Finally, last week The servant's tale gives us a serious piece of Aunt Lydia's story. Before looking at the time, I thought that learning more about the militant babysitter might make me feel sympathy for the way she was chosen to survive Gilead.
But, Nope: Instead, taking a look at Aunt Lydia's past only reinforces my belief that she is a miserable person whose light is to make those around her as unhappy as she is. is. Fun!
Speaking of miserable, Ofmatthew is flouted by the other maids as a result of her role in Hannah's hanging. And if it seems hard … wait for the last moments of the episode.
Read on for the highlights of "Inapt".
In the hot seat | June's sisters in red think it's not very cool that, as June points out, Hannah's martha Frances "loved my daughter, Frances died, and Hannah left. her. "The woman in question, of course, is Ofmatthew, for whom June has no pity when Janine comments on how bad everyone is. "She did execute someone. She does not feel sorry for it. She should have shut up her mad mouth, "June said assiduously as they all attended the birth of a maid named Ofandy.
When Ofandy's work stops, Aunt Lydia finds a way to fill her time. After facing an unrepentant June, the oldest woman places her in the center of one of those shameful circles of the Red Center. You know – where the ladies all point the person in the middle and chant "his fault, his fault, his fault" or "sinner, sinner, sinner". June is pretty impenetrable … until Lydia says that her role in the death of Frances Private Hannah from another regular presence. "Think of that little girl without that warmth in her life. Whose fault is it? Lydia points June, who tries not to cry while she responds "My fault".
But our daughter rallies. "I have something else to testify," she says, taking a very pious face. "Ofmatthew does not want his baby." Gilead gasps! The best lies contain a core of truth, and you remember how Ofmatthew was talking about the fact that this time it was difficult some time ago? She fears, denying what June says, but feeling that feeling only "just a second" – and that's enough for Aunt Lydia to put her in the center of the circle. Ofmatthew admits that she suspects that the baby she is wearing is a woman and she was afraid of "what would her life be like". She is obviously not doing well mentally, but this does not prevent Lydia from being called by the "sinner" and "crybaby" women as she deconstructed herself quietly before their eyes.
THE LIFE OF LYDIA | While Ofmatthew is losing what's left of his emotional balance, why not go back to pre-Gilead Lydia? Her last name is Clements and she was a fourth grade teacher with long hair and hanging earrings. We see her waiting with a student, Ryan, whose mother is late looking for him. Lydia tends to quote the scriptures, but not the way she is armed today. And when Ryan's young mom, Noelle, arrives late, scared and does not plan to have dinner outside of the nearest driving service, Lydia surely judges her … but she also invites Ryan and his mother for a chili.
After the meal, we learn that Noelle works in a bar and is sweet but unrefined in a way that slightly irritates Lydia. For example, when she mentions that Ryan "deserves more, better. But all he has is me, "said Lydia," you could be better. "(In a way, when Ann Dowd says it, this sentence does not sound as nuanced as her judgment.)
Noelle and Ryan get closer to Lydia; while they spend Christmas together, Ryan calls "Aunt Lydia" and Noelle is applying makeup in the store (apparently more respectable than a bar) where she now works. Lydia blushes and says they should not have it, but you can tell she's secretly happy. By the time Noelle uses Lydia's gift, she tells the older woman – who, we know, was married to "a mistake" in the past – that she should do her best to put herself forward.
NEW YEAR MAT | So she does it. She puts on a shiny hat and goes out on New Year's Eve with her principal, a widower who is also inclined to quote the Bible in an informal conversation. He looks like a good guy and their evening becomes more and more affectionate. They even sing "Islands in the Stream" at karaoke before midnight and enjoy a slow dance when the ball falls; At the crucial moment, however, he kisses her on the cheek.
When they go home for a drink, Lydia and the main begin to kiss on her couch. And everything goes well until he walks away, saying it's too early after his wife's death to make him feel comfortable with someone again. He wants to see her again, but she answers, "Yes, I see you at school," and that's it. After she leaves, she cries in the bathroom (understandable) and then hits on the magnifying mirror until it bursts into shredded (disturbing) flakes.
The next time we see Lydia, she'll be at school with her hair tight and her hair tight. She requested Ryan's urgent referral, stating that her mother was unfit. "The child is vulnerable to a corrupting influence," she says, much more like the Lydia we know, as she cites her legal duty to denounce a moral weakness. (Oh hello, Gilead climb, I was wondering when you were going to introduce yourself!) For what it's worth, the director seems to think it's overkill.
Ryan is placed in a foster family, which pushes a furious Noelle to confront his teacher. "You're a cold-hearted bitch," she cries to Lydia, who simply replies, "I forgive you."
CLEANING IN AISLE 1 | Back in the current Gilead, Lawrence says roughly to June that he does not know where the Mackenzies or Hannah are currently, and "Do not ask me anymore." That night, Ofandy's work resumes, but the child is stillborn. Ofandy's mistress cries and panics sobbing. Meanwhile, I damn close to start crying at the sight of all the other Ofandy maids surrounding her birth chair with determination and sympathy to kiss her after her daughter's death. June realizes later that she was relieved to see that the little girl is dead.
At home, Major Lawrence seems to have changed overnight. He asks her to spend time with his wife because "you are good for her". June does not have time for her sweet words. "You realize that this world that you have built here is destroying it. And with a phone call, you could get her out, "she reminds him. "But you keep her hostage. You do not protect her. You kill her. He just looks at her and says, "I bet it feels good. "
The next day at Loaves and Fishes, Aunt Lydia asks June to tell her privately: she wants to take June out of the Lawrence household. Meanwhile, June remarks that Ofmatthew observes them with terror and realizes that the maid thinks she is talking about her. So June plays in, lowering her voice and seeming as complicit as possible … and that's where Ofmatthew slams. She begins to hit poor Janine, who was just trying to calm her down, then planting a pot in front of the Guardian who tries to watch it. The glass goes into the man's neck, which is NOT good, but the situation worsens more and more when she grabs his weapon and points it to June.
June does not even flinch – she nods even slightly – and that's what a completely crazy Ofmatthew turns the gun against Aunt Lydia. Another guard abducts the maid before she can fire, then the guards drag Ofmatthew out unceremoniously, her blood trailing on the white linoleum. June is just watching.
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