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The Americans Ep. 2.05 “The Deal” continues to build season’s central conflicts

26 March 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Americans Season 2, Episode 5 “The Deal”

Written by Angelina Burnett

Directed by Dan Attias

Airs Wednesday nights at 10pm Et on FX


A fundamental lesson for any “budding capitalist” (I’m talking to you, Oleg) is understanding the concept of value: and in the spy world, this idea does not boil down to dollars and cents, but advancements of principles and ideologies. With the life and loyalties of the very valuable mind of a Jewish physicist living in the United States available for trade, “The Deal” is an episode about value – not only what these characters value in their world, but how easy it is to reduce human life to a single metric, fighting a war to “save” humanity in the most inhumane way possible, another fascinating hour in a season of The Americans that’s beginning to build towards larger stories.

For the first time, “The Deal” expands the »

- Randy Dankievitch

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“Looking” Back At “Tales Of The City”

10 January 2014 9:22 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

With the premiere of HBO’s Looking still over a week away, this is the perfect time to remember another TV series about a group of gay (and straight) friends in San Francisco. It was 20 years ago today that Tales Of the City made its American television debut.

Based on the newspaper column–later book series–by Armistead Maupin, Tales centers around a found family living together in a boarding house at 28 Barbary Lane. Tenants include Mary Anne Singleton, a naive girl fresh off the bus from Cleveland, Michael “Mouse” Tolliver, a gay emigré from Florida, his best friend Mona Ramsey, a frustrated feminist copywriter, and Brian Hawkins, a leftie lawyer who dropped out and became a waiter. They all live under the eye of enigmatic landlady Anna Madrigal. Tales stars Laura Linney as Mary Anne, Marcus D’Amico as Mouse, Chloe Webb as Mona, Paul Gross as Brian and Olympia Dukakis as Mrs. »

- John

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