503 “The Midges”: Super Secret Spy Stuff

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Season 5 episode 3 of The Americans, “The Midges,” continues to explore loyalty and relationships within immigrant and refugee narratives. We discuss the moral ambiguity of Randy’s death, Mischa’s not-so-excellent adventure, and the surprise reappearance of everyone’s favorite seduced-and-married secretary. Paige is not cut out for the spy life, Staderholt need to work on their people skills, and we’re worried that things are going to get difficult for Poor Oleg.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Slate’s TV Club Insider Podcast for “The Midges”

A.V. Club: “Here’s the scoop on [REDACTED]’S return to The Americans

Fansided: “‘The Americans’ star Noah Emmerich talks about Stan’s terrible luck, the series ending”

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