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"The Americans" review by Suzanne
Returns Wednesday February 26 on FX

They sent me the first 5 episodes to watch. It was a great thrill. I always enjoy this show.  Philip and Elizabeth keep trying to do their spying, but their consciences keep making them suffer, particularly when it comes to their children.

We learn a lot more about their backgrounds and some friends they made, and something horrific happens that  really rattles them. Also, their daughter starts sneaking around and lying, so that doesn't help. I think she might join a cult in future episodes, but we'll see. (That's just a guess, not a spoiler)

I'm trying hard to keep from telling you spoilers here. Of course, there's a lot of the usual political intrigue, especially between the FBI and the KGB. Stan carries on his affair with the Russian double agent, and "Clark" (Philip) is still married to Martha, the CIA secretary.

It's just a non-stop, thrill-a-minute ride, with lots of excitement. Elizabeth recovers from her previous wounds but still has psychological traces to overcome. Fans of Margo Martindale will be happy to know that she returns briefly as well. Elizabeth gets a new assignment to cozy up to this young guy. It's a very tender and interesting relationship.

In the fifth episode, something goes horribly wrong when Philip try to kidnap a Jewish ex-pat. What occurs is just very sad and seems to deeply affect Philip to his core. It will be interesting to see what happens in the following episodes. I can't wait! This show always leaves you wanting more.


The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of "Philip" (Matthew Rhys) and "Elizabeth Jennings" (Keri Russell), who have two children – 14-year-old "Paige" (Holly Taylor) and 11-year-old "Henry" (Keidrich Sellati), who know nothing about their parents’ true identity – grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control. Their neighbor, "FBI Agent Stan Beeman" (Noah Emmerich) has already come dangerously close to discovering their secret, but was thwarted by "Nina" (Annet Mahendru), his KGB mole and paramour. Torn between his wife "Sandra" (Susan Misner) and his deepening feelings for Nina, Stan is completely unaware that the beautiful Russian is actually a double agent, reporting on him to the KGB. Philip has been more successful handling his mole within the FBI, "Martha" (Alison Wright), assistant to Stan’s boss, "Special Agent Gaad" (Richard Thomas). Romancing Martha under the guise of one of his cover identities, an FBI bureaucrat named "Clark," Philip has secured her unquestioning loyalty…by marrying her. Meanwhile, in the Jennings’ house, Paige has become increasingly suspicious that her parents are hiding something.

"The Americans" is producted by FOX Television Studios and FX Productions. Joe Weisberg is creator and executive producer, alongside Joel Fields and Graham Yost. Amblin Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank are also executive producers.

Episode 1 - "Comrades" (Airs February 26, 10pm E/P) Elizabeth comes back from her injury and straight into what should have been a routine mission - but it goes awry, leaving her and Philip in fear not only for themselves but for their whole network ... and family.  Paige's suspicions have only grown in her mother's absence.  Meanwhile, Stan continues to fall for the Russian agent who has started to play him.  Written by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, Directed by Thomas Schlamme.

Episode 2 - "Cardinal" (Airs March 5, 10pm E/P) As Philip investigates the fallout from the last operation, Elizabeth sticks close to home, concerned for her family until she gets a mysterious distress signal. Meanwhile, a walk-in arrives at the Rezidentura - providing both Nina and Stan with unique opportunities.  Written by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, Directed by Daniel Sackheim.

Episode 3 - "The Walk In" (Airs March 12, 10pm E/P) Philip and Elizabeth complete their next mission - but not without complications - and Philip' fears about Elizabeth's readiness for action deepen.  Stan tracks the KGB walk in which leads to much praise at work and a deepening of his attachment to, and dependence on, Nona. Meanwhile, Paige snoops into the mother's family background and Oleg begins to scrutinize Nina's secret operation.  Witten by Stuart Zicherman, Directed by Constantine Makris.

Episode 4 - "A Little Night Music" (Airs March 19, 10pm E/P) Just when  Philip and Elizabeth think they have a quiet road ahead, an old friend (Margo Martindale) returns to complicate things.  Not only do they have to intercept a target who could prove valuable to the Soviet Union, but they also have to take on an important rogue mission without the support of the Centre.  Divisions inside the Rezidentura deepen between Oleg and Arkady and there's an upheaval at the FBI as the chickens come home to roost for Agent Gaad.  Meanwhile, Martha's frustrations threaten to beow Philip's cover. Written by Stephen Schiff; Directed by Lodge Kerrigan.

Episode 5 - "The Deal" (Airs March 26, 10pm E/P) Philip and Elizabeth are finally assigned a new handler as Philip works to clean up the mess of the last operation and Elizabeth, in disguise as Clark's sister Jennifer, does her best to smooth things over with Martha.  As Stan searches for a mission scientist, Oleg and Arkady continue to argue over how best to handle the situation on their side, leaving Nina once again caught between the FBI and the KGB.  Written by Angelina Burnett; Directed by Dan Attias.

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