The Americans S5E10 Darkroom

WTA 91- Season 5 Episode 10 Darkroom

Quiet family dinners in Moscow, hockey player boyfriends, lies and a wedding! All this and more await us in The Americans Season 5 Episode 10 “Darkroom” which aired May 9, 2017. It was written by Stephen Schiff and was directed by Sylvain White.

This is Episode 91 and contains the news and our episode breakdown and analysis. To hear our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments stay tuned for Episode 92.

The web is chock full of interviews this week! First up is EW chatting with Matthew Rhys on The Americans ending. Next we have Variety’s talk with Holly Taylor on realizing her dream ‘for Paige to kick butt’, and we close with another Variety interview with fan fave Alison Wright talking Martha’s return, life in Russia and the future!

Then we get right to the episode! Philip and Alexei drink Kvass, and Alexei and Philip are sad. Elizabeth and Evghenia talk and Evghenia is sad. Tatiana returns! She encourages Evghenia to come home to Mother Russia. The Burovs eat despondently. Tuan gets the mean boys to put some dog poo in poor Pasha’s locker. Sofia gets a hockey boyfriend and Stan & Dennis are going to use him. Paige reads Pastor Tim’s diaries. Bad girl. Claudia lies to Philip and Elizabeth. They lie to Paige. Again. Pastor Tim encourages Paige. Philip surprises Elizabeth with Father Andrei and a real marriage ceremony. Beautiful. Paige babysits for the Tims, takes pictures of Pastor Tim’s diary, and asks her parents to find him a new job. Then Philip and Elizabeth turn the laundry room into a darkroom and read what Pastor Tim thinks. Not good…

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The Americans S5E09 IHOP

WTA 90- Feedback for IHOP

The slow burn of season 5 is really heating up! Henry off to boarding school? Oleg under fire? What will Stan do now? Is Tuan really calling home? And where is Paige? Plus: Martha and Gabriel! We are all eating pancakes and talking about The Americans Season 5 Episode 9 “IHOP” which aired May 2, 2017. It was written by Peter Ackerman and was directed by Dan Attias.

This is Episode 90 and contains our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments. Please check out Episode 89 to get the news and our episode breakdown and analysis.

Man are we hungry for history and tech this week! So of course we head to our Harrisburg IHOP while listening to one of our faves, Forever Young by Bob Dylan. We have to steel our resolve for more questions from The PGU (First Main Directorate) in Yasenevo. Once we escape their clutches, we side onto a Greyhound Bus, pull out a Belomorkanal and fire it up with our Bic Lighter! Then we can relax with all your awesome feedback!

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The Americans S5E09 IHOP

WTA 89- Season 5 Episode 9 IHOP

The slow burn of season 5 is really heating up! Henry off to boarding school? Oleg under fire? What will Stan do now? Is Tuan really calling home? And where is Paige? Plus: Martha and Gabriel! We are all eating pancakes and talking about The Americans Season 5 Episode 9 “IHOP” which aired May 2, 2017. It was written by Peter Ackerman and was directed by Dan Attias.

This is Episode 89 and contains the news and our episode breakdown and analysis. To hear our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments stay tuned for Episode 90.

We have fashion news to start this week from JCKOnline showing that you can let ‘The Americans’ be your guide to great ’80s earrings. Then we have a terrific interview in The Hollywood Reporter regarding spies, lies and intuition in a conversation with writer-producer Stephen Schiff!

Then we dig into a short stack of episode goodness opening with Kimmy’s Dad, Afghan blood and…Kimmy at 17! Philip can’t sing Dylan! Stan learns Gaad was killed by the KGB. He sees Gaad’s widow who wants revenge. Oleg is interrogated by the PGU. He goes home and his father tells him his mother came home from the camps broken. Oleg then gets Dmitri to save his son from the war with one name. Philip meets a cryptic priest. Martha gets an unwelcome visit from Gabe and tells him to never return. With the teen boys, Henry want to go to boarding school! Elizabeth can’t find Tuan, so they tail him to Harrisburg PA. And IHOP! He was just calling his sick adopted brother. Right?

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The Americans S5E08 Immersion

WTA 88- Feedback for Immersion

Claudia? Oh no! Oh yes! Our favorite (haha!) handler is back and so are we, talking about The Americans Season 5 Episode 8 “Immersion” which aired April 25, 2017. It was written by Tracey Scott Wilson and was directed by Kevin Bray.

This is Episode 88 and contains our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments. Please check out Episode 87 to get the news and our episode breakdown and analysis.

