Dave and Mary Ellen don't have much pep when it comes to this episode, maybe we just aren't catching the Fever. We discuss a dark episode 4 and the topics of rope ladders, being out of milk and promises of Matthew.
I was surprised you guys didn't care for the Nina storyline. I really enjoyed the Nina story and felt really sad about her being shot so suddenly. It was so nasty. For me, she represented a person with small, normal, personal ambitions, ...truly petty in the larger scheme of international espionage...hey, who hasn't tried to smuggle a few tins of caviar in the glove compartment of an Aeroflot. And she gets caught up in the spy game, and has to double down at each turn in order to stay alive. And her life pretty much sucks. For example, she has to have sex with beamon and then write it all up in detail--no one else in the show comes close to the level of degradation she has to endure. Her role is to act out a life of constant betrayal and lies with no possibility of safety and love coexisting in her life.
And as a story device, her experience is the most genuine and humane of all the characters. (I'm also a big fan of Agent Stan, that actor is terrific.) As much as I like the Jennings, they flip between doing the killing and hand-wringing and brooding about killing with an appalling ease. Not so with Nina, she was out of her league and it just got worse. Which is how I think I would be as a spy!
In general, I think the Russian language parts of the show have been wonderful. We have a lot of Russians in Cleveland and it reminds me of growing up when I hear the accent.