This episode established that the Jennings are really vulnerable. Even with their awesome wigs and crazy costumes, someone will eventually piece things together and find out what they really are. Of course we know that in the end, our favorite spy couple will be exposed. What we don’t know is how.
At the present, two people are doing their best to find these Russian illegals. One is Stan Beeman who found out (with the help of Frank Gaad and Martha) that Emmett and Leanne were spies. The second one is Larrick who for some reason found out where the phone operations guy conducts his phone operations.
For some people who got confused how he ended up there, you’re not alone. I had to search the internet to find out how he did it. But if you remember the episode where Lucia got killed, he has a way to contact the KGB. It’s highly likely that it was through a phone number because of the speed on Elizabeth getting to Larrick’s house immediately. Case in point, Larrick has a phone number which he traced by opening the box where all the phone lines are connected.
Another confusing thing was he went to a basement beside the actual address of the switchboard operator. This was only pure coincidence because he noticed something fishy about the window. I know, it doesn’t make me happy either that the show runners and the writers didn’t think that what they were doing was confusing.
What did make me happy was Pete Townsend’s song for Yousaf. The Americans is known for its musical scores and Townsend’s It Must Be Done didn’t disappoint. The great song was fluid through the swimming pool assassination scene interjected with the hotel room sex scene. It’s too early to tell but Towsend, plus the assassination, plus the sex scene might just be the most memorable thing that happened this season.
After the murder, Elizabeth had a smoke. Last episode we saw Philip have a total emotional breakdown after killing some dudes and leaving one in the woods. The only thing that Mrs. Jennings had to do was light a cigarette and everything was fine in the world. It’s also a good sign (probably) that Elizabeth is coming back to her original form, the uber effective killing machine. Even Philip was back to his old self with the corny jokes and his loving fatherly ways. This is good because the viewers don’t want to watch the Jennings to be all depressed for the whole season. One sad episode is enough and now, everything is back to business.
Overall, this episode was great. The whole Larrick finding the switchboard operator guy was really confusing but in the end everything was still excellent. The pace of the show sped up as Larrick now has a way to either contact Kate or find out where she lives. It’s safe to say that sooner or later, Larrick will find out where Philip and Elizabeth reside. Finally, a fitting villain for our protagonists!