On this chapter of The Queerest Things I Watched Last Week, Moira and Odette’s story on the Handmaid’s Tale is depressing as Hell, but good news — the Pose pilot is fabulous!
- The Handmaid’s Tale – Season 2 Episode 7 “After” [Streaming]
Blessed be the fact this season’s halfway over.
This week on Your Worst Nightmares Played For You in Slow Motion and Low Light, Moira’s back and we learn via flashbacks that she was paid $250K to be a surrogate before the war.
She tells June all about it — it’s for a nice couple from England and they’ll use her egg.
Back in Canada, Moira and Luke are learning about the bombing. The woman telling them all the news says she doesn’t know exactly who died. Moira talks to her afterwards and tells her she’s looking for someone else: her fiancé who was rounded up before the war. She leads Moira into a room full of records containing files of unidentified dead.
Moria flashes back to an OB appointment before she sits down to look through the files.
As soon as I saw the cute OB I knew she was the fiancé.
Moira takes the first book off the shelf and goes though page after page of photos of dead people with some information on location, but no name.
Hours later she’s still at it when Luke brings her dinner.
It’s the middle of the night and Moria’s still turning through pages when she has a flashback to her and Odette’s re-meet cute. Six months after giving birth to the baby, Moira is at some kind of outdoor market thing when she randomly runs into Odette. She asks for her advice on red wine and Odette doesn’t have much to give because she’s a white wine girl.
Then in the middle of the flashback, the show edits in Moira flipping to Odette’s page where we see Moira weeping while staring at pictures of her dead girlfriend. You cut back and forth between Moira crying and Moira and Odette laughing and smiling at each other in painstaking slow motion.
I’m not going to even make a GIF of this because it’s bullshit.
At the end of the episode, names of the dead are being read out loud, including Odette’s now that she’s been identified. Moria places a photo of her and Odette on a makeshift memorial.
SMH at this show.
- Pose – Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot” [Live]
Pose is a brand new show from Ryan Murphy about the 1980s New York Ball scene. This show makes television history by featuring the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles, as well as the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors ever for a scripted series.
I watched the first episode and loved it! I would highly suggest you give it a watch.
Tonight, get out your sad sponges, everyone! It’s the start of the 3-night Fosters finale nightmare! I’m gonna need some cocktails to get through this.