Baggage is the second episode of Season Three of The Americans on FX, and the twenty-eighth episode overall.


Elizabeth and Philip come together to deal with a mission gone wrong but struggle to reconcile their increasingly opposing ideologies. Stan welcomes a Soviet defector to America. Nina acclimates to her new living arrangements.

Plot Edit

Phillip calls Elizabeth to help get rid of Annelise's body. She brings a suitcase to the hotel; the Jennings and Yousaf break Annelise's bones so she will fit inside. Elizabeth takes a photograph of Yousaf's participation. When Yousaf asks who Phillip is, he replies "My people are dying in Afghanistan."

Zinaida Preobrazhenskaya, a Soviet defector, arrives in the US inside a crate. The FBI is assigned to protect her as she begins a media circuit against the Soviet Union's involvement in Afghanistan. Zinaida appears eccentric, wolfing down candy bars and making odd comments about everything finally being "over." She wants to explore Washington, but Stan demurs, telling her the threat on her life is real.

At the Rezidentura, Nina's new replacement Tatiana demonstrates a sense of humor by joking with Oleg about what Reagan might have actually been thinking when he met with Soviet officials to express condolences for Brezhnev.

Phillip tells Yousaf he wants the names of the members of the CIA's Afghan group (which were on the list Elizabeth lost while fighting with Agents Gaad and Aderholt). Yousaf only knows them by their first names, so he arranges a meet at a hotel. Phillip and Elizabeth set up to photograph the agents as they arrive. However, the CIA only sends Isaac Breland who instead brings Yousaf to meet with everyone else at a bar. Though Phillip thinks it's too dangerous, Elizabeth follows them, saying she doesn't intend to lose the information a second time. The Jennings go into the bar, photographing the agents, as well as their cars in the parking lot.

Elizabeth and Phillip continue to argue about the possibility of Paige joining the KGB. Phillip does not want his daughter living a life of stuffing dead bodies in suitcase or - even worse - getting stuffed in a suitcase herself. Elizabeth would like her to serve as they are doing, and says that when she was offered the chance to go, her mother didn't hesitate to send her.

In a harsh Soviet prison, Nina tries to ignore her new cellmate, Evi, a Belgian citizen. Oleg's father pays her a visit, saying Oleg has asked him to save her. She asks him to tell Oleg that she "wasn't pretending" with him.

Oleg has been tailing Stan, and traps him in a dark alley, ordering him to get on his knees, because he has a price to pay for what happened to Nina. Stan expresses sincere distress over Nina's fate and offers to help in any way he can, but Oleg believes there is nothing Stan can do. Stan refuses to kneel and says "Fuck you Oleg. If you want to shoot me, shoot me the in back," and then walks away.

After this brush with death, Stan calls Sandra and Matthew. Getting the answering machine, he goes to visit Sandra, and meets her new boyfriend, Arthur. He tells Sandra that after his confrontation with Oleg was over, she was the only person he wanted to tell. This pains Sandra, as she had begged Stan so many times in the past to talk to her about his life, and now that it's too late, he finally wants that opportunity. Sandra hears Stan out, and is glad he's okay, but she is not willing to come back to him.

Phillip suggests to Elizabeth that she go visit her dying mother, but she rejects the idea as impossible. In a flashback, it is revealed that Elizabeth's father was a deserter rather than a war hero; he was shot by his own people as he ran away from conflict.

Notes Edit




Season Three
#301 "EST Men" #308 "Divestment"
#302 "Baggage" #309 "Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?"
#303 "Open House" #310 "Stingers"
#304 "Dimebag" #311 "One Day in the Life of Anton Baklanov"
#305 "Salang Pass" #312 "I Am Abassin Zadran"
#306 "Born Again" #313 "March 8, 1983"
#307 "Walter Taffet"