The Americans The Committee for Human Rights S5E7 Recap – In the previous episode , Philip is becoming more withdrawn and introspective as he remembers the harsh living conditions of his childhood in the Soviet Union. He is disturbed to learn from Gabriel that his father worked as a guard in a work camp for political prisoners. In other developments, Gabriel seems to have reached his limits and tells the Jennings that he’s returning home to Russia. Stan has pushed his bosses to the limits by threatening to come clean about FBI dirty work unless they back off from blackmailing Oleg. Elizabeth has been given a new assignment which requires snooping in the files of a psychiatrist. All in all, life has become more precarious for the Jennings as they have, in Gabriel’s words, seen too much and know too much.
The Americans The Committee for Human Rights S5E7 Recap
Episode 7 begins where last episode left off. Paige has been introduced to Gabriel at the safe house. She may not know all the secrets but there’s a lot she’s figured out. Still, she has many questions and gets partial answers from Gabriel and her parents. Paige was a little surprised to hear that “he [Gabriel] knows everything about me.”
Paige’s reaction to the insider knowledge of her parents’ spying is the most intriguing and featured part of Episode 7. Hers is an interesting dilemma. Elizabeth and Philip are also searching for resolution of the predicament. Ultimately, they remain in suspense, and so do we.
Here’s what we do know however. Paige has lowered the boom on Matthew, telling him she can ‘no longer be his girlfriend.” That news is greeted with relief by Philip and Elizabeth, though both parents know teen romance and breakups mean tears and wild emotional swings.
Paige herself is weighing moral issues regarding her parents’ occupation. When Philip comes in from what must have been an exhausting round with crazy Deidre, Paige has more questions about the wheat research spying. “Were you working on the grain thing? How’s it going? I knew America did terrible things but I never thought they’d mess with people’s food.”
She’s still naïve enough to suggest her parents go to the press and tell them what’s going on. Ironic that she mentions Watergate. One could only imagine what she’d think if she could see into the future of private government servers, hackers, leakers, Bradley Mannings, and government spying on political candidates.
The actual scene of Paige breaking up with Matthew is heartbreaking. He wants to take her to the movies. No, she doesn’t want to go. She puts him off with “You don’t know me, Matthew.”
He tries to hold her hand but she pushes him off, an eruption, not the reasoned calm Paige we have come to know. Teen angst. She goes home to mope in her room, and looks over the titles on her bookshelf. Das Kapital is among them, the door to a world she’s not sure she wants to enter. Good thing, for at the time this takes place, the Soviet Empire is fraying at the edges.
In another scene , Gabriel ventures an opinion about Paige. Philip and Elizabeth have been back and forth on the issue of Paige. Believing her relationship with Matthew was dangerous, they had to let her see behind the secrecy. They hoped she would understand why they were afraid of being found out. At the same time they wondered if she might be brought into the enterprise.
It was Philip who always wanted to keep her out of it. While saying goodbye to Philip in the safe house, Gabriel turns to him with a message of foreboding: “You were right about Paige. She should be kept out of all this.”
Other pieces were moved on the espionage chess board of “The Americans.” Elizabeth breaks into the psychiatric offices and steals the files that Gabriel sent her for. That’s still a puzzle; the file she’s retrieved is one done up by the American Psychiatric Association. It is titled: “Committee for Human Rights.”
The question there is why the APA would be contracted by U.S. Intelligence to foment political unrest in the Soviet Union. It probably happened in some manner or degree, though I can’t be sure myself. The show is generally well researched with consultants in the intelligence community. Note to self: Google it.
Philip continues to work Deirdre who turns into an even weirder bird than she first appeared. Wooing her shows true dedication to the job. Elizabeth has more work to do with Stobert but this time she and Philip are tailing him together. Elizabeth is in for a surprise when the morally self-congratulating and fake pillar of virtue is spotted going arm-in-arm into a club with a blonde woman. All the while professing his love for Brenda – err… Elizabeth.
The club scene is filmed in a long shot. Could it possibly be Renee? Philip asks Gabriel point blank about Renee. It’s one of the few times Gabriel shows a mean streak: “Are you serious? You’re losing it, Philip.”
On the other hand, Gabriel hedges his bet, saying the center wouldn’t tell him if she was an agent. “As far as I know, she’s not one of us,” he says.
Stan Beeman has a lot of balls in the air as he tells new girlfriend Renee about his troubles at the FBI. He’s off the hook there, at least temporarily, for having threatened to blow the lid off a bad shooting he did some years back. In return for his silence, the CIA has agreed to back off from blackmailing Oleg Burov in Moscow.
The whole episode with Burov has made Stan intensely cautious about what he does in his capacity of FBI officer investigating foreign intelligence. He and Aderholt are still trying to pull in a recruit, a Russian woman who works for TASS, the Soviet propaganda arm.
Differences in philosophy with Aderholt cause a chill in their relationship. The woman is frightened. Aderholt is overly reassuring, deceitful, telling her there’s nothing to worry about. Stan’s telling her just the opposite – they can’t guarantee her safety nor that of her son.
There are no good guys, no bad guys in this series, just a huge gray area of misunderstandings and suspicions that result in suffering and dead people.
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The Americans The Committee for Human Rights S5E7 Recap characters and cast include:
Elizabeth Jennings – Keri Russell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Felicity, August Rush, Mission: Impossible III, Dark Skies, Austenland, Leaves of Grass, Waitress)
Philip Jennings – Matthew Rhys (Brothers & Sisters, Titus, Love and Other Disasters, Death Comes to Pemberley, The Edge of Love)
Stan Beeman – Noah Emmerich (The Truman Show, Little Children, Warrior, Super 8, Blood Ties, Pride and Glory, Miracle, Windtalkers, Cop Land)
Henry Jennings – Keidrich Sellati
Paige Jennings – Holly Taylor
Oleg Burov – Costa Ronin (Agent Carter, Red Dog, The Last Resort)
Agent Aderholt – Brandon J. Dirden (Public Morals, Good Friday, Ir/Reconcilable)
Gabriel – Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon, The Ninth Gate, Superman Returns)
Matthew Beeman – Danny Flaherty (The Wolf of Wall Street, Hope Springs, King Jack, The Leftovers)
Yelena Burova – Snezhana Chernova
Benjamin Stobert – Brett Tucker (Neighbours, Thor: The Dark World, McLeod’s Daughters, Mistresses)
Norm – Russell G. Jones (The Ticket, A Most Violent Year, Side Effects, The Night Of, Godless)
Marilyn – Amy Tribbey (Every Secret Thing, House of Cards)
Pastor Tim – Kelly AuCoin (House of Cards, The Kingdom, Billions, TURN: Washington’s Spies, The Slap)
Renee – Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead, The Shield, Major Crimes, The X-Files)
Deirdre Kemp – Clea Lewis (Ellen, Doubt, The Affair, Royal Pains)
Wolfe – Peter Jacobson (House, Transformers, As Good as It Gets, Cars 2, Ray Donovan, Colony)