In East Germany, Anna Kerkoska comes home early from a reception and discovers that her brother Alexi is preparing to shoot himself. He explains that he didn’t want her to see and that there is going to be a purge of all of their dead father’s surviving men in the government as well as Alexi himself. Anna insists that they run away, but Alexi tells them that they couldn’t get help to even cross the border. When he points out that even the Americans won’t help them, Anna suggests that she go to the American ambassador and ask for help. However, Alexi then remembers the document that their father gave to her and suggests that she trade it to the Americans for their freedom. He hesitates to ask her to give it up, but Anna vows to save his life no matter what. She tells Alexi that she’ll meet with the American ambassador and tell him that they want to defect, and that they’ll trade the document. Alexi puts the gun away and thanks her. However, once Anna leaves, Colonel Petrovich comes in from the next room and congratulates Alexi on his performance. Now all they have to do is watch Anna until she gets the document...Read the full recap
Anna Kerkoska: Oh, but I want to hear about America. Is everyone a gangster?
Anna Kerkoska: Yes?
Jim: No, not quite.
Anna Kerkoska: Of course not. There are publishers.
Jim: Too many.
Anna Kerkoska: And hillbillies, rock groups, Indians, and everyone carries a gun. Do you carry a gun?
Jim: No, I don't carry a gun.
Anna Kerkoska: No? Then perhaps our propaganda people are lying to us. Could that he be possible?
Jim: Oh, I don't think propaganda people ever lie but I suppose it is possible.
Anna Kerkoska: I could never understand my father. How could he be so many things at once?
Jim: Some men are.
Anna Kerkoska: You are too, aren't you? So formal, so proper. And yet I can feel... something I've never felt about any man. So loving.
Police Chief Petrovitch: You are here because I was ordered by the Chairman and the Central Committee to remind you how important it is that we acquire the document your father entrusted to your sister. to suggest subtly but firmly that you are sole responsible for success of this plan if it succeeds. And also solely responsible if it fails. In the one case you'll be given a medal. the other, you will be shot.
Anna Kerkoska: Why is it all the beautiful things come at all the wrong times?
Jim: I don't know what that means.