Critic Consensus: "Urban Transport Planning" is a fine-tuned, character-driven episode that showcases a dramatic mini-reunion with heartbreaking nuance.
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This is a finely crafted piece of drama, and the devil's in the details. What's coming may hurt, but this bunch has more than earned the pain.
It's so grim that it makes a disguised Philip approaching Oleg to work against his own wife seem like a happy ending. And that's probably as close to one as we're going to get.
Elizabeth and Philip manage to make developments on their own, even interweaving in interesting ways, but episode three shows there is only so much you can build up toward something before the drama suffers.
The Americans does something else with death that few other "prestige" shows have ever done though. On this show, the dead stay dead.
It's hard to imagine any kind of good ending for the marriage after this.
The juxtaposition between Elizabeth's operations with Philip's problems are stark. He is supposedly living the American Dream-but with all the challenges of capitalism that come with it and none of the romanticized comforts.
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