FX's 'The Americans' is on a roll

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 09:08 AM Written by 

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FX's "The Americans" (10 p.m. Wednesday) had a terrific episode last week that was just slightly marred for veiwers watching on DVRs (spoilers ahead).

It was a particularly important episode for FBI agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich, at left), who killed a Russian in retaliation for the murder of his partner, Chris Amador, who was taken down after Amador tried to challenge KGB spy Phillip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) for sleeping with an FBI secretary who Amador liked.

"Well, I think Stan gets himself into a corner to some degree. He contacts the residenteur and he says, 'I know you have Amador, and if you don’t give us Amador we’re going to kill your man that we have.' And then Amador shows up dead, and I think Stan feels, that if he doesn’t follow through with his threat then the U.S. will lose all authenticity or reliability in terms of their threat," Emmerich said in a teleconference with reporters last week. "Once Amador is killed I think Stan feels if Vlad is in fact a member of the KGB, if Vlad is in fact a covert warrior in this war, then he has to go, which is why Stan comes back. And once Vlad admits that he is fact a KGB officer, in fact he is a spy who’s here in America trying to bring down our country, he’s fair game for the retaliation for Amador’s death."

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"I don’t think it’s an emotional, rash decision," Emmerich continued. "I think it’s a calculated chess move that he feels must be made. It’s a Cold War, and he’s made it clear, he’s drawn a line that unless Amador is returned in health to his job there will repercussions, and if you don’t follow through with that threat then you lose all credibility in the future. So I think in some way I think that’s in fact what drives Stan to do that."

Stan's other big story involves his budding romantic relationship with Nina, the Soviet secretary he's recruited to spy within the Russian embassy on behalf of the FBI. While searching for Amador, his approach to Nina took an icy turn.


"I think Stan feels certain that the Soviets are behind the missing partner, that somehow they’re involved, they’re connected, and Nina is an employee of the residenteur," he said. "Nina is a Russian spy, so I think Stan rightly assumes that she would be privy to some of the events that are taking place, would have information about what operations they’re executing.  And when it comes so close to home and his partner is missing I think he assumes that she must have some information, or at least access to some information that would help him find his partner. 

"And in that moment, although I think he has obviously sincere feelings for her, and although he’s been able to turn her and have her help him on the FBI side, she’s a Russian spy living in America working on behalf of the KGB. So his sort of dogged determination and the tonal shift that happens when he goes to see her after Amador is missing is about the reality of the fact that whatever his feelings for her are personally they are outweighed dramatically by the fact that his partner and fellow American is in dire jeopardy, and he’ll do anything he can at that point to ensure the safe recovery of Amador."

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