Critic Consensus: "Chloramphenicol" delivers a shocker of an ending that turns The Americans on its head in a dynamic, pivotal episode.

Episode Info

Patriotism is tested after a flaw during a mission puts Philip; Elizabeth; William; and Gabriel in danger while Nina puts her life on the line back in Russia.


Matthew Rhys
as Philip Jennings
Keri Russell
as Elizabeth Jennings
Holly Taylor
as Paige Jennings
Keidrich Sellati
as Henry Jennings
Noah Emmerich
as Stan Beeman
Susan Misner
as Sandra Beeman
Alison Wright
as Martha Hanson
Richard Thomas
as Agent Frank Gaad
Lev Gorn
as Arkady
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Critic Reviews for Chloramphenicol

Fans of FX's terrific espionage thriller, The Americans were shocked Wednesday night as a slow-paced episode ended in a deadly twist.

Apr 7, 2016 | Full Review…

She had imagined forgiveness and freedom and plane tickets and America. Instead, she is dead, carried away so hastily that only a small puddle of blood could seep out of her head onto the floor.

Apr 7, 2016 | Full Review…
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The blood from her skull pools on the floor just a few feet away, like the last traces of a beautiful dream that, by the time you wake up, you've already begun to forget.

Apr 7, 2016 | Full Review…

A legacy - a future - is becoming more and more pressing for Elizabeth, making her choice not to kill Pastor Tim nor to flee from the Centre all the more telling. This is a defining moment for Elizabeth.

Apr 7, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The ending of "Chloramphenicol" is like a giant weight hanging over everything else. This, too, shall come to everybody on the show.

Apr 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Leave it to The Americans to include one of the series' happiest moments in the same dang episode containing one of the saddest. Dry your eyes, viewers of tonight's damn fine "Chloramphenicol."

Apr 7, 2016 | Full Review…

It's another powerful hour, and one that places in doubt the future of all characters we have come to care about.

Apr 7, 2016 | Rating: 4.75/5 | Full Review…

Here in "Chloramphenicol" the tragedy of Nina comes to an appropriately tragic conclusion.

May 19, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Nina's awful, inevitable fate is the true gut punch in "Chloramphenicol."

Jun 1, 2018 | Full Review…

It's strange we didn't see this coming.

Apr 7, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…