One Day in the Life of Anton Baklanov

Air Date April 8, 2015
Directed By Andrew Bernstein
Written By Stephen Schiff & Tracey Scott Wilson
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One Day in the Life of Anton Baklanov is the eleventh episode of Season Three of The Americans on FX, and the thirty-seventh episode overall.


Phillip and Elizabeth's home and work lives collide in new and dangerous ways. Nina struggles to figure out her next steps. Arkady assigns Oleg and Tatiana to an operation with uncertain potential.


Paige comes to breakfast and bombards her parents with questions, including whether they are actually married, if the travel agency is real, why they don’t have accents, and what their real names are. Phillip and Elizabeth tell her, but urge Paige to keep her voice down, and stress they can’t talk about such things within earshot of Henry.

Gabriel arrives home to find Phillip and Elizabeth in his apartment. They tell him "Paige knows," and he replies “good.” Phillip hopes this will keep The Center quiet for a while. Gabriel gives Elizabeth another envelope with a recording from her mother, saying there probably won’t be many more. Elizabeth asks Phillip to take Hans with him to run surveillance the next time he visits Martha, and he agrees.

In the Soviet research facility, Anton tells Nina that his biggest source of despair is that his son doesn’t know whether he’s alive or dead. Later, Nina goes into his room and looks through his stuff, finding a stash of letters to his son hidden in his mattress. Anton later tells her he thought the Israelis were his friends but “they traded me like a slave to these thugs.” Nina tells him she understands, because “they traded me, too. Back and forth. You forget what it’s like to have your own life.” When he says he won’t let the Soviets tell him who he is, she replies “Jacob would be proud.” Anton becomes upset, having never told her his son’s name, but Nina replies “Your story is beautiful … and hard. You should keep writing it.”

Elizabeth/Michelle visits Lisa in the home where she’s letting her stay, and finds Maurice there too. He tells Michelle they “want a piece of whatever it is you got going on with your friend, the consultant.” He believes they’re worth “double whatever you’re getting” because of Lisa’s security clearance at Northrop. Michelle feigns trying to talk them out of it, but says she’ll speak to Jack. Once Maurice has Michelle alone, he tells her he knows she’s “really the head of the operation.”

At the FBI office, Taffet asks to interview Martha again and says he’ll need a few hours. Gene tells Martha he actually enjoyed his time with Taffet because “he’s the first person I’ve talked to who actually understands computers.” When Clark visits, he has Martha practice looking at the tip of his nose when being questioned. Martha is later able to use the technique effectively to satisfy Taffet’s questions.

Phillip and Yousaf meet and talk about Annelise. Yousaf asks Phillip how he can live with himself and do his job. Phillip responds that he’s been doing it a very long time, and it doesn’t get any easier. “You make mistakes, a lot of them. And, they weigh on you.” Yousaf tells him the rumors that the mujahideen commanders coming to the US will be given new weapons – Stinger missiles. Yousaf says “There are some reasonable men among the mujahideen in Afghanistan. Not the ones we’re sending here.”

At the Rezidentura, Arkady’s office is filled with stacks of typewritten pages from Operation Zephyr: transcriptions obtained from the bug in the mail robot. He hands several reams to Tatiana and Oleg for reading, who quickly discover they contain nothing of value, just office chit-chat.

Elizabeth meets with Neal at the Clayton Hotel, and they have sex, although Elizabeth seems to have some hesitation. After she comes home, she sits in the garage for a long time, looking unhappy. Later, Neal shows her his office, including the computer reservation system. Phillip arranges a distraction at the front desk so Neal gets called away, giving Elizabeth the opportunity to find the room number for the mujahideen visitors, and make an imprint of their room key. She turns Neal down for sex when he returns.

Phillip tells Gabriel he wants Elizabeth to be able to see her mother before she dies. When Gabriel says that’s not possible, Phillip complains that The Center cannot just continually ask them for things, and never say yes to their requests. Gabriel questions whether Phillip is falling apart and insinuates he can't handle his job.    


  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Russian: Оди́н день Ива́на Дени́совича Odin den' Ivana Denisovicha) is a novel written by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, first published in November 1962. The story is set in a Soviet labor camp in the 1950s and describes a single day in the life of ordinary prisoner, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov. The book's publication was an extraordinary event in Soviet literary history since never before had an account of Stalinist repression been openly distributed.
  • The whiteboard calendar in Neal's office indicates the episode takes place in February 1983.


The Americans - 3x11 Promo "One Day in the Life of Anton Baklanov" FX HD

The Americans - 3x11 Promo "One Day in the Life of Anton Baklanov" FX HD

Season Three
#301 "EST Men" #308 "Divestment"
#302 "Baggage" #309 "Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?"
#303 "Open House" #310 "Stingers"
#304 "Dimebag" #311 "One Day in the Life of Anton Baklanov"
#305 "Salang Pass" #312 "I Am Abassin Zadran"
#306 "Born Again" #313 "March 8, 1983"
#307 "Walter Taffet"