For once, on "The Americans," Liz and Phillip had a mission us actual Americans can get behind- a little afternoon delight, if you know what I mean and I think that you do. Alas, it was short-lived, as on this show, no one stays "In Control" of their own lives for long. No sooner are they basking in the afterglow of their newly-minted loving marriage reboot than they leave the room they rented to discover that all hell has broken loose.
It seems that the President has been shot, and naturally, the US thinks Russia is somehow involved. The Soviet military is stabilizing, and everyone is scared that a war could break out at any minute. Phillip immediately goes to visit source Charles Duluth, aka Agent "Sparrow," a conservative magazine writer that "used to be a Socialist," while Liz goes to get in touch with their local contact.