The Americans – Summertime Blues #6

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Special Summertime Blues Podcast #5
A look back at Season 1, Episode 6: Trust Me

Written by Sneha Koorse
Directed by Daniel Sackheime


This podcast contains unrestrained spoilers and references to future episodes and events – listen ONLY if you are completely caught up on the series! 

Wherein EndGame hosts Jambone and Tsar Misha struggle NOT to do a recap of every single episode of the entire show, then continue on their exploration of many character arcs and themes that resonate throughout the entire series, noting how events in the first season both echo and foreshadow events to come in subsequent seasons. This week they’re joined by special guest Katie Keenan who is not only a fan of The Americans, but also a creator and star of The Canadians on Funny or Die, and they toss in some Emmy nominations chatter as well. And once again they also set a personal podcast best with this one clocking in at about 2 hours and 45 minutes of in-depth discussion and analysis on this episode!

The Americans – Summertime Blues #5

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Special Summertime Blues Podcast #5
A look back at Season 1, Episode 5: COMINT

Written by Melissa James Gibson
Directed by Holly Dalee


This podcast contains unrestrained spoilers and references to future episodes and events – listen ONLY if you are completely caught up on the series! 

Wherein EndGame hosts Jambone and Tsar Misha struggle NOT to do a recap of every single episode of the entire show, then continue on their exploration of many character arcs and themes that resonate throughout the entire series, noting how events in the first season both echo and foreshadow events to come in subsequent seasons. They also set a personal podcast best, clocking in at almost 2 hours of in-depth discussion and analysis on this episode!

The Americans – Summertime Blues #4

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Special Summertime Blues Podcast #4
A look back at Season 1, Episode 4: In Control

Written by Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg
Directed by Jean de Segonzace


This podcast contains unrestrained spoilers and references to future episodes and events – listen ONLY if you are completely caught up on the series! 

Wherein EndGame hosts Jambone and Tsar Misha struggle NOT to do a recap of every single episode of the entire show, then continue on their exploration of many character arcs and themes that resonate throughout the entire series, noting how events in the first season both echo and foreshadow events to come in subsequent seasons. They also go into hyper-fanboy mode to gush over this particular episode, its beautifully crafted and integrated historical setting and the key character developments that still manifest in such a quick-moving and historically packed episode, earning it a solid Top 5 of All Time from both Jambone and Tsar Misha…

The Americans – Summertime Blues #3

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Special Summertime Blues Podcast #3
A look back at Season 1, Episode 3: Gregory

Written by Joel Fields
Directed by Thomas Schlamme


This podcast contains unrestrained spoilers and references to future episodes and events – listen ONLY if you are completely caught up on the series! 

Wherein EndGame hosts Jambone and Tsar Misha struggle NOT to do a recap of every single episode of the entire show, then continue on their exploration of many character arcs and themes that resonate throughout the entire series, noting how events in the first season both echo and foreshadow events to come in subsequent seasons.

The Americans – Summertime Blues #2

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Summertime Blues #2

This podcast contains unrestrained spoilers and references to future episodes and events – listen ONLY if you are completely caught up!

Wherein EndGame hosts Jambone and Tsar Misha struggle NOT to do a recap of every single episode of the entire show, then embark on the exploration of the beginnings of many character arcs and themes that resonate throughout the entire series, noting how events in the first season both echo and foreshadow events to come in subsequent seasons, and we begin to get a vague idea of just how deep our host Tsar Misha’s love for Nina runs…

The Americans – Summertime Blues #1

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Summertime Blues #1

Wherein EndGame hosts Jambone and Tsar Misha admit that they can’t even go a week without doing a podcast about The Americans, and so launch the Summertime Blues series wherein they’ll review key episodes over the course of the show with deep analysis of character and plot development in light of where we are now at the end of Season 5, along with background of historical events, predictions, bullshitting, and whatever else we feel like doing…

The Americans S5E13 – The Soviet Division

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S5E13 – The Soviet Division
Written by Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg
Directed by Chris Long

Wherein Pasha has a narrow escape, Pastor Tim hits the road, Tuan tells Phillizabeth he’s narc’d on them to his superiors but then gets a smackdown from Liz, the Renee Rorschach Test continues as she moves in with Stan due to “plumbing problems”, Evgheniya takes Pasha back home without Alexi, Martha gets a happy ending at last, Philizabeth decide to go home and wrestle with how to tell the kids, Henry gets accepted, Gennadi passes a test, Kimmy gets some bad news while Phillip learns some good news about her dad, and we learn how our host Tsar Misha got his picture taken in the Kremlin with Mikhail Gorbachev…

The Americans S5E12 – The World Council of Churches

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S5E12 – The World Council of Churches
Written by Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg
Directed by Nicole Kassell

Wherein Pastor Tim gets a new gig and offers Phillizabeth some parting advice, Phillizabeth break the news to Claudia that they want to go home, Claudia raises the lingering question of the kids, Paige tries to un-cross herself, Henry cooks dinner, Pasha gets his ass kicked, Oleg saves the MarthaMart lady and has a heart-to-heart with Mom and Dad, and we learn that Tuan has gone off the reservation in a big, big way…

The Americans – S5E11 – Dyatkovo

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S5E11 – Dyatkovo
Written by Joshua Brand
Directed by Steph Green

Wherein Phillip agrees to let a cold-opening Henry go to boarding school, Phillizabeth tells Claudia that Paige is OK with shuffling Pastor Tim off to South America then Claudia tells Philizabeth that, yes, the Lassa virus was used as a weapon in Afghanistan, and that the Center wants them to whack a Nazi collaborator they’ve tracked to the Boston area, we FINALLY get that Henry-Mail Robot scene we’ve waited five seasons for, Phillizabeth track down and ultimately eliminate the collaborator, and we learn, perhaps, where Elizabeth’s breaking point is…

The Americans – S5E10 – Darkroom

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S5E10 – Darkroom
Written by Stephen Schiff
Directed by Sylvain White

Wherein a Chicago Locker-Shocker has the Morozovs pining for home, Claudia plays dumb and then tells Phillizabeth that Operation Topeka Honeypot will continue indefinitely, a star hockey player shoots the puck and carries a pouch the FBI are most interested in, Mikhail and Nadezhda get married, and Phillizabeth finally learn what good ol’ Pastor Tim really thinks about them…