Divestment is the eighth episode of Season Three of The Americans on FX, and the thirty-fourth episode overall.


Martha and Clark's marriage meets its most challenging test yet; pressure on Philip intensifies.


Hans watches as the Jennings and Reuben Ncgobo bring the captives Eugene Venter and Todd into an abandoned warehouse for interrogation. Phillip offers Venter a million US dollars and a new life in a new country. When he refuses, Phillip sighs and puts his gloves on. Venter ultimately yields no useful information, so the Jennings allow Ncgobo to kill him in front of Todd. Elizabeth hands Ncgobo a gun, but he refuses, saying “We have a way of doing things. You already have your country. You can’t understand.”

He then places a tire around Venter’s upper body, douses him in gasoline, and lights him on fire. Before he dies, Venter tells Ncgobo “You are beholden to your Kaffir-Boetie communist masters. These people – they don’t give a bloody shit about you! They want the gold, the diamonds, the land!” The Jennings are visibly repulsed by Ncgobo’s actions, but they do not stop him. After witnessing Venter’s death, Todd confesses he had agreed to plant a bomb on campus, but was too afraid to go through with it.

In Soviet prison, Nina learns that her role in obtaining a signed confession from Evi has reduced her sentence to 10 years. She’s disappointed, and accepts an offer of freedom in exchange for extracting information from Anton Baklanov. The Soviets are unable to determine if Baklanov is encountering genuine delays in his research, or is intentionally stalling. Nina is thrilled to be sent somewhere else – even the dismal research facility – until she discovers Vasili is in charge of the plant. He tells her he will put aside his personal feelings for the sake of their work, but vows he will never forgive her. Nina’s initial attempts to charm Baklanov do not go well. He tells her that unless she’s a scientist, she’s of no use to him. He rebuffs her when she brings him food, at first saying he doesn’t want it, and then complaining that it’s not to his liking.

Gaad’s FBI division is in a state of confusion, due to Walter Taffet conducting interviews with the staff. Martha’s initial session with Taffet seems to go well, but consists of borderline-ridiculous questions such as “Were you changed with maintaining Agent Gaad’s pens: keeping them current, working, full of ink?” Later, Taffet offends Gaad when he chides him for not installing security cameras in his office: “I’m not saying your negligence resulted in the KGB getting access to the Bureau … “ Gaad reaches a breaking point when unable to open the door to the mail robot, and begins kicking it extensively, causing it to need repair.

Igor Burov calls Arkady and asks why he didn’t approve Oleg’s transfer back to Moscow, telling him it should be clear that Oleg does not know what’s in his best interests. Arkady tells Oleg about the call, saying “I am used to dealing with stubborn people.” Oleg reminds Arkady that his father is Minister of the Railways and Arkady says “So … next time I’m home, I won’t be able to ride the train?”

Stan departs for Illinois to attend the memorial of his friend and former colleague who died in a plane crash. Paige goes to the library to research news articles about Gregory. At first pleased by what she finds, she grows concerned when information on his arrests for drug trafficking surface. Later she questions Elizabeth about it, who says Gregory was “complicated” but “never stopped fighting for what was right.” Paige asks “So, was he a criminal, or wasn’t he?” Elizabeth points out that Paige is already involved in protesting government actions through her work at the church, and that such things are never simple.

Elizabeth and Ncgobo take Todd to an abandoned area of town while Phillip looks for the bomb in his dorm. When Phillip finds it where Todd said it would be, he argues with Ncgobo that Todd should be freed. Ncgobo says Todd is going to go right back to doing what he was doing, but Phillip believes that “after what he’s seen today, he’s done.” For the first time, Elizabeth errs on the side of compassion rather than caution, and agrees with Phillip to release Todd.

Phillip is shown again listening to BBC radio news regarding the Afghanistan war; it is evident to Elizabeth that his increased interest has more to do with his son than his job. Elizabeth visits Gabriel and asks a favor: will he do what he can to try to get Phillip’s son home? Gabriel is surprised to learn that Phillip told Elizabeth about Mischa, but agrees to see what might be possible.

Clark visits Martha who tells him she met with a man at work named Walter Taffet. When Clark asks who that is, she replies “Well Clark, he’s you.” She fills him in on everything that’s happened, and asks “Who are you?” Clark replies “I’m your husband. The man you married, and who loves you more than you will ever know.” Martha grows hysterical, wondering what she’s done and demanding to know if anything Clark's ever told her is true. Clark confesses “When we first met, I didn’t want to fall in love with you, but I did. And now you mean so much to me. You are one of the most true and honest and good women that I have ever known.” He then echoes her earlier words: “I love you. And I would do anything for you.” He asks if that’s enough, or if she needs more. They embrace and are later shown in bed, awake but turned away from each other, thinking.


  • Why We Can't Wait is a 1964 book by Martin Luther King Jr. about the nonviolent movement against racial segregation in the United States, and specifically the 1963 Birmingham campaign. The book describes 1963 as a landmark year in the Civil Rights Movement, and as the beginning of America's "Negro Revolution."


The Americans 3x08 Promo "Divestment" (HD)

The Americans 3x08 Promo "Divestment" (HD)

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"