The Handmaid's Tale (2017– )
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Birth Day 

Offred and her fellow Handmaids assist with the delivery of Janine's baby, prompting Offred to recall her own daughter's birth. Offred draws closer to Ofglen while dreading a secret meeting with the Commander.


Reed Morano


Bruce Miller (teleplay by), Margaret Atwood (based on the novel by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elisabeth Moss ... June Osborne
Joseph Fiennes ... Fred Waterford
Yvonne Strahovski ... Serena Joy Waterford
Alexis Bledel ... Emily Malek
Madeline Brewer ... Janine Lindo
Ann Dowd ... Aunt Lydia Clements
O-T Fagbenle ... Luke Bankole
Max Minghella ... Nick Blaine
Amanda Brugel ... Rita
Ever Carradine ... Naomi Putnam
Tattiawna Jones ... Lillie Fuller
Bahia Watson ... Brianna
Jenessa Grant ... Dolores
Nina Kiri ... Alma
Eilish Waller Eilish Waller ... Ofmyles


Offred and her fellow Handmaids assist with the delivery of Janine's baby, prompting Offred to recall her own daughter's birth. Offred draws closer to Ofglen while dreading a secret meeting with the Commander.

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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Release Date:

26 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Jackson Street W., Hamilton ON See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene where Offred and Ofglen are walking and talking as they watch the demolition of a church was filmed on Jackson St. West in Hamilton, ON, looking toward James St. South. The church is the James St. Baptist Church, too old to be safe, and demolished to make way for the new The Connelly condo project. See more »


When Offred and the Commander play Scrabble, they each choose a letter to determine who goes first. He chooses "A" and she "M", which means he goes first. But, when Offred puts her word "nation" on the board, there are no other words down when there should have been - the Commander taking his turn first. See more »


Offred: Ofglen. I can tell her that The Commander is going to Washington. Will she be surprised by the Scrabble game? She'll be glad I let him win - I know that much. She'll be proud of me for that.
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Don't You (Forget About Me)
Performed by Simple Minds
Produced by Keith Forsey
Words and Music by Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff
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Episode 2 Birth Day Review: Better Than The First In Every Aspect
5 September 2018 | by ashboomstick-56654See all my reviews

The second episode of The Handmaid's Tale resonated with me long after the credits rolled, something that the first episode didn't do, as fantastic as it was when I saw it. "Birth Day" primarily work so well because it takes the viewer through a day in the Handmaids life, especially June/Offred. It shows us a little bit of the dynamics between the Commanders and their Handmaids, which increases their storylines immensely.

The greatest thing about "Birth Day" is it manages to really expand June/Offred in the sense that by the end of this episode, we understand what torture is inflicted upon her every day We understand how she use her charming ways and her intellect to get out of situations. We are also introduced to more characters who feel the same emotions that she feels, and maybe the viewer might even notice the slightest hint of a rebellion being staged.

Overall, the episode captures all of the top-notch acting, storyline and above all, its characters, in a surprisingly humorous episode with a lot of humor to it. Count me in.

Episode 2 "Birth Day"= 93% -5 points taken off for being incredibly slow-moving -2 points taken off for obnoxious fake birth scene

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