Critic Consensus: The stirring, deceptively simple "What's the Matter with Kansas?" probes the deepening layers of entanglements weighing on Philip, Elizabeth and Stan.
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
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Critic reviews for What's the Matter with Kansas?
The contrast between the two targets is very funny: Philip's quarry is a square he only barely manages to get his foot in the door with, while Elizabeth's is a granola-chewing, hiking-enthusiast hunk who could likely have his pick of any non-KGB-agent .
The Americans is finally picking up the narrative throughlines that really make it hum: blackmail and flirtations that blur the peculiar dynamics distorting the apparently bland social lives of everyone on this show. . .
"What's the Matter with Kansas?" is a deceptively simple episode that reveals layers of complexity in its last act.
It's fascinating, and sad, to see how alike Stan and Oleg have become, and to get a sense of how well the two would get along if there weren't thousands of miles of geographic and political difference between them.
In the best hour of the season so far, the effects of spying are wearing thin on both Philip and Elizabeth, and they're wearing their emotions more prominently than any disguise.
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