That evening, Offred’s heart breaks while she listens to her baby cry. She walks two fresh bottles of breast milk down to the kitchen and catches sight of Serena cradling her daughter. Eden greets her in the kitchen and asks if breastfeeding hurts, adding, “I can’t wait to feel it. To breastfeed I mean…God find me worthy.”
Before Offred heads back to her room, Eden poses a complicated question about God’s will: “He’d want a child to be raised by parents who really love each other, don’t you think?…What if you had that chance? For love and a baby.” Offred will never get that opportunity in Gilead, but Eden doesn’t seem to recognize that.
Offred tells her she doesn’t have to worry about the whole Nick love triangle because she’ll be gone soon but admits that in a place so devoid of kindness Eden should cling to love wherever she finds it.
The next morning, Nick tells Offred that he can’t find Eden and they take a brief moment to catch up. “Our baby is so beautiful. I wish I could hold her,” he begins. Offred says she does, too, and they fantasize about running away to Maui and playing on the beach while Holly tries to eat sand. It’s romantic, until the Commander walks in and informs Nick that Isaac (Rohan Mead) never showed up for his shift. Putting two and two together, Nick says they have a “situation” on their hands.
The Commander is enraged that Eden and Isaac have run off together and complains to Serena while she cradles a fussy Nicole. “Do you know what this looks like for me? I gave her the opportunity to elevate herself. To become a wife, a mother, to be associated with the Waterford name…A married woman swept up in her own selfish lust,” he yells. But Serena isn’t interested in his “rancor” and tells him to find Eden but leave her out of it. She has enough on her plate.
Nicole remains fussy throughout the day and when she won’t stop crying, Serena tries to nurse her and immediately feels overcome by guilt and shame for not being able to produce the sustenance her baby needs.
Later, Offred is smelling Nicole’s dirty laundry (there’s nothing like that new baby scent) when the Commander enters the kitchen. They chitchat about Eden and he confronts Offred and asks where she was hiding when he and Serena came to the abandoned house to search for her. She responds that she was in the attic but that her heartbeat was too loud to hear his blowout fight with Serena. He asks about her surprise meeting with Hannah (Jordana Blake) and they make loose plans to play Scrabble again, but his leering glance says he wants more than triple word scores.