Will the Jennings make it a family business on The Americans this season? Well, they first have to get on the same page (no pun intended) about it.
After being informed that the Center wants to recruit their daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) in the Season 2 finale, Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) will not have made any headway on what to do when Season 3 premieres Wednesday (10/9c, FX). Lest we forget, she's all da and he's all nyet.
"I think raising children is such a hot topic and such a button-pusher and I think that's where they're at. And it's the whole season," Russell tells TVGuide.com. "They just cannot see eye to eye on it."
1. To indoctrinate or not to indoctrinate? "What do you do when you love your spouse," executive producer Joel Fields asks, "and yet you find you disagree on the most important, fundamental thing in your lives?" That possibly unanswerable question is the crux of Season 3, as Philip and Elizabeth find the somewhat happy equilibrium they established last season on shaky ground. Hoping to slowly phase in Paige, Elizabeth spends more quality time with her daughter at her church group, much to Philip's chagrin. He, in turn, will try to buy his way into his daughter's heart. And where does Paige stand in all this? Her increasing suspicion is only matched by her deepening bond with her church group - and the rebellious teen might just have some plans of her own.
2. What's old is new again: With Claudia (Margo Martindale) gone, the Jennings' new handler is their old one: Gabriel (Frank Langella). They each have a nice rapport with the elder KGB statesman, who patiently plays both sides when it comes to recruiting Paige. He also delivers some news from Mother Russia to Elizabeth that might find her booking a trip back. As for Claudia's next appearance, Fields and executive producer Joe Weisberg were too deep into writing the season when Martindale's CBS sitcom The Millers was abruptly canceled to be able to write her in.
3. Where in the world is Nina Sergeevna? Nina's future didn't look too promising after she was whisked back to the Soviet Union on treason charges when Stan didn't give up the Echo program. Season 3 finds her locked up in a Soviet prison, where she receives an interesting proposition.
4. Stan is no longer the man: Feeling guilty about Nina's fate and distraught over the dissolution of his marriage, Stan is in a bit of a tailspin. At least he has one constant in his life: Philip. Desperate to get Sandra back, Stan starts attending EST therapy sessions that were all the rage in the '80s with Philip. "I think with the loss of the Nina relationship, Stan had time to re-inventory his life and realize it had been falling apart from under him," Emmerich says. "I think there's an authentic affection there between [Stan and Philip]. A lot of the plot and story didn't support it [in the first two seasons]. Fortunately in Season 3, it's organically inherent in stories they're telling for Stan and Philip to come together socially and interestingly, hopefully, for the audience. They do have a real friendship that's building."
5. New wigs! Well, duh. Check out our video interview with Russell, Rhys, Fields and Weisberg above to get the scoop on the new follicular creations.
The Americans airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on FX.
Additional reporting by Robyn Ross