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Is it like "based" on true stories like they say in horror movies when in reality, only 10% of it is? The reason I ask is because the series seems very far-fetched to me. A lot of the show is just having sex for information- WHO SPILLS TOP-SECRET INFO TO A RANDOM STRANGER FOR SEX?? Have there actually been cases of Russian couples pretending to be Americans, even as far as having kids, of whom, are unaware? Of course this could never happen TODAY, but back then, was did it? I would imagine IF it did happen, there could be spies under the guise of Americans from several other countries, not just Russia.


---Spoilers for S04E07---

Short summary of the plot: Philip brings Martha to a KGB safe house and wants to exfiltrate her to Russia because the FBI found out about her. But Martha runs away from the safehouse because Philip left her alone with Gabriel and she doesnt trust him. Now the FBI and Philip are both looking for her. As Martha calls her parents from a pay phone the FBI (including Stan) is listening to the phone call and is able to locate her. All FBI agents seem to leave the office immediately and start searching for her. Shortly later Martha makes another phone call and calls Clark/Philipp through the KGB callcenter. Apparently the FBI isn't listening to this phone call because there is no one left in the office (or at least we don't know about it).

*So here's the thing: * If Martha hadn't called her parents first, all of the FBI agents would have still been in the room and probably would have listened to the other phone call between Martha and Philip. And Stan would have definitely recognized Philips voice.

So my point is that I didnt realize on my first watch how risky it was for Philip to answer the phone call by himself. He must have known that the FBI listening to phone calls and Stan would have easily been able to identify Clark/Philip by his voice. Of course this only makes sense if the FBI is able to listen to phone calls made through the KGB callcenter. But considering that the KGB agents are always talking very carefully over the phone, I guess they can(?)

Maybe its only a small observation but I have to travel a lot currently and have lots of time to think :D So I spend my whole train ride today writing this.

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