Buy it Now: The Americans Season 4
Season 4 of this period drama begins with Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) dealing with the fallout from the previous season as the FBI learns about Gene’s suicide. Later: tensions rise in the Jennings house due to a secret involving Paige (Holly Taylor) and a a serious flaw in their mission tests the patriotism of Philip, Elizabeth, William, and Gabriel.
¡°Don¡¯t do this, Paige, ¡± he said. He wished he could be ¡°like them¡± ¡ª a pretty wife, a lucky husband, a couple of kids, living the American dream. As William lay dying ¡ª the putrefaction of his insides probably sped by his violent laughter when Agent Aderholt, exhibiting well-meaning American cluelessness, asked if he wanted a Coke ¡ª he coughed up, in his delirium, one tiny bit of information to add to Stan and Dennis¡¯s hazy picture of the Jenningses. The episode wrapped up the biological weapons plotline ¡ª another long, expensive, dangerous operation carried out for no good reason ¡ª while planting seeds for the show¡¯s final two seasons. ¡± She has no idea because her parents are still shielding her from the truth, and now we¡¯ll see whether she defies them over Matthew. (Looking back to the end of Season 1 again, Stan will certainly connect this to the sketch of the married couple who forced a cleaning lady to bug Caspar Weinberger¡¯s office. ¡°You have no idea. No idea. In his summation of this season, my colleague James Poniewozik called it masterly and melancholy, and the finale, ¡°Persona Non Grata, ¡± stayed true to that spirit right through to the end. Paige and Philip were angry with each other because Stan had reported, gleefully, that Paige and Stan¡¯s son Matthew had been making out while watching the Super Bowl. Philip, having just been told by Gabriel that they should consider going home because the risks were piling up, was in no mood for indulging teenage hormones. ) The final scene captured the grim paradox of William¡¯s description: the Jenningses dream home looming over Philip and Paige in the dark, a repository of secrets, lies and deadly peril. Meanwhile, she continued to demonstrate her interest in her parents¡¯ work, asking Elizabeth to teach her some self-defense moves (so Mom won¡¯t have to stab anyone in the neck to protect her) and overruling Elizabeth on how to respond to the birth of Alice and Pastor Tim¡¯s daughter.
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The first season of ¡°The Americans¡± ended with high and violent drama ¡ª Elizabeth walked into an F.B.I. trap and was shot, and Claudia carried out a revenge assassination. On Wednesday night, Season 4 ended with the F.B.I. trying to spring another trap. But in keeping with the troubled lassitude that marked the whole season, the consequences were muted, and more depressing than violent. William, trapped by the Feds, infected himself with the Lassa virus and surrendered peacefully. Arkady was given 48 hours to leave the country. In the show¡¯s version of a cliffhanger, Philip and Elizabeth were left wondering whether it was time to pull up stakes and take the children to Moscow. (In the Season 1 finale, their Plan B if Elizabeth was caught was for Philip to take the kids to Canada. Montreal might look pretty good to Paige and Henry before long.)
The Writers Guild of America held their annual awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday, Febrary 19, celebrating the best writing accomplishments of the year across film, television, radio, and new media. Oscar frontrunner Moonlight earned the award for Original Screenplay, while sci-fi drama Arrival took home the trophy for Adapted Screenplay. In television, FX¡¯s The Americans beat Game of Thrones and Stranger Things to win the Drama Series category, while the same network¡¯s Atlanta took home a pair of awards for Comedy Series and New Series.
In a scene that sat apart from the episode¡¯s action but was central to the season¡¯s themes, Philip got up at an EST meeting and bared his soul, saying of his job, ¡°Every morning I wake up with this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.¡± (He was ostensibly talking about his job as a travel agent, which was funny since he actually seems to enjoy making people¡¯s travel arrangements.) The EST instructor countered by asking why he didn¡¯t just quit ¡ª ¡°Do you think the world would stop spinning? Because I got news for you. You ain¡¯t that important.¡± The discovery of William was the straw that broke the F.B.I.¡¯s back, on top of the bugging of Agent Gaad¡¯s office, the turning of his secretary and the accidental killing of Gaad. The gentlemanly rules of espionage had been abused and someone had to be punished, in this case Arkady. He wasn¡¯t the only K.G.B. operative heading home ¡ª Oleg asked for a transfer home to be with his distraught mother. When Oleg broke the news to Tatiana, she bit back her tears and called him ¡°a good son,¡± just as Arkady had earlier. That was a bit rich, given that Oleg¡¯s betrayal of the biological weapons operation led to Arkady¡¯s expulsion (not to mention William¡¯s death).
? Did the F.B.I. bungle yet another operation, moving in on William too early and missing the chance to bag Philip, who was waiting on a park bench for the Lassa virus handoff? Stan made the call that William had broken off the meet, but it wasn¡¯t clear to me that he had. Arkady¡¯s slighting reference to the Soviet domestic intelligence agency ¡ª he told Oleg that its work wouldn¡¯t be up to his standards ¡ª sounded like a coded dig at its American counterpart. ? In a lot of other shows, Gabriel¡¯s (unfounded) worries about William¡¯s loyalty would have led to an attempt to kill him in his highly secure biocontainment room. It says something about ¡°The Americans¡± that you never even considered the possibility that they¡¯d go there. ? Once again, an F.B.I. operation was a showcase for what had to be the worst period in American automotive design. ? Leonard Cohen¡¯s ¡°Who by Fire,¡± a meditation on the many ways we might die, was used under a scene in which Paige visited Alice in the hospital. While Pastor Tim held the new baby, Mr. Cohen droned, ¡°Who by something blunt, and who by avalanche, who by powder,¡± and the action cut to Elizabeth and Philip silently climbing into their car, having just been told they should escape before death and the F.B.I. catch up to them. 119 COMMENTS ? And if we¡¯ve seen the last of Arkady and Oleg, it will be a shame, because Lev Gorn and Costa Ronin have both been excellent as spies with consciences. ? Let us know what you thought of ¡°Persona Non Grata,¡± and of the fourth season of ¡°The Americans,¡± in the comments. Where were you on Jan. 22, 1984, when the Washington Redskins were blown out in the Super Bowl, 38-9, by the Los Angeles Raiders?