"What we do it's for something greater than ourselves. Kate always said the work, the cause, that's what matters." ― Jared Connors
Echo is the final episode of Season Two, and the twenty-sixth episode overall.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
Nina finds that her future is in Stan's hands. Meanwhile, Paige and Henry are moved to safety as their parents attempt to complete their assignment.
Plot[edit | edit source]
|The Jennings prep Fred Timbrook for his mission. He takes the special shoes that will pick up microscopic paint used for Stealth aircraft from them and departs. They sit in their car and listen to a police scanner, waiting for him to call a nearby pay phone. Their conversation is interrupted by a report on the scanner of shots fired. It quickly becomes evident the incident involves Fred. The pay phone rings and before dying of his gunshot wound, Fred tells Philip he was successful. (♫ Golden Earring - Twilight Zone ♫) The Jennings retrieve the shoes from a dumpster.
|Paige participates in an anti-nuclear protest in Pennsylvania. When Pastor Tim gets arrested, she is inspired that he, like Jesus, was willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good. Stan visits the Pentagon, where Major Stoddard shows him the Echo program. As it runs on a computer, Stan leans in, allowing a camera on his tie to record the screen. Paige returns home from the protest, greatly inspired, and is condescending to her parents when discussing what she's experienced. At home, Stan takes the camera off and looks in the mirror. In private, Philip and Elizabeth discuss Paige and plans to exfiltrate Jared.
|"Clark" goes to Martha's where she is somewhat upset that he doesn't want children and says she's not sure if it's a deal breaker for her. While looking for a corkscrew, Clark is shocked to see she has a handgun in a kitchen drawer. His "sister" Jennifer calls Martha's phone and in code tells him that Andrew Larrick is missing. "Clark" leaves immediately and returns home. Once there, Elizabeth informs him The Center is unable to locate Andrew Larrick, who took a leave from Nicaragua, returned to the States, and then went AWOL. Believed to have killed Kate and George, the Jennings assume they are next. They wake the kids and flee to a motel in upstate New York, under the guise of a surprise family vacation. Stan meets Arkady who gives him instructions on where to leave the Echo program.
|Stan is plagued by nightmares over his compromised position. He dreams Vlad Kosygin meets him at his office, spouting the same words Stan said shortly before killing him. In Stan's dream, Martha is seen taking files from atop the Mail Robot, and putting them into her bag though Stan doesn't notice. He then sees Vlad having sex with Sandra before he wakes up. The next morning, Elizabeth goes for a "hike," meeting with Jared at Abigail's cabin, unaware Larrick is watching. At the FBI, Agent Brooks reports to Agent Gaad and Stan that Jared is missing. Meanwhile, Philip tells the kids he's off to get groceries, but instead meets with Jared's exfiltration team, who pose as lost tourists. On the way back to his car, Philip is abducted by Larrick.
|As Elizabeth and Jared walk in the woods, she tells him how wonderful his parents were and how much they loved him. Jared seems disinterested in hearing this and repeatedly asks about Kate. Arriving back at the cabin, they are ambushed by Larrick, who has killed Abigail, and opens his car trunk to reveal a handcuffed Philip. He announces he's turning the Jennings over to the authorities, and doesn't care what happens to himself. With Elizabeth in handcuffs, Jared pulls a gun from his jacket and shoots Larrick, who returns fire. Both are hit, Jared in the neck and Larrick in the shoulder. Elizabeth struggles with Larrick and pushes him into the open car trunk, on top of Philip. Although handcuffed, Philip manages to pry Elizabeth's confiscated gun from Larrick's waist, and fatally shoots him through the back.
|Elizabeth moves his body and retrieves the handcuff keys, freeing herself and Philip. They rush to Jared, who is dying of his wound. Jared insists they tell The Center he saved them and that he and Kate were in love and going to work together. When his parents found out about him and Kate, "my father threw me up against the wall. He said he’d never let it happen. He was screaming like a crazy person. He didn’t think I knew where his gun was? My mother...she tried to grab me." Philip asks about his sister Amelia. Jared says she was hysterical and would have told the police. The Jennings are shocked at Jared's ruthlessness and watch as he then dies.
|As directed by Arkady, Stan leaves something at a drop site, but instead of the Echo computer program, it is simply a note that says "Tell Nina I’m sorry." The Jennings arrive home safely and Philip and Elizabeth hug. Nina is led away from the Rezidentura, as a distressed Oleg looks on. Claudia meets with the Jennings and confirms Kate had been recruiting Jared behind the Connors' back, after they rejected the Center's orders to bring their son on board. The KGB intends to use the children of illegals, who can more easily gain access to places their parents can't. Claudia notifies them the Center has ordered they prepare Paige for recruitment. She adds that for the right child, it could give their life a meaning and a purpose that they could never get in the US.
|When Elizabeth responds that's their decision Claudia tells her "Paige is your daughter. But she's not just yours. She belongs to the cause." From his car outside the Soviet embassy, Stan watches Nina. As her vehicle drives away, Nina turns around and looks at Stan through the back windshield. Philip later takes a substantial security risk to approach Arkady at a news stand, where he tells him "If our organization ever gets anywhere near our daughter without our permission, my wife and I are finished." However, when he comes home, Elizabeth says that Paige is looking for something and perhaps joining them is it. Philip is horrified and reminds her that they swore to each other they'd never tell their kids who they really are. Elizabeth responds by calling the kids down for dinner.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Echo was written in Ada.
- The facility where Philip briefly meets with KGB operatives (before getting abducted by Larrick) is Holtermann's Bakery, is located at 405 Arthur Kill Rd, Staten Island, NY 10308.
- The Rolling Stone issue with actor Warren Beatty on the cover, when Philip speaks with Arkady, is dated April 1, 1982.
- Mail Robot makes another appearance. Stan dreams about it and the next morning, he's seen passing it in the hallway.
- "Previously on The Americans" voice: Philip.
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