Cardinal is the second episode of Season Two of The Americans on FX, and the fifteenth episode overall.

Synopsis Edit

A paranoid Elizabeth stays close to home to keep watch over the neighborhood. She ventures out to drop her kids off at the movies, in order to help Lucia with her asset's overdose. Meanwhile, Phillip investigates Fred, only to be trapped by him in his house. Nina tells Stan about a Rezidentura "walk-in:" Bruce Dameran, an employee of the World Bank.

Plot Edit

Elizabeth is unable to concentrate on her work, due to fear that somebody might be after her family. Meanwhile, Phillip spends the night with Martha, who tells him she's thinking of changing departments to get ahead at work. Phillip convinces her she's doing important work in counter-intelligence, knowing that if she leaves Agent Gaad's office, she will no longer be of use to him as a source.

Stan surprises the Jennings at the travel agency, introducing a co-worker and his brother-in-law, who need to arrange a bachelor party weekend.

Arkady plays a tape for Nina in which Stan and Gaad discuss Vlad's death. Their conversation is interrupted when a walk-in enters the embassy, and asks to help the USSR. The walk-in is Bruce Dameran, an employee of the World Bank. Nina meets with Stan and tells him about it. Stan reviews all the surveillance footage from the embassy and figures out it's Dameran. He follows him and watches as he does laundry all night.

Phillip goes to Chesapeake, Virginia, to find out if Fred, the Connor's asset, is responsible for their murder. He follows Fred and later searches his home, finding a metal box hidden under a floor board. Phillip gets electrocuted when he touches it, and wakes tied up to find Fred going through emergency procedures, leaving messages for Emmett. Fred intends to kill Phillip, who ultimately manages to convince him they're both on the same side. He tells him Emmett (whom Fred knew as 'Paul') and his family were recently killed. Fred tells Phillip about a submarine parts factory which will soon be moved, giving the KGB a window of opportunity to learn about a new propeller design.

Elizabeth is called to help a Sandinista agent named Lucia and her contact Carl, a congressional aide. The two were doing drugs together and now Carl has lost consciousness and Lucia is too high to function. Elizabeth helps her out, revives Carl, and offers support.

Meanwhile, Paige continues to be suspicious of her parents. She calls information and finds out Aunt Helen's phone number and address.

Notes Edit

  • The postcard shows the Jennings address: 9A Circle Drive, Falls Church, Virginia 22040.
  • As he dines in a cafe, Fred Timbrook reads the January 18, 1982 issue of Time magazine.
  • The Americans is filmed in and around New York. The business where Stan observes Bruce Dameran doing laundry all night is the Polanco and Son Laundromat, located at 944 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY, 10025.
  • Charles Milles Manson (12 Nov 1934 – 19 Nov 2017) was an American criminal and cult leader. In the late 1960s, he formed what became known as the Manson Family. His followers committed nine murders at four locations in July and August 1969. In 1971, Manson was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for their deaths, all of which were carried out at his instruction by members of the group. He was originally sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life with the possibility of parole after California invalidated the state's death penalty statute in 1972. Manson served out his life sentence at California State Prison in Corcoran and died at age 83 in 2017.
  • Marion Shepilov Barry (6 Mar 1936 – 23 Nov 2014) was an American politician who served as the second Mayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991, and again as the fourth mayor from 1995 to 1999. A Democrat, Barry’s celebrity was transformed into international notoriety in January 1990, when he was videotaped during a sting operation smoking crack cocaine. He was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials and served six months in a federal prison. Despite a history of political and legal controversies, Barry was a popular figure in Washington, D.C. The Washington Post once stated that "to understand the District of Columbia, one must understand Marion Barry.”
  • Bo Derek (born Mary Cathleen Collins on 20 Nov 1956) is an American actress best known for her role in the 1979 film 10. The film launched a bestselling poster for Derek in a swimsuit, and subsequently she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1980s. She was photographed by her husband, John Derek, twice in Playboy magazine; she was featured in the magazine in 1981, 1984, and 1994.
  • The Game of Life, also known simply as Life, is a board game originally created in 1860 by Milton Bradley. It was America's first popular parlor game, and simulates a person's travels through life, from college to retirement, with jobs, marriage, and possible children along the way. The modern version was originally published 100 years later, in 1960. It is now part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
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Videos Edit

Season Two
#201 "Comrades" #208 "New Car"
#202 "Cardinal" #209 "Martial Eagle"
#203 "The Walk In" #210 "Yousaf"
#204 "A Little Night Music" #211 "Stealth"
#205 "The Deal" #212 "Operation Chronicle"
#206 "Behind the Red Door" #213 "Echo"
#207 "ARPANET"