At home that night, the Jenningses drink a couple of vodka shots before bed. Because their bedroom set wasn't yet certain that they were Russian. Dead giveaway, kids. He asks why she never told him about Timoshev and she says they weren't supposed to talk about their old lives. She frets about his dangerous things are about to get, but he reminds her that they've been doing this a long time. She clasps his hand in hers, a new move for her and begins to tell him about her childhood. Her father was killed fighting the Nazis in WWII. Her real name is Nadezhda. Breaking ALL the rules!
Flashback: Northern Virginia, 1965. Philip and Elizabeth arrive at their new home for the first time. They marvel at something called an "air conditioner" and smile nervously at each other. He touches her hair and she says, "I'm not ready." He's fine with it, I guess, but he's like, "Eventually we'll be expected to have kids." Elizabeth instead psychs herself up with talk of how there's a "weakness" in the American people.
I guess the counterpoint to that is supposed to be Stan Beeman, who is so not weak that he can't stride across the street, breaks into the Jenningses' garage and goes snooping in their car trunk. So he IS onto them. Or maybe just wildly suspicious and he got lucky. Either way, the trunk is spotless. Nice job, Elizabeth. Disappointed, Stan trudges back to the street. Then, the Love Theme from The Americans ("Tusk") starts playing again and as Stan makes his exit, he walks right past Philip, lurking in the shadows, gun in hand, ready to go out blazing if he has to. Quite the change of heart from a few days ago. Defector no more. Now, Philip's intentions are as complicated, confused and varied as the Fleetwood Mac album that bears this episode's name. TUSK!
Joe R is watching that clock for Margo Martindale. He can be reached for lavish praise and nothing but at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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