505 “Lotus 1-2-3”: Romancing the Stan

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Fathers and sons dominated Season 5 episode 5 of The Americans, “Lotus 1-2-3,” as Mischa is intercepted by Gabriel, Henry’s secret is revealed, and Tuan longs for a family connection. We dissect the portrayals of class structure and excess, the juxtaposition of Deirdre and Ben, and Paige’s function in the narrative. Oleg comes home to an awkward dinner party, Paige really is her father’s daughter, and the Jenningses discover that things aren’t always what they seem.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Slate’s TV Club Insider Podcast for “Lotus 1-2-3?”

Cannes Film Festival (2014) – Red Army Trailer – Hockey Documentary HD

The Hollywood Reporter: “‘The Americans’ Kept Keri Russell’s Vein in her Forehead”

The Ringer: “A Salute to Lesser TV Siblings”

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