410 “Munchkins”: Gaad the Impaler

  Trust and the breaches thereof abound in Season 4 episode 10 of The Americans, “Munchkins.” We discuss Alice’s proactive protective measures, Kimmy’s decision to confide in James, and how Philip contributed to Gaad’s fate. Other topics include: Pastor Tim’s map-less adventure, teenagers, heart-breaking Young Hee, Stan’s lack of social skills, and the good ship […]

408 “The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears”: Oh, Suck it Up, Paige

  Season 4 episode 8 of The Americans, “The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears,”  launching us seven months into the future and straight into an 80s sitcom. We analyze the big opening sequence, parallels to “Martial Eagle,” and the explosive arguments that fill the episode. Other topics include: Elizabeth’s actual […]

407 “Travel Agents”: Ostrich in the Hand

  The Martha Saga continues with Season 4 episode 7 of The Americans, “Travel Agents.” Topics include the evolution of Elizabeth’s self-awareness and compassion, Philip’s increasing disdain for secrecy, and Paige’s moral development. Also: Martha’s arc from lonely secretary to forbidden romantic heroine to lonely traitor, Joan the Operator and her questionable borscht, and Gaad’s realization […]