Operation Chronicle
Operation Chronicle

Air Date May 14, 2014
Directed By Andrew Bernstein
Written By Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg
Previous Episode "Stealth"
Next Episode "Echo"
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Operation Chronicle is the twelfth episode of Season Two of The Americans on FX, and the twenty-fifth overall.


Elizabeth gets Jared to safety; Larrick trails them discreetly. Arkady pressures Stan to steal the "Echo" program in exchange for Nina's safety. Martha recovers some top-secret FBI files and presents them to Phillip.


This episode opens seamlessly from the conclusion of the previous one. The Jennings are in their laundry room having just decoded Kate’s final message, to “Get Jared out.” They both surmise that Kate is dead. Elizabeth grabs supplies and heads to Virginia Beach to get Jared. Before leaving, she and Phillip briefly discuss the pros and cons of leaving the kids in the house alone while Phillip signals The Center. They ultimately decide he’ll do it from the house after the kids are in bed, because “what are the odds the FBI’s signal-chasing in Falls Church right now?” On Elizabeth's way out the door, Paige expresses disappointment that she won’t be able to help her pack for the church group trip.

Later that evening, when Elizabeth has had a chance to surveil Jared’s neighborhood and see everything’s quiet, she phones Phillip. Paige listens in, but Phillip catches her before she overhears anything much, and makes her hang up. He then tells Elizabeth that during his communication with The Center, they informed him that “Jared knows why his parents traveled so much.”

Stan and Nina meet in their safe house make plans for her to "disappear." Stan soon purchases a used car for her, but when he returns to the safe house, he finds Nina has been beaten up and Arkady is waiting for him. Arkady announces that once Stan delivers the Echo computer program, he’ll let Nina go free and “You two lovebirds can fly off together.”

Elizabeth dons her social worker disguise and approaches Jared in her car the next morning as he appears to be leaving for school. She tells him “I think the three things a person should focus on every day are health, growth and community.” This is a code phrase meant to signal a person can be trusted; Kate previously taught it to Jared. He gets in the car; Andrew Larrick watches and soon begins to tail them, with help from a tracking device.

Clark visits Martha, who stacks confidential FBI files on her kitchen table for him to peruse. She is upset that “people just leave them on top of the mail robot” and that no one takes seriously her multiple complaints about it. Later, she asks Clark when he wants to have children. He tells her bluntly they “aren’t in the cards for me,” but Martha doesn’t seem convinced.

Elizabeth takes Jared to a rest stop where he changes clothes completely and throws away his old ones and his backpack. She then drops him off at a train station, giving him a number to call once he’s arrived at his stop. Larrick traces his signal to the rest stop. Removing his tracking device from Jared’s trashed backpack, he scours area maps, trying to determine what their next move was. Correctly guessing the train station, he poses as a detective tracking a runaway, and learns of Jared’s final destination.

Back at the travel agency, Phillip tells Elizabeth The Center wants them to obtain samples of the paint used on stealth air craft. They puzzle over why The Center would have told Jared about his parents. The Jennings both meet with Fred Timbrook, who says he will be able to arrange a budget review of a facility that has the paint, and find a way to get onto the shop floor. The Jennings will provide him shoes with special soles that particles stick to.

Stan approaches Gaad, saying he’s determined a computer program called Echo is a potentially weak spot - something the Soviets may try to go after. He tells Gaad he wants to “shore up the security of it;” Gaad seems unconcerned but has no objections. Later, Stan meets with an Agent Wade, who assures him the USSR “Wouldn’t know what to do with” Echo if they got it. Nevertheless, he tells Stan there’s only one place that has Echo, and agrees to go there with him tomorrow. When Stan gets home that evening, Sandra tells him she’s moving in with the man she met at EST.

Back home in their kitchen, Elizabeth shares with Phillip her concerns about Jared: “Where the hell are we sending him? Switzerland? Hungary?” Phillip thinks perhaps Australia, so he’ll at least be able to get by in English. Elizabeth isn’t satisfied: “So that kid who grew up in Virginia Beach: we’ll just drop him off somewhere, one of those places? Where he doesn’t know anyone?” Phillip replies “Sounds like us,” but Elizabeth argues: “We had each other, we were older, and our parents hadn’t just been killed.” She then tells Phillip a similar fate likely awaits their two children: “One day, it’s coming. You know it is.”

The episode ends with Larrick arriving after dark in upstate New York, speaking with a janitor at the train station who says he’s seen Jared. The janitor tells him a lady in a truck picked him up. Larrick asks “What kind of truck?”  


The Americans 2x12 Promo HD 'Operation Chronicle'

The Americans 2x12 Promo HD 'Operation Chronicle'

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"