Episode five opens on June at the grocery store, thinking about the fact that Nicole is alive. She considers that it might be a miracle but decides against it since the word “miracle” denotes divine intervention and she made this happen. As she smiles and thinks about her baby safe and warm with Luke, Handmaids quietly congratulate her. A win for one of them is a win for all of them in Gilead.
When June returns to the Lawrence household, she finds Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford) in the dining room and tells him she needs to know if her husband and daughter are safe. He answers cryptically and tells her, “We’re all in danger.”
Meanwhile, Serena and the Commander attend a meeting to discuss the Nicole situation. Serena is made to wait outside, as not even Wives have a voice in Gilead. We learn that Gilead has gathered some intel on baby Nicole, but before the Guardians spill the details, Commander Waterford insists that Serena be present. Once they’re both safely within the confines of the conference room they go through Nicole’s medical records and learn that she’s not only healthy and happy, but she also has a tooth. After the meeting, Serena breaks down and says she just wants the whole ordeal to be over.
Despite this, later that evening, the Waterfords call on June at Commander Lawrence’s home. They tell her they have a proposition for her. They’re desperate to see baby Nicole and want June to call Luke and set up a meeting for them. She immediately refuses, not wanting to put her husband or her daughter in danger. Serena asks Fred to leave them alone and levels with June, asking her what it’ll take to make her say yes. June replies that she wants Serena to owe her.
Soon after, a Guardian dials Luke’s phone number and tells June she has two minutes to arrange the meeting.