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