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The Americans

  • Episode: 

    4 of 13

  • Title: 

    In Control
  • Transmission: 

    Sat 22 Jun 2013
  • Time: 

    9.45pm - 10.40pm
  • Week: 

    Week 26 2013 : Sat 22 Jun - Fri 28 Jun
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Amended: 

    Wed 12 Jun 2013
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Episode four:
 
President Reagan is shot. Both nations' agencies are eager to learn if the other was involved.
 
After completing their first mission of questioning Reagan's nurses who ensure he will survive, the Jennings learn they are to mark key U.S. officials for future sniper hits. 
 
This leads to their discovery that Secretary of State Alexander Haig, who has assumed control of the U.S., also has the codes to possibly launch a nuclear war. Elizabeth panics, wishing to inform the Soviets, but Philip insists on further investigation.
 
They see Stan Beeman arrive home and go to learn what he knows. He gives John Hinckley, Jr.'s motivation behind the attempt and Elizabeth mentions thinking Stan investigated spies. There was a concern the Soviets might have been involved but that was quickly refuted.
 
As Stan and his wife grow farther apart, Philip and Elizabeth get closer, even knowing that withholding knowledge of Haig's complete temporary power could get them killed. 
 
Series overview:
 
The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Regan is elected President.
 
The series is centered on Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) Jennings, who have two children – 13-year-old Paige (Holly Taylor) and 10-year-old Henry (Keidrich Sellati), who know nothing about their parents’ true identity.
 
The arranged marriage of Philip and Elizabeth grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control.  Philip’s growing sense of affinity for America’s values and ways of life further complicate the couple’s relationship.
 
Tensions also heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbour, Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), an FBI agent.  Stan and his partner, Agent Chris Amador (Maximiliano Hernandez) are members of a new division of Counterintelligence tasked with fighting against foreign agents on U.S. soil, including KGB Directorate S illegals, Russian spies posing as Americans.
 
 
Cast:
 
Keri Russell (Elizabeth Jennings)
Matthew Rhys (Philip Jennings)
Noah Emmerich (Agent Stan Beeman)
Maximiliano Hernandez (Agent Chris Amador)
Holly Taylor (Paige Jennings)
Keidrich Sellati (Henry Jennings)
Margo Martindale (Claudia)