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The Americans: Mutually Assured Destruction

Philip and Elizabeth must stop an assassin from taking out key US scientists, while Stan and the FBI hunt the same man. Grannie shocks Elizabeth with the truth of what happened between Philip and Irina in New York.

Source: FX

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x8
Production Number: BDU107
Airdate: Wednesday March 20th, 2013
Special Airtime: 10:00 pm

Alternate Airdates:

IE (RTÉ TWO) Jul 04, 2013
AU (ten) Jul 15, 2013
UK (itv) Jul 20, 2013

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
Lev GornLev Gorn
As Arkady Ivanovich
Margo MartindaleMargo Martindale
As Claudia (Grannie)
Daniel FlahertyDaniel Flaherty
As Matthew Beeman
Vitaly BenkoVitaly Benko
As Vlad
Ryan FarrellRyan Farrell
As Agent Milbank
Sadie SinkSadie Sink
As Lana
Peter LevinePeter Levine
As Ruben Hollander
Mark DohertyMark Doherty
As Agent Brenn

Co-Guest Stars
Todd FaulknerTodd Faulkner
As Agent Loeb
Shuler HensleyShuler Hensley
As Weapons Dealer
Elizabeth MasucciElizabeth Masucci
As Prostitute
Main Cast
Keri RussellKeri Russell
As Elizabeth Jennings
Matthew RhysMatthew Rhys
As Philip Jennings
Keidrich SellatiKeidrich Sellati
As Henry Jennings
Holly TaylorHolly Taylor
As Paige Jennings
Noah EmmerichNoah Emmerich
As FBI Agent Stan Beeman
Maximiliano HernandezMaximiliano Hernandez
As FBI Agent Chris Amador


The scene opens with Elizabeth listening to a code. She decodes it. Phillip comes back from playing Racketball and finds Elizabeth in the kitchen. He says that he missed her. She tells him that they have to stop an assassin. It is one of theirs and that they have no information about the assassin except for the names of scientists who are the targets. Phillip tells her that they are having dinner with the Beemans on Wednesday. Later that evening, they watch as a scientist is helping his wife in the car. Phillip has planted a bomb in the engine. The scientist gets out because the car won’t start. He sees the bomb and gets his wife to safety. Phillip detonates the bomb to get their attention. At the FBI, Gadd talks to his team and tells them that they have to protect the scientists because the KGB might know about them. Amador says that they should protect everyone, but Gadd says that would take too much. They are ordered to work around the clock...

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Episode Notes
The title comes from the Cold War doctrine that neither side would start a nuclear war, since the other side would have time to respond in kind, with the inevitable result of each other's total destruction.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The CureSiamese TwinsEnd of episode
McKinley MitchellTrouble BluesPhillip and Martha kissing
Pablo CruiseLove Will Find A WayMartha puts the song on the record player

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