Lotus 1-2-3



Critic Consensus: Deftly weaving disparate narrative strands, building to a gut-wrenching revelation, and finally closing on a quietly poignant note, "Lotus 1-2-3" adds another pitch-perfect entry to The Americans' riveting saga.

Episode Info

Philip and Elizabeth receive surprising news about Henry and shattering news about a past operation. Elsewhere: Stan might be falling in love, but Philip wonders if something darker is going on.


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 Lotus 1-2-3

"Lotus 1-2-3," this week's episode of The Americans, had me reaching for my mental quote book. (Not many physical ones contain Psychic TV.)

Apr 6, 2017 | Full Review…

For all the plates that are spinning, The Americans sure knows how to make the emotional moments land.

Apr 6, 2017 | Full Review…

This show, this beautifully crafted show, knows how to produce an episode with virtually no filler, no extraneous parts and where all the dramatic pieces fit together.

Apr 6, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

"Lotus 1-2-3" acknowledges that the aliases, cover stories, hairpieces and costumes of The Americans' acts of espionage cannot hide, much less heal, the still-raw wounds sustained in the course of the Jennings' many lives.

Apr 6, 2017 | Rating: 8.7/10 | Full Review…

What an extraordinary episode, and particularly in those closing minutes. The Americans tends to be at its best when Philip's emotional state is at its worst, and boy howdy is he not in a good place right now.

Apr 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Not only is the KGB's error horrifying, but Matthew Rhys's reaction to the truth is one of his finest moments on the show.

Jun 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The pace picks up a little bit in this episode as we finally come to understand the nature of the agriculture program Philip and Elizabeth are investigating and suspicions about Stan's new girlfriend are vocalized by our antiheroes.

Apr 6, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

"Lotus 1-2-3" is the third episode of The Americans directed by Noah Emmerich, and the producers just keep on handing him bombshells.

Apr 6, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

There's a messiness to this episode's narrative shards that are intriguingly united by the sense that every character on the show is at some kind of impasse.

Apr 6, 2017 | Full Review…

One thing seems sure: Whatever happens over the final season and a half, Philip and Elizabeth won't turn on each other.

Apr 6, 2017 | Full Review…