Critic Consensus: "Immersion" establishes subtle parallels through multiple narrative strands, patiently setting the stage for the inexorable eruption of long-simmering conflicts.

Episode Info

A secret brings Elizabeth and Paige together. Back in Moscow, Oleg's own secrets put him under KGB suspicion and a new twist in the Morozov operation creates an opportunity that changes everything.


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 Immersion

The relative silence of men like Stan and Dennis and Philip isn't about restraint, I don't think. It's about embarrassment over what they'd be forced to say if they spoke any louder.

Apr 26, 2017 | Full Review…

"Immersion" struck me as purposeful in its aimlessness. Something's coming, and once we know what it is, a lot of this season will snap into place.

Apr 26, 2017 | Full Review…

"Immersion" is another excellent episode of The Americans (most are) because it gives us the tiniest peak at all the various burdens and unspoken transformative experiences these characters carry around.

Apr 26, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Something's been lacking for a lot of this year, and "Immersion" helped me recognize it.

Apr 26, 2017 | Full Review…

It was also nice seeing Henry at home with his friends, his secrets protected by Stan and Paige's protected by her parents.

Apr 26, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The scene where Elizabeth tells Paige about her rape-the most effective scene in "Immersion"-brings up a recurring question about child rearing that's all the more complicated when the parents are Soviet agents.

Jun 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Last week's episode of The Americans is tough to top... This one has more tension than some previous episodes, but it returns to place-setting for action that may take place in the final episodes of the season.

Apr 26, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

"Immersion" reveals how the show's taut web of relationships doesn't need flashy action to thrum with tension.

Apr 26, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

More haunting is the cruel irony with which Oleg Burov (Costa Ronin), simply for wanting to find out more about why his mother, Yelena (Snezhana Chernova), spent time in a gulag, has placed another target on his back.

Apr 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Immersion picks up immediately after the last episode, with Philip driving home after his final conversation with Gabriel, totally gutted by his handler's warning about bringing Paige into this line of work.

Apr 26, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…