The Americans: Season 1, Episode 8

Mutually Assured Destruction (20 Mar. 2013)

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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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An action episode.
30 May 2013 | by (Winnipeg) – See all my reviews

Everyone's favourite K G B couple is thrown into another ugly situation. The couple has to find an out source assassin who is contracted to kill American scientists. Mutually Assured Destruction unravels how the K G B agents track down the assassin, and how the assassin works. The confrontations and activities are quite violent. Mutually Assured Destruction is an adrenaline pumping episode. I bet the K G B agents enjoy their work. The hotel scene is memorable. The episode resonates with the viewer. The assassin enjoys his work and refuses to give up the hunt. This episode is a turning point episode as it turns the heat up on the series. I give M A D an eight out of ten.

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