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The Americans: The Oath

One of Elizabeth's agents has key intel for sale, but she and Philip find themselves taking increasingly greater risks for what could well be a set-up. Meanwhile, Stan's pursuit of Directorate S suddenly begins to yield unexpected results.

Source: FX

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x12
Production Number: BDU111
Airdate: Wednesday April 24th, 2013
Special Airtime: 10:00 pm

Alternate Airdates:

IE (RTÉ TWO) Aug 01, 2013
AU (ten) Aug 12, 2013
UK (itv) Aug 17, 2013
NZ (FOUR) Jun 23, 2014

  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Richard Thomas
As Agent Frank Gadd
Annet Mahendru
As Nina
Alison Wright
As Martha Hanson
Lev Gorn
As Arkady Ivanovich
Tonye Patano
As Viola Johnson
Cotter Smith
As Deputy Attorney General
Tim Hopper
As Sanford Prince
Meg Gibson
As Mrs. Weinberger
Richard Kline
As Bill Hanson
Peggy Scott
As Elaine Hanson
Margo Martindale
As Claudia
Daniel Flaherty
As Matthew Beeman

Co-Guest Stars
Matthew Stocke
As Technician
Bristol Pomeroy
As Minister
Michael Genet
As Reverend
Main Cast
Keri Russell
As Elizabeth Jennings
Matthew Rhys
As Philip Jennings
Holly Taylor
As Paige Jennings
Noah Emmerich
As FBI Agent Stan Beeman


The scene opens with Sanford meeting Elizabeth. She tells him she doesn’t like surprises. Sandford says he recruited a Colonel and says he has information. He says he will give it to her for $50,000. He says the Colonel is crazy and hates the Reagan Administration. Elizabeth tells him she needs to know what she is buying and tells Sanford they will talk later. Nina is called into Arkady’s office. He tells her she has to direct the activities of Directorate S. He hands her a piece of paper and a pin. He tells her to read the Oath of the new position out loud. Phillip and Elizabeth talk about the Colonel and he asks her if she talked to Paige about her eating dinner at his place. Elizabeth says she has. Phillip asks if she is alright with the arrangement and she says she does. ..

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MountainMississippi QueenCovered by Matthew Beeman & cast members

Warning: The Americans season 1 episode 12 guide may contain spoilers
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