What do you need to know about tonight’s episode of The Americans? What were the best moments? Everything you need to know is here.
After the mysterious murders of fellow spies, Emmett, Leanne, and their daughter Amelia, things are tenser than ever with the Jennings. Elizabeth is on the constant look out for threats, even from the supposed safety of her home. She distrustfully eyes everybody, from maintenance men across the street to cars following her on the highway. While Phillip is away, she is forced to do double duty as mom and spy. A green Nicaraguan spy calls for help after her date with a future senator and possible asset goes wrong when he overdoses on cocaine. Elizabeth helps her out by saving his life, his career, and the young woman’s hold on him. Elizabeth knew what it was like to be as inexperienced and afraid as this poor young spy and is starting to yet again feel that fear. She later tells Phillip that she always knew she could end up like Emmett and Leanne, but she never considered that her children could be collateral damage.
First of all, congratulations to Matthew McConaughey for his Oscar win tonight. No doubt a small part of his win has to do with his incredible performance as Rust Cohle and the True Detective phenomenon. Unfortunately, tonight’s episode overlapped with the Oscars.
Hart Was On Point With His Insults:
His hatred of Cohle sure resulted in some great one-liners.
- “Time has a way with us all. You must have pissed him off.”
- “If you were drowning, I’d throw you a fucking barbell.”
- “You told yourself this story and kept drinking it ‘til you believed it.”
What’s Hart Been Doing Since 2002?
Hart lasted 4 more years on the force, before retiring to become a PI. (In case you were wondering if this show could get any grosser, he left after a tweaker tried to dry an infant in the microwave.) Since then he’s been trolling Match.com and gaining a beer belly.
Hannibal’s much anticipated season two premiere sure opened with a smash. Beginning 12 weeks in the future, we are treated with the sort of epic fight scene that only a food-obsessed, epically violent show like Hannibal could deliver.
We begin with Jack Crawford coming into Hannibal Lector’s kitchen during what was presumably a nice dinner meeting. (Hannibal smiles like they’ve been getting along.) But Jack’s face is filled with quiet anger. In Red Dragon, Will discovers that Hannibal is a killer by seeing his drawings and putting the clues together. Could Jack’s discovery be similar?
Elizabeth returns home after recovering from the gunshot wound she received at the end of last season. She is immediately thrown back into the fray, attending her child’s birthday party and having sex with a target for a mission during the course of a single day. She and Phillip work together with another spy couple, Emmett and Leanne, who are strikingly similar, set with a fake marriage, two children, and a convincingly perfect life.
FX currently airs some of the best shows on television. With Justified, Archer, Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Louie, it really is an embarrassment of riches for a single network. FX is the rare network that allows show runners to do their own thing, with minimal interference. That alone should be a glowing endorsement for The Americans, a series that follows two KGB spies during the Cold War.
Elizabeth and Philip Jennings have been undercover as normal US citizens for over a decade. By day they pretend to be the perfect married couple and parents to two children, but when nobody’s looking they’re espionage superstars. If that description isn’t enough to entice you, here are a few more reasons why you should start watching The Americans.
True Detective is truly a show that can’t just be watched once. After re-watching the last two episodes, I saw at least a dozen things I never saw before. My theories shift ever few seconds. In one viewing, I’m convinced that Hart is the killer, due to his volitaile behavior, MESSED UP daughter, and eagerness to kill LeDoux in an instant. In the next viewing, I fully believe that Hart and Cohle are faking their rift to continue their investigation. Every viewing and new scene changes my perspective in almost every way.
One thing that never changes for me: True Detective is a show unlike any other. It may share tropes with other mystery and detective shows, but it is unique in the best way possible. It’s tough to choose only a few best moments in every episode. Here are a few highlights from “Haunted Houses:”
Who knew Michonne could be so funny? “Claimed” proves that the intense sadness and suspense of the end of the world can also have its fair share of levity. Michonne, who recently reconnected with Carl and Rick, has lifted a huge weight off her shoulders after letting go of the pain and guilt she was carrying about her deceased toddler son, Andre. As a result she’s become the sort of person who stuffs cheese wiz in her face in one scene and is able to talk about her past in the next. If only the show could solely be about the adventures of Michonne and the Grimes boys.
The chemistry between these three characters is incredible. Rick and Carl are arguably the heart of the show. They both have the strongest survival instincts, mixed with a familial bond that makes them much more compelling than characters that are adrift. The growing friendship between Michonne and Carl is fascinating. The show could have easily had Carl be a stand in for her lost child, but really she treats him as if he were a best friend. And as Rick points out, a friend is exact what Carl, and the rest of them, really need.