Harvest

"Harvest" is episode seven of the final season of the acclaimed FX drama The Americans

Aired May 9, 2018

Written by Sarah Nolen

The Series:

The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. during the Reagan administration.  The arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but as the pressures and demands of the job grow heavier, the personal toll becomes almost too exhausting to bear.  Having revealed their true identities to their teenage daughter Paige (Holly Taylor), Philip and Elizabeth’s ability to protect their cover and their family’s safety deteriorates. 

Interviews: 

On the Set of The Americans Game-changing Episode, ‘Harvest’

by Jen Chaney 

http://www.vulture.com/2018/05/the-americans-harvest-behind-the-scenes.html

Why an Americans Writer Thinks Philip’s Actions in That Chicago Garage Were “Romantic”

by June Thomas

https://slate.com/culture/2018/05/the-americans-insider-podcast-for-episode-607-harvest.html

Press Quotes:

‘Harvest’ may be one of the most tense episodes of the entire series….It’s a testament to the The Americans, that happy moments […] only make the darkness more impenetrable.
— Entertainment Weekly, Anthony Breznican (May 9, 2018)
A final season that so far deserves consideration alongside Breaking Bad’s, The Sopranos’, and a handful of others’ as the medium’s all-time best.
— Paste, Matthew Brennan (May 9, 2018)
It’s a beautifully, brilliantly tense moment: Stan Beeman, dots connecting in his head, infiltrates the Jennings household, while Philip and Elizabeth are away ‘working on a travel agency emergency.’
— Vox, Todd VanDerWerff (May 9, 2018)
No show is as devoted to delayed gratification as this one, nor does quite as masterful a job of finding drama in every dead end. Everyone is on the brink of discovery at all times, but the teases never feel cheap when they’re this meticulously plotted.
— Vox, Caroline Framke (May 9, 2018)
★★★★★
— Vulture, Scott Tobias (May 9, 2018)
By traditional metrics, tonight’s episode of The Americans extends the series’ recent hot streak. But scored by a count of goosebumps, tensed muscles, and involuntary retches, ‘Harvest’ is the absolute top of the season-six heap.
— AV Club, Erik Adams (May 9, 2018)
The way [Stan] investigates his neighbor’s home features so many crucial choices by Emmerich…He’s torn, and Emmerich portrays that in measured detail. He’s very good, and no one will forget it.
— Indiewire, Ben Travers (May 9, 2018)