The Americans "Dinner for Seven" Review: Small Moments Simmer

The Americans S04E11: "Small Moments Simmer"

Hey, welcome to the club, Paige—the "Watch a Man Die in a Pool of His Own Blood" club, that is. A Jennings family tradition! I have to hand it to The Americans, firstly for securing two final seasons, and secondly for delivering some rare, classic spy fun with just the right amount of existential focus in "Dinner for Seven." After last week's Paige-centric episode, I fully expected this one to be more mission and/or plot heavy to set up the remaining threads as we finish out the season. I mean, we are breezing right into the final three episodes, and there's still a few things that need to be addressed. There's the super secret virus information, Gaad's death, Beeman's overall suspicion, and not to mention Pastor Tim's safe return. All these are interesting subjects, but I find myself most engaged when there's Martha-level emotional turmoil driving the story, and it was looking like we'd entered the eye of the storm full of threats to come, rather than threats in my face. 

I should know better than to think this show would ever turn in a dud, though. Sure, there weren't a whole lot of vein-bursting yelling matches or soul-wrenching bedroom confessions, or a sequence where the Jenningses have to rent out a room to make ends meet, and the tenant is Ronald Reagan in a hippie wig, granted. But given The Americans standard of finding subtle humanity in even the most insane circumstances, small moments in this show are still excellent ones. Which is all a long way of saying that it was enjoyable to watch things like Elizabeth moving forward with the mysterious plan to ruin Don's family life in pursuit of virus codes, Pastor Tim arriving at a sort of truce with the Jenningses, and Stan calling it quits with Oleg. It was a night of minor encounters that all worked together as a successful whole. 


If there was a focus on any character it was Elizabeth. Philip had his drama with Martha, so now it was his wife's turn to experience losing an asset she cared about. It was kind of funny how last time ended with Gabriel suggesting to a distraught Elizabeth that they might be able to go another route in terms of striking the final blow against her friendship with Young Hee, only to have that door shut immediately in this episode. When Gabriel is the face of these off-screen decisions from the Center it always makes me question whether he even checks in or just knows what to tell Elizabeth and Philip. I know when I used to work at a shoe store and knew for certain there were no more sizes in the back, I'd still humor the customers who wanted me to "just check," and then report back the same news.          

Anyhow, the plan was simple: "Patty" told Don that she was pregnant with his baby, demanded an abortion, and then went missing. Meanwhile, Philip (as we saw play out) visited Don at his place of work along with Gabriel and the lady Tatiana set up acting as Patty's grieving family. Dressed like Hulk Hogan's sleezier younger brother, Philip mean-mugged Don into believing that Patty had killed herself because of the affair and it was up to the Korean scientist to pay for the funeral. Of course Don didn't have that kind of money on him and so Young Hee's husband and Philip left Gabriel and the computer lady alone to hunt down some codes. See, simple!


Even though they didn't get a hold of the codes, I was happy to see Gabriel in the field and got that thrill you often get with this show when the audience knows more than the people on screen do. "Dramatic irony" is what a smart person once told me that's called. As messed up as it was to convince someone like Don that he had cheated on his wife, got a woman pregnant, and drove her to suicide, as a viewer there was a part of me that felt like I was watching a prank show ruse. I felt powerful! Only part of me felt that way though. The other part of me was right there with Elizabeth falling into hugs of comfort with Philip, gripping a pay phone and listening to helpless messages from Young Hee in what might as well have been from the other side of the grave, and lingering in existential conversation with Pastor Tim. 

For all the trouble he's caused recently, Pastor Tim came off the best he has ever come off. Probably because he'd made a special trip to the Jennings home to apologize for having anything to do with possibly breaking up the family, but also because Tim was able to offer comfort to Elizabeth in a super specific way. Not religious comfort, and not wishy-washy EST comfort, but human-to-human comfort. When Elizabeth made herself as vulnerable as I'd ever seen her by asking what one does if they don't believe in God, religion, or prayer, Tim honestly answered that that stuff didn't matter. "It's how we treat each other," I believe was his quote. This was the closest I have come to wishing I had a chill church. What can I say, people love getting stuff off their chests. Or she was playing Tim, who knows!


