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The Americans S02E03: "The Walk In"


More than ever, Elizabeth Jennings seems like she's starting to feel at odds with the demands of Moscow. A mother’s instinct to protect her young is strong, and if you're going to mix that instinct with Communist karate, you'd better hope you aren’t the one she ends up wearing a wig around. Combine that with a husband who loves you and his family more than anything else in the world—even the KGB—plus an increasingly suspicious older child and the threat of death to the offspring you’ve been lying to, and it’s fairly easy to see that an eventual standoff between the Rezidentura and the Jennings is unavoidable. This week's "The Walk-In" preyed exactly on that parental insecurity, forcing Elizabeth and Philip on a mission away from Paige and Henry while filling the hour with the idea of family and ruminating further on the intimate pain awaiting them should their operation ever go belly-up. 

Family was literally everywhere in the episode, from a '60s-era Elizabeth (ha) discussing the professional benefits of parenthood with Leanne (R.I.P.) to Philip guilting Paige by telling her how he lost his father at the age of six during their serious dad-to-daughter talk. Given the one-two anxiety punch of this season’s opening episodes, the focus on less death-defying affairs (at least on the Jennings side of things) in exchange for a basic spy mission and an emotional discussion was a welcome relief.  


Which is not to say the audience got off easy. If it wasn’t Aunt Helen mistaking Paige for her deceased daughter, the kinky-haired bus girl Kelly (great '80s name) shuttling between her parents, or Derek the shop worker using photos of his sons to avoid a feared crowbar beating, then our hearts found due wrenching in Jared, son of Emmett and Leanne. On The Americans, no human drama is complete without a dash of espionage, and so Elizabeth’s contact with the orphan boy carried with it a mission. I’m not sure any of us expected Elizabeth to actually give Jared the letter explaining his parents' true identities, like she’d promised Leanne she would—that would've been too big of a move too early. Was she visiting Jared as recon, or did she just want to check up on him as a mom? Burning the letter to the tune of Peter Gabriel’s "Here Comes the Flood" (yay some music!/boo the sequence was ho-hum) solidified what we already knew: Even under dramatic, tragic circumstances, Elizabeth still takes her job as seriously as she takes motherhood. As long as she's dealing with someone else's child. 

If the idea of family wasn’t literally present, then thematic overlaps between suburban life and the spy world—like Philip helping Henry fix some space technology of his own, Helen using a deceased kid as a cover against Paige's Harriet the Spy act, and a disguised Elizabeth stating that a child's main need is the assurance of safety before comforting the sobbing Jared—kept the idea of moms and dads and brothers and sisters fresh in our heads. Family is mutual group love, but it's that same devotion that can blind us to members who might capitalize on that love and use it as a weapon. 


Last week I questioned why Stan had not yet started to grow suspicious of Nina, but this week’s thwarted assassination attempt and subsequent award should hold him in her unquestioned trust for a little while longer. That his success at work translated to a declaration of love for Nina—who went on to coldly document his emotional proclamation in report form and accept praise from Arkady as though she had increased her work productivity—illustrated just how valuable feelings are in a game of deception. Feelings are real to a person, they are biological truth. While it was cool to see Beeman have another noir moment when he raced up the stairs and snuck through some roof sheets, I felt kind of bummed to see Bruce "Ronald Reagan doesn’t care!" Dameran so quickly introduced and then eliminated. From Vietnam vet to would-be World Bank killer, Bruce at least gave us all a recent convert's angle on the fluid nature of belief.  

Speaking of shifting cultural attitudes, Oleg remains my favorite. I love how relaxed and confident he is and I totally vote for him entering a love triangle with Beeman and Nina. Is it too soon to hope for that? He seems to be getting through to her. I also like how gung-ho he is about engaging in American culture (Dennis Maruk plays for the Capitals—get it?), and that he’s sort of tempting Nina with this stuff too. Currently, her only exposure to American life is through Beeman, and I think she’ll realize on some level that experiencing the enemy’s entertainment has an appeal—and furthermore, that Oleg can provide her with that, plus some much-needed fun, while reminding her of the Motherland (see there’s that word again). 