There’s some cool history and tech for you this week! We have to handle Directorate K busting in on us while we we’re watching the lead officer in our local GRU. To relax after a terse confrontation, we play some Pitstop which is a true fave of all the boys in SIS-1. Then since we are starving we head over to Armand’s Pizza while listening to Peter Gabriel on our Compact Cassette in the dash! Then there are awesome new getups again with nice hair and more of your feedback than ever!

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The Americans S5E08 Immersion

WTA 87- Season 5 Episode 8 Immersion

Claudia? Oh no! Oh yes! Our favorite (haha!) handler is back and so are we, talking about The Americans Season 5 Episode 8 “Immersion” which aired April 25, 2017. It was written by Tracey Scott Wilson and was directed by Kevin Bray.

This is Episode 87 and contains the news and our episode breakdown and analysis. To hear our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments stay tuned for Episode 86.

Two cool news items came out this week! First up poet Evan McGarvey writes a very thoughtful piece in Paste about familial miracles and The Americans’ graceful approach to the parent-child bond. Then The New York Times has a terrific interview with Irina Dvorovenko (Evgheniya Morozova) revealing that the former ballerina doesn’t miss ‘Swan Lake’!

Then we get into the episode! Immediately after last week! Philip gets home and is dismissive of Gabriel and Elizabeth disagrees. He tells Elizabeth that Gabe doesn’t want Paige to be a spy, and Elizabeth is surprised. We finally meet Henry’s girl Chris! And she likes Pitstop! Philip and Elizabeth are evasive with Stan about Paige and Matthew’s breakup. Stan and Dennis work their new TASS source who is very nervous and has bad teeth. She should avoid Philip. Oleg is approached by Directorate K who perform a search of his room and find nothing. Daddy is NOT happy. Claudia (BOOOOO) returns, all warm and fuzzy. Kidding! She waits for Philip and Elizabeth at Gabe’s meeting apartment and is apparently back to being their handler. She later meets with Elizabeth and starts sowing the seeds of dissention about Paige’s future. Gus gets dusted by Deirdre who says he’s too wishy-washy. Elizabeth encourages Philip to get her back, and he does by telling Deirdre that he is married! Philip and Elizabeth in cool new outfits find that Mrs. Morozov has a lover who is CIA! Blackmail time! Tuan meets with Philip and Elizabeth and tells them they could make Pascha so miserable he would insist on going home with his mother. Elizabeth does more physical training with Paige, and she tells her about her rape and subsequent training. She pushes Paige to keep working on her own. They later take a walk and Elizabeth reveals she should have been…a doctor!

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S5E7 The Committee on Human Rights Feedback

WTA 86- Feedback for The Committee on Human Rights

So it looks like Gabriel is really gone. What about Matthew? And what about Paige’s future? Whoa! Plus our friend Kathleen joins us! We are of course discussing The Americans Season 5 Episode 7 entitled “The Committee on Human Rights, and it aired April 18, 2017. It was written by Hilary Bettis and was directed by series star Matthew Rhys.

This is Episode 86 and contains our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments. Please check out Episode 85 to get the news and our episode breakdown and analysis.

It was hard to pick our history and tech this week since there was so much there! We checked out the latest “news” from TASS, which was all abuzz about the heroic goalie exploits of hockey superstar Vladislav Tretiak. Then we did a mini-movie marathon, crying over Terms of  Endearment and laughing and loving with Breaking Away. That kept our minds off the goins-on at the evil Kraslag camp, which we had to escape using our trusty and speedy Nissan 280Z! Then we have multiple wigs of the week again, followed by terrific feedback!

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S5E7 The Committee on Human Rights

WTA 85- Season 5 Episode 7 The Committee on Human Rights

So it looks like Gabriel is really gone. What about Matthew? And what about Paige’s future? Whoa! Plus our friend Kathleen joins us! We are of course discussing The Americans Season 5 Episode 7 entitled “The Committee on Human Rights,” and it aired April 18, 2017. It was written by Hilary Bettis and was directed by series star Matthew Rhys.

This is Episode 85 and contains the news and our episode breakdown and analysis. To hear our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments stay tuned for Episode 86.

We have two fun news items for you this week! First up is Quartz with a piece about the intense research that makes the 1980s style of “The Americans” look just right and features our friend costume designer Katie Irish! We follow that with The Ringer and a cool and unusual listen to the show that reveals ‘The Americans’ has a loud-mouth problem!

