‘The Americans’ Recap: A Family of Spies in Danger

February 27, 2014 4:15 AM

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‘The Americans’ Recap: A Family of Spies in Danger

When we last left Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) things were a mess. It was nothing you wouldn’t expect from two K.G.B. agents posing as an American couple living in a cul-de-sac outside Reagan-era Washington: Their marriage was in jeopardy. Their mentor had just been murdered. Philip had just “married” the F.B.I. secretary who was feeding him secrets, and their daughter, Paige (Holly Taylor), was starting to suspect that they might be more than simply the hardworking owners of a travel agency. And then Elizabeth was shot in a set-up engineered by the F.B.I. agent Stan (Noah Emmerich) who is also their neighbor, who also needs a haircut. (Yes, it’s the ’80s, but he’s an F.B.I. agent, not an earth science teacher.)

This is good television, not great, and one thing that distinguishes them is the quality of the foreshadowing. When Elizabeth, driving away from the cabin where she recuperated, comes close to hitting a family of deer and reacts – big gasp, fluttering hand over attractive clavicle – more like the su...

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