The Americans: Season 4 Episode Titles and Plot Synopses
Episode 4.01 – Glanders
Picking up on the heels of last season’s finale, the season 4 premiere of The Americans sees Philip and Elizabeth dealing with the fallout of all they’ve wrought. What will happen when the FBI finds out about Gene’s suicide? How will Pastor Tim deal with the revelation that they are Russian spies? And will they be able to handle a dangerous, new bioweapons assignment?
Written by Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg; directed by Thomas Schlamme.
Episode 4.02 – Pastor Tim
Philip tries with increasing desperation to get rid of a sensitive and dangerous package as family tensions in the Jennings House reach a boiling point when Paige shares a secret of her own.
Written by Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg; directed by Chris Long.
Episode 4.03 – Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow
(Airs March 30, 10:00 pm e/p) – Paige copes with new burdens that come with her family’s secret – as Philip and Elizabeth struggle to contain their cover without destroying their daughter. Written by Stephen Schiff; directed by Kevin Dowling.
Episode 4.03 – Chloramphenicol
(Airs April 6, 10:00 pm e/p) – A devastating flaw during a mission forces Philip, Elizabeth, William and Gabriel to confront the depths of their patriotism… and their mortality. In Russia, in striving to be a better person, has Nina put her life on the line? Written by Tracey Scott Wilson; directed by Stephen Schwartz.
The Americans: Season 4’s plot synopsis: “The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. during the Reagan administration. The arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but as the pressures and demands of the job grow heavier, the personal toll becomes almost too exhausting to bear.
Having revealed their true identities to their teenage daughter Paige (Holly Taylor), Philip and Elizabeth must keep their daughter’s best interests at heart while ensuring that their cover identities, and thus their lives, remain protected. Their previous missions have already placed Philip and Elizabeth in great jeopardy. Martha (Alison Wright), a valued secretary at the FBI whom Philip married while undercover, has been an invaluable source of intel. However, when her cover is nearly blown, Philip must make increasingly difficult decisions to ensure her safety and allegiance. The Jennings’ neighbor, FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), could also prove to be a renewed threat.
His KGB lover/asset Nina (Annet Mahendru), having failed to turn him against the U.S., was sent back to Moscow to face an unsure fate. With Nina gone, Stan has made an effort to become closer with his family, and has formed a bond with the Jennings’ 12-year-old son, Henry (Keidrich Sellati). He has also cultivated his relationship with KGB officer Oleg Burov (Costa Ronin), behind the back of Oleg’s boss, Director of the KGB Rezidentura Arkady Ivanovich (Lev Gorn). Stan’s newfound dedication to wiping out Directorate S has also led him to become suspicious of Martha’s uncharacteristic behavior. As he begins to investigate what’s been in front of him all this time, he might finally get closer to uncovering the “Illegals” – Philip and Elizabeth – that have eluded him for so long.”
The ‘Trouble’ trailer below is an extended trailer, a longer version of the teaser trailer released earlier. New scenes are intermingled with previously released ones, exploring how things begin to unravel for the Jennings on multiple fronts. (Spoilers from below begin) I was very surprised that Martha was able to hold it together for as long as she did. From the trailer and the promo entitled ‘Martha,’ the viewer can see what Philip tells her and how she reacts to it.
If you watch the trailer closely, you will notice a certain apartment being tossed by the FBI and someone’s picture being distributed to all FBI field offices.
Philip (Matthew Rhys) should have been more careful with the information that he disclosed to his asset.
Among the other images and scenarios, the trailer also features Paige coming clean to her parents about telling Pastor Tim about them. (Spoilers from below end) That is going to have serious ramifications for the Jennings, Paige, and especially the Pastor if that situation is not handled properly. My guess: Philip and Elizabeth prep Paige, send her back to the Pastor (her first mission), and Paige tells him that she made everything up because she was upset with her parents.
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