The Americans (2013–2018)
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The Colonel 

Elizabeth and Phillip are at risk of getting caught when they fear their assignments may be a set-up. Stan is convinced he'll find Nina a way out.


Adam Arkin


Joseph Weisberg (creator) (as Joe Weisberg), Joel Fields | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Keri Russell ... Elizabeth Jennings
Matthew Rhys ... Philip Jennings
Holly Taylor ... Paige Jennings
Keidrich Sellati ... Henry Jennings
Noah Emmerich ... Stan Beeman
Richard Thomas ... Frank Gaad
Annet Mahendru ... Nina Krilova
Alison Wright ... Martha Hanson
Susan Misner ... Sandra Beeman
Lev Gorn ... Arkady Zotov
Tim Hopper ... Sanford Prince
Victor Slezak ... Lyle Rennhull
Paul Fitzgerald ... Richard Patterson
Margo Martindale ... Claudia
Danny Flaherty ... Matthew Beeman


Moscow finds Colonel Rennhull's military secrets valuable enough to order accepting his offer at any risk. At the same time, the spies couple must pick up the cording from the bug in defense secretary Weinberg's home, the actual FBI set-up. They argue who should get the kids if the other is arrested, but even after their supervisor gets the resident to cancel the colonel's deal -too late- the trap snaps, albeit not lethal. Nina now unexpectedly gets a witness relocation offer from Beeman, too late, but it also goes wrong, while his wife files for divorce. Written by KGF Vissers

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1 May 2013 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The NKGB, referenced by Claudia as the agency where she first worked with Zhukov "after the war," existed for only three years (1943-46) as one of the KGB's six predecessor security agencies for the Soviet Union. The war-time NKGB (People's Commissariat for State Security) was reconstituted as the MGB (Ministry for State Security), which in 1954 became the KGB (Committee for State Security) until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1992. See more »


Despite being set in the early 80s, when Elizabeth tucks Henry in for the night there are two 1987 Topps baseball cards on the right side of his headboard. See more »


Claudia: [while giving a steely smile to Elizabeth over breakfast] I know you better than you know yourself, but you don't know me at all.
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Referenced in The Americans: Harvest (2018) See more »


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Awesome ending..
2 May 2013 | by SaratBhaswanthSee all my reviews

First i ended up seeing this serial by picking this at random. But, slowly the story seemed fascinating (probably some more bigger word). I was worried about how the first season could end. The director showed me the answer. Very tense situations in this episode really brought me high and raised my further expectations for the upcoming season.

The song situation at the closing end seemed promising and the screenplay at the background was superb.

Thanks again to the team... Hoping that we would be more interested for the continuation...(S02)... Probably this deserves a 9.5 rating..... I hope the viewers reading this review should feel the same.

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