Air Date March 5, 2014
Directed By Daniel Sackheim
Written By Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg
Previous Episode "Comrades"
Next Episode "The Walk In"
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Cardinal is the second episode of Season Two of The Americans on FX, and the fifteenth episode overall.

Synopsis Edit

A paranoid Elizabeth stays close to home to keep watch over the neighborhood. She ventures out to drop her kids off at the movies, in order to help Lucia with her asset's overdose. Meanwhile, Phillip investigates Fred, only to be trapped by him in his house. Nina tells Stan about a Rezidentura "walk-in:" Bruce Dameran, an employee of the World Bank.

Plot Edit

Elizabeth is unable to concentrate on her work, due to fear that somebody might be after her family. Meanwhile, Phillip spends the night with Martha, who tells him she's thinking of changing departments to get ahead at work. Phillip convinces her she's doing important work in counter-intelligence, knowing that if she leaves Agent Gaad's office, she will no longer be of use to him as a source.

Arkady plays a tape for Nina in which Stan and Gaad discuss Vlad's death. Their conversation is interrupted when a walk-in enters the embassy, and asks to help the USSR. The walk-in is Bruce Dameran, an employee of the World Bank. Nina meets with Stan and tells him about it. Stan reviews all the surveillance footage from the embassy and figures out it's Dameran. He follows him and watches as he does laundry all night.

Phillip goes to Chesapeake, Virginia, to find out if Fred, the Connor's asset, is responsible for their murder. He follows Fred and later searches his home, finding a metal box hidden under a floor board. Phillip gets electrocuted when he touches it, and wakes tied up to find Fred going through emergency procedures, leaving messages for Emmett. Fred intends to kill Phillip, who ultimately manages to convince him they're both on the same side. He tells him Emmett (whom Fred knew as 'Paul') and his family were recently killed. Fred tells Phillip about a submarine parts factory which will soon be moved, giving the KGB a window of opportunity to learn about a new propeller design.

Elizabeth is called to help a Sandinista agent named Lucia and her contact Carl, a congressional aide. The two were doing drugs together and now Carl has lost consciousness and Lucia is too high to function. Elizabeth helps her out, revives Carl, and offers support.

Meanwhile, Paige continues to be suspicious of her parents. She calls information and finds out Aunt Helen's phone number and address.

Notes Edit

  • The postcard shows the Jennings address: 9A Circle Drive, Falls Church, Virginia 22040

Videos Edit

Season Two
#201 "Comrades" #208 "New Car"
#202 "Cardinal" #209 "Martial Eagle"
#203 "The Walk In" #210 "Yousaf"
#204 "A Little Night Music" #211 "Stealth"
#205 "The Deal" #212 "Operation Chronicle"
#206 "Behind the Red Door" #213 "Echo"
#207 "ARPANET"