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  1. Maybe he'll never have Lexie's parents' life, but at least Mike finally got off his butt and started making his own life a little less depressing. Good for him!
  2. Wow, it's like hair police headquarters in here! Hitler haircut? Man bun = bad, telegraphs douchiness to the world. It's European, people! And now we throw in Darren's face that not only was he dumb, he had no hair! You guys are a bunch of Mikes, aren't you? What was it he told Brick, "I like your haircut, it's not flashy, but it's consistent"? Question. Does anyone have personal experience with becoming in-laws with people you already knew and were friends with? I wonder if and how becoming in-laws changes that relationship.
  3. I don't know about this. Didn't Sean drop that snowglobe in the trash because he decided to back off after Axl had inadvertently convinced him that Sue was not available? Had Sean figured out that wasn't true before he made his school choice? It seemed to me that he had not seen Sue nor Axl until he showed up at the Hecks' house and told her where he would be going. Of course, he might have made the choice to just go after her regardless. And now he must see that he has no reason not to tell her how he feels about her, right? He was about to do it then, what's holding him back now? He was, but on the other hand he knew exactly how his appearance at Brick's career day was going to go, and that Brick wasn't going to like it either way. So by simply saying no he achieved about the same result with less effort. Efficient! I think my favorite bit was Brick's "Sometimes I even think I hear Dad sneak out the back door when I am about to enter the house..." - after we actually have seen Mike do just that with Nancy!
  4. It will prevent repeated attempts though. I'll show myself out.
  5. It's not just the convenience, it the whole way of life, the routine. The way you organize your life, the way you move around, shop, the people you interact with. Everything you know would all be gone and replaced with something completely unfamiliar. You can't really look forward to that without uneasiness even if you anticipate that things will be fine. Even something as trivial as watching your favorite TV shows - if you were to drop everything and move to a country where you know you won't be able to keep watching The Americans (a more gripping season that this one, let's say), wouldn't that give you pause? He'd make a perfect Stewie Griffin, wouldn't he? I almost died when he declared that he'd reported P&E for entertaining and acting upon petty bourgeois thoughts.
  6. There is a certain logic there though, even if it's based on a false premise. Tuan believes that he taught Pasha well enough to survive, and if Pasha does, as Tuan expects, the attempted suicide just might convince his mother to take him back to Russia. And if all this doesn't go according to his plan and Evgeniya ends up not returning to Moscow, so what, she is not returning to Moscow the way things are anyhow, the operation (in Tuan's view) is already down the drain, so why not try this? You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take, to go with a hockey quote. Now, why Tuan thinks that P&E have exhausted all other possible options, I have no idea, he may be absolutely and terribly wrong there, but the rest of the plan computes.
  7. Tuan's idea is that Evgeniya will want to go back to Russia after this regardless of whether Pasha survives or not, either out of despair or to finally protect Pasha from all this. It's a theory he is testing, I suppose. I am actually kind of fascinated with how he approached the problem. If what he was doing wasn't working, he figured they'd need to escalate. What would get to Evgeniya finally? Say, Dee, do you have kids? What's that like? You'd do anything for them, huh... I mean, his solution was absolutely sick and possibly short-sighted, but he was goal-oriented to the extreme. Yeah, there's no way that scrawny dude is a hockey player ;). The whole situation was a laugh riot. Sofia and him show up, our FBI guys are like "what the...", Gennady is all "I love what y'all are doing here, with the treason and stuff, very cool, I'm behind that one hundred percent. Thanks so much. Here's some memorabilia. Btw, $500 doesn't seem enough." And Aderholt was priceless, his face kept going between the "what the hell?" expression and all kinds of polite and "happy for you" faces you make during your normal social interactions. Sofia doesn't even have to be a plant. If she simply reported Stan and Aderholt's contact, and the KGB decided to use it, this is exactly what it would look like. They'd tell her to mention a guy the FBI would be interested in, then introduce him in person, then he'd try to ingratiate himself with them. Really, she has been leading this whole thing, the FBI is just reacting. At least they know not to trust all this blindly, it appears. My take on P&E's visit to Pastor Tim was that they may not necessarily have done it for the value of his advice, but maybe in part to show him they trust him completely and value his opinion, just to tickle his sense of self-importance. And he does have experience counselling on this sort of things, this is what he does for a living, so why not listen to what he has to say? Although yes, just coming out and telling him they are taking the kids to the USSR looks a bit risky.
  8. Well, she has produced Gennady who they are interested in as a KGB courier. Plus the autographed picture of the 1976 Soviet hockey team - there's return on investment right there.
  9. All the KGB needs to know is that the FBI is looking at Sofia. Then they offer up a double agent and see where it goes from there. And like Aderholt (or Stan) said, the way Gennady was approaching them was exactly like a lesson at Quantico on how a KGB spy would do it. I did love how Gennady and Sofia just showed up there and started negotiating like that.
  10. The foot rowing was invented to keep hands free to hold an umbrella, is that what Phil said? Someone should start working on a foot rice-planting technique so those poor rice farmers could finally chuck their large hats.
  11. That's exactly what Oleg's story line is. It's like a middle school play written by a six grader who is not very good at it. We are told a linear story that boils down to "and then this person they caught named that guy, then they talked to that guy and he named the next person, and it's all so impressive in it's scale and scope." But we never know any of these people to care or feel anything particularly impressive there (we are just told it is all impressive). Nor do we ever get a chance to figure out anything that is not fed to us by this "writer." Once I got that there is bribery and corruption, there is nothing interesting shown there anymore. "You don't know who you are dealing with! It's Kirillov himself!" Who?
  12. Yes, remember how visibly happy and optimistic she was when she was with Matthew? Me neither.
  13. That's got to be some kind of psychological weapon, right? Between the Pom-poms and the tutus, who could muster enough seriousness to attack these guys?
  14. Yes and no. For many Soviet citizens, especially of the kind P and E are, with their upbringing, a religious wedding was not really their roots. A Soviet person wouldn't automatically think "church" when thinking about getting married. They really would think "City Hall." One (Soviet) Russian word meaning "to make a marriage official" was "raspisat'sya," which literally means "to sign on the line." And Claudia or some other commanding officer from the embassy could probably officiate for them (provided it was permitted, desirable, precautions taken to protect their identities, etc.) But I absolutely agree that, as a symbolic act, this was the best for Mikhail and Nadezhda. Nothing "official" or "legal," all that was irrelevant for them, I think. It was just real and true, with their real names, real language, real feelings. Even Elizabeth got into it.
  15. That threw me too, I didn't realize she just flies in to see Stan once in a while. This is not at all like Deirdre's and Ben's deal in Topeka, right? I am looking forward to Stan and Aderholdt storming a bathroom stall at JFK to grab the Soviet hockey guy and his pouch (yeah, I heard it). I like how Sofia was like "You rented this nice empty apartment in my building, huh... You know, I got a guy now. Gennady... Can the FBI help me with babysitting?" I am a little surprised Philip even thought to have a church ceremony. I'm sure he was not brought up in the USSR thinking that this is how things should be, a religious ceremony per se probably means nothing to him and Elizabeth (as evidenced by his "I know, God, right?" to Elizabeth), it does not in itself make their marriage real. Funny, too, how the priest was telling them that, as soon as one of them gets to Moscow, they need to file the paperwork to make the marriage official with the Soviet state. But it really was something real for them, something they entered into as their real selves, without disguise.