The Americans season premiere recap: 'EST Men'

January 29, 2015 4:01 AM

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Season 3 of The Americans begins with Elizabeth Jennings sliding under the surface of her bathtub, down into its shallow depths and deep into her memory. She thinks back to roughly a decade ago, when her daughter Paige was a little girl scared to learn how to swim. Elizabeth comforts her daughter, soothing her while surveying the people present at the public swimming pool. Then, when no one's looking, she throws her daughter in.

The Americans has always been a show about marriage. Even now, as matters of parenthood become more and more relevant to the show's proceedings, it's exploring parenthood within the context of marriage, which is an important distinction to make. Most stories on this subject heavily emphasize the chi...

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