In keeping with its disparate thematic ties, "The Walk In" could refer to Dameran, late walker-in of the Rezidentura, or Paige, curious in-walker of her parent’s spy world. While we’re all hankering to learn more about Emmett and Leanne’s murderers, this third chapter of the season took an earned and necessary pitstop to underscore the devastating stakes at play in every second of the Jennings' life. It’s one thing to find those space plans, but it’s another to remember the living, breathing relationships keeping the homes on Earth worth protecting.    


SPY NOTES

– A taste of the Jennings from 1966 to 1967. My, they looked so young! They knew Leanne and Emmett a long time. So sad.

– Surprise surprise, Elizabeth wasn’t that into having kids originally.

– Ha. Paige was going "to buy jeans." That sounds fun. Bet her new bestie Kelly’s going to help her snoop some.

– I like how Helen Leavis's first onscreen words were "Ohhh!!"

– When Philip surprised Paige in the kitchen, that was precisely how it looks to get "busted."

– When people let themselves into the homes of strangers on television, I’m always like, "Who would do that?"

– Sandra's self-help source this week was Werner Erhard

– "Scalp it?" "It’s a capitalist term..."

– Henry tossed his space disc thingy into an American flag trashcan.

– Philip's spy camera and Nancy’s dope sweater tied for this week's best '80s thing. Sorry, Tab soda machine.

– Gaad took time off from the FBI to fight in 'Nam and suffered third degree burns on both legs. What a hardass. 

– A lot of storytelling happens in the world of intel. Beeman’s character breakdown of Dameran was a good example of this. 

– Finally, some music! The Beatles "Here, There, Everywhere" and Peter Gabriel's "Here Comes the Flood."


What'd you think of "The Walk In"?


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AIRED ON 5/16/2017

Season 5 : Episode 11

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I know I'm a latecomer to the conversation, but Kelly is totally a KGB spy, right? I mean, who just talks to other people on a Greyhound??? Maybe I'm mainlining too much of The Americans right now and I see spies everywhere... but dammit she's a Commie spy!
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I haven't read all the comments so i don't know if anyone ponted this out yet but...in the scene where Philip talks to Paige, i felt like he was scarier than a typical father lecturing his kid. I don't know, it felt a little bit too intense, like he acted the way he would treat a prisoner, not his daughter
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Wow, series creator Joe Weisberg tweeted a link to this article describing a recent, real life "honeytrap" - the similarities to Beeman and Nina are not hard to see. Possible insight into where the story's headed?
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Every time I see Oleg I just think to myself "dead man walking", he is just too fishy not to end up being killed
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sorry to post here but i have a question, i do not remember who Aunt Helen really is... is she just a really old spy that is confused enough to think that Paige is her daughter returning from the dead? is she really her aunt? was that an act for Paige's benefit? why does she have a picture of young Elizabeth on the wall?
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Interesting. When I see him, I figure that underneath his "aloof" manner is a cold blooded killer and that he is going to be responsible for hurting Neena and or Stan.
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Possibly - but I still think he's a goner
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i really thought that elizabeth was goin to kill that guy(the father). she made a good decision not telling who's boy's parents really were, i know that she made a promise, but he's entire family has already been killed, knowing that his parents were russian spies it would be worse. the thing with aunt helen was really cool
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One of the best shows on TV right now. And the new season is really capitalizing (could that be a pun?) in a great way on what went before.

Please no love triangle. No no no. This show absolutely does not need that. Stan's relationship with Nina has an important story point, about how feelings cloud judgement and how much people use themselves and others for what they truly believe.
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Was that really Kerri Russel's outie belly button?

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I feel saddest for Henry. He needs his dad. Throwing away the star chart almost brought a tear to my eye.

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I agree. That was a very powerful tiny scene.
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-- "Surprise surprise, Elizabeth wasn’t that into having kids originally."

Yeah, not only that, but I loved when Phillip's asked her if she was sure she was ready... she responded he'd be a good father. Not, "yes, I love you". His reaction to her answer showed how sad that made him. It reinforced his knowledge that to her, this marriage was just a job.

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-- "He seems to be getting through to her."

Wow. Were we watching the same show? I only sensed disdain from Needa toward Oleg.

