While Philip doesn’t want Paige to to have the same kind of life as their parents, Elizabeth is leaning toward the idea that Paige should become a second-generation KGB agent. Elizabeth doesn’t see much of herself in Paige, but Paige joining the cause will certainly fix that. But that’s not the only reason: Elizabeth has always been the spouse who is more dedicated to the Motherland, whose career has dictated more of her identity, who is more willing to die for her country and less ready to assimilate into American culture (as Philip does, with his cars and country music).
Philip and Elizabeth’s conflict is only heightened by their new handler Gabriel (Frank Langella, taking over for Margo Martindale, who jumped ship to the now-canceled CBS sitcom The Millers). His conversations with both Jenningses are quietly clever, almost manipulative at points, providing Elizabeth with private (but important) correspondence from home and giving Philip a worthy Scrabble partner, all while gently questioning them about Paige but refusing to sway them one way or the other. This hands-off approach is what ignites Philip and Elizabeth, prompting them to keep arguing about what’s best for their daughter.
The missing piece in all of this is, of course, Paige herself. She is in the dark — though she suspects Philip is still having an affair — while busying herself with youth group obligations, a close friendship with Pastor Tim, and an obvious crush on one of her fellow group members. There is no telling how she will react if (when!) her parents reveal the truth, but no matter what, it’s sure to cause the Jennings family to implode.