The Americans (2013– )
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Mutually Assured Destruction 

A German assassin has been ordered to kill American scientists involved in the ABM program. After the mission is aborted, Phillip and Elizabeth must stop him and prevent a possible war, without having any idea of his identity.

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The KGB hired a hit-man to murder US scientist involved in the missile defense shield program but changed its mind, fearing the backlash. Philip and Elisabeth must find and stop him, without details. They track him down, but can't prevent a bomb taking out a scientist and an FBI agent on guard, so grim retaliation is sworn. Both sides profit from pillow talk, as new rezident Arkafy has inherited the undetected mole, but Elisabeth's jealousy over Philip's relationship with the mother of his son undermines their 'front' marriage, which is now only kept together by parenting. Written by KGF Vissers

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The title comes from the Cold War doctrine that neither side would start a nuclear war, since the other side would have time to respond in kind, with the inevitable result of each other's total destruction. See more »

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When the arms dealer goes to the stairs to retrieve his hidden camera for Elizabeth and Phillip, the lower half of crew member in black is clearly visible behind him. When the camera returns to him, the crew member is gone. See more »

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Nina Krilova: What do you want with us? One day, with Arkady and the others at the Rezidentura? Do you want to put them in jail?That's how policeman thinks, not how spies think. We want everyone to stay right where they are, and bleed everything they know out of them. Forever.
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Written by: Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
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The Americans Mutually Assured Destruction
20 March 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

With most American marriages sometime the husband and wife get divorced and Philip and Elizabeth have been together for such a long time and now they seem to be separating to keep their mission first over feelings which lately is all Elizabeth has seemed to be doing. Elizabeth found the truth of Philip with Irena which really pushed her to her final decision. The search for the KGB mole has seemed to slow down keeping Nina safe for the moment and she gets to have some fun with Stan with the new apartment they meet in. Philip spent most of the episode as Clarke as he slept with Martha twice even though she works closely in the FBI which lead to a jealous Chris following her home which cannot be good thing for Philip as his identity could be blown. The story line involving Stan was maybe a bit better but I still find him a weak part to the show and Margo in her one scene per episode is nice because on screen she is compelling as she makes this small role as a KGB officer a nice addition especially when Claudia speaks with Elizabeth in the car. Nice episode but not one of their best ever.

EPISODE GRADE: B- (MVP: Kerri Russell)


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