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Series 4 - Episode 8
The Magic of David Copperfield v The Statue of Liberty Disappears
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At breakfast Martha, the KGB agent the FBI have fingered, is gazing at a jar of peanut butter. It seems like a nothing moment, then you realise why: she is about to be “exfiltrated” – flown out to Russia, where she will live out her days. But in Russia, there will be no peanut butter, and she has no idea what there will be because all she has ever known are the trappings of a capitalist lifestyle – of which peanut butter is as good a symbol as any.
It’s a typically glancing, poignant Americans touch – the high stakes in the 1980s Cold War reflected in humdrum moments are its stock in trade. Elsewhere, Elizabeth gets brilliantly ruthless.
Martha is put on a plane to Cuba, and Philip spends more time at home, where Stan tells him about his work disaster. Gabriel is perplexed by Philip and Elizabeth's recent behaviour.
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Brandon J Dirden
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