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:
AUDIO PORTION OF TEST:
Question 1) Is this Philip at 1:20?
Answer: Yes, it is.
Question 2): Is this Philip from The Americans?
Answer: Nope, that’s Kevin Spacey doing impressions of Michael Caine and other beloved celebrities.
Question 3) : Is this Philip?
Answer: Nope, that’s…that monster thing from that nerd movie.
Question 4): Philip? Buddy?
Answer: Ugh, Franco.
Question 5): Is this Philip from The Americans?
Answer: no, and that’s kind of culturally insensitive, you know?
Question 6): Is this Philip from The Americans?
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.