The Americans - Season 5, Episode 2 - Rotten Tomatoes


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.

March 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.

March 15, 2017 | Full Review…

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

March 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.

March 15, 2017 | Full Review…

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

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

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

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

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