The Americans "COMINT" Review: The Importance of Being Earnest

By Ryan Sandoval

Feb 28, 2013

The Americans S01E05: "COMINT"

An effective encryption system kept the Jennings’ busy this week while the FBI raced to exploit the loyalty of a KGB asset on the edge. Thematically centered on the act of deciphering secret codes, "COMINT" (short for "communication intel") examined the role the transmission of information plays in relationships. With both marriages and partnerships between a spy and her resource, each requires faith in a person whose motivations may not be completely pure. A physical expression of trust might help affirm trust, but in the spy world, sexual activity is just another tool used to obscure true intentions.  As illustrated in this smoothly confident episode, depending on the object of desire, a power balance tips in favor of whoever needs the other less.        


Claudia’s story about a suicidal agent who needed the KGB more than the organization needed him put a fine point on the emotional aspect of subterfuge. Instead of nurturing love, an agent's job is to inspire loyalty by any means necessary. This fifth installment of The Americans juggled a handful of duos using traditional status to exploit one another: young, beautiful Nina and her manipulation of proper, old-world boss Vasili; Vasili as comforting handler to the skittish Udacha; Beeman’s kind arm of the law to a sometimes naive Nina; not to mention Phillip and shoe-crazy Martha, as well as Elizabeth and that gross encryption-technology guy.

While Elizabeth suffered physical abuse in the process of acquiring intel, Nina coldly performed oral sex on her superior to essentially save her own skin. The latter continued to share the types of conversations a mistress has with a married man, receiving promises of a better future contingent on one-sided secrets. (I enjoyed Beeman's explanation of Nina’s enemies: "Their love of freedom makes them impatient.") It’s cool that Nina is growing from a random receptionist to a double agent, but I worry that without the kind of support Claudia mentioned to Elizabeth, she’ll be left high and dry by the FBI. 

Speaking of support networks, Elizabeth’s encounter with the violent businessman demonstrated the downside to her acceptance that "we have to do all sorts of things for our work," a lack of a need for Phillip. In the episode's opening scene, her disguised interest in Udacha's former marriage seemed genuine, and forced the historically independent Elizabeth to take a closer look at changing the symbiosis of her own marriage. We saw last episode how she was raised to survive without the support of a male counterpart, so it makes sense that Elizabeth continues to resist giving in to Phillip's role as a traditional provider. Playing down the bruises acquired as part of her job presented yet another barrier of intimacy, though Phillip's copper-head disguise certainly wasn't helping the situation.

One of the more thrilling/unsettling moments of the series so far was Elizabeth's point-blank murder bookending her previously touching interaction with Udacha. To kill a stranger for the sake of a mission is one thing, but ending someone as vulnerable as this agent had to have had an emotional impact on Mrs. Jennings and her Siberian-cold heart. It's still too early to tell, but in killing a man who hid huge parts of his life from his wife, Elizabeth might've been physically rejecting the idea of maintaining boundaries with Phillip as they move forward.

At this point in the series I'm routinely surprised at all the different angles being discovered, both thematically and in the spy genre, week after week. Seriously, what's more "spy" than guys in trench coats and secret code decrypting devices? On top of all the cloak-and-dagger shenanigans, The Americans is establishing a unique, reserved visual tone, one that, like a lovely spy, masks its true emotional intentions.




ADDITIONAL INTEL


– Beeman's marriage is going down the crapper. It's those secrets, I tells ya!

– Phillip's "Great, I’ll be back in an hour" while furiously putting on his shoes.

– "Shortcuts are the root of all evil."

– Vasili/Fortune Cookie 

– Favorite line this week went to Beeman's "I don't know. Gazing?"

– Elizabeth has some slinky car moves.

Zavarka makes your tea not taste like a glass of dirt.

– Y'ouch, Amador getting pegged for a sexist comment. I swear this guy is the office punching bag (but was awesome in Terriers).  

– "Jitters".... always a fan of an english word in the presence of a foreign sentence.

– Elizabeth sure is racking up bodies.

