Cast & Crew
Oleg Igorevich Burov
"Tchaikovsky" is a move-the-needle episode with a number of strong moments that pop among the many minor moments.
Director Rhys conveys the imbalance of knowledge and power in this scene with a shot of mother and daughter on a hill, the former above the latter.
[Elizabeth is] doing it all without Philip now, she has Paige-a real agent-to consider, and everything is clearly taking its toll.
I find it rather interesting that at this point in the season, the "character" I'm most worried about is their marriage.
The lunch is mainly useful for hearing about the unsettled state of the White House... This is a nice callback to season one.
Never forget that The Americans is a show about parenting, and parents always want the younger generation to have it better than they did.
It was fun to see the unstoppable Elizabeth shutting up, sitting down and picking up a pencil for the immovable Erica.
What "Tchaikovsky" gave me with these characters was a renewed sense of how big the world of The Americans is, and how its terrain is littered with loose ends that could trip up Elizabeth, Philip, and Paige.
After the opening during the premiere and the music, especially, I expect there is a chance the Jennings' marriage will survive, so I'm holding out hope that the tiny cracks in Elizabeth that are near-impossible to comprehend are good signs.
There are some things in life you can't unsee, things that burn themselves into your brain and haunt you for the rest of your life. I've got to imagine "your mom's panicked face covered in a man's brains" is one of those things.
This interest in the meaning of work, both its cost and its worth, is the central feature of "Tchaikovsky," elaborated in so many contexts that the episode maintains its focus despite covering an immense amount of narrative terrain.