It’s autumn 1987 and as a major arms control summit looms, Elizabeth is pushed to her limits as never before. Meanwhile, Philip has settled into running the newly expanded travel agency – until an unexpected visitor makes a disquieting request.
At Claudia's safe house, she, Paige and Elizabeth watch a Russian movie. Paige leaves and Claudia give Elizabeth orders from the Center to travel to Mexico City to meet with a General Kovtun of the Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces. Claudia claims to not know what the meeting is about. In Moscow, Arkady, now deputy chief of Directorate S and a Gorbachev supporter, approaches Oleg, who now works for his father, Igor, at the Ministry of Transportation. Oleg is married with an infant son. Detailing that the KGB is divided in its support for Gorbachev, he appeals to Oleg to undertake a mission to the US to discover Elizabeth's activities for the anti-Gorbachev KGB faction by using Philip.
You're lucky they didn't shoot you.
Kovtun tells Elizabeth about "Dead Hand," a nuclear doomsday device, and the KGB's plan to overthrow Gorbachev if it is traded for the US "Star Wars" program at an upcoming arms summit. (♫ Peter Gabriel - We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37) ♫) Kovtun asks Elizabeth to spy on Soviet negotiator Fyodor Nesterenko, who is meeting with American negotiators including Glenn Haskard. In order to complete "Dead Hand", American technology will need to be stolen. Kovtun also gives Elizabeth a necklace containing a cyanide pill to take if captured. Philip gives the staff of the agency a pep talk, lauding the personal touches Lacey and Rick use in their pitches to clients.
You can't be arrested.
Philip, Elizabeth and Paige have dinner at Stan's with Renee, Agent Aderholt, his wife Janine and baby son, Calvin. Stan and Paige argue about politics and discuss Henry's hockey prowess. After dinner, in private, Elizabeth hears Renee asking Janine about Gennadi and Sofia, who Stan is still running as sources with Aderholt. In Moscow, Oleg has decided to accept Arkady's mission, much to the dismay of his wife, Elina. Saying his mission will make a better future for Russia and his son, Elina sobs and doesn't believe he'll return. Oleg arrives in Washington while Elizabeth surveils the negotiators. Later, while posing as "Stephanie", a home nurse, Elizabeth brings dinner to Haskard's home where she is taking care of his wife, Erica, who is an artist and is terminally ill. (♫ Talking Heads - Listening Wind ♫)
I can handle a college student.
Relieving "Colleen", "Stephanie" looks at one of Erica's paintings and says she's not into art. In order to foster comradery at work, Philip has the staff of Dupont Circle Travel, including Stavos, Rick and Lacey join him for weekly country line dancing nights. (♫ Mel McDaniel - Louisiana Saturday Night ♫) "Stephanie" checks on a sleeping Erica and stares at one of her paintings. Oleg leaves a chalk mark on the side of a mail box. Driving to work the next morning, Philip sees the meeting signal Oleg left on the mail box. (♫ Fleetwood Mac - Gold Dust Woman ♫) Paige is part of the team surveiling the negotiators which includes Hank, Marilyn and Norm. Thinking about the signal, Philip tells Stavos he's leaving work early and picks up a dead drop left by Oleg.
Stavos' first time line dancing.
While Paige is on a surveillance detail, a young U.S. security officer tries to coerce her for a date by taking her fake college ID. Paige tells Elizabeth about the incident and she lies to Paige that it's not a concern. Elizabeth then stabs Hanley in the neck and recovers the ID. Having decoded the message in the dead drop, Oleg and a disguised Philip meet. Oleg tells him about the anti-Gorbachev faction in the KGB and appeals to Philip's patriotism. Saying he wants Philip to report on what Elizabeth is doing and stop her if necessary, Oleg tells Philip he has no immunity and is risking everything for a better Russia. Philip doesn't want to betray his wife and start spying again. Oleg says he'll wait to hear from him. That night, Philip expresses his concern for the toll spying is taking on Elizabeth and tries to tell her about meeting with Oleg. She won't listen to him and goes to bed.