– Who knew seeing two grown men form a friendship could be so entertaining? Phillip and Beeman are total buds.

– Oh no, a mole!

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  • Vicky8675309 Mar 03, 2013

    I'm still working my way through the comments but I thought I'd post this here instead of just using it in replies.

    This was my response to a comment:

    "Elizabeth chose not to harm the encryption card developer (company owner)--she actually had all the power and he didn't know it

    elizabeth had a choice is killing Udacha--it wasn't self defense (no immediate threat to her life at that specific time)

    I'm starting to think that Philip is testing Elizabeth's loyalties. After all we don't know his backstory and the handler met with him to talk about a mole. Philip so far didn't mention the mole to Elizabeth--maybe to be nice to let her sleep or maybe to see if she was the mole. Maybe his whole "let's defect" was just a test for her. I haven't thought this through completely but it's a thought that popped into my head.

    Nina is awesome but I worry for her safety. I'm not sure if Beeman is 100% playing her or if he is starting to have feelings for her. I think he is playing her but his interaction with his wife and wanting to learn the language made me think about other options....

    I don't understand the hate for Beeman--he is doing his job to protect America and isn't dropping bodies like Elizabeth who everybody seems to love. I enjoy both characters but don't understand the hypocrisy (ok for Elizabeth to like, cheat, steal, murder) but if Beeman uses or threatens someone then he is considered horrible. Seriously, I'm mystified by this. I adore Nina but if she ends up dying so that Beeman can protect the USA then I could life with it. Why no hate for Elizabeth and her DIRECTLY murdering people.

    great episode but I thought the stealing of the encryption card from the trunk seemed a little "hollywood"... not realistic but then again I'm not a spy so WTF do I know. Mainly the part with her crawling into the trunk seemed "hollywood" but her escape from the FBI parking lot seemed realistic imo. Nothing wrong with "hollywood" style but it seemed slightly over the top...."

  • natesjokes Mar 04, 2013

    Well don't forget that Elizabeth considers herself in enemy territory whereas Beeman is at home and probably feels less threatened than Elizabeth.

    Also they are both doing what they are commanded to do and not always what they would prefer to do. Even Beeman knowingly put Nina in a dangerous spot shortly after the attempted assassination because he was pressured to do so by his superiors.

    I wouldn't say that I favor one over the other, but as far as the show goes we know a lot more about Elizabeth than Beeman and also the Jennings are the stars and main characters of the show. Therefore I could see why people would root for Elizabeth over Beeman because that's the direction the show is taking.

  • 3Jane Mar 04, 2013

    This is an interesting discussion you've started. Regarding the Beeman vs Elizabeth "hypocrisy", I'd make a few points:

    - You seem to have a very pro-USA way of writing about this show. Since Homeland, especially, I am more than comfortable with shades of grey on American TV. One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

    - Elizabeth is much better-looking than Beeman; you don't have to have a penis to fancy her down to her socks. People only have to watch, say, The Americans, to know that sex buys loyalty. Up until recently, Soviet spies have usually been portrayed as dull middle-aged men (and probably vice versa in Eastern Europe).

    - I don't know much about craftsmanship, but I know it when I see it. We know so much more about how Elizabeth feels, and why she feels it, than we do any other character.

    - The show makes a few points about the politics of the time, which probably had to wait a generation, and have a pretty charismatic Soviet spy, before American audiences could hear them. Eg, Claudia chuckles that (I paraphrase) you can write womens' rights in stone, but that won't stop them getting trampled on; you have to take them yourself (which is exactly what Elizabeth does, making her a feminist hero). Another example: is global Americanism a good idea? Shouldn't different cultures keep their tea-making methods or do we want everyone drinking cups of warm dirt?

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    I totally agree with you about Elizabeth sliding from one car boot to another was a bit 'Hollywood'. That didn't stop me from enjoying it though (don't tell anyone).

