Mutually Assured Destruction

Air Date March 20, 2013
Directed By Bill Johnson
Written By Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg
Previous Episode Duty and Honor
Next Episode Safe House
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Mutally Assured Destruction is the eighth episode of Season One of The Americans on FX, and the eighth episode overall.

Synopsis Edit

Philip and Elizabeth must stop an assassin from taking out key US scientists, while Stan and the FBI hunt the same man. Grannie shocks Elizabeth with the truth of what happened between Philip and Irina in New York.

Plot Edit

Philip returns home from playing racquetball to be told by Elizabeth that they have a mission - stopping a contract assassin who has been hired by the KGB to kill American scientists. They monitor the house of one of the scientists before planting a bomb and killing the engine in his car in the hope that he notices it and gets his wife to safety.

Later, Claudia tells Elizabeth about Philip's affair with Irina. While dining with the Beemans, Philip notices Elizabeth's change in mood and she tells him that she knows he slept with Irina. She decides to be his professional partner only and abandon the "real marriage".

After the contract assassin kills a scientist and three of his FBI bodyguards, Agent Gaad vows vengeance. Elizabeth and Philip track the assassin down to his hotel room where he signals that he has a bomb. A gunfight ensues and while the assassin attempts to detonate the bomb, Elizabeth throws it into the bathroom, where he blows himself up.

Meanwhile, until Nina can be extracted for protection, Gaad gives Stan the 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.


Song Title Performer(s)
Siamese Twins The Cure
Love Will Find a Way Pablo Cruise
Trouble Blues McKinley Mitchell


The Americans 1x08 Promo 'Mutually Assured Destruction' HD)00:31

The Americans 1x08 Promo 'Mutually Assured Destruction' 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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