After the service, June is packing up her mourning outfit in her room when Rita (Amanda Brugel) comes in and says there’s someone here to visit her. It’s creepy Commander Cushing. He asks Rita to leave the room, congratulates Offred on her pregnancy and dives into some questions about her shopping partner Ofglen and the attack she carried out. She explains that they didn’t know each other well, but that she “always seemed quite pious.” Offred tries to excuse herself but Commander Cushing tries a more direct technique and confronts her about trying to escape Gilead. Guess he knows she wasn’t kidnapped. She maintains that she was kidnapped, and he replies, “Offred, you can trust me.” He ventures to suggest that Commander Waterford helped her escape, then goes on to say, “Our nation is under siege. We do not have the luxury of fairy tales.” Nonetheless, Offred sticks to her story.
Before Commander Cushing leaves, he feels her pregnant belly, grabs her chin and sneers, “If your house has been infected with terrorists, I need to know.” Suddenly, there’s a disturbance outside. He leaves and Offred peers out the window and sees the Websters’ Martha shot and killed by Guardians.
Later, Offred visits the Waterfords in the hospital and Serena is grateful to see her. She whispers, “Fred, our baby is safe. It’s here,” and places his hand on Offred’s stomach. She’s excused shortly after and passes Nick as she leaves. They find privacy in an empty hallway and catch up. A wave of emotion hits her and she tells him about the murdered Martha and about how hellish Gilead has become since the attack. They embrace, and through her tears, she reveals that Commander Cushing is insisting she tell him who helped her escape. Nick promises to keep her safe, but when she asks about how he’s protecting himself, he passionately kisses her instead. She succumbs to her feelings, but soon pulls away and leaves.
Later, Offred is alone in the house and Serena returns. It’s late and Serena tells her to go to bed, reasoning that “the baby needs rest.” Offred replies that the baby actually needs Twinkies but that they’re improvising. They chat about Commander Waterford, and Serena admits that he needs to get back in the office before Commander Cushing causes an apocalypse.
She opens up and reveals that they used to vacation with Commander Cushing pre-Gilead. They even went to Antigua together, but she sure as hell doesn’t like him. Offred sees her chance and tells Serena that he came to speak to her about her “kidnapping” and suspects it was more of a failed escape. “You need to answer his questions very carefully. Make sure that he understands the truth,” Serena coaches her.
Offred goes on to reason that if Commander Cushing executed Ofglen’s entire household, then he’ll surely kill all of them—even the baby—if he learns about her connection to Mayday. Serena scoffs and says Commander Waterford would never allow that, but Offred reminds her that he’s out of commission. Time to step up, Serena.
Nick arrives home later and finds Serena at his kitchen table. She sent Eden (Sydney Sweeney) and Rita over to the Websters’ to check on the family in the wake of their Martha’s murder. Serena asks him point-blank if he ever helped Commander Waterford submit warrants to the Consular of Divine Law (i.e., the equivalent of bills submitted to Congress). He says that he has but that they need the Commander’s signature. She insinuates that she’ll forge the Commander’s signature if Nick will help her.