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The Clock

Air Date February 6, 2013
Directed By Adam Arkin
Written By Joe Weisberg
Previous Episode Pilot
Next Episode Gregory
Images of The Clock

The Clock is the second episode of Season One of The Americans on FX, and the second episode overall.


When Philip and Elizabeth are given an urgent task to plant a bug in Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger’s office, they risk exposure when an unwilling maid of the Weinberger home refuses to cooperate. Stan closes in on a member of the Soviet Rezidentura in an effort to uncover the identities of deep cover Directorate S operatives.


Philip, posing as Swedish Intelligence Officer Scott Birkeland , seduces Annelise, and convinces her to discreetly take photos of the U.S. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger 's office. A meeting is to take place in three days between Weinberger, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her defense secretary John Nott to discuss the Americans' proposed Strategic Defense Initiative. Phillip and Elizabeth have been asked to infiltrate and bug that office. They enlist the help of cleaning lady Viola Johnson, whose son Elizabeth had injected a poison into to get Viola to cooperate.

Background informationEdit

There were quite a few specs of information in this episode. First, the struggle between Elizabeth and Paige's relationship. Elizabeth tries to connnect quite a lot of times with Paige; she believes her daughter has a sort of weakness, unlike Henry. The main objective for this episode was the bug in the clock, for which the Soviet Embassy wanted the information about the U.S.'s Ballistic Missle shield, and as well has Europe requesting such a shield in a agreement. In this episode, if shows how far Phillip is willing to go for a mission, especially his first encounter with Viola. After this encounter, he must use brute force to keep Viola from screaming, in which he has a sort of flashback which causes him pain emotionally when leaving Viola's Apartment with Elizabeth. Elizabeth notices this pain and proceedes to grab his hand to comfort him. At the end of the episode it shows Elizabeth and Paige bonding, in which Elizabeth pierce Paige's ears, as Elizabeth stated her mother did the same. In this episode, Agent Stan tails an employee at the Soviet Embassy and discovers she is stealing expensive Caviar, and exchanges it for Speaker Systems for which she sells in the Soviet Union. Knowing this information, Agent Stan threatens her with being reported to her superior officers unless she agrees to be a leak for the FBI; she complies and agrees to help Agent Stan.


The Americans 1x02 Promo "The Clock" This Season on The Americans (HD)-001:01

The Americans 1x02 Promo "The Clock" This Season on The Americans (HD)-0

Preview of the Episode " The Clock "

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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