Published: Fri 24 May 2013
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Episode two: The Clock
Philip, posing as Swedish Intelligence Officer Scott Berman, seduces Annalise (Gillian Alexy) and convinces her to discreetly take photos of the U.S. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger's office.
A meeting is to take place in three days between Weinberger, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her defense secretary John Nott to discuss the Americans' proposed Strategic Defense Initiative.
Philip and Elizabeth have been asked to infiltrate and bug that office; using the photos, they decide to plant the bug in a clock in the office. They enlist the help of the Weinbergers' cleaning lady Viola (Tonye Patano).
Meanwhile, Agent Beeman convinces Nina (Annet Mahendru), a clerk at the Soviet embassy, to spy for the FBI. She sees the Soviet ambassador celebrating his own undercover agents' work. The Soviets are seen listening in on the defense initiative conversation.
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.
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)