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The Day After 

The Day After premieres, making the stakes - and terrible consequences - of the Cold War plain. Even with that in mind, will Elizabeth be able to complete the painful process of the "Patty" operation?

Director:

Daniel Sackheim

Writers:

Joseph Weisberg (created by) (as Joe Weisberg), Tracey Scott Wilson
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Keri Russell ... Elizabeth Jennings
Matthew Rhys ... Philip Jennings
Dylan Baker ... William Crandall
Brandon J. Dirden ... Dennis Aderholt (credit only)
Lev Gorn ... Arkady Zotov
Costa Ronin ... Oleg Burov
Keidrich Sellati ... Henry Jennings
Holly Taylor ... Paige Jennings
Richard Thomas ... Frank Gaad (credit only)
Noah Emmerich ... Stan Beeman
Kelly AuCoin ... Pastor Tim
Vera Cherny ... Tatiana Vyazemtseva
Danny Flaherty ... Matthew Beeman
Ruthie Ann Miles ... Young Hee Seong
Rob Yang ... Don Seong
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The Day After premieres, making the stakes - and terrible consequences - of the Cold War plain. Even with that in mind, will Elizabeth be able to complete the painful process of the "Patty" operation?

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TV-14
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Country:

USA

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English | Russian | Korean

Release Date:

11 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

When originally broadcast on TV, the closed captioning showed the song "Major Tom" was being performed by Shiny Toy Guns although it's really the original version by Peter Schilling. It's possible that at the time the c.c. was done the rights to the original version had not been completed. See more »

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The VCR that Elizabeth uses in Yung Hee's home has the VHS HQ brand. HQ was invented by JVC in 1985. That is two years after the events portrayed here. See more »

Connections

References Sophie's Choice (1982) See more »

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Winter Kills
(uncredited)
Written by Alison Moyet
Performed by Yazoo
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Well depicted conflicts of conscience, bad music blasting ruins mood
15 May 2016 | by heaan-lasaiSee all my reviews

The series has almost always depicted people being torn between what they believe is right and what they're SUPPOSED to believe is right. This episode puts less weight on the sneaky-spy-business and characters otherwise depicted as cold blooded patriots also become torn by thinking of the possible consequences if someone uses the weapon they're trying to obtain. When Paige starts asking questions about a possible apocalyptic war the protagonists also have to ask themselves what their children will think of them. There isn't much else to say about this episode, the internal and interpersonal conflicts are gripping and realistic. However many scenes are ruined by bad music blasting in the background, often just as loud as the conversations. This breaks the tension in otherwise gripping scenes. The music doesn't enhance the mood of the scenes, it just seems like random 70:s and 80:s music from someone's old CD collection.


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