Season 5 episode 9 of The Americans, “IHOP,” continues this season’s focus on the tedium inherent to a spy’s life. We discuss the emotional toll of being a spy, Kimmy’s reciprocal relationship with James, Oleg’s mini character arc, and Stan’s habit of projecting his beliefs and desires on to others. What is Tuan really up to? Was all his anti-America talk just so much bravado? Is Henry going to be the next Alex P. Keaton? What are we to make of Father Andrei? Who doesn’t like potatoes? These questions plus an enthusiastic discussion of American Gods, The Leftovers, Better Call Saul, and The Handmaid’s Tale.
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