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*Neena
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(*Nina, and YES we are watching the same show). Yeah I think Oleg IS getting through to her - my theory is that Nina's been dependent on authority figures ever since Stan Beeman roped her into blackmail, and she's had to maneuver between older men, such as Stan, Arkady, and Vasili ever since. In Oleg, there is a more equal dynamic - at least in the age department. I'll admit that she is being cold to Oleg, but the fact that she's listening to him at all or even asking follow up questions about terms like "scalp" has created a dialogue approaching a more friendly relationship.
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OK, the gauntlet has been thrown! :)

She only listens to him because he's got influence and can't afford to be overly rude.

Let's touch base at the end of the season so one of us can congratulate the other on being right. ;)
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Yeah I hope you're right, I find Oleg too cocky and self assured (chicks dig that I guess) but he is no Vlad!
I also don't think Neena needs to be opened up to the wonderful decadence of capitalism through Oleg's intervention, although she said she was unfamiliar (or pretended to be unfamiliar) with the term "scalp" she was running her own black market scam before Beeman blackmailed her into an asset.
Neena's character growth from selfish profiteer to committed believer and self sacrificing patriot after Vlad's death would be undermined by some romance with the office douchebag IMHO.
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-- "Elizabeth still takes her job as seriously as she takes motherhood"

That's not how I interpreted it. I think she went there intending to give him the letter, but when she talked to him, she realized the boy deserved a normal life. She realized what knowing his parents were spies for Russia would do to him and she spared him that.

I did not for a second feel she withheld the letter due to loyalty to Russia. If that were the case, I doubt she would have carried the letter in her pocket for her visit.
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I don't think even for a second Elizabeth considered giving Jared that letter. That would totally endanger the operation, and both the FBI and KGB would be sniffing around for the source. Giving the letter to Jared would do nothing but put her own family in danger.
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How do you explain her behavior? Her hesitancy? The fact that she held it in her hand and slowly put it in her pocket as she was walking up to the door.

I can see how you'd decide that her reasons for not giving him the letter were for her own safety and to protect her country, but I can't see, at all, how you'd think she wasn't at least struggling with the decision.

Sadly, this is one where there is likely not going to be a definitive answer. What she was thinking will probably stay in her head and the rest is open to audience interpretation.
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That Pete Gabriel track was pure torture "Turn it off, I'll talk!"
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Here's a prediction: Kelly is the one to KILL Derek the Machine Shop Guy/Jared
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The is probably the best show on TV currently. All three episode this season started so well. Even this episode which seems slower is really fantastic. With breaking bad ending, I really hope next year's Emmy awards will have both Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys at least being nominated.

I liked it so much that the show is now using kids in a positive way. They are there not just to made the numbers or be annoying or move the show in pointless directions (looking at you Homeland). From Paige to Jared and even Kelly all seems critical to the overall story.

I thought Aunt Helen is from season one and I totally forgotten about her. Reading the comments below make me realized she did not appear at all. I guess she is probably KGB.

Paige is at a curious age and she is starting to suspect her parents which I think is logical. I mean if you are living with parents who is all over the country at odd hours and often strange excuses, you will probably suspect especially if you are a teenager.

I am not a fan of flashbacks but I loved the flashbacks between Elizabeth and Leanne. The scene between Elizabeth and Jared really makes me sad.

I loved the scene between Elizabeth of Derek the shop worker. We probably seen such similar scenes 1000 times before on TV yet this one was done so well. The threats were so subtle and the fears so real. I loved it that Elizabeth did not take his life but took the photo of his son Danny instead.

Great stuff !
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Agree, can't say enough about the kids, if this show was any other like Homeland or worse 24, they'd be getting kidnapped every second episode, even the danger they got into hitchiking in season 1 was intense in an almost genuine way. They are just so likeable and talented with expressions and dialogue.
Flashback was interesting, obviously amid the "letter" discussion they had spied that target and carried out some gritty wetwork since they were washing blood off their hands and just matter of factly continued their earlier conversation.
That crowbar scene made me more uncomfortable than if I'd just seen the actual violence, this show has me on the edge of my seat like very few others.
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I'm typically not at a loss for spouting a variety of opinions (good or bad) on any given show...except this one. And I have no idea why.

I just fully enjoy and appreciate everything about this show. There isn't anything of any significance that I would change.

The Americans is about as dialed into the story it's telling than any thing I've ever seen. The producers know what they want and they do it. No more. No less.

