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'The Americans recap: 'Dinner For Seven'

A cruel trap is set for Don

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The Americans

TV Show
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Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell
Current Status:
In Season

Ding-dong! It’s Pastor Tim at the front door.

“I don’t feel right about what happened … that you felt frightened for your safety because of something that happened to me,” he tells Mr. and Mrs. Jennings.

They tell him it’s okay, but the Pastor, having just survived being lost in Ethiopia while serving as a missionary there, says they’re being generous. He apologizes for his wife threatening to expose their spy background, and says he finally understands what it feels like to fear for your well-being.

The Jennings family invites him and Alice to dinner. What better way to make amends than to break bread?

The title of this episode is “Dinner for Seven,” so we can count on at least one more surprise guest at that meal.

At Gabriel’s, Elizabeth’s handler presents her with a special treat from the old country: pierogi. He also has bad news: The center turned down her request to stop manipulating Don and Young Hee to gain Level Four access to the bio-weapons facility. “It has to move forward,” Gabriel tells her.

So Elizabeth fulfills her duty. After drugging Don and tricking him into thinking he slept with her, she goes to the house when he’s alone and tells him she’s pregnant. He is shocked, horrified, and tells her she shouldn’t have the baby. He offers to pay for an abortion, but Elizabeth, a.k.a. “Patty,” scoffs at the suggestion.

“I don’t want your money. I don’t want anything from you,” she says. “Don’t worry. I won’t upset your perfect little life. I’ll take care of it … myself.”

Back at the Jennings house, Philip has a drink with Stan, who is ruminating on the death of his old boss, Frank Gaad, who was killed in Thailand. Stan believes it was the Soviets (and he’s right). “I don’t know why exactly,” Stan says. “He was out of the game, and he couldn’t do anything to them anymore. But they’re animals…”

Elizabeth is emotionally exhausted from what she just did to Don, so she has no more performance left in her. She attempts to excuse herself, saying she wants to go to bed, but Stan gets the message and heads home.

Philip asks how she is, and she tells him, “It’s all yours now.”

The next step in Don’s manipulation/destruction will be his to deliver.

Henry and Paige come home, and she delivers a quick briefing on how things are going at the church.

When they get a quiet moment alone, Philip tells Elizabeth about the death of Gaad – and he’s especially troubled because he included mention of Gaad’s Thailand trip in his report to the center. It’s one more thread Stan could eventually tie back to him.

On another day, Elizabeth goes to visit Pastor Tim, telling him of plans for their dinner. But she has more on her mind. She says that Alice’s accusation that she and Philip had a hand in the Pastor’s disappearance made her feel like she was “coming apart.”

That night, Oleg meets with Stan. “You’re a smart guy, Oleg. I don’t think you’d be too surprised to know there’s a lot of interest in you in our meetings. There’s talk of blackmailing you,” he says.

But he won’t. He tells Oleg about Chris Amador, his former partner in counterintelligence. “I didn’t even realize how close I was getting to the guy … until you guys killed him.” Stan says this led him to do something equally heinous. “I kind of lost my mind … I haven’t felt the same since.”

“What do you want me to say?” Oleg asks.

Stan says he’s destroyed too many lives, including his own. “I don’t want you on my conscience, too,” he says. “This is the last time we’ll meet each other. That’s what I wanted to say.”

The two men shake hands, and Stan drives away.

And goes … to the Jennings house, where dinner with Pastor Tim and Alice is underway. Henry invites Stan inside, and we have our seventh guest.

This is a bad situation. All it takes is for Pastor Tim to catch wind that Stan’s with the FBI and his moral ambiguity is going to flare up again.

Sure enough, this happens right in the middle of dinner. Henry blurts out Stan’s profession. Pastor Tim is… intrigued. When Stan learns that Pastor Tim leads an activist congregation and was once arrested for protesting nuclear weapons, he is… less enchanted.

That’s it. No explosions. But maybe some charges have been buried for later.

NEXT: The final stage of Don’s trap…