The other Cold Warrior dealing with issues was our man Stan Beeman. Here was a guy struggling with the death of Gaad, recalling Amador's murder at the hands of the Russians, and no doubt kicking himself in the buns over Nina's unfortunate demise. Oh and somewhere in there his wife left him. (Sidenote: how squirmy did you get seeing Tim across from Stan? Tim's sort of a free agent, as long as the Jenningses can appeal to his activist side.) Without Nina around there really is no more personal tension between Oleg and Stan, aside from the two being from opposite sides. So it makes sense that from a dramatic standpoint that Stan would cease meeting with the Russian. I don't know, like their scenes aren't super riveting anyways so no skin off my back if Stan wants to end things. 

Still, the sendoff was bitter sweet, with the FBI agent essentially saying that he didn't want to get to know Oleg any further in the chance that the Russian died. Or was it a threat? Like, "I know one day I might cause your death and don't have enough Miller Hi-Life to deal with the emotional fallout"? After all, this is a war fought via relationships, and one that forces both sides to recognize each other's humanity. It's easier to turn off the emotions and fight like he's hurting strangers, even though the "bad guys" are going through the same troubles.

Like Elizabeth. It's been one thing to distance herself from the "Americans" as a generic whole, but getting to know people like Betsy from the mail robot repair center last season or Young Hee this season, has made it increasingly difficult for the female spy to differentiate who she is versus who her American self is. On the one hand she's merely playing a role, doing things like buttering Pastor Tim by asking him existential questions, but on the other she truly wants answers to those existential questions. Is she pretending to be an American, or is she an American? By episode's end thankfully some helpful street thugs came along to remind Elizabeth who she is deep down: a mom who will kill to protect her family. 

FURTHER INTERROGATION

– Between Paige's eyes going wide during her driving lesson and her reaction to seeing the goon stabbed to death, I cannot get enough of the Jennings daughter freaking out.
– How will Paige react to seeing her first violent death in the long term?
– Will Stan make the connection that he told Philip about Gaad?
– Now that the series has an end date, how do you see the remaining story playing out?
– What did you think of "Dinner for Seven"?

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Jun 04, 2016
Does anyone know why we didn't get a review this week?
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Jun 06, 2016
It looks like they are killing off TV.com (which really effing sucks) and merging key staff with TVGuide.com. We are currently exiting the "get used to reading TVGuide style articles" phase just before they hit us over the head with "You must now go to a new website to read these reviews" news. I just found Ryan's latest review (and first article) @ TVGuide: http://www.tvguide.com/news/the-americans-did-philip-and-elizabeth-do-too-good-of-a-job-with-paige/?ftag=twtrsoshares
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Jun 06, 2016
Well, thanks for letting us know. TV.com. And, really, thank you, TooMurray, for telling me that. I guess all good things must come to an end. Wonder when we'll get the official word? Is TV.com a pay site?
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May 30, 2016
With the disappointment of Banshe and POI this year, it's great to see The Americans producing great stories and clever writing.

I liked the double effect of Philip realising Gaad was on him. It leaves an door open for some figuring out for Stan, and another reason for Philip to question his role.

Love how Paige learned her mother was not just all about 'helping people'. I hope they have her notice how instinctive her mother acted in killing the guy. But...... the writers kind of dug a whole on this one as now Paige knows they are killers and liars. Realistically it would be ages for Paige to come back from that, but my guess is she will, and quickly (we've spent enough time with upset Paige).

I really didn't understand the Alice threat package with the lawyer. Was that a real thing? Noone seemed that conerned about it.


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May 31, 2016
No, though I seem to have missed the scene, someone else pointed out that Phillip broke into the idiot's sanctum (where he writes his speeches) and no such tape exists. So, they are just pretending they think it does so Paige won't know they broke it and will think they are just great people for allowing the idiot and his fright wig wife to have evidence against them
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May 28, 2016
Worst theology ever delivered by Pastor Tim.

