Itâ€™s all about manipulation, isnâ€™t it? Philip is using Kimmy to get information the Centre desperately needs, but he isnâ€™t willing to sleep with her for it. I applaud that decision. Sheâ€™s fifteen. And itâ€™s not like I approve of all their other tactics â€“ which sometimes include murder, planned or accidental â€“ but this is a serious line Iâ€™m very glad Philip isnâ€™t willing to cross (yet and hopefully never with a teenage girl). If he has to maintain this relationship for continued access to Kimmyâ€™s father, he might be willing to have sex with Kimmy when sheâ€™s older. But for now, Iâ€™m glad heâ€™s holding firm. The problem? When Philip tells Kimmy he wants to take things slow, she isnâ€™t necessarily on board with that.
And thatâ€™s the thing about teenage rebellion, isnâ€™t it? Or actually rebellion at any age. If someone is looking for an instant result â€“ like sleeping with a much older man behind their parentâ€™s backs â€“ and things arenâ€™t progressing as expected, things have to change. So while it may have seemed like Kimmy was ok with Philip wanting to wait, the next time Philip sees her sheâ€™s definitely cooled towards him. But Philipâ€™s been doing this for a while and he knows he needs something else to entice her with. So he decides to tell her why heâ€™s going to church. And hereâ€™s where Philip uses some of the truth to construct a pretty great lie about his long-lost son. Not only is Kimmy moved by his story, but itâ€™s what gets her to recommit. She wants to be there for him while he tries to be a better person.
Itâ€™s interesting that Gabriel also tries to manipulate Philip, but I donâ€™t think heâ€™s successful. He knows Philip is hesitant to start anything physical with Kimmy so he brings up Philipâ€™s son Misha. Well, he brings up Irina and the fact that sheâ€™s been captured and will have to face a trial back home. He also tells him heâ€™s been keeping tables on Misha, whoâ€™s a soldier and is well respected by his superior officers. Heâ€™s just like Philip in a lot of ways. I think I understand what Gabriel was trying to do, but I donâ€™t think that was a good card to play. Gabriel is someone both Philip and Elizabeth love and respect, someone theyâ€™ve trusted for a long time but I felt like that was a pretty obvious ploy for control over Philip. But Philip is a very different person than Elizabeth. When Gabriel talks to Elizabeth later, he worries that Philipâ€™s lost faith in him. And he reminds Elizabeth that she hasnâ€™t done anything about Paige yet.
Iâ€™m not sure what I was expecting, but I like how Elizabeth is trying to be more honest about who she and Philip really are. I like that sheâ€™s telling Paige about her activist roots and that not everything can be achieved legally. But while Paige and Elizabeth do seem to be getting closer and bonding, Philip canâ€™t seem to catch a break with Paige. I love everything he said to her while he was helping her hang her posters, but she wasnâ€™t listening. She thinks both of her parents are trying to talk her out of being religious and going to church, so her guard is up. And I guess it should be, especially since Elizabeth has started trying to recruit her. Itâ€™ll be interesting to see how this all plays out.
- Nina plays her part well and gets information out of Evi. Nina had to form a genuine bond with her to do it though and she seems to regret her part in it when the guards come to take Evi away.
- Stan seems to be moving on. His date with Tori goes well enough that theyâ€™re making out in his house later that night. Although itâ€™s clear to both us and Tori that Stan is thinking about Sandra, things still progress.
- Elizabeth is training Hans very well, because heâ€™s able to get them some very valuable information on a South African intelligence officer. It could pay off big for them.
The Americans airs Wednesday at 10/9c on FX.
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