The Americans (2013–2018)
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Philip and Elizabeth are finally assigned a new handler as Philip works to clean up the mess of the last operation and Elizabeth does her best to smooth things over with Martha.


Daniel Attias (as Dan Attias)


Joseph Weisberg (created by) (as Joe Weisberg), Angelina Burnett




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Keri Russell ... Elizabeth Jennings
Matthew Rhys ... Philip Jennings
Annet Mahendru ... Nina Krilova
Susan Misner ... Sandra Beeman
Alison Wright ... Martha Hanson
Holly Taylor ... Paige Jennings
Keidrich Sellati ... Henry Jennings (credit only)
Noah Emmerich ... Stan Beeman
Richard Thomas ... Frank Gaad
Lev Gorn ... Arkady Zotov
Costa Ronin ... Oleg Burov
Michael Aronov ... Anton Baklanov
John Bedford Lloyd ... Jim Halliwell
Cliff Simon ... Mossad Agent (as Cliff Marc Simon)
Wrenn Schmidt ... Kate


Philip and Elizabeth are finally assigned a new handler as Philip works to clean up the mess of the last operation and Elizabeth, in disguise as Clark's sister Jennifer, does her best to smooth things over with Martha. As Stan searches for a missing scientist, Oleg and Arkady continue to argue over how best to handle the situation on their side, leaving Nina once again caught between the FBI and KGB. Written by Anonymous

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While pleading for his life, Anton offers Philip access to the ARPANET. He is referring to the predecessor of the Internet. See more »


At 24:02, the Mossad Agent moves his hands to his left to allow Phillip to unbuckle his belt, but when the camera switches at 24:04, his hands are to his right. See more »


Mossad Agent: Back home, we live on a kibbutz. My kids eat in a communal hall. My wife works in the fields with other wives. You like communism? Come to Israel; it works much better there.
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Very strong, intricately plotted episode with more great performances
25 January 2021 | by snoozejoncSee all my reviews

Phillip deals with the fallout of the failed attempt to capture Anton whilst Elizabeth pays a visit to Martha.

This is a very strong episode that feels like a conclusion of a two-parter from the previous episode.

I won't go into plot details not to spoil, but it is wonderfully intricate with a number of different but related threads weaving around each other beautifully. As this unfolds we are given excellent character moments that given us development in a cinematic way rather than with heavy exposition. Phillip takes some cutting psychological torment from two separate characters, whilst Elizabeth's relatively comic situation has some very interesting little moments. Stan and Nina's relationship certainly takes an interesting turn, which sets up an intriguing situation for the upcoming episodes.

As with all episodes of The Americans there is a lot of irony how things play out. The interaction between various characters for one and how the overall situation between two nation-states is presented to the media being the other. Credit to the writers for making everything that happens important and impactful in the grand scheme of the overall narrative.

The cinematography, editing and music are as effective as ever and the performances from all are excellent.

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26 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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