The Handmaid's Tale (2017) s03e09 Episode Script

Heroic

1 NARRATOR: Previously on The Handmaid's Tale Do you have any idea what you did? You fucking bitch! [DRAMATIC MUSIC] You're being so mean.
She got someone executed.
She doesn't feel sorry about it.
She should have kept her fucking mouth shut.
You will never be free of me until both of my children are safe.
That is my constant prayer for Nichole.
- You will not let her go! - Because I love her! This isn't love.
You can't love! You don't know how! Ofmatthew doesn't want her baby.
Well, it was just a second.
AUNT LYDIA: That's a sin.
HANDMAIDS: [CHANTING] Sinner.
AUNT LYDIA: And to refuse God's blessings of a child [SCARED CHATTERING] is among the gravest of sins.
HANDMAIDS: [CHANTING] Sinner.
[PANICKED SCREAMING] - Natalie! - [GUNSHOTS] [SCREAMING ECHOES] Oh, no! Oh, no! [SCREAMING CONTINUES IN BACKGROUND] No! No! [DRAMATIC MUSIC ENDS] ["HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH" BY BELINDA CARLISLE] Ooh, baby, do you know what that's worth Ooh, heaven is a place on Earth They say in heaven love comes first We'll make heaven a place on Earth [HEART MONITOR BEEPING] JUNE: Do you hear it? I didn't at first.
Not for a few weeks.
[HEART MONITOR BEEPING RHYTHMICALLY] Don't you hear it? Ooh, baby, do you know what that's worth - [SONG ECHOES] - Ooh, heaven is A place on Earth [NORMAL VOICE] Right? They say in heaven - [SONG ECHOES] - Love comes first We'll make heaven a place on Earth Ooh, heaven is a place on Earth [NORMAL VOICE] Don't you hear it? You will.
You'll hear it.
You'll hear it.
JUNE: They don't give Ofmatthew anything that might hurt the baby.
There's no future for her in any case.
"There's too much bleeding", they say.
"Her brain is gone", they say.
Ofmatthew is just a vessel now, and the baby is all that matters.
I suppose it's all that ever mattered.
The doctors and nurses and orderlies and technicians come and go.
I stay.
Thirty-two days so far.
I will be here until there's a baby.
"This is your walking partner", Aunt Lydia said.
"Where else would you be?" Ooh, baby, do you know what that's worth? Ooh, heaven is a place on Earth They say in heaven love comes first [HEART MONITOR CONTINUES BEEPING RHYTHMICALLY] [DARK MUSIC] Ooh Heaven is a place on Earth JUNE: The wives come to pray with Mrs.
Calhoun.
"Please, God, protect this child.
Bring forth your miracle.
We've been so faithful and good.
'Heaven is a place on Earth', dear God.
" [SCOFFS] They smell of powder and soap.
They smell like the ceremony.
Like Serena Joy, when she held me down.
It's hard not to fucking gag.
When Aunt Lydia brings everyone to pray, it smells like sweat.
Like onions and oranges and fish from the grocery store.
It smells like tape and pus from Janine's wounds, still healing after what Ofmatthew did to her.
[FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING] [OFERIC WHIMPERS] I will be here until there's a baby However long that takes.
This room has a smell, citrus and ammonia.
It would have been in spray bottles before, at the grocery store.
Or Bed Bath and Beyond.
And then mostly from Amazon.
When there were all those things.
Before the Internet raids.
Before the decency codes and all the hangings.
She has a smell too.
A kind of sweet decay, like wet leaves.
Like a dirty scalp.
Like her shit.
Soft, unformed, blameless.
She smells like a baby.
They're not real, you know.
They're not.
[GASPS] [HEART MONITOR BEEPING] [GROANS] [GRUNTS] [GROANING] Maybe I'm crazy and this is some new kind of therapy.
I wish that were true, then I could get better.
And this would go away.
I could leave this room.
This would all end.
