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.

Episode Info

Stan and Oleg wrestle with the harsh consequences of their complicated history as Philip and Elizabeth face a new mission with devastating implications for their country.


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 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.

Mar 15, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The Americans makes it impossible to ever feel at ease. The bugs are always crawling, the germs are always spraying into the salad bar.

Mar 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Continuing this wild ride will be worth the price of admission.

Mar 15, 2017 | Rating: 4.2/5 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 15, 2017 | Full Review…

"Pests" points to The Americans' enduring strength, which is the force it exerts in even its most circumspect moments.

Mar 15, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

"Pests" is another stellar entry in the show's catalogue.

Mar 15, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

While I'd argue it's essential to feel the boredom and exhaustion that the Jennings feel after so many years, Pests is simply too heavy on the exposition....it's good door-opening, but we're left wanting.

Jun 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Of the two sides, "Pests" takes a particularly grim view of American intelligence agencies and the lengths they're willing to go to notch a victory in the Cold War.

Mar 15, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Tuesday's episode of The Americans was quiet, dark and ominous. It was transitional - no one died, no big secrets were revealed, but uneasiness reigned.

Mar 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Look past the justifiably cagey way that it holds the cards of this season's arc to its chest and you will see that The Americans still dazzles for how it tautly parses its characters' emotional entanglements.

Mar 15, 2017 | Full Review…