The Americans Recap: We Had an Arrangement

“If you start to think of your marriage as real, you’re of no use to us.”

Claudia, a.k.a. Granny, says that to her distrustful KGB agent Elizabeth Jennings in an early scene in “Mutually Assured Destruction.” (What a great title!) The minute she said it, I realized that some of the commenters on last week’s recap were likely right about that business in New York, with Phillip sleeping with an old flame (Irina, a.k.a. Anne from Montreal) who tells him he has a son he didn’t know about, and invites him to leave his wife and kids and start over with her and the boy. A comment by SayWhatNow is so prescient that I’m going to quote it at length here: Read More...


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