[HEART MONITOR BEEPING RAPIDLY] [ALARM RINGING] [BEEPING STABILIZES] This has to end.
[GASPS] [HEART MONITOR BEEPING] [LIQUID DRIPPING] [HUMMING] ["HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH" BY BELINDA CARLISLE] Ooh, heaven is a place on Earth They say in heaven love comes first We'll make heaven a place on Earth HANDMAIDS: Dear God, please watch over this child.
ALMA: [SOFTLY] Hey.
Pray, stupid.
AUNT LYDIA: Let Him hear your devotion, girls.
Your heavenly powers overcome sickness and infirmity.
HANDMAIDS: Dear God, please watch over this child.
AUNT LYDIA: You gather your lambs in arms and carry them in your bosom.
HANDMAIDS: Dear God, please watch over this child.
Ofhoward, put yourself together, please.
Hair out of your face.
Nothing is uglier than vanity, Ofhoward.
That's better, dear.
Look upon us with eyes of mercy, O Lord [SOFTLY] It's okay, it's not so bad.
It's gross.
It's not fair.
AUNT LYDIA: of Our Heavenly Father.
To Him be the glory - [HEART MONITOR BEEPING RAPIDLY] - [ALARM RINGING] All right, girls, let's give them room to do their work.
Come on.
Excuse me, ladies.
What challenges has the Lord given us this morning? NURSE: Her pressure's creeping up again.
145 over 110.
YATES: Push 200 milligrams of Labetalol and draw for labs.
White count first.
Now.
How's our patient? Fetal heart rate is stable.
Oh, praise be.
Let's keep it that way.
- [OFMATTHEW GROANING] - [ALARM BLARING] What's happening? She's having seizures.
[OFMATTHEW GROANING] [OMINOUS MUSIC] If you're lucky, you may get to see her shit herself.
You are a heartless, heartless girl, Ofjoseph.
He who is most merciful, please hear our prayers and save this child.
Please, God, let them die.
Please, God, let them die.
Please, God let them die.
YATES: Lovely.
Lovely.
Okay.
Clean that up, please.
Excuse me, Doctor, may I ask what you're doing? A saphenous cutdown.
I am placing a small tube into the femoral vein.
Basically, it's a fancy name to get in more fluids.
Should help control the seizures, and our little miracle needs plenty of fluids.
Ah, of course.
Tie and anchor that suture closed, please.
Don't worry about the scar.
Glory be with you.
AUNT LYDIA: Ah, go in grace.
The miracles God allows these doctors to perform.
It's simply awe-inspiring.
Well.
Under His eye, dear.
Hold on a minute.
Pardon? I'm sorry.
Um Aunt Lydia May I go home, please? No.
You may not.
Ridiculous! Please.
AUNT LYDIA: You may go home when your walking partner goes home.
You certainly owe her that consideration after the way you have treated her.
I know.
I know I was shitty.
Ofjoseph.
All you girls, just awful.
OFJOSEPH: I know.
I know.
I I don't feel well.
Ofjoseph, I believe in you.
God never gives us more than we can handle.
Are you sure? AUNT LYDIA: Pray without ceasing.
That's all we can do.
Yes, Aunt Lydia.
[WIND HOWLING SOFTLY] [QUIETLY] Ooh, heaven is a place on Earth [HEART MONITOR BEEPING RHYTHMICALLY] Place on Earth Place on Earth [SINISTER MUSIC] [RUMMAGING] [GROANS] [GASPING] [GROANS SOFTLY] [GASPS] [NEEDLE CLATTERS] [RUMMAGING] You don't fool me.
I know you're gone already.
[DOOR OPENS] Hi.
Hi.
What are you doing here? Got infected.
They have to do another procedure.
OFJOSEPH: Oh.
Oh.
OFHOWARD: I haven't been praying for her.
Not really.
Okay.
She had that seizure.
Do you think that was your fault? Obviously.
