The Americans (2013–2018)
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The Oath 

An Air Force colonel offers to sell SDI secrets to the KGB. Viola reports the bug in the Weinberger home. Phillip agrees to marry Martha hoping she'll continue spying while Nina confesses to spying for the Americans.


John Dahl


Joseph Weisberg (created by) (as Joe Weisberg), Joshua Brand | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Keri Russell ... Elizabeth Jennings
Matthew Rhys ... Philip Jennings
Holly Taylor ... Paige Jennings
Keidrich Sellati ... Henry Jennings (credit only)
Noah Emmerich ... Stan Beeman
Richard Thomas ... Frank Gaad
Annet Mahendru ... Nina Krilova
Alison Wright ... Martha Hanson
Lev Gorn ... Arkady Zotov
Tonye Patano ... Viola Johnson
Cotter Smith ... Deputy Attorney General
Tim Hopper ... Sanford Prince
Meg Gibson ... Mrs. Weinberger
Richard Kline ... Bill Hanson
Peggy J. Scott ... Elaine Hanson


Moscow orders to spare no risks to buy priceless SDI secrets offered by a US colonel in gambling debt, even after an unrelated arrest. Philip moves into his own apartment and wins FBI secretary Martha's full trust by secret marriage to convince her to plant a bug in Beeman's boss Gaad's office. Tipped off by remorseful cleaner Violet, the FBI learns about the KGB bug in Defense Secretary Weinberger's home office and, instead of removing it, decide to feeding false information through there. Nina no longer believes Beeman's extraction promises and confesses her high treason to the new KGB rezident, and her new lover, Arkady Zotov. Written by KGF Vissers

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On the second negative Elizabeth views the word "obstacles" is misspelled "obsticals". See more »


Elizabeth Jennings: Congratulations. It was touching. No, it was. I didn't expect it to be. You and I were never really married.
Philip Jennings: No.
Elizabeth Jennings: It's funny I know they're just words people say. Do you think things would have been different between us if we would have said them?
Philip Jennings: I don't know.
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Great set up to the first series finale
17 January 2021 | by snoozejoncSee all my reviews

One of Elizabeth's sources supplies information about US missile defence and sets up a meeting with a high level military commander.

I enjoyed this one for the way increases the level of excitement to set up the series 1 finale and how it brings some of the show's themes to the forefront.

Trust and loyalty have been a big part of the series and in the episode we see pretty much how every character behaves in a number of situations associated with both. As an audience we know all these characters secrets and it makes the plot both compelling and ironic at times. I can't say much more without spoilers only that this one feels like it starting to edge the overarching series narrative forward a bit more than other episodes have done.

All performances are excellent, whilst the cinematography and editing keeps things very intriguing throughout.

For me it's an 8.5/10 so I round upwards.

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24 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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