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The Americans Recap Season 3, Episode 10, "Stingers"

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The Americans Recap: Season 3, Episode 10, “Stingers”

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The Americans Recap: Season 3, Episode 10, “Stingers”

“We go to work, we hold our breath,” Philip (Matthew Rhys) counsels Elizabeth (Keri Russell) in tonight’s episode of The Americans, and though he’s referring to the emotional ambush that arrives midway through “Stingers,” he might well be describing the series itself. To watch The Americans is always to be waiting, much like the characters, for the other shoe to drop, and yet each episode depicts such a profusion of new developments that it becomes possible to lose sight of the long game. Rather ingeniously, then, “Stingers” deploys the recent distractions of mail robots and anti-apartheid agitators to surprise the viewer as surely as Paige (Holly Taylor) surprises her parents: When the truth comes out, it does so without warning, a reminder of the consequences the characters face when they let their attention drift.