The Americans (2013–2018)
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After witnessing Elizabeth kill two men, Paige trades in church for training sessions with mom. First, self defense. Second could tear the family apart. The beginning of the end for Paige and Matthew looms.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Keri Russell ... Elizabeth Jennings
Matthew Rhys ... Philip Jennings
Brandon J. Dirden ... Dennis Aderholt (credit only)
Costa Ronin ... Oleg Burov
Keidrich Sellati ... Henry Jennings
Holly Taylor ... Paige Jennings
Noah Emmerich ... Stan Beeman
Danny Flaherty ... Matthew Beeman
Peter Jacobson ... Agent Wolfe
Peter Mark Kendall ... Hans
Snezhana Chernova ... Yelena Burova
Irina Dvorovenko ... Evgheniya Morozov
Zack Gafin ... Pasha Morozov
Boris Lee Krutonog ... Igor Burov (as Boris Krutonog)
Ivan Mok ... Tuan Eckert


Elizabeth and Phil are on assignment, pretending they are a husband pilot and a stewardess wife they start a friendship with a Russian family that recently emigrated to Washington to find out what the husband is actually doing for work and who he is talking to about his old job when he was in Russia. On a second assignment Phil and Elizabeth with the assistance of additional comrades are tasked with digging up the failed William's corpse to cut off a piece of his infected flesh in an effort to acquire the level 4 bio-hazard chemical that can be weaponized for the Russia homeland. While in the process of digging up the deceased and infected William, Phil and Elizabeth's comrade Hans, accidentally fell back and cut his hand and sadly, had to be left behind in the grave alongside with the deceased and infected William. Written by Ed Shullivan

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Release Date:

7 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia

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The title of this episode shares the same name with Julianne Moore's character in Boogie Nights. Both the episode title and the character's name are references to the same thing: lyrics from the patriotic anthem "America the Beautiful" by Katharine Lee Bates ("O beautiful for spacious skies, / For amber waves of grain...") See more »


When they dig up the casket, dude is wearing an arc welding helmet while using a cutting torch. He would not be able to see out of it. Besides that, the casket is aluminum and a cutting torch does not work very well on that. See more »


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Written by Gerald V. Casale, Mark Mothersbaugh
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A great start to season 5
22 March 2019 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

Phil and Elizabeth are required to do double duty. On one assignment they pretend to be an airline pilot and stewardess working for an airline and they have adopted a Vietnamse boy who is of high school age whio befriends another Russian high school boy all in an effort to get close to a Russian scientist so that they can figure out what he is doing for the Americans. On another assignment they are assisted by Hans and some other comrades to dig up the spy/scientist William's grave to cut off a piece of his flesh to acquire a sample of the level 4 bi-hazard chemical that he infected himself with to avoid being imprisoned as a Russian spy.

Paige and Matthew's friendship is becoming a lot more serious than just friends and it is creating turmoil with her parents. This is an interesting first episode for season 5 and impressed both Mrs. Shullivan and myself such that we continued watching a few more episodes before calling it "enough" and time to unwind before hitting the sack. A great start for season 5!

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