  • Vicky8675309 Mar 04, 2013

    I am pro-American but I also like shades of grey. Depending on the type of show/movie I sometime prefer people not to murder (love it on spartacus but it is "hot" war). The show tries to get me to relate to Elizabeth and it hasn't done it YET. The little backstory we have almost makes me think she doesn't trust anyone (raped by her superiors; mother basically told to to just rely on herself or implied there were strings attached to "gifts").

    She straight up killed another soviet mole. I think she could of tried to calm him down and reassure him to settle his jitters and it has already been brought to their attention that there are cultural gaps in communications. Maybe the american who was a mole for the USSR could of been calmed down. I guess she had an order to kill and just did what she was told.

    Prior to this scene I was starting to identify with Elizabeth and Philip's POV but after this it has become harder. I remember the cold war (was a kid) and remember the wall coming down so maybe I am biased. Actually Russia seems to be currently more capitalist then the USA now who is becoming more socialist but lets not talk current politics because that just starts fights.

    Her handling of the sexual sadist was perfect. She could of totally killed him (I wouldn't mind if he died--well, I do have issues with someone playing judge jury executioner but I let it go with shows like Dexter, Breaking Bad, etc...).

    I'm not sure if it is because I am an American or it's just that the writing hasn't done it for me yet. Regardless of being an American, I spent the 1st 15 years of my life in Central America and I did not want to move back to the USA (went to Central America when I was around 3 months old). After moving here I adjusted and grew to love living here. Remember I was a 15 year girl who had just left all her friends behind and was somewhere new.

    I've been to other countries--the UK, Canada, Holland and loved all those experiences. I'd love to go to Russia to visit.

    Back to the show, I don't think it is a pro-american bias but it may be the case. I'm open minded about the potential. I watched the UK show Spooks and the Americans were often bad and I rooted for the MI5 team (UK). I just think that if the mole was a direct life threatening threat then fine kill the american who was a mole for the CIA. In this case I felt sorry for him...he had the jitters and I identified more with the american traitor then Elizabeth. Neither were pro-american but I liked the underdog (jittery guy) and he could of be sequestered and then talked down. No harder to explain then him missing because he is dead.

    What has Beeman done to generate hate? Sure he is a bad husband but it seems more like difficulty readjusting to life after being deep cover. Yes he threatened Nina but Philip terrorized the maid and her family. I'm trying to be objective but I can't deny there may be a subjective bias that I didn't realize until this episode--mainly when mr. jitters got whacked.

    Elizabeth was raped by her USSR superiors so how does that make us sympathetic to her---is it stockholm syndrome or who knows what that made her loyal to her country that allowed her to be raped. maybe she was raped to desensitize her to the sex she would have to have as a spy or to weed her out from the spy program...harsh and I think most women (even strong women) would have some sort of ptsd. I was sympathetic to her being raped but don't understand how she rationalized it. Maybe it is some cultural thing--idk

    I realize both sides do "bad" things but what I have see so far has created my opinion.

    America isn't perfect but I don't think I would like to live anywhere else at this point in time--but I haven't been to all the countries in the world and don't know all the laws/freedoms/etc for all the countries.

    Show me a show/movie about how the CIA sold drugs for weapons (iran contra scandal) and I'm not pro-USA policy on that scandal. Even now, protecting poppy field with our soldiers yet preaching that drug use funds terrorists is insane. America has faults but tell me a country that doesn't have issues.

    I have mixed opinions on globalism and can see both sides of it and can't pick a side. It seems as if people want globalism or it wouldn't work. I stopped going to small bookshops because it was easier and cheaper to go to amazon dot com or a big chain store or even the library. I really can see both sides of it but don't have a firm opinion, nor do I have all the facts.

    FYI: I'm anti-big government and since I don't want to get into current politics I'll stop at that.

