Season 4, Episode 11 â€“ â€œDinner for Sevenâ€
Directed by Nicole Kassell
Written by Joshua Brand
Starring: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Lev Gorn, Susan Misner, Costa Ronin, Keidrich Sellati, Holly Taylor, Richard Thomas, Dylan Baker, Alison Wright, Noah Emmerich, and Frank Langella
Air date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 10pm
Considering events with Philip (Matthew Rhys) dominated the front half of the season, itâ€™s refreshing to see Elizabeth (Keri Russell) fall back into the spotlight for the back half of season four – with one of the most rewarding aspects of that pendulum swing being the way in which Elizabeth and Pastor Tim (Kelly AuCoin) find themselves in one anotherâ€™s orbits throughout â€œDinner for Seven.â€
Itâ€™s easy to paint AuCoin’s Pastor Tim to an antagonist role â€“ a reaction thatâ€™s reductive and wrongheaded â€“ but the strength of the character comes from his empathy: something that Elizabeth desperately needs throughout this episode as she comes to terms with having to wrap up the Patti operation. I guessed that the pregnancy angle would be how Elizabeth approached it, but I forgot that youâ€™d still need some way to actually get into Donâ€™s office. My heart sank for Elizabeth as Philip entered into that building â€“ thatâ€™s the goodbye she was referring to a couple of episodes back.
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