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As Philip investigates the fallout from the last operation, Elizabeth sticks close to home, concerned for her family until she gets a mysterious distress signal. Meanwhile, a walk-in arrives at the Rezidentura - providing both Nina and Stan with unique opportunities. Written by Anonymous

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At one point Gaad jokes about the Russians copying the space shuttle. As it turned out they did just that. In 1988 the Buran made a successful launch and orbited the Earth twice before returning. It never flew again. See more »

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(at around 16 mins) An aerial shot shows the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and an unidentified Wasp-class amphibious assault ship in dock. While the episode is set in 1982, the Harry S. Truman was not commissioned until 1998 and the Wasp-class did not enter service 1989. See more »

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I am familiar with the works of John Le Carré
11 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

So Fred the spy reads spy novels, but can he fly like JL Seagull?

No great reveals in this episode, just moving the plot forward. Martha gets a gun - Chekov (the author, not the spaceman) would be pleased. Elizabeth is justifiably paranoid about her children, but can still mentor a spy-in-training. Stan shows he really is an FBI agent, and Nina resists Oleg's "charms".

One thing I'm not sure of. Do the Russians know that Stan shot Vlad? Arkady answered the phone back when Stan bargained Vlad for Amador last season. Arkady pleaded for Vlad's release, so I'd be surprised if he would forget Stan's voice. Yet in this episode he listens to Stan on the recording, and it's not clear if he and Nina are reacting to Stan's nonchalance or his guilt.

Of course, the last scene is the best, Russell and Rhys brilliantly demonstrating their characters' realisation of their situation and future. When they speak of Emmett and Leanne's son's outlook, Elizabeth asks "Taken care of how?", and we and they know the answer. Loose ends aren't allowed in what they do, and that's all the son is now.

This really is the best show on television right now, bar none.


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