Then we start in on another slow-burning episode with big emotional impacts! Gabriel finally gets to talk with Paige. It’s a nice chat. Stan gets Oleg off the hook. For now. The Deputy AG wants him fired, and Wolfe saves his job. For now. Oleg tells his mom the CIA goons are gone. He later goes to read her prison file. Paige converses with beloved Pastor Tim. Philip has lost his sexy mojo and we see it with Deirdre. After breaking into the shrink’s office, Elizabeth gets a file with a list of names of enemies of the party. Philip and Elizabeth have to go to get some of that wheat for the motherland. They follow that bounder Ben to find the wheat in Mississippi. Later, they see him in Memphis with another girl! And Elizabeth cares! Meanwhile, Paige dumps poor Matthew! Gabriel is really leaving this time and says goodbye to Elizabeth. Philip goes to say goodbye to Gabe, who tells Philip he was right all along and to keep Paige out of the spy business!

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The Americans S5E6 Crossbreed

WTA 84- Feedback for Crossbreed

Gabe leaving? Mischa gone? Stan and Dennis with a win? Detective Oleg? Paige and Marx and…Gabe? Minds are blown all across America with The Americans Season 5 Episode 6 entitled “Crossbreed”! It aired April 11, 2017, was written by Stephen Schiff, and was directed by Roxann Dawson.

This is Episode 84 and contains our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments. Please check out Episode 83 to get the news and our episode breakdown and analysis.

Exciting history and music get us started! We join Elizabeth and Ben in some mystic Tai Chi while listening to the incomparable Peter Gabriel sing Lay Your Hands on Me. That gives us the strength to break out of a Soviet Corrective Labor Colony! After returning to America, we then engage in a rousing bout of agricultural crossbreeding! Then it’s wigs of the week and more feedback than ever!

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The Americans S5E6 Crossbreed

WTA 83- Season 5 Episode 6 Crossbreed

Gabe leaving? Mischa gone? Stan and Dennis with a win? Detective Oleg? Paige and Marx and…Gabe? Minds are blown all across America with The Americans Season 5 Episode 6 entitled “Crossbreed”! It aired April 11, 2017, was written by Stephen Schiff, and was directed by Roxann Dawson.

This is Episode 83 and contains the news and our episode breakdown and analysis. To hear our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments stay tuned for Episode 84.

Interviews and lists top the news this week! First up Screener TV believes that Paige is going to be a great spy and they can prove it. Then The Observer talks with Noah Emmerich on Russia, rain and directing his co-stars, and we close up with Uproxx’s cool Anxiety report examining doing Tai Chi with doofuses!

We then get right into this week’s fun! Gabriel and Elizabeth discuss the findings in Topeka – the Centre wants that wheat! Elizabeth has more intimate time with Ben and learns Tai Chi is fun after all the sex. Mischa has a quick sad trip on Aeroflot home. Claudia and Gabriel chat, and we learn Mischa will get his old job back. Gabe later goes to the Lincoln Memorial and thinks. Oleg and Ruslan interrogate the food procurer from last week, and he tells them they don’t know who they are dealing with. Henry and Stan share a meal and some talk about girls. Stan and Dennis may finally have success with recruiting a Soviet spy. Elizabeth in disguise sees a shrink and we aren’t sure why. A Mary Kay lady comes to the house and Elizabeth brushes her off in front of Paige. Elizabeth later goes to Young Hee’s house and sees another family living there. Gabe announces to Philip and Elizabeth he is going home for good. He later tells Philip that Philip’s father wasn’t a logger, but a prison guard. Elizabeth see Paige reading Marx, and Paige says she agrees with a lot of what he said. As Peter Gabriel’s “Lay Your Hands on Me” plays, we see Oleg burn the CIA map and blackmail tape, and Philip, Elizabeth, and Paige go to an apartment building to meet…Gabe!

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S5E5 Lotus 1-2-3 Feedback

WTA 82- Feedback for Lotus 1-2-3

Who knew that spreadsheets and lovemaking go together so great? Philip sure does now after Season 5 Episode 5 of The Americans entitled “Lotus 1-2-3”! It aired April 4, 2017, was written by Joshua Brand, and directed by Noah Emmerich.

This is Episode 82 and contains our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments. Please check out Episode 81 to get the news and our episode breakdown and analysis.

This episode was overloaded with history & tech! So, we catch a rerun of Romancing the Stone just before we decide whether or not to enlist in The Peace Corps. As we head down to sign up, we tune in to The Rolling Stones classic Slave. Waiting in line, we read some of Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat. Once we are done, we head over to McDonald’s, which isn’t serving Fatteh. After a delightful meal, we work on our old-school PC doing Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheets, then take a spin in our classic GAZ Volga, and in 80’s fashion, shamelessly tossing out the styrofoam clamshell containers from our burgers! Then you provide terrific feedback, including a cool Vulture piece courtesy of Regina!

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