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The Americans S5E11 Dyatkovo

WTA 95- Feedback for Dyatkovo

Action? You want action? Elizabeth and Philip deliver the mayhem this week for sure! Plus: the triumphant return of the beloved FBI Mailbot! And we have our friend and special guest host Barb Rankin to boot! It’s The Americans Season 5 Episode 11 “Dyatkovo” which aired May 16, 2017. It was written by Joshua Brand and was directed by Steph Green.

This is Episode 95 and contains our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments. Please check out Episode 94 to get the news and our episode breakdown and analysis.

Historic singing begins at the outset as we join in with Mark Naumovich Bernes and his 1968 Soviet smash hit Zhuravli! Then we drive over to Dyatkovo to get some tasty Kentucky Fried Chicken and it’s finger lickin’ good too! At last we head to Fomina’s office to test out her fancy Russian typewriter! All that action gets us in the mood for your incredible feedback!

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The Americans S5 E11 Dyatkovo

WTA 94- Season 5 Episode 11 Dyatkovo

Action? You want action? Elizabeth and Philip deliver the mayhem this week for sure! Plus: the triumphant return of the beloved FBI Mailbot! And we have our friend and special guest host Barb Rankin to boot! It’s The Americans Season 5 Episode 11 “Dyatkovo” which aired May 16, 2017. It was written by Joshua Brand and was directed by Steph Green.

This is Episode 94 and contains the news and our episode breakdown and analysis. To hear our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments stay tuned for Episode 95.

We actually lead the news this week with our interview featuring show creator Joe Weisberg and co-showrunner Joel Fields! Then there’s a nice chat in Seat42 that’s shining the spotlight on composer Nathan Barr!

We then tackle this popping episode! Philip and Henry talk, and maybe Henry can go to fancy school! Claudia (boo) tells Philip and Elizabeth they need to give the aleeged murderer Natalie Granholm some sweet justice. Oh and by the way the Soviets weaponized the Lassa virus. Variant V! Henry gets to visit the FBI, sees the vault, meets Dennis, and says hey to the FBI mailbot! Plus, Kentucky Fried Chicken! Stan and Dennis gather intel from Sofia. Oleg and Ruslan find an incriminating ledger in Fomina’s desk, and they confront her. She scoffs at them defiantly. Philip and Elizabeth tail Natalie, and they get the word to move in on her. They bust into her house. She denies being the monster they claim. Is she? No. Wait, yes? Yes! And husband John comes in just in time to hear her confession. They have a tender moment, Philip hesitates, and then bam bam! Elizabeth shoots and kills! As they ride away, Elizabeth says they should go home.

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Joe Weisberg Joel Fields

WTA 93- Joe Weisberg & Joel Fields Interview

We did it! We obtained a bigger interview than either the KGB or FBI could muster – The Americans showrunners Joe Weisberg & Joel Fields! They join us live via satellite to discuss many aspects of the show, cagily evade any hint of spoilers, and answer many listener questions!  Plus, we ask them a question they haven’t heard before!

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The Americans S5E10 Darkroom

WTA 92- Feedback for 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 92 and contains our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments. Please check out Episode 91 to get the news and our episode breakdown and analysis.

Singing and church go together like history and tech this week! We attend a fine Russian Orthodox Church wedding with Mikhail and Nadezhda (so beautiful!), and to celebrate after we fire up the Karaoke machine and tackle “Slice of Life” from Bauhaus’ epic album Burning from the Inside! Exhausted, we retire to the library to learn that hockey player Gennadi Bystrov is just a character, courtesy of our amazing World Book Encyclopedia! Then it’s more feedback than ever, including a great post on Facebook from Bob sharing two cool links about a documentary on the Russian Orthodox church and an LA Times tv review of the film!

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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 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 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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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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