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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The Americans S5E5 Lotus 1-2-3

WTA 81- Season 5 Episode 5 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 81 and contains the news and our episode breakdown and analysis. To hear our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments stay tuned for Episode 82.

There was so much news we had to cull it this week! First up is Vulture admiring the activism of Elizabeth and Paige, followed by Thrillist asking that although The Americans revealed Martha’s fate, what’s next for her? Then we have The Detroit News showcasing a cool interview with Holly Taylor, and we close with a funny piece in The New Yorker (via @fam4fun and Nancy!) showing us some of the ways TV critics have tried to get someone to watch The Americans!

It’s then time to dive right into the episode! It turns out Henry is a math whiz, and Philip and Elizabeth are clueless. They later show Henry the level of their cluelessness and make him unhappy. Oleg and Ruslan try to exploit the target of their investigation. Oleg is later treated to a surprise episode of the dating game by his parents, and wants none of it. He later goes to meet the CIA contact at the designated time, but the CIA is a no-show. Stan and Dennis show their displeasure about the busywork Wolfe has given them. Stan gets closer to Renee and spends time with her. Philip suspects Renee is a Soviet agent and begins tailing her. Paige and Matthew are having issues! Mischa tries to contact Philip, but Gabriel intervenes and prevents him from doing so. Philip as Gus has a date with target Deirdre, and he is able to honeypot her and learns the magic of spreadsheets. Elizabeth spends more time with her target Ben, and she too is intimate with him. She discovers that they have been wrong about their mission, in that the Americans are trying to help the world’s food production, not harm the USSR. Philip feels horrible about the murder in the lab. Elizabeth offers to take things on herself, and he insists “it’s us.”

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S5E4 Kansas Feedback

WTA 80- Feedback for What’s the Matter with Kansas

Does anyone know “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” We do, now that we have seen that very episode of The Americans! It’s Season 5 Episode 4 and it aired March 28, 2017! This episode was written by Gwyneth Horder-Payton and directed by Peter Ackerman.

This is Episode 80 and contains our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments. Please check out Episode 79 to get the news and our episode breakdown and analysis.

Literary history with some geography awaits us, starting with the book What’s the Matter with Kansas? Then listener Robert sends along the book Pastor Tim gave Paige to read, Capital: The Communist Manifesto and Other Writings (Modern Library No. 202), which contains excerpts from Capital: Critique of Political Economy, and The Communist Manifesto; the book itself comes from the folks at Modern Library. Next we join Misha in Ljubljana, at that time part of The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which is where in our tech segment we find how to make some delicious Kvass just like Alexei! We need it to deal with the tremendous amount of feedback you have provided us!

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What's the Matter with Kansas

WTA 79- Season 5 Episode 4 What’s the Matter with Kansas?

Does anyone know “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” We do, now that we have seen that very episode of The Americans! It’s Season 5 Episode 4 and it aired March 28, 2017! This episode was written by Gwyneth Horder-Payton and directed by Peter Ackerman.

This is Episode 79 and contains the news and our episode breakdown and analysis. To hear our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments stay tuned for Episode 80.

It’s easy to do the news when our listeners provide it for us! First up from Greg is Paste revealing how The Americans became the best show on television. Then both @apexbuddha and James sent us a cool story from Foreign Policy that offers up the next must-watch TV show – Russia’s version of The Americans!

Then we get into an amazing episode, which begins with Gabriel meeting with Philip and Elizabeth and offering two new targets as sources – both of whom live in Topeka, KS. He insists they take the lead in spite of their protestations. Philip and Elizabeth make contact with their targets and begin the honeypot process. Henry is missing. Again! The Tims return and need Paige to babysit their infant. She then spies on them, finding Pastor Tim’s diary. She tells Elizabeth who insists she stop spying on the Tims. Paige is defiant. In Moscow, Oleg and his new interrogator partner Ruslan cajole Ekaterina into giving up the name of her contact at the brava. They follow leads and the Colonel tells them to use blackmail against the target – his son is in Afghanistan. Oleg protests. He tells his mother that people are trying to get him to do things that could land him in jail. She later reveals her own incarceration for 5 years and that she did whatever it took to survive. Misha is smuggled out of Yugoslavia and makes it to JFK Airport in New York City.

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S5E3 The Midges Feedback

WTA 78- Feedback for The Midges

Anyone got a midge-swatter? We need one this week for The Americans Season 5 Episode 3 “The Midges” that aired March 21, 2017! It was written by Tracey Scott Wilson and directed by Stefan Schwartz.

This is Episode 78 and contains our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments. Please check out Episode 77 to get the news and our episode breakdown and analysis.

Don’t let our history and tech segments bug you! We wouldn’t want to break your back! In history we spy on the OBKhSS and catch them listening to Roxy Music’s “More Than This” and then making out to Alabama’s “Old Flame”. We then fly on over to the Amtorg Trading Corporation offices on a cool Aeroflot airliner and freak out when we are attacked by some nasty flying sitodiplosis mosellana creatures! Thank goodness we have your amazing feedback while we recover from the aerial onslaught!

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WTA 77

WTA 77- Season 5 Episode 3 The Midges

Anyone got a midge-swatter? We need one this week for The Americans Season 5 Episode 3 “The Midges” that aired March 21, 2017! It was written by Tracey Scott Wilson and directed by Stefan Schwartz.

This is Episode 77 and contains the news and our episode breakdown and analysis. To hear our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments stay tuned for Episode 78.

Two news items stand out this week! KPCC has a cool interview with the J’s and reveal that they are vowing not to put a young KGB-era Putin in the series! Then The Washington Post takes a look and finds that the insect warfare on ‘The Americans’ isn’t all that outlandish!

Then it’s time for the show! It’s just another run of the mill day in Jennings world. The Eckerts go bowling with their new besties, the Morozovs and we hear more about terrible Soviet Union. Tuan continues being a little whiner and ticks off Elizabeth. Matthew shows genuine concern for Paige, who tests her new technique to lie to him about how she is feeling and finds it effective. Oleg digs into his investigation on corruption in the Soviet food world, and is later confronted by the CIA. He hears a tape of a conversation with Stan implicating him as a traitor. Miscah makes it to a mule in Yugoslavia who takes money from him menacingly. Gabriel tells Philip and Elizabeth that there are bugs in a lab in Oklahoma City that they need to investigate. They go to Oklahoma, have cowboy sex, and then hit the lab. They meet lab supervisor Randy Chilton, whom they scare and then promptly kill. Philip wonders if they should tell Paige.

Oh, and by the way. MARTHA IN A SUPERMARKET!

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The Americans S5E2 Pests

WTA 76- Feedback for Pests

What sort of creatures could be bugging Philip and Elizabeth and Soviet grain? We get a tease in this week’s The Americans Season 5 Episode 2 “Pests” that aired March 14, 2017! It was written by showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg and directed by Chris Long.

This is Episode 76 and contains our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments. Please check out Episode 75 to get the news and our episode breakdown and analysis.

We have history and crackpot theories combined this week! We start with the US Department of Agriculture and its evolution, then we drive along with Elizabeth to St. Clair County, Illinois. Our theory is only 35 miles away…at Monsanto! Then we retreat to the hothouse and the old school and pick the old-school tech from Master Lock, and after all that we must use Emotional Self-Regulation to maintain control! Then we get some awe-inspiring theories and feedback from our tovarischi!

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