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May 31, 2016
That's why I call him Idiot Tim and despise the very air his orange head touches. He offends me as a Christian.
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Jun 01, 2016
Agreed. My husband and I looked at each other and shuddered after pretty much everything pastor Tim said. His portrayal of Christianity is indeed offensive.
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Jun 01, 2016
He seems to be a Jim Jones type to me.
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May 28, 2016
Guess who's coming to dinner!great episode..i love it
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May 28, 2016
Brilliant episode as usual and nothing less than par excellence every week. This week I feel truly bad for the good people of Young Hee & company and how their family is now DESTROYED! And just for being frens with "Patty"? What a shitty price to pay for basically being decent human beings. Seems nothing good comes from being around this spy vs spy family. aka "Prince" Philip and "Queen" Elizabeth! Truly its a mad mad mad world. And truly, one of the main highlight was at the end when Liz Kara-take-oked the muggers to protect Paige and herself. Now Paige knows mommy dearest is actually Wonder Woman with a franchise movie somewhere waiting to be made by Putin. Cool or what? Good job Americans, Trump would be proud ! :)
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May 28, 2016
Stan tells Oleg: They wanted me to blackmail you, use your brother or Nina"
Either Stan or I had too much Miller High Life, because that makes no sense at all. What possible leverage would Stan have in regards to Oleg's brother? And if anyone's getting blackmailed over Nina...
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May 31, 2016
None. It was a stupid scene in a show which has had a couple of pretty questionable episodes, imo.

To the best of my memory, Stan didn't know Oleg had a brother till he died, and how could he have used Nina? She was in a prison in Siberia.

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May 28, 2016
I had a weird thought. This season has been all about Paige and the choice she will ultimately have to make. I think the season finale will be her making it one way or another. Either doubling down on her family or turning on them completely.
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May 27, 2016

This show is the best, each week another strong performance and smart writing.
As I wrote last week, at some point the info about Gaad's travel will explode in someone's face.
Tim is... well he improved, but he's still an absolute smug about everything and he and his wife are a ticking time bomb nonetheless.
The ending was also great, Paige is fantastic when freaking out, and this had to happen at some point, it's the 80's! Street-muggers with knives and the intention to rape.

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May 31, 2016
No, he didn't improve. He showed how empty his faith is and easily he can be manipulated. I think he will be their easiest turned asset of all.
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Jun 01, 2016
Asset? What are you talking about? He's no asset to anyone and will never be. Unless Stan joins his church and confesses stuff to him I don't see how he can be an asset of any sort.
And he improved as in not being an immediate danger to the Jennings anymore and in apologizing for the first time. That wasn't so clear until he came back. On else I agree.
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Jun 01, 2016
I think he can easily be turned into an asset for the USSR
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Jun 01, 2016
ah, we agree. He is a simple-minded fool, hence the nickname, Idiiot Tim.
And he is the one person in this whole show that I do hope dies.
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Jun 01, 2016
He could easily be turned because he's a simple minded fool, but from the KGB's POV there is little reason. But who knows how the story will progress, he could become useful, think about the President's personal pastor, THAT would be an insanely powerful asset. Doubtfully this Tim though.
I'm still confident that this douche will bite it at some point. And his wife.
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May 27, 2016
The Americans does tension REALLY well. Sure, there's the spy craft and murder and the fate of the free world on the line, but here, I was watching that dinner party through my fingers.

Stan and Tim at the same dinner table with zero prep time for the Jennings. "So Stan, what do you do for a living?". OMG! Here it comes. Sh*t is about to get real, yo!

I think Elizabeth calmed the waters by telling Tim that they'd been living there for quite some time when Stan moved in next door, but still...it's only a matter of time before Tim puts his guilt aside and uses his brain muscle. Or bumps into Stan and lets something slip.

Not quite though how Elizabeth let a knife slip into the carotid artery of that mugger. DAMN! I thought for sure that scene would end with her kicking their asses and Paige having a new found appreciation for how badass her mother is. A traumatized Paige staring at a man bleeding out isn't what I (or she) was expecting.

I have no idea if this will pull Paige into the fold more or drive her further away...all I know is that this show is awesome!

"I should know better than to think this show would ever turn in a dud, though."

You did what?!? Thought this show would turn into a dud?!? I think you need to go to your room and think about what you've done!

"Will Stan make the connection that he told Philip about Gaad?"

