The Americans - Season 4, Episode 6 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Rat



Critic Consensus: An intense and satisfying episode, "The Rat" underscores the creators' penchant for uncomfortable, slow-burning, compelling storytelling as the seeds are sown for a key character's demise.

Episode Info

Martha faces the truth and new developments surface in William's work, forcing Jennings to face the realities of a biological war.


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 The Rat

The ball has started rolling, and there's no stopping it now. The rest of Season 4 is going to be one helluva ride.

April 21, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The Americans is that special kind of good television where you know it's good-and I mean this sincerely-because it's nauseating to watch.

April 21, 2016 | Full Review…

There's so much life left in The Americans. This is one of the better seasons with so much at stake. The emphasis on family has only made this series stronger.

April 21, 2016 | Rating: 4.8/5 | Full Review…

The episode was incredibly intense.

April 21, 2016 | Rating: 9.8/10 | Full Review…

Poor Martha indeed. The show may have been slow-playing the development of Alison Wright's character, but this season is certainly upping the ante considerably for her.

April 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Martha has realized her life is no longer her own. She was cornered ages ago, and this episode is all of the devastating fallout.

April 21, 2016 | Full Review…

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