[MELANCHOLIC MUSIC] Do you think she can hear me? I don't know.
OFHOWARD: Hi, Natalie.
It's Janine.
I just want you to know that I forgive you.
And I want you to get better.
She can't get better.
I can wish for it anyway.
I want you to find peace.
[SOMBER VOCALIZING] Is that better? OFJOSEPH: Janine.
I know how we can help her.
No.
OFJOSEPH: Janine, it's the right thing to do.
Listen to me.
We have to end it.
So you're going to kill her? And the baby? What did they ever do to you? Janine, we have to.
We have to do something.
Don't do that.
She's one of us.
Okay.
Okay? OFJOSEPH: Yeah.
Okay, okay.
Give that to me.
When did you get to be so selfish? Everything is always about you now.
Your problems.
Get the fuck out of here.
You're different.
I don't like it.
The lungs aren't fully formed yet, and won't be for a few weeks, but we can take care of it in the NICU, if need be.
CALHOUN: They're not gonna come in here, are they? Those sicks girls? They're not sick.
They're here for their menarche exam.
MRS.
CALHOUN: They've flowered? How lovely.
JUNE: That will be Hannah soon.
Too soon.
YATES: It'll be a few years before they're ready to have babies of their own.
JUNE: He doesn't mean emotionally ready.
He means they track their pelvic development.
[EVIL MUSIC] She's got prominent veins.
Easy to slice, I'd think.
His aren't bad either.
Harder to see.
If I only get one kill, I should start at the top.
Make it count.
Eenie, meenie [FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING] minie, moe.
SERENA: I'm sorry I couldn't get here sooner.
MRS.
CALHOUN: Oh, that's all right.
Thank you for coming.
SERENA: Of course.
I've been praying for you.
MRS.
CALHOUN: And I for you.
Our precious babies.
YATES: Commander, we can discuss the rest of the lab tests in my office.
Mrs.
Waterford, may I speak to you for a moment? You don't want to bother with that.
I'll catch up with you downstairs.
Yes, Ofjoseph? OFJOSEPH: Come closer.
It's a secret.
SERENA: What? You're not well.
No.
June? [SERENA GASPS] [BOTH GRUNTING] [GROANING] [SERENA BREATHING HEAVILY] You're out of your mind.
This has to end.
This has to end.
[SORROWFUL MUSIC] You were supposed to be one of the strong ones.
[MUFFLED] There's something wrong.
She cut herself.
YATES: Mrs.
Waterford said you cut yourself.
Let me see.
It's all right.
Ouch.
You need stitches.
[INSTRUMENTS CLATTERING] Come.
Sit.
It's a clean slice.
Just a few more.
You doing okay? OFJOSEPH: You shouldn't bother trying to fix me if you're just going to report me.
YATES: You're right.
I shouldn't.
Thank you.
I took an oath.
First do no harm.
Am I harming you? You're torturing her.
YATES: She's not my patient, the child is.
OFJOSEPH: That's bullshit.
Sir.
YATES: Hold still.
My mother was a doctor.
She treated pregnant women.
And she always put her patients, the women, first.
Oh, things were different when she practiced medicine.
Did she get out? OFJOSEPH: No.
I'm sure you miss her.
Where did she practice? Somerville.
For the most part.
Holly Maddox.
[CHUCKLES] Well now I know why you took a swipe at Mrs.
Waterford.
Dr.
Maddox.
Dr.
Maddox, she was scary.
[CHUCKLES] Yeah.
She is.
Was.
I don't actually know.
You should know I was going to kill Serena.
And her.
And you, too.
[INSTRUMENTS CLATTER] [SIGHS] YATES: I warned them.
I said, "You can't leave that girl in here, praying for months on end.
" The brain atrophies in isolation and breeds despair.
How long have you had suicidal thoughts? Homicidal.
YATES: Doing any of the things that you said would put you on the wall, and you know it.
So How long? I don't know.
Since I realized I probably won't see my daughters again.
