Philip and Elizabeth Play Dentist
In an interview with Vulture, director Thomas Schlamme compared the most excruciating scene from this week’s episode of The Americans to the Jennings’ version of a sex scene (not that the show has ever shied away from those, either). Given the looks on the couple/spy team’s faces as Philip pulls Elizabeth’s tooth sans anesthesia, Schlamme is very, very right. It’s just the level of messed-up we’ve come to expect from a duo that’s debating recruiting their teen daughter to the KGB.
John Oliver Takes on Big Pharma
Last Week Tonight returned for its second season this week, after three months, and late night’s newest entrant shows no signs of slowing down. The subject of this week’s monologue was the pharmaceutical industry, particularly its shady, perk-filled relationship with doctors. The speech was pure Oliver: vegetables washed down with jokes comparing pill companies to sexually inept high school boyfriends. Burn!