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"Faith — in your country, in your partner, in yourself — is a recurring theme in The Americans, and the introduction of organized religion into the mix is an interesting wrinkle, particularly when that religion preaches forgiveness, something Philip is having an increasingly difficult time providing for himself. It’s notable that Philip enters the church as Philip Jennings, not in one of the disguises he’d normally don for such a mission. (…) There’s something powerful about someone who manipulates and controls others from behind a series of masks being confronted, as himself (or the closest version thereof), by something he can’t control, or even understand.” (x)