You feel hopeless? How should I feel? Doctor, she's someone's child, too.
Um I honor the Handmaid's life by saving her child.
How will you honor your daughters? [MELANCHOLIC PIANO MUSIC] Try not to get that wet.
Under His eye.
[HEART MONITOR BEEPING] [BEEPING RAPIDLY] [ALARM DINGING] [RAPID BEEPING CONTINUES] [ALARMS RINGING] [OMINOUS PIANO MUSIC] YATES: Okay.
Take that.
Here we go, gentlemen.
Oh.
Yeah.
Okay.
Okay.
Okay.
[BABY COUGHS] NURSE: Praise be.
YATES: Take him.
[BABY CRIES SOFTLY] [SIGHS] She's not gonna last much longer.
Stitch her up.
You could use the practice.
ATTENDING: Yes, sir.
[MOURNFUL PIANO MUSIC] GIRL: Can I carry that for you? Sure.
Thank you.
Did you just have a baby? No.
I was visiting a friend.
Oh.
Is she really sick? Yeah.
Well, the Lord will heal her.
You just have to pray hard enough.
Praise be.
I'm here because they said I can have babies.
Later, not right now.
After I get married.
Is that what you want? [BLEAK MUSIC] Of course.
So much.
[APPROACHING FOOTSTEPS] WOMAN: Rose.
[MUSIC TURNS HOPEFUL] AUNT LYDIA: Ofjoseph, come along.
She's still alive.
Not for much longer, as I understand.
God will call her home soon enough.
It's been quite an ordeal.
Aunt Lydia.
I need to stay with her.
If I may.
Oh That would be very kind of you.
Go in grace, Ofjoseph.
I'll try.
[SIGHS] [OFHOWARD HUMMING] [KNOCKING] AUNT LYDIA: Blessed be the fruit, dear.
OFHOWARD: May the Lord open.
AUNT LYDIA: The doctor said the procedure went well.
Yeah, he said Mmm I mean, all thanks to God.
May his healing light shine upon you.
I brought you something.
Nothing wrong with wanting to look your best.
[CHUCKLES] Let me help you.
Here.
Take this off.
Okay.
Gently.
[CHUCKLES NERVOUSLY] [AUNT LYDIA LAUGHS] I look like a pirate.
[LAUGHING] Indeed.
A space pirate.
[CHUCKLING] [HEART MONITOR BEEPING] [MYSTERIOUS MUSIC] Hey, it's okay.
It's all right.
I'm here.
I'll be right here.
I'm sorry I was such a shit to you.
I got lost, I think.
Not that that's a good excuse, but I don't really have another reason.
They just take everything from you, you know.
They really do.
[SIGHS] Your son, he's beautiful.
Oh, he's He is beautiful.
And everyone is praying for him, but I wouldn't worry, seriously.
Because I think he's just like you.
He's a fighter.
And he doesn't deserve to grow up in this place.
He deserves to be free.
They all deserve to be free.
So, Natalie I'm gonna get them out.
I'm gonna get out as many children as I can.
I don't really know how yet, but I swear to you, I'm gonna get them out.
Because Gilead should know how this feels.
It's their turn to hurt.
[HEART MONITOR BEEPING RAPIDLY] All right.
It's okay.
It's all right.
[BEEPING STABILIZES] [QUIETLY] Ooh, baby, do you know What that's worth? Ooh, heaven is a place on Earth [GROANS] Do you remember that song? [HEART MONITOR BEEPS RHYTHMICALLY] They say in heaven Love comes first We'll make heaven a place on Earth When the night falls down I wait for you and you come around And the world's alive With the sound of kids on the street outside [HEART MONITOR CONTINUES BEEPING RHYTHMICALLY] [HEART MONITOR CONTINUES BEEPING] [OFMATTHEW BREATHING SLOWLY] [BEEPING SLOWS] - [BEEPING STOPS] - [BREATHING STOPS]