The Deal
The Americans - Episode 2.05 - The Deal - Promotional Photos (3)

Air Date March 26, 2014
Directed By Dan Attias
Written By Angelina Burnett
Previous Episode "A Little Night Music"
Next Episode "Behind the Red Door"
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The Deal is the fifth episode of Season Two of The Americans on FX, and the eighteenth episode overall.

Synopsis Edit

Phillip hides a Mossad agent, while the Soviets negotiate with Israel to trade him for Anton. Elizabeth meets Martha as Clark’s sister, and convinces her not to put Clark’s name on an application form. Stan follows Oleg, who misleads him and then threatens to expose Nina unless given information.

Plot Edit

Phillip and Elizabeth are left alone with the agent who attacked them. They hide him in a nearby deserted house, but are seen by the police on the way. Elizabeth goes for help while Phillip stays with the man, a Mossad agent named Yossi. The Rezidentura is informed and puts plans in motion to extract Anton, and starts negotiations with the Israelis to exchange Baklanov for the Mossad agent.

The Rezidentura sends Kate, the Jennings' new handler, with food and medical supplies. Phillip is unimpressed with her youth and questions her abilities. While they wait to hear whether their governments have closed a deal, Yossi tries to engage Phillip in conversation. He notes the icicles on the window and says he never saw them before coming to America, but "you probably had that back home, didn't you, Mr. KGB Man?" Phillip replies "I don't remember." Yossi assumes his government will not consider him valuable enough for a trade, and contrasts his worth ("bronze") with Phillip's ("platinum'). He says "I hide what I do. I don't hide who I am." He later unsuccessfully tries to escape while going to the bathroom.

Baklanov's disappearance triggers an alert at the FBI. Stan is called in, who contacts Gaad, to use his contacts with the Department of Defense to figure out why Baklanov is so important. But Gaad is stonewalled. George hears Martha's phone messages to Clark, threatening to let the FBI know about their marriage. He notifies Elizabeth. She goes to meet Martha as Jennifer, Clark's sister. Martha gets drunk and confides in Elizabeth that Clark is an animal in bed. Elizabeth reminds her that Clark loves her, that his job his very important, and convinces her not to include information about her relationship with Clark on the FBI application form.

Meanwhile the KGB and Mossad agree to exchange Baklanov for Yossi. As part of the deal, the USSR releases 1,500 Refuseniks. As he's being returned to the Israelis, Yossi tells Phillip "We spent a night together and don't even know each other's names. But is your name your name? Is your face your face? Are your children your children?" On the long drive to the port, Baklanov begs Philip to have mercy on him, but Phillip remains stone-faced as he delivers him to a waiting ship, headed for the USSR. "You're a monster," says Baklanov. "You're not a man. Whatever you once were, whoever you were, they trained it out of you. No feeling, no humanity; you may as well be dead."

Nina is sent to Stan to give him enough information so he'll assume the KGB has Baklanov and Oleg intends to exfiltrate him. Stan and a crew of FBI agents follow Oleg as he leaves the Rezidentura, tailing him all the way to the Port of Baltimore. There, Oleg surprises Stan, informing him that he knows about Nina, and intends to blackmail him in order to keep that information secret.

Elizabeth meets again with Brad, who gives her the file on Andrew Larrick. When he tries to kiss her, she tells him to stop. She says it's taken her a while to start feeling things again. "It's the most natural thing in the world, right? ... I don't know why it's so hard. But it's something that I need to learn all over again."

Elizabeth returns home and falls asleep on the couch. Phillip finds her there after the transfer of Baklanov is complete, and curls up beside her asking "Were there icicles in Smolensk, in the winter?" He recalls having sword fights with them when he was a child. Elizabeth then says "When our train was pulling away from Moscow, there were icicles on the trees." Phillip turns around, looks at Elizabeth for long time, then nods his head and says "I remember."

Notes Edit

  • Keri Russell's character, Elizabeth Jennings, used the word 'buttinsky' – a meddler – when she (disguised as Clark's sister Jennifer) asked Martha how things were with Clark. The same word was used as an arc for Russell's famous character Felicity Porter, a kind but confused coed who wanted to help fix other's problems.


Song Title Performer(s)
The Gambler Kenny Rogers


The Americans 2x05 Promo 'The Deal' HD

The Americans 2x05 Promo 'The Deal' HD

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#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"
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