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The Americans recap: A Roy Rogers in Franconia

The FBI makes a connection and closes in on a key KGB mole

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The Americans

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

Philip is playing the video game Defender, but that doesn’t last long. Henry takes over the game as Elizabeth and Paige enter the house, clearly in a state of distress.

Paige just watched her mother kill a would-be attacker in a parking lot, and now the girl is grappling with just how deadly her parents may be in their secret roles as Soviet spies.

“Don’t we have to call the police?” Paige asks.

“We can’t draw any attention to ourselves,” her mother answers.

“Did you have to do that?” her daughter replies.

“Yeah. I did.”

Paige is overwhelmed. “I feel sick,” she says.

If she only knew the half of it.

So begins the penultimate episode of season 4 of The Americans, which is building toward … we don’t really know. The infiltration of the bio-weapons lab?

Philip tells Paige he has to leave, “for work,” per usual. Her mother, not exactly the nurturing type, stays behind with her daughter. She explains that she was trained to defend herself.

“It was just so fast, and I didn’t even know what was happening. I was just so scared … And you didn’t seem upset after. You were, like, calm. How could you be calm? You killed him … mom.”

“I wasn’t going to let him hurt you. Then it was all happening so fast,” Elizabeth answers.

Now a question she can’t answer. At least, not honestly. “Have you done that before?” her daughter asks.

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“To protect myself, yeah.”

“How many times?”

Elizabeth shakes her head. “I don’t know.” Too many to count.

“Were you scared?”

Elizabeth doesn’t answer this one.

NEXT: Elizabeth’s other kills…