504 “What’s The Matter With Kansas?”: Why Can’t You Just Say Trail Mix?

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Season 5 episode 4 of The Americans, “What’s The Matter With Kansas?” gives us a crash course in espionage as Philip and Elizabeth work to develop new assets while Paige gets her snoop on at Pastor Tim’s house. We discuss Philip’s bond with Alexei, the reversal in interpersonal dynamics during the honey trap missions, and the revelation that Oleg’s mom is a badass. Mischa makes it to America, Stan jumps on board the blackmail bandwagon, and we continue to wonder what Renee’s deal is.

 
Links mentioned in this episode:

Slate’s TV Club Insider Podcast for “What’s The Matter With Kansas?”

Deadline: “FX CEO John Landgraf Expand Opportunities for Female & Non-White Director’s in Wake of Network’s Spotty Record”

Paste: “How The Americans Became the Best Show on Television”

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