TV Club: The Americans: “One Day In The Life Of Anton Baklanov”

Here’s a weird thought I had while watching this episode: My younger brother is nearly 26 years old, and for all I know, he might still believe in Santa Claus. I don’t know because I’ve never asked him: When our mom gave me the straight answer about St. Nick, she swore me to secrecy. It was a fragile truth I was duty-bound to protect, just as Paige Jennings has been made custodian of her parents’ careers in espionage and ties to the Soviet Union. Mom and Dad wouldn’t be tried for treason if I informed my brother of the whole Santa racket, but it could’ve eroded layers of faith and trust within our household. If he asked about it, I told a white lie, but beyond those small bursts of curiosity, we never talked about it. In that way, I can almost see Paige and …

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