So far, The Americans writers are doing a really good job of establishing the very different approaches and personalities of Elizabeth and Phillip. Their mission this week involved them having to do something awful – endangering the life of an innocent college kid to get his mom to do something for them. Both did their duty and went through with it, but right now, we can see how this more obviously affects Phillip – he can’t help but show how much it upset him to nearly smother this guy to death. Elizabeth, on the surface, is cool as a cucumber though. She actually poisoned this kid in the first place, but if it bothers her, she’s not letting anyone know.