Bravo!
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Agreed. I also think the show is starting to reach Mad Men level impressiveness as far as being a period piece. An FBI robot? Cool.
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I think the Americans is US reply for fantastic UK's 80's period piece Ashes to Ashes. And both shows have awesome music.
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My take on Aunt Helen is that she's a KGB agent whose job is to welcome new agents into the country and acclimatise them. So, I'm guessing that Phillip and Elizabeth stayed with her when they first arrived.
So, Shelly was probably a new spy due to arrive.

Can someone remind me where Paige got her name from? Did they do a family tree or something in S1? I can't remember.
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No, Aunt Helen is part of their cover. Pretending to think Paige was Shelly was part of her act.
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they first stayed in a hotel with AC when they got to America, remember?
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I love how the show is really letting us feel Elizabeth and Philip's terror for their children right now.

I worry that Oleg will be dangerous for Nina.
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Agreed. He's very snoopy and suspicious. He's going to cause problems.
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I love this show but I am SO CONFUSED! Who is "Aunt Helen" really? Is she an agent or is she just an elderly woman suffering Alzheimers or something?

WHY WHY WHY did she burn that letter omg I was hoping she would give it to him. And what in the world are they going to do about Paige?

See, I feel like I have missed a whole lot. The show was gone for so long that I can't remember anything except the vague outlines anymore :(

I almost died when I saw the TAB soda machine!! What a throwback, I could almost taste it LOL.
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"Aunt Helen" is a deep-under-cover KGB agent, like Philip and Elizabeth. She recognized Paige immediately -- as part of her fake identity as Elizabeth's great aunt, she has a photo of Elizabeth and Paige on her wall -- but she pretended to have dementia. She acted confused and called Paige "Shelley." When she later spoke with Philip on the telephone, she was fully clear and lucid.
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WHY did she burn that letter omg I was hoping she would give it to him.

My impression that even though keeping cover is paramount, she didn't give him the letter because it's in HIS best interest to never know. He loves his family, and given Elizabeth's current state, that memory isn't something she wanted to take away from him.

Or maybe I'm just a complete sap and it was all about business...lol
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I think it's definitely because it's in her best interest. If he tells anyone, there's going to be questions about the pretty lady who gave the letter to him, and more importantly, the FBI will have proof that the KGB has spies who have started families in the USA. They should be able to use this to figure out something about how such spies operate.

It's possible that she also thinks that it's in the boy's best interest, She may have a legitimate reason to think so. ("He needs to feel safe" is a reasonable argument). But she may also be deceiving herself.
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See that's what I thought too! I was hoping it was because she thought it was better if he never knew but still!! I'm thinking that she would want Henry and Paige to know if it happened to them. It seems more and more like that. This show is SO intriguing. I almost think it's gonna get yanked for being too smart. OR too close to some truths *queues Twilight Zone Music*
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I actually totally agreed with you. Elizabeth told Philip that she wanted to keep her promise. I think she was visiting Jared with the intention of actually giving him the letter but after talking to him, she realized it would break his heart if he ever knew the truth.

It was in HIS best interest as you pointed out. From the flashback, it seems the promise were made long ago so I guess Leanne probably would not blame her too since she was having his interest in mind. Added to that, who knows what will happened to Jared if the Soviets find out he knows.

So I really do not think it was business at all.
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"Aunt Helena" was faking Alzheimer. She's KGB.

Elizabeth had to burn the letter. She couldn't risk exposure.

I too think Nina is confused. She's starting to have feelings for Beeman.
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Nina is not having feelings for Beeman. That all went away when she realized he killed her friend from the embassy. She's all out for revenge.
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Wait...what? I clearly need to rewatch Season 1. These long breaks are hell for me to recover from. I have a vague recollection of someone getting killed but I don't remember the details. That would certainly go a long way to proving that she is just in it for revenge now.
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She wanted revenge in season 1 - true. But now? I'm not so sure anymore.
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Oh and I think that Nina isn't totally acting. I think she loves Beeman too. She just can't drop the ball now.
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Excellent episode. If someone doesn't nominate Keri Russell for an Emmy then the world is wrong.

This show is just good, even its bit players like Helen and the Mechanic guy were great in their respective roles of near craping himself at the thought of what Elizabeth was going to do to him with that crowbar to Helen faking Alzheimer's to cover the surprise of Paige visiting. I mean just those two little things were handled fantastically.

