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Oleg Igorevich Burov
The Great Patriotic War Videos
The family of spies has been divided, and it's hard to see anyone going back to the way things were during "the old days -- like, the pre-Renee days."
I can't see this as bonding between a mother and her adult daughter. It's a psychological honeytrap.
It was a packed episode, with some welcome, though brief, interludes of tenderness and humor.
Did any of you conclude that episode by thinking, "Brilliant. Now I have to go throw up"?
[It is] the rare super-sized drama episode that earns every extra minute, and never feels padded or self-indulgent, thanks to a marvelous and weighty script by Hilary Bettis and the usual precise direction from the great Tommy Schlamme.
"The Great Patriotic War" is my favorite episode of season five so far, remarkably taut for something that indulges in one of modern TV's most bothersome habits. It runs long, but it runs long with purpose.
Unlike the previous episodes, which simmered with Elizabeth and Philip's suppressed contempt for one another, "The Great Patriotic War" is an episode bursting with explosive revelations for the two of them.
Pain is a wheel and it rolls along, picking up speed and crushing others under its path. Philip Jennings may have just become the first person in the history of The Americans to merely step off of the wheel.
"Something's wrong with you," Kimmy tells Philip, though in an episode of slippages she might be speaking of anyone. "I know, but I'm trying my best," Philip replies, and so might he. Aren't we all?