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.
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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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