Paige is starting to annoy. I am still unclear of her motivation and would like the show to focus on that a bit more. I think a episode from her perspective could be great, you go a couple of years back and you see Peter and Elizabeth through her eyes and all of their comings and goings could be fantastic. But come guys, clearly there is more there than teenage rebellion and I think it is a story that should be told. Also I think there is a better than good chance that her new friend that she met on the bus is some type of watcher for the family.

Someone killed one of their teams. SOP would be to put eyes on their other teams in order to see if they can catch any surveillance that the team might be missing. Those teams with kids would have young agents on them in order to engage their children without any suspicion. I don't think it was a coincidence that we saw young Peter and Elizabeth this episode. It would make sense if the KGB did try to get someone close to Paige because she is coming of age and because the older boy was left from the other family.

The stuff with Beeman was great as well. It was nice to see him get a win, even though it was engineered by the KGB for him to win it. Nina is going to utterly destroy that guy and I really can't wait for it. When he realizes he has been had right before something drops or either Elizabeth or Peter kills him in season 5 is going to be worth the wait.

Excellent show. Just fantastic from start to finish.
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I think the girl on the bus is too young. But I was wondering about it too when she showed up.
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Remember Philip said The Center would "have someone on the kids"? I sort of felt the girl on the bus was that.
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Yes, I remember, and it sort of made me feel that way too. But I still don't think it's realistic because of her age.
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Not necessarily too young. Elizabeth likely started her training around 15 and that was back in the 50's if she is 42. The KGB was smart about intelligence gathering, they would have likely anticipated this type of thing and started them younger after that, 12, 13 etc. And we are not entirely sure as to the girl on the bus' age as of yet. I doubt the girl would be an experienced agent. This could very well be her first assignment.
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She could also be a turned asset and not actually from Russia. Heck, she could be the child of other KGB spies who was actually raised with knowledge of and loyalty to Russia.
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I agree that Paige is a pretty unsympathetic character. Kind of a brat.
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I like that line of thought. I also kind of like the idea of them presenting it to Paige. Though I am not sure she would take it. She seems kind of a brat, but that might be just her being a teenager.

But I do like the idea of some season down the line of Paige having to choose between her parents and her country.
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Elizabeth entered the KGB when she was 17 in about 1960. Remember season 1? She says as much. She said she moved to America at 22 (that was 1965.) This makes her 38 or 39 in January 1982.
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1. I'm so happy the 80's music returned to the Americans. It was fantastic to hear Peter Gabriel again. "Here comes the Flood" was his second song (the first one was "Game without frontiers" in season 1's final) featured in the show. More of such awesome tunes please!

2. Who is "Aunt Helen"? Will we ever find out her role in Elizabeth and Philip life? Was she their spy carer in the 70s?

3. Paige is snooping again. What's even worse - she met that girl Kelly - she's bad news - mark my words.

4. I was surprised that Elizabeth didn't kill the worker guy. That will one day bite her in her perfect bum, right?

5. I love that in season 2 Elizabeth's main concern are their kids. I feel her character has really grown from the cold stone b!tch we met in the pilot. At this point I believe that if Paige and Henry were in danger (or if something bad happened to them) Elizabeth could betray USSR in order to save / avenege them. Paige & Henry & Motherland

6. Nina is writing her KGB version of Vampire Diaries.

I loved "The Walki in" and I can't wait for the next episode.

Thanks for review, Ryan!
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Thanks for reading it! As far as Elizabeth and the shop guy, my ONLY sticking point was how in this guy's reality, he's thinking he might get beaten by a professional who works for a moving company. Wouldn't this guy feel the slightest bit confident that a daylight beating in the workplace would be a few steps past how far the current conflict had escalated? Eh, maybe I've never been beaten with a crowbar enough to know what the before-moments feel like. But still, what is this guy's day like where he's all "yeah, I might get beaten by a business woman with crowbar?" Maybe the union should step in...
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As far as I understand the guy was working for a military contractor. It's the 1982 and the cold war is at it's deadliest moment (believe it or nor but the Soviets had a real plan to invade West Berlin in 1983 and then kill us all with the nukes). He saw a lady who was checking the creates she had no right to touch. And then she grabed a crawbar. It was a clear sign she was ready to kill him. He probably guessed she's working for the soviets.
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Also they were alone in the hall. No one would help him if Elizabeth attacked.
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Aunt Helen is KGB and she is faking the Alzheimer's to avoid having answer anyone'squestions about Philip and Elizabeth. She was perfectly lucid when she spoke with Philip to report Page's visit. I agree that she was probably their first contact when they arrived in the US
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I agree on the Alzheimer thing. It's more then possible Aunt Helen was indeed their first KGB contact in US.
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What's even worse - she met that girl Kelly - she's bad news - mark my words.

