The Americans (2013–2018)
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Elizabeth and Phillip are supposed to get a biological weapon sample but fail to make the exchange when someone is watching. Nina works Anton in hopes it will lead to her freedom. Paige wonders if she can trust Pastor Tim with her secret.


Thomas Schlamme


Joseph Weisberg (created by) (as Joe Weisberg), Joel Fields | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Keri Russell ... Elizabeth Jennings
Matthew Rhys ... Philip Jennings
Dylan Baker ... William Crandall
Lev Gorn ... Arkady Zotov
Annet Mahendru ... Nina Krilova
Costa Ronin ... Oleg Burov
Keidrich Sellati ... Henry Jennings (credit only)
Holly Taylor ... Paige Jennings
Richard Thomas ... Frank Gaad
Alison Wright ... Martha Hanson
Noah Emmerich ... Stan Beeman
Michael Aronov ... Anton Baklanov
Kelly AuCoin ... Pastor Tim
Vera Cherny ... Tatiana Vyazemtseva
Susan Misner ... Sandra Beeman


Martha is upset when Philip relates Gene's role in protecting her. The trip to Germany has repercussions for the Jennings family. Gabriel tells Elizabeth and Philip about William, who has samples of US biological weaponry, which they are to acquire. Back in USSR, Nina continues to leech onto Anton for her own freedom... or does she have another agenda? Pastor Tom continues to pry information out of a guilty and confused Paige, but they do not know the phone is bugged. Philip and Elizabeth have numerous problems meeting William without a tail. Either his new openness with Martha or his talent for killing are causing Philip to have very bad dreams about his childhood. Arkady is upset when he learns Tatiana is from the secret "Dept. 12." Elizabeth and Philip make the acquaintance of "burkholderia mallei." A distraught Stan accuses Philip of sleeping with Sandra, as he was not honest with Stan about continuing EST and Elizabeth does not even know. Written by LA-Lawyer

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16 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The title of this episode, Glanders is in fact a real and very lethal infection, communicable to and transmissible by humans. Mortality from the chronic form is within days. The article in Wikipaedia relates how "between 1982 and 1984, the Soviet Union allegedly used weaponized Burkholderia mallei during the Soviet-Afghan War". There is no known antidote for it. See more »


When Gabriel gives Elizabeth a vaccination shot, the needle visibly moves after it is supposed to have pierced the skin. This reveals the use of a retractable syringe prop. See more »


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Picking up the pieces
15 June 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

Fourth season opens strong as the preceding finale's fallout is addressed . . .

. . . which means Paige is still dealing with knowing her parents are spies (clearly the clock's ticking for Pastor Tim); Martha is devastated by the news of Gene's "suicide"' and Stan goes ballistic when he thinks Philip is nailing his ex; all the while, Philip and Elizabeth mule a lethal pathogen for the Center.

Last season didn't end all flowers and sunshine and this one's opening no differently; just a simmering pot rather than explosive, but a great way to kick off the season.


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