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People should not forget we are only THREE episodes in. We needed this ep (and the last one) to build the foundations of what is clearly the emotional heart and content of the show, and the foundations of stories to come. Yes it was slower paced but it was so much richer in emotional content. This marriage is changing and Elizabeth ending a 15 year liaision because she's falling in love with her husband is not something you see everyday on tv. Phillip's hurt and devastation was palable, but it's clear they can't go back to just being colleagues who happen to be married. And standing O for Matthew Rhys and his performance tonight. He was incredible.
This ep, while still great, was a bit weaker than the others. "Grannie" is great. I hope we start to learn more about Philip's past. It's too one-sided on what we know about the characters before they were who they are now.
I'm torn on the whole (years-long, emotional as well as physical) affair. While her attempt to explain helps me get there a bit, I still have trouble imagining a situation where a committed-to-the-cause, follow-the-KGB-rules agent would risk telling/recruiting an American or where a woman with such clear, serious issues with intimacy would be swayed by a "passionate" man. But I'm willing to go with it because it gave us great insight into the character and conflict for the relationship between P & E.
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