Paige has summed everything going on this week with one perfect word: “great.” Not how she means it though! It was yet another amazing episode, with repercussions of murder, surprising encounters, and stupendous reveals! All that in The Americans in Season 4 Episode 12 “A Roy Rogers in Franconia” that aired June 1, 2016. It was written by showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg and directed by Chris Long.
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Pravda reveals lots of good news courtesy of eagle eyed listeners! @VirtueBinta found that Gothamist is reporting that the studio home of ‘The Americans’ may be doomed by the Gowanus Canal cleanup. Our friend Michael H. sent along a story from Deadline that Brandon J. Dirden will be a series regular in Seasons 5 and 6 and another from People announcing that Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys have welcomed their first child together!
Then it’s episode discussion time! We begin with the aftermath of the assault and death from last week as we arrive home with Paige and Elizabeth, who are comforted by Philip. Dennis follows leads and discovers a bug in the FBI mailbot. The FBI arrests the person collecting the device and intends to pursue the lead further. Oleg has been offered a position in Kenya with a newly-promoted Tatiana who makes an offhand remark about potentially killing many people. Oleg is troubled and calls home to his mother, and later when Stan gets a call from him. They meet and Oleg reveals there in an agent in the bioweapons program. The FBI doggedly pursues leads until they arrive at William as the likely culprit. William has second and third thoughts about giving the virus to the Centre and Gabriel convinces him to do so. Paige shares a kiss with Matthew and tells her parents information about Stan she got from Matthew. Her parents admonish her to stop and let it go. They tell her they are obtaining a weapon for the Motherland, and she says “great.”
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