02/07/2013 03:15 am ET Updated Feb 07, 2013

'The Americans': Philip And Elizabeth Must Accomplish An Impossible Mission In Three Days (VIDEO)

In the pilot of "The Americans," Philip tried to convince his wife Elizabeth to at least consider defecting from their lives as KGB operatives undercover in the United States. She was steadfast in her commitment, patriotism and loyalty to the cause, despite his reservations.

One of the things Philip worried about was their children. This week, they got a virtually impossible mission. They had to bug the house of the Secretary of Defense and they only had three days to do it. Impressively, they came up with a plan to pull it off, but didn't have a lot of time to worry about the variables.

They got the job done, despite some potential based setbacks. It's harder to convince religious people to do your bidding, they said, but with her son's life on the line, the Secretary of Defense's maid came through -- finally.

"They shouldn’t ask us to do impossible things," Elizabeth lamented. With the high risk factor, she'd started worrying about what would happen to her kids should they be exposed. She'd already determined that she would kill herself rather than be taken.

Adding these layers of humanity to KGB agents is one of the reasons "The Americans" is resonating with critics. The Wall Street Journal loved seeing Elizabeth display some vulnerability.

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