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"I don't want you on my conscience, too." Stan to Oleg
Dinner for Seven is the eleventh episode of Season Four of The Americans on FX, and the fiftieth episode overall.

SynopsisEdit

Elizabeth completes the last steps of a very personal operation...but at what cost?

PlotEdit

Pastor Tim arrives unexpectedly at the Jennings' and tells Philip and Elizabeth that he feels terrible about Alice's threat to them when he went missing in Ethiopia. While lost, he worried he'd never meet his unborn child and this made him consider how precious the familial relationship Paige has with them is. After apologizing for what Alice did, Elizabeth invites them to come to dinner later in the week. Elizabeth meets with Gabriel who tells her The Center has ordered her to proceed with using Young-Hee and Don to get the access code William needs to get the Lassa virus from his lab. Disguised as "Patty", Elizabeth waits until Don is alone at home. Saying she's pregnant, Don implores her to get an abortion which he'll take care of. Feinting outrage, she leaves but outside, she is truly sorry.



Dinner for 7 Episode Don
You cannot have this baby.
An upset Stan comes over to Philip's and while drinking, gives him the news that Frank Gaad is dead. Convinced the KGB did it, he's puzzled why given that Gaad was retired. Disparaging the KGB, Stan says they're animals and they do things you could not imagine. After Stan leaves, Philip comforts Elizabeth. Paige and Henry arrive home and Paige reports what she worked on at the Reed Street Church with Tim. Philip tells Elizabeth about Gaad and says he included Gaad's trip to Thailand in his report to The Center. Realizing the implications, they stare at each other. Elizabeth sees Pastor Tim in his office, when she picks up Paige from choir practice. (♫ Down in the River to Pray ♫) Upset about her actions with the Seong family, she awkwardly tries to talk to him, pretending her emotions are about what happened with Alice until interrupted by Jackie.



Dinner for 7 Episode Stan Phillip
I could tell you stories.
Stan meets Oleg and tells him about Agent Gaad's death. Stan warns Oleg that there's been a lot of talk of blackmailing him using Nina or his brother and that he's been pressured to make it happen. Stan brings up Chris Amador and that he didn’t realize how close he was to Chris until the KGB killed him. He confesses that in revenge he did something just as bad and he hasn't felt the same since. After what happened to Vlad, Nina, Chris and Gaad, he doesn't want Oleg on his conscience if something happens to him. He then says that this is the last time they will see each other. Stan stretches out his hand and after some consideration, Oleg shakes it. Stan gets in his car and drives away.



Dinner for 7 Episode Stan Oleg
I did something terrible.
The Jennings prepare a fancy meal for Tim and Alice and are just sitting down to eat when Stan shows up uninvited, to give Henry a movie. In private, Alice apologizes to Elizabeth who accepts. Henry asks him to stay for dinner, which Philip OKs. Henry is the only person who doesn't feel awkward. The situation grows even more uncomfortable when at dinner, Stan talks about his divorce and Henry brings up his job at the FBI, which raises eyebrows with Tim and Alice. After Henry brings up one of Pastor Tim's nuclear protest activities, Stan nods at through clenched teeth which as a federal agent, he doesn't approve of.



Dinner for 7 Episode eating
So what do you do, Stan?
Philip, disguised as "Patty's" brother "John Rawlings", visits Don at work with Gabriel and a female agent who pretend to be her parents. Gabriel feigns being weak and ill. They tell Don that Patty has committed suicide and demand he pay for funeral expenses. When Don leaves with Philip to retrieve money from the bank, Gabriel and the female agent copy Don's computer discs and dig through his office, hoping to gain the access codes to Level 4 pathogens.



Dinner for Seven Episode Don Seongs office
I never want to see your face again.
Elizabeth meets again with Pastor Tim, who after dinner is now suspicious that the Jennings live so close to an FBI agent. Elizabeth reassures him that Stan moved into the neighbor long after they'd lived there and him being a neighbor is a coincidence. She thanks him for everything he's done for Paige and admits she initially felt threatened, afraid to lose her. She lies, saying since Paige started coming to church, they have gotten closer, things have gotten better, and she has him to thank. Pastor Tim opines that there's something greater than all of us.



Dinner for 7 Episode Tim Elizabeth
Interesting to meet your neighbor.
At the FBI, Agent Aderholt reviews follow-up reports on Martha, and notes that while the Mail Robot was being repaired, there was a death at the facility. Elizabeth makes up an excuse to meet with Pastor Tim a third time, saying she's stopped by to pick up Paige. Still upset about the Seongs, she asks him for guidance in forgetting something that is bothering her. Tim advises prayer but when Elizabeth asks what she should do since she doesn't believe in God or prayer, he says the only thing that matters is how we treat other people.



S04E11-Robot
Gaad went bat shit on the mail robot.
As Elizabeth and Paige walk to their car, Paige asks if the situation with Pastor Tim and Alice is forever. When Elizabeth shares that Tim and Alice feeling bad about what Alice did works to their advantage, Paige says her parents are simply pretending to forgive them. Paige then shares what Matthew told her about Martha and Stan meeting her father Bill. Their conversation is interrupted when, as they approach their car, two rough-looking men ask for cigarettes. Elizabeth says they don't want trouble and hands them her wallet. However, one of the men reaches out to touch Paige, asking how old she is. Elizabeth quickly hits him and knocks him down, then fights with the second man, killing him by stabbing him in the throat with his own knife. Retrieving her wallet, Elizabeth grabs a shocked Paige by the arm and drags her to their car.



Dinner for 7 Episode Elizabeth attacks
We only kill in self defense...

NotesEdit

  • Stan refers to Philip meeting Frank Gaad at a party he had several years before. ("Safe House")
  • Silver Streak is a 1976 American comedy-thriller film about a murder on a Los Angeles-to-Chicago train journey. It stars Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, and Richard Pryor, with a score by Henry Mancini. This film marked the first pairing of Wilder and Pryor. In various episodes, Henry is shown reciting Richard Pryor comedy routines, and appears to be a fan.
  • The Mail Robot makes another appearance. Dennis tells Stan that he's discovered the death of Betty Turner at the company where the robot was being repaired. ("Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?") The robot is in the hallway behind them.
  • "Previously on The Americans" voice (in Russian): Oleg.

MusicEdit

Song Title Performer(s)
Down in the River to Pray Cast

VideosEdit

The Americans 4x11 Promo "Dinner for Seven" (HD)

The Americans 4x11 Promo "Dinner for Seven" (HD)


Season Four
#401 "Glanders" #408 "The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears"
#402 "Pastor Tim" #409 "The Day After"
#403 "Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow" #410 "Munchkins"
#404 "Chloramphenicol" #411 "Dinner for Seven"
#405 "Clark's Place" #412 "A Roy Rogers in Franconia"
#406 "The Rat" #413 "Persona Non Grata"
#407 "Travel Agents"
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