Kinda disappointed to hear that Martha will be back - I've never seen the point of marrying her and she seems too much of an idiot for her (relatively) senior job - she's more or less Nina's counterpart and you wouldn't believe she'd be so gullible. But I don't cast the show, I just watch it!
But as for this episode, I felt the standout was Arkady. I loved the "I've never heard of this protocol" "That's because I just invented it!" exchange. His carrot & stick approach with Nina was well played, too. I actually think it was making Nina speak the oath last week that brought her back into the fold (though believing Stan killed Vlad(?) certainly helped). Glad to hear that she'll be back anyway - don't have much hope for her "turning" Stan, but It'll be interesting to see how long she could string him along. Granny was great, too (I'll be sorry to see her go) and suitably badass in taking down the CIA guy (I'm sure that was an unauthorised hit).
But the heart of the series will always be Philizabeth. Even a cold hearted cynic like me couldn't help but be moved by their reconciliation (and although I'm not a fan of the "personal" stuff, I'd love to see them "renewing their vows" since it works both for their cover and their "real" identities).
BW Manilowe The scene where Phillip discovers Elizabeth's been shot reminded me, kind of a lot, of the scene in S2 of The West Wing where Ron Butterfield, the President's lead Secret Service Agent, discovers that President Bartlet has, indeed, been shot
Me too! Amazing what adrenaline will do. I don't know who's meant to have fired the shot, but with all the bullets that were flying it could have been a ricochet off the car door (which was how Reagan was hit IRL).
Artemis Is it realistic that the Soviets caught on that early about SDI?
Well, the late Mrs T thought it wouldn’t work, either, saying she knew because she was a scientist (though as her scientific training was in Chemistry, it's doubtful her scientific knowledge really made any difference).
Jodhaa Calling the FBI agent who almost just caught you? Doesn't make sense to me.
Or it shows a level of cool that makes Philip a great spy – obviously, if you were a spy the last person you’d ask for a favour would be the FBI officer chasing you.
Hal25 I recall reading the real sleepers this is based on did have a slight accent, but told everyone they were Canadian and most of them fell for it!
Well, it worked on SG-1!