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'The Americans' recap: KGB spies struggle to infiltrate CIA

'The Americans' recap: KGB spies struggle to infiltrate CIA

It's November 1982 and the Soviet Union is in turmoil as “The Americans” period drama begins its third season on FX with Episode 301 (“EST Men”).

Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev has just died. The Cold War with the West is escalating, and young soldiers are returning in caskets as the Soviets battle relentless mujahedin fighters on their home turf in Afghanistan.

It’s also a tumultuous time for KGB spies Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell). While posing as ordinary American citizens dwelling in suburban Washington, they risk life imprisonment or worse as they struggle to infiltrate the CIA.

Then there’s the issue of their increasingly...

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