    I suspect the people living in the USSR at the time weren't happy (those with insight into the world) otherwise why was there a wall to keep them in and keep outside influence out. As for the spies on the show the writing hasn't drawn me in yet but I hold out hope. Regardless, I enjoy the show and just commented because I didn't and still don't understand the love for Elizabeth and hate for Beeman. Maybe if Beeman was a hot guy people would feel differently. I think you are right about sex sells (paraphrasing I think). Maybe that is part of it. On the other hand Walter White on Breaking Bad is not hot and I have rooted for him (Dexter is a cutie even though he is a sociopathic killer---if he wasn't a cutie maybe I wouldn't root for him). I think with walter white he started out as sympathetic and fans liked him so much they started to overlook or rationalize the bad he did but this season (like in spartacus) they are changing the fans views--maybe so we can handle the end of the series...

  • 3Jane Mar 04, 2013

    Let's talk more after next episode. I'm trying to curb my obsession with this show a bit. Last night I told my kid "the spies are in the oven" instead of "the pies are in the oven". (I'm an older mum and was also a kid during the Cold War.)

  • Vicky8675309 Mar 04, 2013

    i meant "fine kill the american who was a mole for the USSR [not cia]" (paragraph 7)

    Towards the end when I say "wall" I mean both literally and figuratively. The berlin wall and the wall of bureaucracy to even travel outside the USSR (most couldn't travel). Basically I can't think of anyone wanting to live in the USSR at that time. Sure there are points in us history that are horrible (McCarthy, treatment of Japanese in the usa during ww2, slavery, etc...).

    Despite it's faults, of which there are many, I love my country and am currently happy here. I do have open eyes and realize we aren't perfect and much of the rest of the world has reasons to hate us. But I would not want to live in the Middle East, Far East, anywhere cold (lol) and anywhere without cars and internet (lol, spoiled american). I'm ok with most South and Central American countries as long as I have money and it isn't in an area known for hostage taking (i.e., columbia and a few others). This doesn't come from the American media but Columbian and other colleague of mine who told me about their experiences.
    I don't work with any Brazilians and it seems like a beautiful country but I would pass due to the favellas (sp?) and overall sad situation and danger.

    This will get me flamed but legalization of drugs would shut down the cartels and eliminate the crime so maybe certain countries would be safer. But the lack of jobs and hence more poverty could potentially worsen the situation. I don't have an answer...

    I'll stop rambling before I piss everyone off and come off as a racist american--really don't mean to and I love south and central america but there are problems in many of those countries just as there are major problems in the USA.

  • buildam2005 Mar 03, 2013

    I think you're conflating "likability" and "good" a bit. I hope most viewers realize that the things Phillip and Elizabeth are doing are TERRIBLE (I certainly do), but in a twisted way I somewhat root for Phillip and Elizabeth. Despite my logical knowledge that they are doing bad things (such as cold-blooded murder), I have a visceral, emotional response that makes me pull for them. I have to remind myself they're the bad guys. For example, when Elizabeth was in the trunk, I wanted her to escape--even though she's the bad guy and I should want her to get caught.

    For me, that's what likability is about. Sure, Phillip and Elizabeth are doing morally terrible things and they're technically the antagonists. But because of the way this show is written we like them--even though we know we should really root against them.

    I like to compare them to Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In season two he was a villain--but you couldn't help but like him. Sure, you rooted against him (in theory), but you loved seeing him on screen. I feel similarly about Elizabeth and Phillip. I don't like what they're doing (shooting people in the head and stealing US secrets), but I like them more than I like Beeman, even though he's technically the good guy. Good people can do bad things, and bad people can do good things--or, at least, likable people can do bad things and unlikable people can do good things. I think that's what we have here.

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  • amnisias Mar 03, 2013

    There are no 'good' or 'bad' guys here. Spies, FBI agents, police, soldieres, they all have to kill as part of their job - it does not make them bad people. Would you call an American spy who kills an Afghan war lord to prevent a terrorist attack 'bad'? It's a question of ideology and belief system who's side you are one, and what you think about the validity of the argument that 'killing for the greater good' is okay.