If we didn't have two more seasons coming, I thought for sure this bomb would drop. It's still coming, just not quite yet.

"Now that the series has an end date, how do you see the remaining story playing out?"

Next season's mission will culminate in the Jennings cover being blown and the final season spend with them trying to stay ahead of the FBI while keeping their family safe.

Either way, things aren't ending well for our favourite Russian spies.
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May 31, 2016
Brain muscle? HA
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May 28, 2016
I think Stan telling Philip is significant for Philip, in Philip feeling responsible for Gaad's death and the festering of his doubts that the Russians are making moves without keeping him in the loop just like what they were worried about with Pastor Tim last episode.

I don't think it's such a big deal from Stan's perspective. I don't think we'll ever get to the point where Stan figures the info must have come from Philip, the trip wasn't exactly top secret, I bet heaps of people knew including people Gaad's wife told. I don't think this will be the turning point to end game.
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May 28, 2016
I don't think that Stan will all of a sudden figure out that the information might have trickled through Phillip, but it might be one of those nagging little things that eventually makes him start to look at the Jennings more closely. Similar to the trail of breadcrumbs he slowly followed to flush out Martha.

Not likely this season, but next, I expect Stan to start to second guess his neighbours more and more.
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May 30, 2016
Yes, good summaries @ben45tpy and @marcusj1973.

I thiink there has to come a point where he starts to suspect. I'm assuming the final season will be based or partly focused on that.

There's also the extra push to make Philip question what he's doing. I get the impression this all may lead to Paige wanting it more than them
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May 27, 2016
During the dinner scene I was really worried for Philip. Elizabeth has nerves of steel, as usual, and the Pastor and wife did also pretty good. But Philip and Paige were super tense. It was a blast for us.
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May 27, 2016
Once Paige recovers from the shock she will be very confused. On the one hand it turns out her Mom knows how to kill people and can do it in cold blood. On the other if Elizabeth hadn't been a spy the two of them would have been raped and possibly murdered.

Since one of the would-be rapists escaped I'm worried he could go to police and identify Elizabeth and Paige. That sounds like a big problem for the Jennings.

I have never had any doubt that Elizabeth would have killed without a blink of an eye to protect her family. Still I'm very proud of her.
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May 27, 2016
"I'd like to report a murder"
"OK, tell me what happened."
"You see, me and my buddy were hanging out in this dark parking lot when this nice lady and her daughter come up. We politely mugged them and were calmly preparing to rape them when she up and murdered my friend! You need to arest her! Like, now!"
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May 27, 2016
The episode was about people seeing others in a different light. Ultimately, Paige will have more respect for her Mom, Elizabeth will reflect on her conversation with Pastor Tim and Oleg will see a more human side of Stan.
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May 28, 2016
I'm not sure about Paige, murder and blood might have the opposite effect.
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May 30, 2016
Paige is her mother's daughter. The bottom line is she'll do anything to protect her family. She may never join the KGB, but she would never betray them.
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May 27, 2016
When Pastor Tim said "You can tell me anything" I wanted someone to punch him in his face. The last time a Jennings told him something very important in confidence he told his fucking wife, so no they can't tell him shit.

I don't know if its years of catholic school or not but the idea of a priest breaking confidence just pushes my buttons, all of them, and makes me think he deserves what he gets.

Yeah I know he's not catholic but the whole preistly confidental thing is pretty damn important to all the christian sects.
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May 28, 2016
Yeah but she wasn't telling him in a confessional setting, clergy don't have keep everything they hear private although I know the legality of what is and isn't a confession is probably more complicated than it used to be. also husbands and wives being able to share stuff is also pretty important for the marriage.

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May 28, 2016
It was still breaking a confidence, which is a huge deal, it's like your doctor telling people your test results along with your name.
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May 27, 2016
I HATE him, I HATE him, I HATE him.
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May 27, 2016


– Between Paige's eyes going wide during her driving lesson and her reaction to seeing the goon stabbed to death, I cannot get enough of the Jennings daughter freaking out.

I agree. Though I think this one was more along the lines of previous ep when Elizabeth took her downtown to run down part of the city to show her US is not jsut suburban house and plenty of food.

