‘The Americans’ Quiz: How Good Are You at Recognizing Wig Chameleon Philip Jennings?

Q: Philip Jennings?
A: Right network, wrong show. That's Corey Stoll on The Strain, wearing a wig so false Philip would have been captured before you could say "Террибле Шиг!"
Q: Philip??
A: Nope, Stoll again.
Q: Is this a picture of Philip?
A) Very, very close, but unfortunately that is Macho Man Randy Savage.
Q: Is that Philip Jennings, sleeper agent for the KGB, in disguise?
A: ........maybe.
Q: That has to be Philip?
A: Ooh, so close. So, so close. But no, that's actually just a photo-shopped picture of Vladimir Putin riding a bear shirtless. But ugh, sooo close .
Q: Is that Philip Jennings, from the FX show The Americans?
A: NOPE! That is actually Mason Verger from NBC's Hannibal, as played by Michael Pitt. And he...wait no holy shit that is Philip. Jennings, you son of a bitch, you're too good.

With The Americans premiering tonight on FX at 10 pm, it’s time to brush up on our Cold War wig paranoia. How good are YOU at recognizing the pinkos next door? Really? What if, like Elizabeth and Philip Jennings (Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys), they are REALLY good at disguises.

We honestly had a LOT of trouble yesterday, and the myriad of disguises on the show make it hard for even veteran TV watchers to spot chameleon Matthew Rhys.

With that in mind, we’ve established an audio (below) and visual (slideshow) quiz to determine if the character you are watching on your screen tonight is, in fact, Philip Jennings. Still feeling confused about whether you are watching Philip? Follow our easy two-step process:

1) Turn away from screen

2) Identify if the man speaking sounds like George Clooney on Adderall. For reference, regular Clooney:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZyw5-Sm0Zk]


Question 1) Is this Philip at 1:20?

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_8nkjieQhc]

Answer: Yes, it is.

Question 2): Is this Philip from The Americans?

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kWHMH2kxXs]

Answer: Nope, that’s Kevin Spacey doing impressions of Michael Caine and other beloved celebrities.

Question 3) : Is this Philip?

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz-8CSa9xj8]

Answer: Nope, that’s…that monster thing from that nerd movie.

Question 4): Philip? Buddy?

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD_pVNIcgg0]

Answer: Ugh, Franco.

Question 5): Is this Philip from The Americans?

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GK8ewRec7c]

Answer: no, and that’s kind of culturally insensitive, you know?

Question 6): Is this Philip from The Americans?

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlwuwiBLAmM]

Answer: No, but that one is tricky: It’s character actress Margot Martindale, who plays Claudia in The Americans, in her role as Hillary Swank’s terrible, terrible mom in Million Dollar Baby.

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