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The Americans

Published: Fri 05 Jul 2013

The Americans
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Episode six: Mutually Assured Destruction
 
Claudia tells Elizabeth about Philip's affair with Irina; Elizabeth decides to be his professional partner only and abandon the "real marriage".
 
Elsewhere, the KGB has hired a West German contractor to kill American scientists but has changed its mind and cannot recall him. With unwitting help from Philip's informant Martha (Alison Wright), an FBI clerical worker, the Jennings track him down. However, he has already rigged a time bomb that kills a scientist and three of his FBI protectors — Gaad vows vengeance.
 
Meanwhile, until Nina can be extracted for protection, Gaad gives Stan keys to a safe house in which to meet her, which she surmises Stan means to be their love nest.
 
Lastly, after being spurned by Martha, Agent Amador becomes suspicious and starts to follow her. 
 
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)