The Americans Recap: Off the Hook in 'Stingers'

NOTE: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 3, Episode 10 of FX's The Americans, titled "Stingers"


Forget Martha, it's all Paige now. All of that tension between Philip and Elizabeth was worthless, because Pastor Tim and Paige figured out something was wrong all by themselves.

A few things about the writing that blew my mind:

1) This show is always about families. When Elizabeth and Philip just sigh after the confrontation, it reminded me of my parents looking at me over dinners when I was in high school. Really, it's all about pubescent teens.

2) They offered Stan a dinner alone with the kids before. It could happen. Paige is moral and thinking about what's right. Philip needs to stop playing squash with him immediately.

3) Stan is this weird in-between character. He asks about Martha. He notices Paige. I thought his role was to be a fun sub-plot with Nina, and provide some anti-climatic tension with his FBI status. But this season? He comes closer to the front.

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The Americans airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.