– How will Paige react to seeing her first violent death in the long term?Depends on how P&E spin it. I think Elizabeth will do her best to tell her it was self defence, that they wanted to rape her and there was no other way.

– Will Stan make the connection that he told Philip about Gaad?I don't think so. It's possible but I think he'll figure it out other way. Interesting how old stuff keeps resurfacing. This plot could easily be forgotten but it just shows the quality of writting

– Now that the series has an end date, how do you see the remaining story playing out?I think some new missions and I think we'll keep seeing more of old stuff. It will pop up and Stan the Man will see each as a small piece of puzzle


– What did you think of "Dinner for Seven"?


It was a good ep. Somewhat below standards set by current season but that says more about season so far than about this ep. I found it dragged at places but was punctuated by enough good scenes to make it easier. I liked dinner scene where Tim felt awkward knowing what he knows and meeting Stan. Rest of Elizabeth and Tim's scenes felt less interesting. I guess it's because it's not clear what Elizabeth is actually doing, whether she is playing him, trying to get him to calm about him knowing about what they do or whether this is her equivalent of EST. Then there was of course the final scene......

But at least we got to know how they plan on getting level 4 codes because so far it was one of weirdest palns. But Philip in new creepy/douchey wig. =D

As for Stan the Man and Oleg I think Stan just cut him loose because he knew FBI will pressure him to turn him and he doesn't want to do that because of all the things he said.
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May 26, 2016
When Don kills himself for feeling shame, Elizabeth will take it pretty hard I'm guessing.
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May 31, 2016
I don't know. Introspection is not a thing Elizabeth does very well. I think she will sulk and feel bad about it for a day or two, like the poor woman she killed at the robot-repair place. But after a short time out for a pout, she will be throwing on another bad wig, hoisting up the tight skirt, and doing her thing, having forgotten all about it.
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Jun 01, 2016
Well, maybe.
The woman at the robot-repair place was just some random person that got killed. Elizabeth has known Don and his family for a while now, grown to like them. I believe it will hit her hard, and change her somewhat.

That is of course if Don kills himself, which seems like where they are going with the show.
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Jun 01, 2016
She really liked the family a lot, so you may be right, especially as the show is drawing to a close. But, every time we've thought something might touch her we've been proven wrong.
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Jun 01, 2016
We just have to wait and see :-)
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May 26, 2016
Ok,so an overall solid episode wich ended with 2 big faults.

First of it's in no way a good thing paige now knows her parents are killers, Elizabeth could have easily whooped 2 drunk bums and Paige would have thought her more awesome for it, but killing infront of her only intensifies the "who are they" feeling she has, don't forget it's not too long ago she thought they might have made pastor Tim disappear.

And mistake number 2, letting a murder witness get away..... realy ??? that's kinda hard to believe from a trained professional.
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May 28, 2016
They're not faults they're about life not behaving in a predictable, easily manageable way, It was unavoidable that Paige would see this at some point and the witness is a complete non factor.
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May 27, 2016
I honestly don't know how Paige will ultimately take it. So far, she's done a pretty good job of holding it together with the exception of spilling the beans to Idiot Tim. And that came back to bite her since she's had to spy on him and his wife, and has had NO time to herself in months.

Seriously, we've talked a lot about poor invisible Henry, but they treat Paige like Cinderella. If she's not cooking or cleaning, she's at the church spying (sweep the floor, Cinderellie)
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May 27, 2016
I think Elizabeth will easiyl spin it into self defence, protecting Paige etc.

as for letting guy get away her priority was protecting Paige and getting her clutch bag back. Guy ran away before she was done. and it's not as if he's going to the police to tell them how he and his friend tried to mug and rape suburban middle class mother and daughter and mother ended up killing his friend in self defence
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May 27, 2016
Wil Elizabeth spin it, she'll try but it won't be easy, this is the first time Paige has witnissed her mother doing something like this, and that after she convinced herself that her parents aren't KGB assassins.
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May 26, 2016
I think Elizabeth was using her real emotions over losing her friendship with Young Hee to insinuate herself more deeply with Pastor Tim. She's feeling real regret and heartache, might as well put it to good use! I also kinda get the feeling she's wanting to take some Pastor Tim responsibility off Paige's shoulders.

