NOTE: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 3 Episode 5 & 6 of FX's The Americans, titled "Salang Pass" and "Born Again."
Oh, so much is happening, I can barely keep up.
Paige: 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. During the baptism 'celebration,' I watched the Jennings look uncomfortable at first. But was it just me or did that smile and urge to clap afterwards seem kind of spontaneous and sincere? When she catches Elizabeth smoking, they finally have a moment. Elizabeth sort of half-asses telling Paige she's going to the KGB for college. But I guess it's a start.
Philip: He's having trouble with all his ladies. Paige is annoyed that he doesn't think going to church is being true to herself. The teenager would rather get naked than listen to Pink Floyd. And she's getting nosy. I love that he's able to use Paige's religion to fend her off. And smoke her joints with Elizabeth. At least those two are sort of getting along now. And Irina's going to bubble back up with her son. Will he ever spill to Elizabeth?
Stan: Poor Stan. He's holding onto Nina, not his wife, right, in that scene with the EST lady? Meanwhile, Nina is doing her best to complete her mission. His friends are dying in the field, and he runs to Sandra. Maybe it's time for him to go back undercover again. The only time he gets to see Sandra and his son is when he's going off the rails.
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The Americans airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.