The Clock

Air Date February 6, 2013
Directed By Adam Arkin
Written By Joe Weisberg
Previous Episode "Pilot"
Next Episode "Gregory"
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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 study. She does so by strapping the camera to her bra and Philip and Elizabeth later develop the photographs in a darkroom, discovering that they can bug a clock that is in Weinberger's study.

Stan and Chris Amador conduct surveillance on a Soviet Embassy worker named Nina Krilova and see her leave a stereo store with a large package. They confront the store owner about her identity and Amador finds a tin of Beluga caviar. Stan later tracks her down, telling her that he knows she is sending U.S. stereo equipment back to the Soviet Union and blackmails her into spying on the Russians for the FBI.

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.

The Russians listen to the meeting between Weinberger and Nott, who discuss building a missile shield.


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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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