Normally kids on a show like this are a bit annoying, but I'm loving Paige, too.
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May 26, 2016
Pastor Tim is so dangerous right now. He knows that the Jennings' are spies and now he knows there's an FBI agent across the street from them. His clock is ticking. The suspense at the dinner table was great TV. And Tim inquiring to Elizabeth about the coincidence of her neighbor being an FBI agent was great too. "You can't choose your neighbors!" It was hard to tell if Elizabeth was sincerely looking for some solace from the Pastor because of her guilt over Yung He or if she's setting him up somehow. The same with Stan and his farewell to Oleg. Was he trying to end their relationship so he wouldn't have to kill him someday or was he trying to get his cooperation thru reverse psychology? In every scene at the FBI office that crazy mail robot is always rolling by in the background and is clearly going to be a huge problem for the Jennings now that Aderholt alerted Stan about the "repair" and the death at the factory. So if they don't find the codes on Don's computer disk then they ruined Don and Yung He's marriage for nothing. Elizabeth will feel even worse. And just the Jennings' luck that 2 lecherous muggers attack Elizabeth and Paige and Elizabeth has to go into Black Widow mode right in front of Paige. The ease with which Elizabeth dispatched them and killed one of them will make it hard to convince Paige that their spywork is all paperwork related. Great stuff!
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May 26, 2016
I'm missing something here about the robot. What's the significance with the repair and the death please?
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May 26, 2016
when the robot was out being repaired after Gaad attacked it, Elizabeth and Phillip went to the repair shop for Phillip to place a bug on it. Elizabeth discovered an older woman working in the office. She was the shop owner's mom and liked coming in at night and doing the books. Elizabeth made her take an overdose of her heart medication so that it would look like she died of a heart attack. I'm kind of surprised the new FBI guy (I can never remember his name) put it together. He is one smart cookie!
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May 27, 2016
Thank you. :) I completely forgot about that scene.
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May 26, 2016
Pastor Tim is so dangerous right now

Yes, but Pastor Tim is an idiot, so any danger he is will be mitigated by that.
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May 26, 2016
Such a perfectly placed catalyst with Paige. A random mugging/attack where Elizabeth kills the guy. Sincerely, that was just the perfect way to do it. It is both in defense of Paige and it is a showing of Paige what her parents are capable of. It serves two purposes and it does them oh so well.

The dinner was great. I have to wonder, who would go for which side of the table had Timmy made the mistake of opening his mouth. My guess is that Philip would go for Pastor Tim and Alice and Elizabeth would go for Stan.
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May 26, 2016
Just before Pastor Tim asked what Stan's profession was, I was literally saying it out loud because that was what I was waiting for and Tim's reaction was so spot on to what mine would've been I just had to laugh. That small moment made the entire episode to me just that "huh" and the "you don't say" look on Tim's face. The Americans at its best.
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May 27, 2016
I was waiting for repeat in pilot when P&E meet Stan the Man.
"What do you do?"
"I work for the FBI."
"Oh, so you catch bank robbers?"
"No, I catch Russian spies"
awkward silence where P&E are thinking how to kill him with least fuss, mess and how to dispose of his body
"Wow, that's interesting"
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May 26, 2016
That was a pretty cool final scene. How the hell are Liz & Phil gonna persuade Paige to keep her mouth shut about this? It happened just by the food bank and I'm willing to bet that the 'victim' will be a regular customer of Pastor Tim's which will get him all cranked up to do a charity drive for the poor mugger/rapist's family.

I can envisage some sort of police interview on the horizon (maybe carried over to next season) - that and the mail robot which is still phoning home isn't it? tho there's no one picking up since Martha left kinda makes me think that the trap is closing on the Jennings family. I was hoping they would get to fly away and the last episode would be about learning to queue for a ticket to give to the bloke who takes your money before you queue to pick up the day's supply of food.
I'm also a bit concerned that Don is going to top himself leaving a farewell message to the missus saying what he did and apologising. That will give Stan a new case because I can't see a senior biological weapons expert's suicide as being ignored.