  • buildam2005 Mar 03, 2013

    And, interestingly, this show has nicely taken the opportunity to show the "other" side--the KGB/USSR probably really did (does?) think they were doing things for the greater good; they viewed the US and "our" side as the "bad" guys. I think that's what I should have articulated--we're seeing another side of a fight that, for most viewers, probably is entirely black and white. If one of the "good" guys killed a security guard who was just doing his job but could pose a threat to "our" guys' success, would we view it as a bad thing done?

    i don't think there are any right answers here, and I totally see Vicky's perspective (in her first post and the one just below mine). I think it's a solid testament to this show that it can create very different views of the characters and they're both well-founded responses.

  • Vicky8675309 Mar 03, 2013

    I think I've said "Good people can do bad things, and bad people can do good things--or, at least, likable people can do bad things and unlikable people can do good things." regarding other shows. Did you take my comment from a prior Spartacus review;P

    I just think most comments are so glowing about Elizabeth and she not doing it for me. I have rooted for Dexter and Walter White and other "bad guys" but at the same time I acknowledged the horrible actions they have committed. It just seems like everyone is hearts and rainbows (exaggeration) for Elizabeth and hate for Beeman. I think this show falls more in line with the current Spartacus which shows sides of grey.

    Elizabeth isn't my favorite characters which surprises me since I usually like strong non-emotional female characters. Don't get me wrong--I find her and Philip interesting but I am not rooting for them like I do some non-hero (they are non-usa heroes) like I do for Dexter (horrible sociopathic killer) and Walter White (meth kingpin and killer). Maybe I need more backstories for Elizabeth and Philip. Also the whole just getting to know each other after xx years is a stretch.

    I root for them not getting caught because I like the show. I just surprise at how easily people root for whose ever POV a show is based on. I do that with Dexter and Breaking Bad (and adore boyd on justified) but this show, while great, hasn't made me root for them except to stay undiscovered so the show can go on.... I just can't see their POV but it maybe due to the fact I was alive when this took place and know the historical outcome on a larger scale. I still need to be drawn into their POV more to be able to root for them more then just going undiscovered. That hasn't happened completely for me yet but it maybe that I'm to biased. If Philip has a good backstory and is actually the more loyal spy to the USSR then I may buy in...it would be cool for the "nice" one to actually be the more hardcore spy/loyalist and just better at playing the nice guy role~lets mix things up.

    Why the hate for Beeman and the love for Elizabeth? I want more of Beeman's backstory.
    I do like that Elizabeth can be badass (preferably without murder---like how she handled the sadist character--she didn't murder him) and hope she stays badass but I am not a big fan of her~~so many comments are glowing without acknowledging who/what she is/does.

    In other shows, comments often have the pros and cons (not always but more then seen here imo) when commenting on characters. Actually, that probably isn't true. I watched a ton of shows that have the main character's POV against the US government (burn notice, 1st season white collar, the sopranos, and basically almost every movie and tv show with CIA as characters show them as villains). Sopranos is probably a better example then the others--I rooted for the bad guy (tony soprano) and the ones out to get him (yes, he was a bad guy) were other bad guys and the FBI. I rooted for him because his POV drew me in more then this show has done. But I still like the show but it's not a favorite at this time (yet).

    sorry for the long rambling response. I agree with most of what you say but the show hasn't done it* for me yet. It* being: "But because of the way this show is written we like them". I don't really like "her" now. I don't quite hate her but....

    I'm not referring to any commenters here but I think you give viewers more credit then I do. I'll stop now except that the hate for Beeman and love for Elizabeth isn't my view and I don't really understand it because I don't think the writing obviously lead to this conclusion (it didn't for me).

  • buildam2005 Mar 03, 2013

    Never apologize for length! It's much better to have a mutually respectful, intelligent conversation than to hear someone saying, "Gawsh this show sux!"

    I think we actually agree in a lot of ways, and our lines of thinking are more similar than they are different; we just have different final responses to the characters so far. Which is perfectly a-okay.

