When Shaw is tasked to stay close to a 10-year-old identified by The Machine, she grudgingly develops respect for the young girl's skills in surveillance and realizes it could be the very reason why her number has come up. Meanwhile, Carter's mission to bring HR to justice risks exposure.
The episode's alternate title is Pазговоp, the Cyrillic spelling of Razgovor.
Genrika is based in part on the children's fiction character Harriet Welsch, featured in the novel "Harriet the Spy".
In the book, first published in 1964, 11-year-old Harriet is preparing to be a spy by monitoring her classmates and neighbors on her afternoon "spy route" while keeping detailed notes in a notebook. Eventually, her notebook is found by her schoolmates, who are appalled by the candor of her observations, landing her in trouble when they retaliate by forming a Spycatcher Club. The novel is set in New York's Upper East Side.
Genrika's new school is named for Louise Fitzhugh, who wrote "Harriet the Spy" along with A.J. Quinnell, who wrote "Man on Fire." The lead character in "Man on Fire" is John Creasy, a cynical former CIA agent who is hired to rescue a young girl who has been kidnapped, only to find no one with whom he is working can be trusted, a situation similar to the one in which Shaw finds herself.
The Bratva, or Russian Mafia, figures prominently in this episode. The Bratva is a loose confederation of organized crime organizations, based in Russia, parts of the former Soviet Union, and New York's Brighton Beach. Genrika's hometown, Solntsevo, is a district of the city of Moscow which provides the name for one of the biggest factions of the Russian Mafia, the Solntsevskaya Bratva.
The medal Gen gives Shaw is the Order of Lenin, the highest honor that can be awarded to a Soviet citizen. It is traditionally awarded for outstanding service to the State or to society by a civilian, or for meritorious service in the military. The medal was awarded from 1930 to late 1991, just prior to the fall of the Soviet Union. The Cyrillic letters ЛЕНИН spell out the name Lenin, for Vladimir Illych Lenin, the leader of the October Rebellion (or more commonly, the Bolshevik Revolution), which lead to the deposition of the Russian royal family and establishment of the socialist Russia. Decoration on the medal includes the red Soviet star and the hammer and sickle, symbols of the Soviet era, along with a ribbon in red and gold, the colors of the Soviet flag.
The team discusses Gen's immigration status, and notes that she has a United States Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551), commonly known as a "Green Card" because of its green coloration. Holders of this card are non-citizens entitled to live permanently in the United States, and the card is the first step toward earning U.S. citizenship.
Razgovor is a Russian word meaning dialogue or conversation. The episode title is taken from the 1974 film "The Conversation" starring Gene Hackman and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. In the film, a surveillance specialist finds a routine surveillance job is anything but routine when he discovers he may unwittingly be part of a plot to murder a woman and her lover.