At some point in Season 5, Episode 1 of The Handmaid’s Tale, June decides to confess to the Canadian government about her involvement in Fred’s murder. As it turns out, since Fred died outside of Canada, they decide the murder is not in their jurisdiction. However, they fine June for mailing one of Fred’s fingers to his wife Serena (Yvonne Strahovski), which amounts to $88 payable online.
In the discussion thread for this episode on Reddit, the user fish mush quoted the scene where June gets her fine and added two laughing emojis. This garnered around 600 upvotes, making it the most upvoted comment in the thread. Also, most of the replies to the post simply consist of user stories about how much they laughed when they found out about June’s meager punishment. User full07britney even wrote, “I was trying to figure out if this was the first time I was laughing at THT.”
Meanwhile on Twitter user @thitucdiem shared the scene’s account, emphasizing its comedic tone, and received over 2,500 likes and around 400 retweets. User @John463987741 responded with an image of a smiling Elisabeth Moss holding a check for $88 and received a number of comments from users who also found the post funny.
So, in the estimation of these and other fans of The Handmaid’s Tale, the climax of the June fine seems to mark both a rare moment of frivolity and the overall climax of the Season 5 premiere.