The Americans

Season 1 Episode 8

Mutually Assured Destruction

19
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 20, 2013 on FX
8.9
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Phillip and his wife find that they are racing against their FBI neighbor when tasked with preventing the assassinations of top US scientists. Meanwhile, Elizabeth is shocked by Claudia's revelationsconcerning Phillip and Irina.

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  • Slow but still interesting.

    8.5
    Things move slowly on The Americans unfortunately. And that is the show's biggest weakness for me. Not always - there have been two or three very fast-paced episodes for sure - but you could easily miss this episode and not really miss much of the storyline if you were to pick it up again next week.



    Despite the slow development, there were some interesting events in the Jennings marriage. Wondering what this will lead to next.



    The cool thing about this show is that great foundations have been established. Here's hoping they can build on it and improve.moreless
  • Mutually Assured

    6.0
    Another painfully slow-moving episode of The Americans here, and they did not even have any drama. Not only was there a lack of drama, but there was a lack of action, deceit, trickery, and everything that makes the show what it is.



    Maybe 13 episodes was a bad idea for this kind of series.
Chris Sullivan (I)

Chris Sullivan (I)

Assassin

Guest Star

Shuler Hensley

Shuler Hensley

Weapons Dealer

Guest Star

Vitaly Benko

Vitaly Benko

Vlad

Guest Star

Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas

Agent Gaad

Recurring Role

Annet Mahendru

Annet Mahendru

Nina Krilova

Recurring Role

Susan Misner

Susan Misner

Sandra Beeman

Recurring Role

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