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.
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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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