The Colonel

Air Date May 1, 2013
Directed By Adam Arkin
Written By Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg
Previous Episode The Oath
Next Episode Comrades
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The Colonel is the season finale of Season One of The Americans on FX, and the thirteenth episode overall.  

Synopsis Edit

When Philip and Elizabeth are ordered to go through with a meeting that could potentially be a set-up, they find themselves confronted with unexpected truths about their relationship. Stan's investigation puts him and the FBI even closer to Philip and Elizabeth.

Plot Edit

After failing to pay child support, Sanford Price is taken into custody.  Stan tells Agent Gaad that they should just keep him there until he talks.   With the meeting with the colonel approaching, Claudia and the Jennings are all worried that it has been compromised — Claudia urges Arkady to abort the mission and declares her loyalty to the Jennings. Philip and Elizabeth work out a plan to take the kids to Canada if the meeting goes bad as they fear the meeting will be staked out by the FBI. 

Meanwhile, Stan tells both Sandra and Nina that his mission will soon be over — Sandra rebuffs his attempt at reconciliation and Nina tells Arkady, who has accepted her offer in spite of Moscow's skepticism. Philip is able to meet safely with the colonel, who asserts that the SDI project is technically infeasible and may even be a ruse to get the USSR to waste resources.

Arkady cleverly manages to get an abort order to Claudia, who warns Philip; they both realize Elizabeth is the one in danger. Philip picks up Elizabeth just as she reaches the parked car. They evade the FBI pursuit, but Elizabeth is shot in the abdomen. While she is being treated at the deserted building, Philip phones Stan and has him look after the kids. While in recovery, Elizabeth speaks to Philip for the first time in their native Russian, asking him to "Come home."

Meanwhile, Claudia assassinates the CIA official, Richard Patterson. Prince cracks under FBI pressure and gives them all he knows about the colonel, while Nina gives Arkady a file on Stan. Paige is increasingly puzzled by Elizabeth's behavior, and, late at night, ominously enters the home's laundry room, curious to see what she can find.


Song Title Performer(s)
Games Without Frontiers Peter Gabriel


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The Americans The Colonel

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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