Critic Consensus: "Pests" heightens the tension of this season's arc while advancing relationships and inching viewers closer to some inevitable key reveals -- and retaining the show's dark sense of humor.
as Philip Jennings
as Elizabeth Jennings
as Paige Jennings
as Henry Jennings
as Stan Beeman
as Sandra Beeman
as Martha Hanson
as Agent Frank Gaad
Critic reviews for Pests
"Pests" continued to amp up the tension while allowing much-needed comedic relief. The Jennings are adjusting to their new vision of the world, and Paige's lens has a strong focus.
The Americans makes it impossible to ever feel at ease. The bugs are always crawling, the germs are always spraying into the salad bar.
Continuing this wild ride will be worth the price of admission.
While last week's season premiere blew out the big picture to become even bigger, "Pests" brings the show's various threads back down to a more personal level, where you can see their frayed ends.
"Pests" points to The Americans' enduring strength, which is the force it exerts in even its most circumspect moments.
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