I'm sure Liz is playing Pastor Tim - I dunno what for. If she wants to get into his pants I don't think there is enough time. She has to let Tim 'convert' her so she is of the correct indoctrination for Tim to allow lust enter the picture and it would all have to happen before the baby dropped which seems to be minutes away judging by the size of the pillow whatsherface has jammed up her sweater.
So more likely Liz is playing some sort of long game - maybe she thinks that if she 'sees the light' Tim & Co will be more likely to stay shtum - plus since god bothering was Paige's escape, Liz joining in will almost certainly chase Paige away from superstition. Thing about that is tho ,it would also drive Paige away from her mother - maybe that is a sacrifice she is prepared to make to save her daughter from the opium of the masses.
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May 26, 2016
The only way that dinner could have gotten more awesomely awkward was if Young Hee and her husband had shown up.
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May 27, 2016
Well, Paige could have invited her new BFF, Kimmie, to dinner.
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May 26, 2016
I don't think Stan make the connection that he told Philip about Gaad. The KGB would be able to track Gaad's movements and Stan knows that, so it's not like he would think they found out from someone Gaad or Stan told directly. I do think that Stan will start to put pieces together with Clark, the death of the old lady at the mail robot repair shop, and realize the man & woman that he almost caught are back or never left. Those sketches have to come into play sometime. Meanwhile, Paige will realize that her parent's kill people and generally ruin people's lives rather than just get information for Mother Russia.
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May 26, 2016
Honestly, I thought it was a big yawn. I hate Idiot Tim and always will. He can't die soon enough. So, any episode that features him and his odd view of Christianity gets a thumbs down from me.

Stan broke up with Oleg. Makes sense since the two of them were only working together to get Nina back. The show wasted a looot of air time to remind us the two were in cahoots only to break them up. Stan could have just sent him a Dear John letter; it would have been quicker and less painful.

The Residentura couldn't come up with a better plan to search Don's office? Forgive me, but the whole plot looks like what it was, a contrived effort to make Elizabeth ruin some more lives just so she could feel bad about it. This was a clumsy plot from writers who usually know better.

This was the second snoozer in a row for me.
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May 26, 2016
Another quiet, yet amazing episode. The dinner was tense and I was on the edge of my seat thinking someone would say something bad. But that ending?? Wow! Paige is going to have a whole lot of questions for momma after that lol.
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May 26, 2016
Did anyone else find it funny when Stan walked in on the dinner party and said, "It looks like Elizabeth isn't the only one with a roast in the oven" just moments after she lied to Don about being pregnant?
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May 26, 2016
When people say that Game of Thrones is the best show on tv, I simply pity them.
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May 26, 2016
A friend of mine said "what the hell is the americans" when I told her I was busy watching it. Oh, how I wish I had more hands to facepalm with. Poor souls.
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May 27, 2016
That's a failure on FX's part. If the problem is that the show isn't adequately promoted, FX should bear the blame.
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May 27, 2016
It was very much the same for Banshee yet another great show that remained under the radar for all its time on-air.
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May 26, 2016
Watching the dinner scene was like having a bomb on the middle of the dining table and not knowing who held the match...just one wrong comment made and kaboom!
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May 31, 2016
love your avi. Is that your baby?
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Jun 01, 2016
Thanks smorbie! He was, my Oliver. Lost him last year at the age of 15. Yours is fun too, always been a big Marvin fan!
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Jun 01, 2016
Well, he's a pretty little guy, and I know you had a wonderful 15 years of love and companionship. And he's waiting for you now.
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May 26, 2016
Me thinks the mailroom robot is going to have a role in the Jennings' demise. Damn Robots!
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May 26, 2016
I always really liked that little robot guy. I couldn't believe how stupid the FBI was in putting classified folders on top of him and just letting them ride around the building, though.
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May 27, 2016
If our government is still using 8 inch floppy disks for our nuclear missile program, then nothing is beyond belief.
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May 27, 2016
The question is where are they getting them? i would have thought any business that made them would have long ago moved on to 3.5 disks
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May 29, 2016
Hrmm, does 3M received government money? Because if they do, I bet they would still make them for the government.
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