The Midges



Critic Consensus: "The Midges" further complicates things for the Jennings on the domestic front, advances the season's espionage stakes, and sneaks in a beloved character's return -- all before concluding in a messy burst of violence.

Episode Info

Philip and Elizabeth tell Paige more about the family business, but pressing new questions arise when an operation takes a ghastly and unexpected turn. Elsewhere: a sensitive package jeopardizes Oleg's life back home.


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 Midges

Drawing out scenes and storylines for as long as it can before pulling the trigger on our understanding of what the show is doing and why the show is doing it. "The Midges"...features what's bound to be one of the most talked-about examples.

Mar 23, 2017 | Full Review…

The energy that's gone into establishing the Morozov mission, coupled with the show's new thematic interest in hunger, temporarily sidelined the longer, more psychologically driven plots that make The Americans great.

Aug 29, 2017 | Full Review…

The Americans roils with intense feeling, but its pleasures are not volcanic in nature-its secrets and sentiments seep into the tiniest gestures, the most quotidian moments, until we realize the trickle's a flood.

Mar 23, 2017 | Rating: 9.2/10 | Full Review…

Martha's back! It felt inevitable we'd see her again at some point, but it's great to get confirmation here. In classic Americans style, it wasn't rushed... now we know she's potentially in play this season. When might she pop up again? We shall see.

Mar 23, 2017 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

Consider the slow start over. While episodes one and two of season 5 were delightful in their own expository way, "The Midges" announces that we are right in the thick of things now.

Mar 23, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The Jennings teach Paige an intimate technique, resulting in a great, tender moment...It's sweet, in a sense...but also disturbing because it's a veiled threat.

Jun 2, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Midges," which gets its name from the insects that Philip and Elizabeth and their supervisor, Gabriel (Frank Langella), believe is being used by Alexei to target the Soviet Union's wheat, impressively coils together its two major plot threads.

Mar 23, 2017 | Full Review…

"The Midges" is a bit of a slippery episode. It's a great collection of scenes -- "great" in terms of quality and number -- but it's hard to pin down the connective tissue between them.

Mar 23, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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All we know for the moment is that she's there, and alive, and as sad and Poor Martha as ever, and for the moment she not only helps to embody the food crisis, but the larger matter of what happens to people in whom Philip or Elizabeth take an interest.

Mar 23, 2017 | Full Review…

There were ideas flying around in the episode about identity and the loss of self, which involved lots of long looks between Elizabeth and Philip and required them to don Western drag.

Mar 23, 2017 | Full Review…