Air Date February 27, 2013
Directed By Holly Dale
Written By Melissa James Gibson
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COMINT is the fifth episode of Season One of The Americans on FX, and the fifth episode overall.


A crucial agent crumbles under emotional distress and threatens to topple a valuable network of KGB informants. Professionally, Philip and Elizabeth are tasked with infiltrating the FBI's new communications encryption system while personally they are forced to grapple with one of the darker aspects of life as a spy.

Plot Edit

Elizabeth meets with Adam Dorwin, a manager of a private company contracted by the U.S. government for the missile defense program. Dorwin is later revealed to be a KGB agent codenamed "Udacha", and feels nervous and alone because the KGB cannot contact him out of fear of the FBI capturing him; the FBI has new encrypted radios so the KGB cannot tell when they are being followed.

Meanwhile, Stan pressures Nina into learning if the KGB will meet with Udacha. Nina performs oral sex on Vasili for information but Stan is hurt when she later tells him how she got the information. While Stan is at home learning Russian, he rejects his wife's pleas to come to bed with her. The following day as Nina performs oral sex on Vasili again she overhears Arkady Ivanovich telling Vasili that they have the encryption codes. Vasili tells him to arrange a meeting with Dorwin. Nina relays this information to Stan and the FBI has the codes changed.

Elizabeth turns her focus on another man who handles the technology, and learns the encryption devices are mobile. She and Philip track down one of the mobile units in the trunk of an FBI car. Elizabeth manages to make an imprint of an encrypted card, at the risk of being caught in the car's trunk. When the code is learned by the KGB, the meeting is set. The FBI knew of it and follows Udacha's contact to the supposed meet, while Elizabeth kills Udacha at another site. These actions force the KGB to realize they have a mole.


Song Title Performer(s)
Etude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 2, No. 1 Ruth Laredo


The Americans 1x05 Promo 'COMINT' HD)00:31

The Americans 1x05 Promo 'COMINT' HD)

Season One
#101 "Pilot" #108 "Mutually Assured Destruction"
#102 "The Clock" #109 "Safe House"
#103 "Gregory" #110 "Only You"
#104 "In Control" #111 "Covert War"
#105 "COMINT" #112 "The Oath"
#106 "Trust Me" #113 "The Colonel"
#107 "Duty and Honor"

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