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  1. There you see one big difference between a relatively free society and a totalitarian one. Orwell based 1984 on the USSR. He didn't exaggerate all that much. In the mythology of "The Americans," I don't believe Elizabeth and Philip divorce after going home. That last episode, she surrendered to him, ideologically and emotionally. A complete 180 on her part, that seemed to take place almost overnight. Someone in another thread described that change as magical: I agree. But it's what the show gave us -- canon if you like -- and the entire final half hour or so strongly suggests to me P&E are meant to stay together forever.
  2. Henry is smart, maybe brilliant. A multi-talented high achiever. He doesn't need his parents so much, and in fact never has. He's also quite stable emotionally, sure of himself, a problem solver. I think Henry will turn out just fine, and it won't take him all that long either.
  3. S06.E10: START

    True, but he can't admit that without admitting he, too, knew.
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    I kinda think the exact opposite may be true. Stan, no longer in counter-intelligence, saw what no one in that division did. He even gave them the warning, which they ignored/laughed at. He was proven right, and they acknowledged that. Stan's stock in the FBI may have just risen.
  5. "The Americans" Part 2

    Since I sometimes (often?) have an adolescent sense of humor... A few years after getting back to the USSR, Philip meets a young KGB lieutenant colonel named V. Putin. They hit it off, realizing each has had some shared experiences. The friendship quickly grows into a professional relationship: Philip knows a winning horse when he sees it and hitches onto this one. By year 2000, Philip is one of Putin's most trusted aides, the guy who understands US people and culture better than any other on Putin's staff. By 2010, Philip is a multi-billionaire Russian oligarch, with business ventures around the globe. In a surprising twist, he divorces Elizabeth and her black heart, and marries none other than kind-hearted Martha. Of course like any billionaire oligarch, mistresses are a dime a dozen. On the other side of the Atlantic, Stan has recruited Henry, who is desperate to make amends for his traitorous parents. Thus we see the major pieces of the chess match that is "The Americans, part 2: Philip vs Henry."
  6. S06.E10: START

    Philip's (and Elizabeth's) instincts are honed like those of few other people on the planet. Their survival depends on their ability to quickly and accurately read people. The fact that both their alarm bells rang off over Renee is pretty damning. The three years are trivial, if Renee is there for the long game. Also, 1) Stan transferred out of counter-terrorism, 2) Renee may well get a job inside the FBI, and 3) the Jennings are still there. i.e. she has plenty of reasons to stick around.
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    The FBI would have to find the cars. Find Paige's hair in those cars. Identify DNA from that hair, which is not a simple thing -- apparently they need the root of the hair (from under the scalp), and even then it's not 100%. For example, crimemuseum website says, "The hair shaft does not contain nDNA, so the 100-150 strands of hair most people lose daily will not contain a root or nDNA, but it does have mitochondrial DNA (mDNA). MDNA, which cannot be used for individualization, can narrow the source of the hair down to a certain family group (mDNA is passed from mother to all offspring). So there is 'if' piled on 'if,' all done in the mid-to-late 1980s, when DNA testing was in its infancy. Odds to my unexpert mind seem real real low.
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    Don't know, but seems like Washington DC would be a magnet for them. I agree with you overall about the writing. But I was willing to play along anyway. e.g. I found the garage scene absurd but also gripping. We've waited six years for the reveal: I sure wanted to see how things unfolded. Same for most of the sixth season. It worked better than, say, the fifth season, because it brought to a head the key tensions, plots and question marks that had built up since the premier. The concept, acting and themes were powerful enough to overcome writing shortcomings, at least for me.
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    Having an inside source married to an FBI agent is a potential gold mine for the KGB. If Renee somehow gets a job with the FBI, better still. i.e. plenty of reasons for Renee to stay.
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    I think she was going to say, "you might have managed the local EST chapter."
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    Can you point me to any sources that divorce rates for undercover agents?
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    Me too!
  13. S06.E10: START

    I think Paige went to Claudia's because she thought it was safe, and she didn't have anyplace else to go. The family house was out. So were the travel agency and her apartment. But how would the US authorities connect Claudia to anything? Also, the apartment gave her something familiar to hold onto, right when her entire world was falling apart. It held a sense of family, which she craves. It may also have had some assets she could sell, if she needed to raise quick cash. One thing for sure. Her childhood is officially over now.
  14. S06.E10: START

    Soldiers fighting a war may separate from their families for years. They want to be with them, but they understand the need to defend their country. Stan was like that, in a way. A soldier in the war to save his nation against subversive threats, internal or external.
  15. S06.E10: START

    I think she could easily get jobs. I also don't think she's stupid. Naive, gullible, idealistic, and more than anything else, young. She had an idyllic childhood, that did not prepare her for a life of deception. Well, the real Americans (Paige and Henry) stayed. The phony ones (P&E) went home. But I wonder if they can ever really go home after their decades in America?