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  • SokkaAppa Mar 02, 2013

    I thought this was the best episode so far. I really really like the relationship that is developing between Nina and Beeman. Although it is quite obvious that this relationship will quickly spiral out of control and leave Beeman in a position contrary to his moral beliefs regarding working for the FBI and his family versus his love for Nina, I am very excited to see it happen.

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  • 3Jane Mar 02, 2013

    GO AWAY

  • angeleys151 Mar 01, 2013

    I particularly liked him acting out "jitters" in order to define it, because there is no Russian equivalent.

    I thought the boss told off Amador to appease the shoe fetish lady, and could have sworn I saw him roll his eyes after she walked off.

  • klotensen Mar 01, 2013

    I don't know what it is, but I'm totally fallen for Elizabeth. Her steely eyes, her confidence - ahh, I wouldn't care if she shoots me point blank in the head as long as I see HER in my last moment.
    Awesome show, way better than Homeland.
    In fact Homeland looks now like the stupid, shallow brother of The Americans.

  • 3Jane Mar 02, 2013

    S01 of Homeland was good in context. But like most landmarks, it just paved the way for better things to come.

  • klotensen Mar 02, 2013

    Jepp it's still good and extremely hypnotic. But Homeland looks like hard work and The Americans shows up like it's been on air for decades and everything is fleshed out.
    I like to exaggerate sometimes. Which is always.

  • 3Jane Mar 01, 2013

    I like your review. I might just have to defect from HIT.FIX.

  • sethaustin507 Mar 01, 2013

    One of the great things about this show is its exploration of how socio-cultural and even linguistic misunderstandings can shape small to large scale action, or even thermonuclear war. In the previous episode we saw Alexander Haig's pronouncement of "I'm in control" nearly trigger an armed KGB sabotage campaign on U.S. soil. And in this episode Beeman's misuse of what he thought was a harmless Russian phrase nearly led to a potentially catastrophic misunderstanding with Nina.

    I think that scene encapsulates the central motif of this episode -- decoding communications and buried meanings and doing so with as much precision as possible since there is so much at stake. Which reminds me of Nina's first scene with Beeman. She misinterpreted his instructions to mean sexual seduction because he was too imprecise in a language in which she isn't fully conversant. Of course to an American man a woman can leverage sex or the promise of sex to obtain certain benefits without actually engaging in sex acts. But as someone with some familiarity with Russian culture, I know that notion wouldn't necessarily
    come across that way without very explicit language. I'm both stunned and gratified that the show is being written with this much depth and nuance.

  • Vicky8675309 Mar 03, 2013

    I agree with you but I wonder if Beeman was really that naive or if he was playing her or maybe a little of both. It does seem as if Beeman is falling for her (not sure yet if it is real).

  • airizarr Mar 01, 2013

    I was thinking of giving up on this series after its first 2 episodes, but after 3 solid episodes I'm glad I stuck with it.

  • diepotato Mar 01, 2013

    They revealed in this episode that one or both the Jennings is being followed and the teaser for the next episode shows Phillip being questioned. Who is it?

  • 3Jane Mar 01, 2013

    I'm so looking forward to watching Phil hold his nerve. Matthew Rhys plays it so well.

  • Vicky8675309 Mar 03, 2013

    I think his character (Philip) is a better actor then is let on. I didn't see the teaser but it sounds interesting

  • 3Jane Mar 04, 2013

    I know! So often we see what Phil wants another to see, and at the same time, Phil's true feelings. (Although somehow we think only we can see Phil's true feelings.)

