sad; being with her baby is literally all she wants.