Big Little Lies – “The End of the World” (A-)
The title is both literal and metaphorical, as the parents get in an uproar over the doom-and-gloom climate change curriculum at their kids’ school, and all the worlds the women had built come crashing down. It’s a dark contrast to the gorgeous surroundings, but it makes the show that much better.
The Handmaid’s Tale – “Household” (A-)
The show is almost always great when it leans into full-on horror. A trip to D.C. reveals just how much better June has it in Boston. In the nation’s desecrated capital, handmaids aren’t allowed to speak, and many have their lips literally sewn shut. And then there’s Chris Meloni, great as always, threatening war with Canada and alluding to some impulses that are almost certainly illegal in the country he serves.
Big Little Lies – “Tell-Tale Hearts” (A)
A pretty astonishing hour of television as secrets are revealed and the lies people had been telling themselves get questioned. Plus, Meryl did the necklace-on-the-chin thing.
The Handmaid’s Tale – “Unknown Caller” (B+)
An act of kindness extended from Luke to Serena backfires, as the reunion with Holly brings her back to her selfish impulses. Now, she’ll use the full force of her husband’s position with the Gilead government to get the baby that’s not really hers back.