Ya, that's got trouble written all over it. If I'm laying a bet, during a visit, she finds something she's not supposed to and Paige's friend "disappears"

Nina is writing her KGB version of Vampire Diaries.

Ha! It's funny cause it's true :)
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I think Kelly is the one who was put "on" the kids while Philip and Elizabeth were on their mission, hence her eagerness to chat up Paige on the bus. She will be critical in a later episode, I am sure, after Paige confides something to her that might blow her parents' cover and/or put her in danger
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Good eye. That's right. It does seem odd that Philip would go out of his way to mention that a KGB agent would be watching them, and us not getting hide-nor-hair of said agent. But that would mean Kelly would KNOW that Paige was headed for the bus, and I think she just told Henry about her last minute plans. Then again she could have been watching Paige make her way to the bus line and predicted her move. Is their house bugged?
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That didn't even occur to me. A fantastic idea.
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Enjoyed the episode. Saw the Aunt Helen thing coming, but I'm a little on the fence with Paige's new friend. What do you think the chances are that Paige's friend is KGB?

The Americans you're making me paranoid! I hope to g-d that Paige gets this snooping under control and just drops it.

You in danger girl!
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Paige's new friend does seem convenient doesn't it.
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As usual, this episode was pitch perfect. I keep wondering when Elizabeth will realize that her children are not growing up with the blind patriotic love for the USSR that she had, the love that made her dedicate her life to that country. Her children, for better or worse, are Americans. They are American citizens and are steeped in American culture. When and if Paige discovers what her parents are, she won't understand the love of country that drove them to that. She will think of them as enemies of HER country, the USA. I wonder how Elizabeth will handle that.
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So I missed last week, and PART of this week.

I saw the scene where Paige went to see "Aunt Helen" and was mistaken for someone else.

What was the significance of that? Did "Aunt Helen" confuse her for another spy-family's daughter?
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No, "Aunt Helena" was pretending to have Alzheimer to fob off Paige. She later called Philip and told him Paige visited her.
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Ok I'm confused.

Who was that baby at the end that a "young" Elizabeth was holding?

Was it Paige or was it implying that Elizabeth had another baby at an earlier time?
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It was Paige.

The Americans take place in 1982. Paige is about 15 years old. And Elizabeth told Philip in 1967 she's ready to become pregnant.
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I think the baby was supposed to be Paige. If the series is set in the early 80s, then Paige would have been born in the mid-to-late 60s. It looked kind of like the baby at the end was supposed to be the same baby in the picture with Elizabeth at "Aunt" Helen's place; Paige saw it, and realized that "Aunt Helen" definitely knew her mother, even if she wasn't exactly all there.
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this episode was ok, but the americans is moving at a snails pace right now. they need to pick things up a bit and let the bodies hit the floor. "Sucker for love" ass Stan is 'gettin carried' like a cold sucker. I can understand any man being under Nina's spell but damn. Just how good is da booty? You 'spose to be an upper level operative and familiar with the wily ways of the KGB, I can't wait to see the look on your face when you realize you got played.
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Okay, here are my theories:

1 -- Aunt Helen didn't mistake Paige for a dead daughter. Aunt Helen is KGB, and her place a safe house. She probably thought Paige was a new young agent just arriving, and when found out she wasn't "Shelly" becomes a cover story (don't mention the "make up the room" and "Raggety Ann lamp," that could easily be an identifying password. Plus, did you hear her voice when calling Philip? No confused and crazy sound there).

2 -- Kelly is likely an agent shadowing Paige. Remember Elizabeth and Philip talked about how "The Center" was sending people to watch their kids (under idea of protection).

