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That said, the spy stuff was pretty cool this week too. Claudia is a spanner in the works for sure. Gregory was an excellent character/plot device and I'm sure we'll see him again, if only to contrast the then and now. I really like that the show is not in a hurry to show the Jennings turning against years of indoctrination. The seeds have been planted but it's going to take alot more time for them to really sprout. Them letting Robert's wife be driven off knowing she would be killed was cold-blooded but also reminds us what and who they work for. It's unpleasant to know what these two are capable of but it's also very real and I like that.

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People should not forget we are only THREE episodes in. We needed this ep (and the last one) to build the foundations of what is clearly the emotional heart and content of the show, and the foundations of stories to come. Yes it was slower paced but it was so much richer in emotional content. This marriage is changing and Elizabeth ending a 15 year liaision because she's falling in love with her husband is not something you see everyday on tv. Phillip's hurt and devastation was palable, but it's clear they can't go back to just being colleagues who happen to be married. And standing O for Matthew Rhys and his performance tonight. He was incredible.

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This ep, while still great, was a bit weaker than the others. "Grannie" is great. I hope we start to learn more about Philip's past. It's too one-sided on what we know about the characters before they were who they are now.

I'm torn on the whole (years-long, emotional as well as physical) affair. While her attempt to explain helps me get there a bit, I still have trouble imagining a situation where a committed-to-the-cause, follow-the-KGB-rules agent would risk telling/recruiting an American or where a woman with such clear, serious issues with intimacy would be swayed by a "passionate" man. But I'm willing to go with it because it gave us great insight into the character and conflict for the relationship between P & E.




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