509 “IHOP”: A Fancy Orphanage

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  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? […]

503 “The Midges”: Super Secret Spy Stuff

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  Season 5 episode 3 of The Americans, “The Midges,” continues to explore loyalty and relationships within immigrant and refugee narratives. We discuss the moral ambiguity of Randy’s death, Mischa’s not-so-excellent adventure, and the surprise reappearance of everyone’s favorite seduced-and-married secretary. Paige is not cut out for the spy life, Staderholt need to work on their […]