Critic Consensus: "Mr. and Mrs. Teacup" shakes up allegiances between friends, enemies, and even family members as a spy vs. spy conflict begins to solidify at the center of an already outrageous arc.
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Fields and Weisberg... [have] always found a way to make this outrageous spy story resonate on a deeply personal level. It's something everyone can appreciate, even if they're not Americans.
"Mr. and Mrs. Teacup" is brutally, poignantly sad because not only does it present these notions - it suggests that Elizabeth and Philip are on paths that cannot be diverted.
Honeypot Paige is not something I'm prepared to deal with. This will not do at all.
In the end, "Mr. and Mrs. Teacup" is a thicket of references to the point at which the deranged want created by capitalism blinds us to what matters-and in The Americans what matters is not money but time, not work but love, not strength but humanity.
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