Amber Waves – The Americans s5e1

The Americans s5e1 – The Americans, Season 5, Episode 1, “Amber Waves” begins with a comparison and contrast of the state of agriculture in America circa summer 1984, with bountiful harvests, and in Russia, with food shortages, empty store shelves, and long lines at the grocery stores. In that context, Philip and Elizabeth are running another operation aimed at an agricultural expert the CIA brought out of the USSR, who is now working for the Americans. They have recruited a high school student named Tuan, who is pretending to be their adopted Vietnamese-American, son, to get at the expert through his son, Pasha, who is still struggling because of his lack of English. They pose as an airline pilot and flight attendant.

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Meanwhile, Oleg is sent back to Moscow for a new assignment, ferreting out graft and corruption in the Soviet food industry. The Soviet leadership is blaming the shortage of food in the USSR and its dependence on American grain to stave off famine on crooks in the system and not on the system itself.

Also, Philip and Elizabeth have to deal with Paige. They don’t like the fact that she is keeping company with Stan’s son Matthew. Paige is also having nightmares brought on not only by seeing Mom kill people but also by the knowledge that her parents are enemies of her country. Elizabeth tries to instill some self-confidence in her daughter by teaching her basic self-defense techniques.

Finally, Mischa, Phillip’s other son, manages to slip out of Russia and make his way to Yugoslavia. Gabriel and Claudia, Philip’s and Elizabeth’s handlers, are aware of this development and are sure that he is on his way to America to reconnect with his father.

The climax of the episode involves Philip, Elizabeth and a group of operatives sneaking onto the base where bioweapon research experiments are being conducted, where they start digging a large hole at a certain spot. What are they digging up?

It turns out that it is the body of William, the operative who had infiltrated the bioweapon facility and had infected himself with a virus to avoid being interrogated when he was captured. They take a sample of his flesh so that Soviet experts can analyze the weapon. But Hans, one of the operatives, slips and falls, cutting his glove, exposing himself.

Elizabeth tells him everything is ok. Then she shoots him in the head. Hans and William will now spend eternity together, two more casualties of the Cold War.

Additional thoughts on The Americans Amber Waves s5e1

Other reviews of The Americans by TV Eskimo:

4.13 Persona Non Grata
4.12 A Roy Rogers in Franconia
4.11 Dinner for Seven
4.10 Munchkins
4.9 The Day After
4.8 The Magic of David Copperfield V. The Statue of Liberty
4.7 Travel Agents
4.6 The Rat
4.5 Clark’s Place
4.4 Chloramphenicol
4.3 Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow
4.2 Pastor Tim
4.1 Glanders

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Characters and cast of The Americans s5e1 Amber Waves 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)
Phillip 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 CarterRed 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)
Wolfe – Peter Jacobson (House, Transformers, As Good as It Gets, Cars 2, Ray Donovan, Colony)
Mischa Semenov – Alex Ozerov (Cocnut Hero, Blackbird, Natasha, Orphan Black, Bitten)
Hans – Peter Mark Kendall (Louder Than Bombs, Time Out of Mind, Chicago Med, Girls, The Leftovers)
Yelena Burova – Snezhanan Chernova (The Louise Log, No Love In the City)
Mrs. Morovoz – Irina Dvorovenko (Forever, Power, Flesh and Bone)
Pasha Morovoz – Zack Gafin
Igor Burov – Boris Lee Krutonog (The Hunt for Red October, The Italian Job)
Tuan Eckert – Ivan Mok
Alexei Morovoz – Alexander Sokovikov (House of Cards)
Claudia – Margo Martindale (Million Dollar Baby, The Hours, August: Osage County, The Good Wife, Justified, Dexter, 28 Days, Heaven Is For Real)
Norm – Russell G. Jones (Traffic, A Most Violent Year, The Night Of, Turntable)