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.

Apr 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.

Apr 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.

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

The episode was incredibly intense.

Apr 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.

Apr 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.

Apr 21, 2016 | Full Review…

William is a foreboding presence in "The Rat," the bearer of harsh news for Philip.

Jun 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Applause for actress Alison Wright. I think all fans of The Americans are amazed Martha has survived this long, but now she is truly teetering on the edge.

Apr 21, 2016 | Full Review…

"The Rat" is the latest demonstration of Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields' commitment to never getting too comfortable in their storytelling.

Apr 21, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

What a big role the theme of trust plays in The Americans, and given the extent to which we've seen Philip's trust in his bosses deteriorate this season, it makes sense that he'd be open to William's suggestions that he knows better than his superiors.

Apr 21, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…