Cast & Crew
Oleg Igorevich Burov
Someone better yell "timber" because it's going down on The Americans.
I don't think it's a coincidence that in this very episode, Stan Beeman and Dennis Aderholt are at their chattiest, flush with success from finally infiltrating the Soviet "illegals" network...
While Elizabeth is suspiciously absent, Stan, newly enraged after the murder of Sofia and Ginaddi, gives a rousing toast to American exceptionalism. His obliviousness has never looked so sad.
The show may be pushing the marriage and Cold War and espionage metaphors a little too hard, but they're generally smart and effective in themselves.
As "Rififi" gathers its head of steam, it shows us how much Philip and Elizabeth miss one another, or at least miss what they once had.
We don't have much time left, and that ticking clock gets louder with each passing episode, even an emotionally potent one like this.
Despite the decidedly low-key response to last episode's gaping questions, there's plenty of drama to chew on in episode six.
The Americans celebrated an unseasonably chilly Thanksgiving this week... but did we witness a thaw in Philip and Elizabeth's cold war?
The beginning and ending contain the most important developments, but it's for the middle of "Rififi" that The Americans should be seen as a classic.
The pinnacle of anger and mistrust between Elizabeth and Philip was concurrent with Thanksgiving.