502 “Pests”: CIA Gonna CIA

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Teenage angst and grown-up paranoia are just a couple of themes in Season 5 episode 2 of The Americans, “Pests.” We discuss Paige’s behavior and continued training, Tuan’s worldview, and our newfound anxiety for Pasha’s future. Would the Americans really contaminate grain supplies? Are they that evil? Would Alexei be okay with harming an innocent population? Or is there something more innocuous going on? Alexei seems a bit too vocal, Renee seems a bit too into Stan, and I don’t mind telling you, Amerifans, we’re concerned. Very concerned. For everyone.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Slate’s TV Club Insider Podcast for “Pests”

Wikipedia: “Pavlik Morozov”

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