What a gripping ending to the penultimate season of The Americans! We start out with a bloody mess, get a beautiful moment in Moscow, check in with many of our characters, and wind up ever more tortured with Philip and Elizabeth and an uncertain future! This was all in Season 5 Episode 13 “The Soviet Division” which aired May 30, 2017. It was written by the showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, and was directed by Chris Long.
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Musical numbers pervade our history segment, as we sing along with the radio and the amazing Soviet songstress Alla Pugacheva, while laughing with President Reagan joking that we begin bombing the USSR in 5 minutes! We then head to the music room and pull out the old turntable, go to section E for some Elton John and put on our fave Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, followed by alt-rock sensations R.E.M. and their brooding So. Central Rain! Then we look for any info we can about The Soviet Division of the CIA and come up empty (darn spies!) so we go to our bookshelf for some good old James Michener and learn about Space! Then we pull out our walkie-talkie to check in with our operatives in the car outside our house! We are then ready to hear some wonderfully insightful feedback from everyone! Plus our friend Bob Connally shares a terrific article about the importance of the characters on The Americans!
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