The Americans (2013–2018)
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Walter Taffet 

Philip and Elizabeth feel the weight of a family secret while following up on the KGB's interests.


Noah Emmerich


Joseph Weisberg (created by) (as Joe Weisberg), Lara Shapiro




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Keri Russell ... Elizabeth Jennings
Matthew Rhys ... Philip Jennings
Lev Gorn ... Arkady Zotov (credit only)
Annet Mahendru ... Nina Krilova (credit only)
Susan Misner ... Sandra Beeman
Costa Ronin ... Oleg Burov (credit only)
Keidrich Sellati ... Henry Jennings
Holly Taylor ... Paige Jennings
Richard Thomas ... Frank Gaad
Alison Wright ... Martha Hanson
Noah Emmerich ... Stan Beeman
Brandon J. Dirden ... Dennis Aderholt
Peter Mark Kendall ... Hans
Jefferson Mays ... Walter Taffet
Karen Pittman ... Lisa


Elizabeth brings Paige to Kenilworth and tells her that she and Philip were hard core civil rights activists when they were first married; she tells him their friend Gregory lived there and was murdered by police. Paige is very impressed and Philip is angry with Elizabeth. The new black FBI agent who always questions Stan (& who Stan dislikes) finds the bug in the pen Martha placed in Chief Gaad's office; Martha tries to deactivate her transmitter. OPR agent Walter Taffett comes in to investigate and sweep the department. Elizabeth, Philip, a highly valued South African black freedom fighter named Ncgobo and Hans get ready to execute a dangerous mission to grab the student and Venter, the one who was sent to stir up the anti-apartheid issue. Clark senses there is something "off" with Martha but he does not know what it is. The mission to grab Venter and student is successful; but the experience leaves the lookout, Hans, feeling like he stepped out of a dream choreographed by Fleetwood... Written by LA-Lawyer

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11 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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Directorial debut for Noah Emmerich. See more »


During the ambush scene in front of diner, the modern vehicles can be seen in the background. The school bus is built on Chevrolet Express or GMC Savana, which entered into production in 1996. Oldsmobile Omega shown in this episode is 1983, which is one year later than the story. The orange heavy duty truck is Freightliner Business Class M2 (introduced in 2001). While Elizabeth was waiting inside the van and seeing another van entering the alley, a couple of cars, including red Honda Civic, seen behind the orange Freightliner are from 2000s. See more »


References Dallas: A House Divided (1980) See more »


The Chain
Written by Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Stevie Nicks
Performed by Fleetwood Mac
Played during the kidnap sequence
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20 August 2019 | by gmoore44See all my reviews

This was amazing. Having Noah Emmerich directing the action displayed his fine directing talent. Pacing and suspense were perfect, and the final scenes with Fleetwood Mac's The Chain really set it off nicely. I hope Noah does some more directing, he really gave the episode the spice.

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