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A crucial agent crumbles under emotional distress and threatens to topple a valuable network of KGB informants. Professionally, Philip and Elizabeth are tasked with infiltrating the FBI's new communications encryption system while personally they are forced to grapple with one of the darker aspects of life as a spy.

Source: FX

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: BDU104
Airdate: Wednesday February 27th, 2013
Special Airtime: 10:00 pm

Alternate Airdates:

IE (RTÉ TWO) Jun 13, 2013
AU (ten) Jun 24, 2013
UK (itv) Jun 29, 2013

  • Currently 7.3/10
7.3/10 (8 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Richard ThomasRichard Thomas
As Agent Frank Gadd
Annet MahendruAnnet Mahendru
As Nina
Susan MisnerSusan Misner
As Sandra Beeman
Alison WrightAlison Wright
As Martha Hanson
Peter Von BergPeter Von Berg
As Vasili Nikolaevich
Lev GornLev Gorn
As Arkady Ivanovich
Margo MartindaleMargo Martindale
As Claudia
Michael CountrymanMichael Countryman
As Adam Dorwin
John DossettJohn Dossett
As Curt Schultz

Co-Guest Stars
Gregory AbbeyGregory Abbey
As FBI Agent
Matthew LawlerMatthew Lawler
As FBI Agent
Chris FischerChris Fischer
As Mechanic
Erik McKayErik McKay
As Guard
Main Cast
Keri RussellKeri Russell
As Elizabeth Jennings
Matthew RhysMatthew Rhys
As Philip Jennings
Maximiliano HernandezMaximiliano Hernandez
As FBI Agent Chris Amador
Holly TaylorHolly Taylor
As Paige Jennings
Keidrich SellatiKeidrich Sellati
As Henry Jennings
Noah EmmerichNoah Emmerich
As FBI Agent Stan Beeman


The scene opens with Elizabeth visiting a home. She tells the man that she is from a VisuaTec Security. She tells him that she is sorry about his wife, who died 35 years ago. His name is Adam Dorwin. He is part of the Laser Operations Group that the Russians want their hands on. She asks him questions and he answers them honestly. Later, Elizabeth picks up Claudia and says that Dorwin’s handler is going to have to meet with him. She is told that they are trapped because the FBI is following them because they have transmitters. Elizabeth offers to be Dorwin’s handler, but Claudia says that that there is no real bond. She talks about how she became of a friend of an asset until they didn’t need him and he killed himself. She tells her that they need Udacha (Dorwin) and says that they need to get the encryption codes. Dorwin talks to his handler, Vasili. He tells Dorwin to never call him and to not say names. He is told that they will meet soon. ..

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