Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 2, Episode 13 of FX's The Americans, titled "Echo."
Wig count:Only three. Because this finale was all about coming out. If you didn't think this was a great season finale, then something must be wrong with you.
Action: Learning that Larrick is alive, the Jennings take their kids and run. Right to where Larrick was last week. After a gruesome fight between them, Jared admits, as he lay dying, to an affair with Kate and killing his own family.
Oh, the irony. Elizabeth was into him as a son figure. While Paige was railing against her for not sacrificing anything for the common good, Elizabeth complained that she couldn't talk to her. But she could, and did, talk to Jared. Even while her own kids are locked in a hotel room, wondering if mom and dad are ever coming back.
But Granny comes to explain it all, talking about a second generation illegal operation, which explains the whole Kate and Jared thing. Grooming children of illegals to grow up and join the CIA or whatever. Now, Paige is next at bat. The show really does center around her, and now all the storylines of her rebelling make sense. They need to figure out if facing hard, tough times (like they reminisced about together in the car) are worth it, or better off avoided for their own.
Teasers: Martha wants kids. Stan waits for Nina, who got the wrong message. Do the Jennings have to spill to Paige? If they do, will it destroy her like Philip says? What happens to Nina? I sort of thought Stan was going to jump off a bridge after turning on his country and missing his two women. Where does that leave him for season three?
Any good finale explains all the unknowns from the season and leaves you wanting more. I want more, comrades. What did you all think? Favorite moments?
Let me know what you think in the comments or tweet me @karenfratti.
"The Americans" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.