Finally. Finally, an uplifting and genuinely hopeful moment. The whole episode (and the entire planning leading up to this episode), I constantly expected the other shoe to the drop. I knew it wasn't going to be when Lydia suspiciously questioned June or even when Joseph tried to call the whole thing off. I did briefly thought it was happening when Maggie got cold feet and tried to flee with Rebecca, especially when it looked like June was going to shoot her in broad daylight. The walk in the woods was tense, not just waiting for that shoe to drop, but how eerily reminiscent their fleeing reminded of WWII films of people fleeing the Nazis (least of all, The Sound of Music, the first to come to mind). I was fully prepared for June to die, to sacrifice herself so the children could escape. I didn't expect (but I really should've after last episode's high praising of June) when many of the Marthas and Janine returned to June's side to distract the Guardian. While June's act of luring that Guardian away was a noble moment, the tension was removed from the moment when I realized the ridiculousness of there being a single Guardian at the airport's perimeter, especially considering the house sweeps that Janine warned June about and caused them to leave early. Surely Gilead's first act upon realizing there were children missing would be to secure any and all airports. Roadblocks are one thing, but come on. That said, I didn't care. The children escaped (way more than the original 52) and safely arrived in Canada and of course Moira, Luke and Emily were all in hand to receive them. I also didn't care about the sheer coincidence of Rebecca's father was there, too, because godsdamnit we needed that moment. Luke didn't get Hannah back but at least Rebecca got her father. I had forgotten Emily knew Rita so I was happy to to see their reunion, which allowed Rita to tell Luke that June did this. She made this happen. Ever so briefly, I thought just maybe, just maybe my (and others') prediction would come true and June would die. But no. The show couldn't let her go. Nor could it not help itself and gives the uplifting moment of the Handmaid's rescuing her the next morning, despite the fact there was no way they would have that kind of freedom of movement after dozens and dozens of children disappeared overnight. But I don't care. Let the revolution finally begin. . . . . . ---------------------- Post script: While I'm glad Serena is actually going to face justice for her crimes, I hate that it took Fred turning on her and revealing that he knew (as she did) that Nick actually fathered Nichole. Serena deserves to be punished for all of her crimes, not just the act of pushing Nick and June together so she could claim the offspring. That whole scene was awesome. "Nope. I'm in charge now, motherfucker."