508 “Immersion”: Putting the Social in Socialism

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Season 5 episode 8 of The Americans, “Immersion,” continues the season long themes of domesticity and family. We discuss the varied fan reaction to this season, the strength of Philip and Elizabeth’s relationship, and whether or not Claudia can be trusted to stay out of their heads. Henry has friends, Sofia wins us over with adorableness, Oleg remains calm under pressure, and we’re suddenly very worried about Pasha.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Slate’s TV Club Insider Podcast for “Immersion”

The New York Times: “I Don’t Miss ‘Swan Lake’: A Ballerina’s Role on ‘The Americans'”

Uproxx: “Is ‘The Americans’ Stuck in a Rut in its Penultimate Season”

Pravda Report: “KGB’s most dangerous officer unveils secrets of Soviet intelligence”

The Hollywood Reporter: “Spies, Lies, and Intuition: A Conversation with ‘The Americans’ Writer – Producer Stephen Schiff (Q&A)”

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