The Americans Dyatkovo Season 5 Episode 11 Recap – In the previous episode of “The Americans,” the FBI appears to have successfully recruited Sofia who has been to the dentist and now has a beautiful smile. Paige shows signs of being a chip off the old block by copying pages from Pastor Tim’s diary and showing what he’s written to her KGB parents. And while the Jennings must continue their seductions of Kemp and Stobert, romance is in the air for Philip and Elizabeth. They’ve gone to a real priest and gotten married the old fashioned way. Meanwhile, Burov is back in Moscow investigating corruption in the Soviet food distribution network.
The Americans Dyatkovo Season 5 Episode 11 Recap
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Episode 11 of “The Americans” is titled Dyatkovo. Fans of the show are accustomed to exotic Slavic names but Dyatkovo? A little research was needed to find out that Dyatkovo was a city taken over by the Nazis in 1941, retaken by partisans in 1942, taken again by the Nazis, and finally liberated by the Red Army in 1943. During the dark period of Nazi occupation, Dyatkova was also the scene of Nazi executions of Russian resistance fighters and soldiers.
This slice of Soviet history constitutes the sad and brutal heart of this latest episode. Claudia has a new assignment for the Jennings spy duo. It is to track a suspected former Nazi collaborator in Newton, Massachusetts where she has married the former U.S. Army medic she met in Germany after WWII.
All I Have is a Photograph
Taking on the assumed name of Natalie Granholm, the former Nazi collaborator now lives a ‘normal’ life as an American housewife who does good deeds and loves her grandchildren. The Jennings are given the task of determining whether Natalie is indeed the former collaborator. The Soviets have tracked Natalie by means clever but not certain.
Neither are Philip and Elizabeth certain of the woman’s identity – all they have is a photo to go on. As their mission develops, Elizabeth comes to believe they’ve found the right person. Philip is less sure, so eventually he and Elizabeth settle upon a home invasion where they catch Natalie alone. This is no fun, obviously – Philip has a pistol pointed at Natalie while Elizabeth subjects her to harsh interrogation and some hard smacks across the face. When Natalie’s husband comes home unexpectedly, he is exposed to Natalie’s secret past.
Elizabeth: Judge, Jury, and Executioner
It’s a horrifying scene, full of the contradictory points of view one has come to expect from “The Americans.” The Nazi war criminals created inhuman conditions for many, not to mention the holocaust. Natalie confesses her participation in mass execution of Russian soldiers. Should it matter that her murderous activities were coerced by the Nazis? But there were other indications of her being a willful collaborator – such as sleeping with Nazi officers.
Holding the gun on Natalie, Philip seems to be contemplating mercy and doesn’t fire. But the enraged Elizabeth, committed to Soviet ideology, whips out her pistol and suddenly shoots both Natalie and her entirely sympathetic husband in the head. It is a brutal summary execution. You’re disgusted, horrified, and yet you feel justified.
The strength and originality of “The Americans” TV series is that it sometimes demands that the audience asks hard questions of itself. Is there a statute of limitations on war crimes? Should naturalized American John Demjanjuk, convicted in Germany as accessory to the murder of 28,000 Jews at the Nazi’s Sobibor extermination camp, have been pardoned? Should Elie Wiesel, whose family was brutally murdered by the Nazis, have not bothered to track Nazi war criminals across the globe?
Elizabeth’s opinion was rendered with bullets to the head. Philip seems to have been deliberating in the courtroom of his head, or perhaps he was simply conducting a Nuremberg Trial. In any case, Elizabeth went for the sure thing – there was perhaps a bit of moral clarity in that. Where the horror of her act comes in is that, in her ideological purity, she is willing to kill the innocent (Natalie’s husband) along with the guilty.
Henry Jennings, Special Agent
Around that central nucleus of plot, there were other matters that needed attending. Bright boy Henry steps out of the shadows, demonstrating his thorough American upbringing. He is thrilled with a tour of Stan’s FBI headquarters where he gushes over the cool stuff in school English composition project.
When he reads an excerpt of his school paper to Stan, the honest and uber-rational FBI agent gives his blunt reaction: “You’re laying it on kind of thick there if you ask me, Henry.” Stan goes on to explain the atmosphere of suspicion and mistrust that impacts the personal and private lives of FBI agents. You can’t trust anyone, not your wife, not your children. “That sucks,” Henry suddenly realizes.
In Moscow, Oleg and his partner Ruslan are hot on the trail of black marketeers who bribe officials, pilfer foodstocks, and misdirect commodity shipments. They’ve gone higher in the corruption food chain and have now reached the intermediary Fomina. Ruslan has found a ledger kept in her desk drawer that shows where much of the food has disappeared to. She’s not at the top of the corruption pyramid but she’s a significant catch.
Ruslan tells her that maybe fifteen years in prison will convince her to give up her boss. But Fomina is defiant, expressing her contempt for the KGB. She believes that the corruption, the black marketeering, is the natural result of the Soviet system, its centralized economy, and lack of free markets.
In response to Oleg’s questions, she insists: “You have no idea what you’re talking about. This is how the whole country works. This is how people get fed. This is not going to change.”
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The Americans Dyatkovo Season 5 Episode 11 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)
Yelena Burova – Snezhana Chernova
Tuan Eckert – Ivan Mok
Claudia – Margo Martindale (Million Dollar Baby, August: Osage County, Sneaky Pete, The Good Wife, The Millers, Heaven Is For Real, Justified, Dexter, The Savages, 28 Days, Proof of Life)
Wolfe – Peter Jacobson (House, Transformers, As Good as It Gets, Cars 2, Ray Donovan, Colony)
Sofia Kovalenko – Darya Ekamasova
Ruslan – Ravil Isyanov (NCIS: Los Angeles, The Last Ship, The Good German, The Jackal)
Natalie Granholm – Irina Dubova (Abigail, Goodbye Vesna, Way in Rye)
Lydia Fomina – Julia Emelin (Fracture, Purim: The Lot, Memoria)
John Granholm – John Procaccino (Little Men, A Most Violent Year, Assassins, The Good Fight)