This week’s episode of The Americans has to rank as the best of the season, and one of the best of the whole series so far! It is Season 3 Episode 10 entitled ”Stingers” written by showrunners Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg and directed by Larysa Kondracki. The original air date was April 1, 2015.
To recap this week: Pastor Tim drops into the travel agency and has an interesting interaction with Philip. In a movie theater’s bathroom, Zinaida is shown to be leaving a message, confirming she is a double-agent. In Siberia, Anton tells Nina that he needs photographs to aid his work. Tatiana tells Arkady that someone is sabotaging their operation with agent “Willow”. After retrieving a tape from the briefcase belonging to Kimmy’s father, Philip and Elizabeth learn Pakistan’s ISI is sending someone to the U.S. to discuss America’s CIA involvement in Afghanistan. Elizabeth checks into a hotel to set up a contact for her plans to spy on the people coming to meet with the CIA. Henry and Stan bond over films and games. Paige, at Pastor Tim’s urging, confronts her parents about their secrecy. They confess to being Russian spies but caution her about not telling anyone. This blows everyone’s mind!
We lead off with the GREAT news from EW that The Americans is renewed for season 4! Then Vulture has an exposé exploring if The Americans and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are connected, and we visit the incredible view of the Soviet Hockey team’s later history in the recent documentary Red Army.
There is so much history to cover this week, beginning with Adam and the Ants monster hit “Stand and Deliver”, followed by the lucrative trade in Pirated Videos, one of which we saw this week: the movie Tron. We also see another movie, Tootsie, then play Strat-O-Matic while watching the soap opera General Hospital, and then regale ourselves with Eddie Murphy’s SNL classic Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood. In tech of yesteryear, we once again learn more about ancient telephones and what happened if you left a telephone off the hook which would lead to a permanent signal, and then we unwind by firing off a few Stinger Missiles.
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