In Moscow, Viktor Zhukov is assassinated in the escalating tensions between the two countries. When Elizabeth learns that her personal mentor has been murdered she risks everything to avenge his death.

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Philip's single alter-ego meets his "bride's" devout parents. failing to talk Elizabeth out of gruesome revenge for the murder of her mentor, KGB general Zhykov, he helps her kidnap FBI director Richard Patterson who ordered it, despite Moskow's refusal to indulge in revenge, but they ultimately release him in one piece. FBI agent Beeman's wife bitterly tells him and consoling neighbor Elisabeth she no longer believes he always works late, suspecting infidelity. His KGB lover Nina is meanwhile promoted. * Written by KGF Vissers

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When Elizabeth leaves the agent on a bench outside of a park, the flag of the State of New York is clearly visible, despite the fact that the scene was meant to take place in Washington D.C. See more »

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It makes the world go round
17 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

Elizabeth wanted to kill Paterson, the "architect" of Zhukov's killing, because she loved Zhukov. Claudia wanted her to do it for the same reason, I think that's true. Phillip helped Elizabeth in her crazy pursuit because he loved her. This is the way the world works sometimes.

I'm sure that many other viewers were like me, expecting that Elizabeth would change her mind about killing Paterson in the end. In fact, I'm pretty sure the writers set us up to feel just that, which speaks to their and Keri Russell's abilities. What Russell and the writers also did, though, was carry us through Elizabeth's moment of self-realisation, coming not from her own conscience, but from the mouth of a womanising CIA middleman. "Do you love anyone?" She didn't want to hear that, especially from someone like him. Zhukov's role in showing Elizabeth what true love is only made the question more biting.

Good writers give all their characters backstories. I'm sure that Paterson's backstory includes true love, somehow lost, and that his own behaviour is an unconscious form a self-punishment. "No more true love for you, not when you screwed it up so royally that other time!" Stan's destruction of both his marriage and his affair just seems like more context. Clearly he doesn't love himself anymore.

At least Elizabeth seems aware now how much she still loves Phillip, though neither can admit it yet. Admitting love makes you vulnerable, and Phillip and Elizabeth's lives are all about avoiding such risks.

I'll be sorry to see this season end, but am glad a second season is on its way.


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