3 -- Oh, and the happy-go-lucky, American-culture-loving Oleg Lgorevich from the lowly Science and Technology mission? Likely a KGB agent meant to observe/hit on Nina (probably under the orders of Arkady, who knows Nina already betrayed the Embassy once). Mainly because she may fall for Beeman, and lose interested in all The Motherland has to offer. Also love how Oleg dogged out The Captials hockey team as talentless!

The best place to place a spy is where no one would look. A perceived position with no power. WRONG! My father taught me once that if I wanted to know what was really going on in my company, make friends with the secretaries and the data processing people. And he was so right!

4 -- Derek? How long do you think before the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. figure out the Soviets have the new specs, and it could have only come from two places? He can identify Elizabeth and Philip.

4 -- I think Elizabeth did seriously want to keep her promise. But after seeing this broken kid, realized how unrealistic the promise was. It could have destroyed Jared (unless he became the guy from Subway), compromised her network which would bring FBI agents raining down on them, and put her whole family under risk of the KGB deciding to "clean house."

Overall, it was a very good episode. I especially like the idea that the show is slowly introducing forces outside the main core of characters that affect those characters actions. Plus, The Beatles' "Revolver" album was the goddamn bomb!
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"She probably thought Paige was a new young agent just arriving, and when found out she wasn't "Shelly" becomes a cover story"

Aunt Helen knew Paige's identity. As part of her cover story (Elizabeth's great aunt), she has a photograph of Elizabeth and Paige hanging on her wall. "Helen" knew that a curious Paige had found her on her own, a very dangerous thing in the spy world, so she feigned dementia, called Paige "Shelley," and said some silliness about a Raggedy Ann lamp. When "Helen" called Philip, later, she was 100% lucid and told Philip about Paige's rogue visit.
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I think the facial expressions from Nina while writing the report were an early indication that she might also have feelings for Beeman. She didn't look 'cold' to me at all in that scene. So yes, Oleg might be there to watch her, but he also just might be what he seems to be: a privileged son on an easy post that will cause problems because of his behavior.
I still believe that Nina ultimately wants o get asylum through Beeman and get out of the whole spy business.
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No, those facial expressions were thoughts of how she was toying with him and looking forward to her revenge for him killing her friend.
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Aunt Helen was definitely putting on an act. By appearing as a dementia ridden, older woman, she provided a cover for how Paige and Henry have never met her before. I think she realized from the start who Paige was and that it was important that Paige not realize who Helen really is, or what her relationship with the Jennings really is. The whole "Shelly" thing was an intentional act for cover - hence why once Paige was gone she called Philip.
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I loved the feeling watching this episode how Elizabeth and Phillip always seem in control as spies but are totally out of their league when it comes to trying to control an American teenaged girl. I have a feeling that the girl has only started down the path of rebellion and while Phillip seems ill equipped to deal with her lies, I feel sorry for any guy that tries to take advantage of her daddy issues.
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So Aunt Helen's not a figment of P&E's imagination, she's not a name they picked out of the phone book, and she's not some senile old woman whose house they planted family photos in (which is what I immediately thought when I saw a picture of Elizabeth holding a baby hanging on Helen's wall). She's a KGB agent. I wonder what she does in rural Pennsylvania when she's not providing a once-in-a-decade cover story for P&E or letting them know when one of their kids comes snooping. Is she Aunt Helena to other KGB spies? Just how extensive is the KGB's network in the U.S.? How did they get them all here? Flights from Europe? Did they walk across the Canadian border? A yacht to Miami? Did they swim ashore from a Russian submarine? Or did they parachute in like Red Dawn?
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There were towns in Russia where they trained the agents to infiltrate the US. They were only allowed to speak english, they saturated them with American culture. And they slipped people into the US with varied methods.
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The KGB network in the US was extremely extensive. As were the equivalent American networks in the USSR.
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How KGB agents got into the US? This is around 1981, 20 years before 9/11, so they flew in using well falsified documents or under the cover of diplomatic couriers. And the CIA did the same.

Back then I was 17, in college in Indiana, brought a fake ID that said I was from Rhode Island -- and was able to use that ID for 3 years before someone busted me. People weren't as serious about checking identities back then.
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why were you using Fake ID . Were U also KGB o_O
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