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'The Americans' Recap: Paige What Are You Doing? Please Stop.

Karen Fratti | Posted 06.23.2015 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

The whole season was slow burn -- there was a teeny tiny less violence than usual. Not so many shock and awe, or sit on the edge of your seat as the Jennings make their way out of a house just in time or something. This is about the unraveling of a family, a marriage, and the Cold War.

The Americans Recap: Are They Going to Kill Martha?

Karen Fratti | Posted 06.17.2015 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

Granny's back. Stan is at Martha's. We are heading into a finale and the stakes are higher than ever before. Are we all having mini strokes every Wednesday?

The Americans Recap: Off the Hook in 'Stingers'

Karen Fratti | Posted 06.07.2015 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

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.

All About Martha: The Americans Recap

Karen Fratti | Posted 05.26.2015 | TV
Karen Fratti

NOTE: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 3, Episode 9 of FX's The Americans, titled "Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?" People are not ...

'The Americans' Recap: Jesus Came Through for Me in "Born Again"

Karen Fratti | Posted 05.05.2015 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

It's hard to talk about Paige without talking about Elizabeth. Mothers are mothers, and Elizabeth loves her daughter. But not the way everyone else loves their kids.

'The Americans' Recap: Yaz and Baby Soft in "Dime Bag"

Karen Fratti | Posted 04.26.2015 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

After the cringeworthy dental scene last week (I had to recover), the most violent moment this episode is when Paige figuratively stabs her parents in the back by asking her pastor to dinner.

The Americans Recap: Breaking Down Bodies in 'Baggage'

Karen Fratti | Posted 04.08.2015 | TV
Karen Fratti

Apart from the fact that this was one of those episodes that makes me want to buy a new TV because it's so dark, my obsession with this show continues to grow.

'The Americans' Recap: Doing Something Bad in "EST Men"

Karen Fratti | Posted 03.31.2015 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

Catch up: Elizabeth has been going to church with Paige. She's learning that Paige is "open" to the ideas they need her to be open to, but not quite ready for a KGB confession.

The Americans 'Echo' Recap They Want Paige

Karen Fratti | Posted 07.22.2014 | TV
Karen Fratti

If you didn't think this was a great season finale, then something must be wrong with you.

The Americans Recap: Running to Nowhere in 'Operation Chronicle'

Karen Fratti | Posted 07.15.2014 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

There's a lot of foreboding, because even as Paige asserts herself, Elizabeth is starting to worry that this all is so unsustainable. How long until Paige is on a train to nowhere, getting answers to her long asked questions?

The Americans Recap: Church Camp and Control in 'Stealth'

Karen Fratti | Posted 07.08.2014 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 2, Episode 11 of FX's The Americans, titled "Stealth."

The Americans 'Behind the Red Door' Recap: Are You Mad At Me?

Karen Fratti | Posted 06.02.2014 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

No matter how adorable the new handler is, 'dignity for all' is starting to get very blurry. If it turns out that Granny's man was the one who's out to get them -- was that goodbye for good?

The Americans 'The Deal' Recap: Will Stan Snitch for Nina?

Karen Fratti | Posted 05.27.2014 | TV
Karen Fratti

It's way too early in the seasons for this kind of action. Oleg is talking to Beeman about Nina. Arkady is actually becoming a fleshed-out character with a personality and values. The divide between the American Way and the Russian Way is now glaringly obvious.