  • pcsjunior002 Mar 01, 2013

    This show just keeps bringing the awesome. I'm a little late to this one today, but I loved it just as I have the previous episodes. And furthering the great and yet simple lengths by which they go to get things done: the car accident. Again, on "Homeland" it would have to have been a complicated computer hack (meaning nothing to the TV audience) plus probably some ridiculously tiny camera (again, looking stupid). Here we have Philip, somewhat surprising us, with what looks to be a very husband-wife argumenty type movement of jamming on the breaks to access the machine in the back of the car. Brilliant.
    -Marriages are work. You can't just sit back and let them be, they take constant attention. I just LOVE how they're playing the dichotomy. Elizabeth and Philip looking good for the public (and their children, as much as possible), while still essentially in the "dating" phase of each other after 18 (? I think?) years of being married, versus the true and honest marriage of Stan Beeman and his wife (Sorry, I can't remember her name), which is having problems due to very real issues. Personally, I hope that they don't break them up. I think that a lot can be gained from leaving them together. Especially since that could mean him having to back off a little on his work, leaving holes which Elizabeth and Philip could possibly exploit.
    -The most furiously I've ever seen a man putting on shoes. I like it. Also, if I were in his position, I'd have skipped the shoes and just charged right out there. (Not because Elizabeth can't handle herself, clearly she can, but because if I loved her that much, to see that happen to her, I'd have to hit something, even if it wasn't the man, maybe I'd go punch a tree a bunch of times. You don't do that to a woman who clearly doesn't want it, and I'm pretty on the fence (read: I wouldn't do it) about doing that to a woman who was begging for it to be done.)
    -I don't know if I'd go quite that far, but there's a reason that the long route was created. Normally there's a full and valid reason behind it, even if it's not immediately apparent. Take your time, do it right.
    -My mind's blanking on this one.
    -Personally I liked watching Philip distract the FBI guys in the garage. Pretty solid moves, considering how fluid of a situation that is.
    -This actually might have been my hardest moment of the series so far to take and accept as is. I think they pulled it off and it worked, but I think that would be because of how excellent Keri Russell is. I'm not sure I would have believed it with just anyone else doing it.
    -I do not know what Zavarka is, but I like my tea just fine, and I probably don't have it.
    -I don't know if this one was as much of a punching bag moment as you say. I think it was a combination of the very real push by women of the time to create equal standing and a hassle-free workplace, and the casual dismissal of it by many of the men, as you could tell by Amador's boss's face which clearly said "whatever, I don't care".
    -Absolutely. And he did a hilarious/awesome job of enacting what that word means.
    -Elizabeth is Ice Cold. And I love it. To see Philip try to crack away at that exterior. This is excellent and I still cannot wait for more.
    -I'm with Philip on this one, too. Their friendship is definitely a good thing for Philip and Elizabeth. Especially when Stan eventually confides in Philip that his marriage is in trouble. That could then (as I hope!) give Philip the opportunity to reassure Stan that he's being way too paranoid, that he doesn't need to gung ho it at work so religiously, and step back and hang with his family every once in a while. I think that could be an excellent move for the series.
    -"I will be a bigger and hairier mole than the one on your inner left thigh!" (I had to)

  • Vicky8675309 Mar 03, 2013

    this took place in the 80s whereas Homeland is in the present and hence the better technology. I know you know this but I had to defend the techno on homeland. I wonder if she melted wax to make the impression kit and how did she know the right size--it would of been funny if the card was larger then her "low tech copier".
    I don't want Beemer to back off and let the non-USA spies exploit info from us (americans).
    Philip and Elizabeth can be like-able but I'm Team USA all the way:-)

    I know how it ends for the countries but I'm fascinated to see how it plays out for the characters. Will Philip and Elizabeth stay together and if so then will they opt to stay in America...interesting to see how the characters play out

  • 3Jane Mar 01, 2013

    I only read the first para of your comment, but did you notice the Jennings didn't use the Oldsmobile for this week's mission? (Or maybe they just painted it white.)

  • AndreaMcCooey Mar 03, 2013

    Was it not because they needed a different car to cause the crash to set up the FBI? And then they used that green one in the mechanic shop because they needed one that needed to be fixed.

  • 3Jane Mar 04, 2013

    I reckon so. I only noticed because they seem to use the family Oldsmobile for almost everything.

  • pcsjunior002 Mar 01, 2013

    I did not notice that. Sharp eye. And that precisely is the sort of attention to detail that I love about this show. Sure they don't show where the Jennings picked up that car, but they don't need to. They're part of a conspiracy of spies. Wonderfully done.

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