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The Americans takes a gripping path in the typically well-acted "The Summit" as tensions mount, loyalties are further tested, and a central relationship reaches a breaking point -- as well as a potential turning point.
[Philip's] speech is as huge as the moment itself.
Elizabeth is disillusioned and as hard-headed as usual, but [Phillip's] questioning actually strikes a chord.
"The Summit" is driven by moments of incredible tension, but somewhat uniquely for The Americans, those moments center on things that don't happen.
Elizabeth's Mrs. Robinson routine on Jackson is so elegantly scripted on her part, from the casual "oops" of the underwear on the couch to a conversational path that leads right to the bed.
Philip has long been a tragic figure, but I swear Rhys has found a way to collapse his body by several inches; that's how worn down he's become.
It's fitting that "The Summit," as exacting -- and excruciating -- a portrait of ambivalence as any in The Americans' annals, should turn on the season's two stubbornest characters.
I once said The Americans is a great show for faces. I'll now go a step further: The Americans is the greatest show for faces.
This was an astounding installment and one in which Renee discovered she had an interview at the FBI. Is she the next wave? What's next?
"The Summit" ultimately works as season six's designated turning point. Here, characters make their goals known and we finally see somewhat of an endpoint on the horizon.
Six seasons in... Elizabeth is finally starting to have doubts about her homeland... Has she become do dedicated to the Soviet cause that she's lost her humanity?
I couldn't even finish my muffin.
It has taken Elizabeth forever, it seems, to get to this moment of full self-awareness... But it's still better for her, better for the world, and much better for The Americans as we head into the home stretch.