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Comrades
Comrades

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Air Date February 26, 2014
Directed By Thomas Schlamme
Written By Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg
Previous Episode "The Colonel"
Next Episode "Cardinal"
Images of Comrades


Comrades is the first episode of Season Two of The Americans on FX, and the fourteenth episode overall.

SynopsisEdit

Elizabeth comes back from her injury and straight into what should have been a routine mission. It goes awry, leaving her and Phillip in fear not only for themselves but for their whole network, and family. Paige's suspicions have only grown in her mother's absence. Meanwhile, Stan continues to fall for the Russian agent who has started to play him.

Plot Edit

Elizabeth leaves Abigail's secluded cabin, where she has been recuperating from her gun shot wound. She brings her car to a screeching halt as a doe and two fawns cross in front of her. She and the doe lock eyes for a moment, and the danger to Elizabeth and her own two children is foreshadowed.

Meanwhile, Phillip poses as an American agent and meets in a restaurant with an Afghan tribal chief and his translator. They attempt to arrange a weapons deal; Phillip shoots them both in the knees under the table. He then fatally shoots the Afghan elder and tells the translator to deliver the message that America can't protect them. He turns to leave, but the translator attacks him. They fight and Phillip kills him, then exits through the kitchen where a young bus boy is cowering in the corner. Phillip tells him it will be okay and walks away, but thinks the better of it and kills him too. Before driving away in his car, he grasps the steering wheel, breathing heavily, upset about his actions.

Elizabeth arrives home in time for Henry's 11th birthday. He is disappointed to receive a telescope from Phillip, as he'd been hoping for a video game system. He is further disappointed when his parents tell him the babysitter is arriving soon, and they are going out on a date. The camera then pans to Elizabeth and another woman (Leanne) having sex with Lockheed employee Roy Oatway in a motel room. Pretending to be "Air Force Security," Phillip and Emmett enter and kick the women out. They then tell Roy they are going to "take apart every detail" of his security protocol, and have him switch out the codes to his office safe and briefcase to numbers they will provide. Later, Phillip and Emmett rendezvous with Elizabeth and Leanne, who are drinking beer and discussing their children. Leanne says "Nothing prepares you for them growing up ... here." Phillip says they will be at a carnival all day on Saturday, and the Connors state their intention to go also, in order to surreptitiously see each other's children. They also say Claudia is still in the US, and sends her regards.

Back home, Paige snoops through Elizabeth's suitcase, under the guise of doing her laundry. She later wakes late at night and, suspecting her parents never came home, creeps down the hallway and slowly opens their door to discover them having sex. The next morning over a very awkward breakfast, Phillip and Elizabeth reassure her, but also scold her for opening a closed door, reminding her that respect, privacy and trust are critical. Phillip wonders aloud if this is not the first time she's checked up on them.

Nina has misinformed Stan that "she died" (meaning Elizabeth) and "he was exfiltrated" (meaning Phillip). Although he claims to trust Nina as a source, Stan has difficulty accepting the trail has gone cold. Bernadette notifies him when a gaunt and disheveled Sanford Prince shows up at Stan's office, yelling that he is owed $500,000. When Stan tells him not one of his leads panned out, Sanford insists that "Everything that I told you is the absolute truth." Stan throws him out, but confesses to Gaad that he believes him. Gaad tells him to let it go, and that he is already under possible investigation over Vlad's death. Nina later informs Stan of a new arrival at the Rezidentura, Oleg Igorevich, who is in charge of "Line X - Science and Technology." Stan and Gaad visit the home of Colonel Rennhull, who has just killed Sanford Prince in what he claims was self-defense. The agents are doubtful.

The Jennings and Connors families visit the carnival, with the parents exchanging multiple glances unseen by their children. Emmett motions for Phillip to converse with him privately, and says he is unable to do his dead drop, due to tightened surveillance. He then states he has instructed his contact to give it to Phillip instead: "He's going to be looking for a blue hat, and an 11-year-old boy." Phillip is aghast: "We don't use our kids." Emmett counters that "it's just a brush pass. They won't look twice at a father and his child." He gives Phillip the key to his hotel room so he can bring the package later. He also says he may need the Jennings' help to take out his contact's surveillance team. Phillip grows angry: "We have our children here." Emmett replies: "So do we."

A visibly agitated Phillip takes the blue hat and the key, and tells Henry "Let's get some ice cream for the girls." He makes the brush pass successfully, with Elizabeth observing from a distance. Later, they leave their kids at the carnival and go to the Connors' hotel to discover Emmett, Leanne and Amelia shot to death. Elizabeth leaves to secure Paige and Henry; Phillip stays to retrieve a small code book hidden inside the lining of the Connors' suitcase. He then exits the room and passes their son Jared in the hallway. Phillip begins to run but is still within earshot when Jared discovers his family and begins screaming.

At home, the Jennings are distraught and paranoid, assuming whoever would murder the Connors family may have similar intentions towards them. Phillip/Clark spends the night with Martha, and although their marriage is a sham, in a rare moment of honesty with her, he confesses his true feelings about his work: "It isn't easy for me to talk about this, but I sometimes I wonder if I'm cut out for it."

Notes Edit

  • Emmett places his hotel room key on top of a folded newspaper. A headline announces the conviction of "Freeway Killer" William Bonin, which happened first in Los Angeles County in January 1982. However, the text under this headline is about the completely unrelated "Front Wars," and a Seybold Computer Publishing Conference held in San Francisco. This article was published in the October 1, 1989 edition of the New York Times. The newspaper appears to be a false creation, a prop simply used for the show.
  • Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film starring Mel Gibson as "Mad" Max Rockatansky. The film presents a tale of societal collapse, murder, and revenge set in a future Australia, in which an unhinged policeman becomes embroiled in a violent feud with a savage motorcycle gang.
  • The French Lieutenant's Woman is a 1981 British romantic drama film starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. The film intercuts the stories of two affairs. One is a Victorian period drama involving the gentleman palaeontologist Charles Smithson and the complex and troubled Sarah Woodruff, known as "the French lieutenant's woman." The other story is between the actors Mike and Anna, playing the lead roles in a modern filming of the story. In both segments, Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep play the lead roles. John Fowles' "The French Lieutenant's Woman" had multiple endings, and the two parallel stories in the movie have different outcomes.
  • Felice Leonardo "Leo" Buscaglia, (March 31, 1924 – June 12, 1998), also known as "Dr. Love," was an American author and motivational speaker. While teaching at the University of Southern California, Buscaglia was moved by a student's suicide to contemplate human disconnectedness and the meaning of life, and began a non-credit class he called Love 1A, which became the basis for his first book. His dynamic speaking style was discovered by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). At one point his talks, always shown during fund raising periods, were the top earners of all PBS programs. This national exposure helped make all of his book titles national Best Sellers; five were once on the New York Times Best Sellers List simultaneously.

MusicEdit

Song Title Performer(s)
Passion Rod Stewart
Beer Bar Blues Lloyd Conger
Harden My Heart Quarterflash

VideosEdit

The Americans - Season 2 - Teaser Trailer - Danger - FX - 2014

The Americans - Season 2 - Teaser Trailer - Danger - FX - 2014


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"