The Americans Recap: Is It Safe?

Episode nine of The Americans starts with a traumatic separation: Phillip and Elizabeth tell their children, Paige and Henry, that they’re splitting up. Things only get worse from there. The rest of this episode — ironically titled “Safe House” — is a compendium of trauma, disappointment, misery, and, at the end, horror. At the start of the season, all of the major characters seemed to be in stable orbits. Relationships (marriages, friendships, parent-child bonds) served as gravitational forces, anchoring the characters when they did bad things or grappled with fearsomely intense emotions. Now almost every major anchor is gone. Read More...


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