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"Paige is like me. She wants to make a difference in the world." ― Elizabeth

Stealth is the eleventh episode of Season Two of The Americans on FX, and the twenty-fourth episode overall.


Elizabeth makes a shocking discovery about Kate. Philip pursues a contact for information about the new Stealth technology. Stan continues his pursuit of the illegals.


At the Soviet research facility, Vasili meets with Anton Baklanov, who, although still disgruntled, is now eating, sleeping with the prostitute provided, and working on stealth technology. Baklanov tells Vasili he needs a sample of the USA's radar-absorbing material (RAM), in addition to their computer program called "Echo." Baklanov explains that Echo can determine if the design for a stealth aircraft will or won't result in a plane that is invisible to radar.

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Without Echo, it will just be a model airplane.
At home in Falls Church, Paige presses Elizabeth for a good reason why she can't attend summer camp. The best Elizabeth can come up with is “because I’m your mother.” Later Paige shuns Philip's attempts to joke with her, saying “As long as I’m a prisoner in my own house, I have nothing to say to you.” Philip tells Elizabeth the FBI knows who Emmett and Leanne really were. Thanks to Gaad's reinstatement, the bugged pen in his office is once again operational and through it, they also learn that Stan visited Jared. At the FBI, Stan tells Gaad that his marriage is on the rocks and he receives a commendation for stopping Bruce Dameran.

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How the hell many illegals are there?
With Oleg, Arkady asks Nina about Stan's mood since Sandra announced her affair and tells her it's time to obtain the Echo computer program from him. Elizabeth dons her social worker disguise and goes to see Jared, determined to find out what he told Stan. Jared tells Elizabeth about the FBI sketches and that he wants to know what's going on. Fred Timbrook meets with Philip to say he found an unexplained budgetary line for $100 million for Lockheed, which he suspects is for the stealth program. He recommends Philip talk with John Skeevers, a retired aeronautics engineer who previously worked for Lockheed.

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I'm the numbers guy. No way I can get into that.
Elizabeth tails Jared to a restaurant where she sees Jared meet with Kate. Posing as Vietnam veteran "Ted", Philip approaches Skeevers in the waiting room of a medical clinic, pretending to also be a patient. "Ted" strikes up a conversation, at one point bumping into him and stealing his wallet. When Skeevers approaches the counter to obtain his medication, he doesn't have enough money to pay. "Ted" goes to the counter and pays for him, using Skeevers' cash. Oleg gives Nina a Young Pioneer pin and expresses his affection for her. Elizabeth calls Philip and they puzzle over why Kate would meet with Jared, especially undisguised. Both suspect that the FBI sketches are of them, and Elizabeth wonders if Jared knows the female sketch is of her.

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She was just herself.
Kate arrives home to a darkened apartment. Sensing something is amiss, she locks herself in the bathroom where she has hidden a gun, and rapidly unspools a roll of toilet paper. Emerging, she fights with Andrew Larrick but is overpowered. Philip approaches Stan at his home, saying Henry has to write a report for school entitled "my hero" and asking if he'd be the subject. Arkady tells Oleg The Center has informed him that if Nina's mission to get "Echo" from Stan fails, she will be sent back to Moscow to stand trial. Oleg learns for the first time of her treason. Arkady says he is not allowed to tell Nina of the high stakes of her mission. He explains that he has no cover, and no one to shield him if it goes wrong, implying that Oleg, with his family connections, does.

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She betrayed her country.
At home, Elizabeth tells Philip that she can't reach George and the Clandestine call center is down. Philip appeals to let Paige go to church camp which Elizabeth still won't allow. Larrick gags Kate and hangs her from the ceiling fan. Finding her code book, he listens for a transmission. Sandra returns from her affair and she and Stan calmly try to figure out if their marriage is over. Larrick taunts Kate telling her that her bosses in Moscow are worried because they can't get in touch with George. Further, he says they'll get very nervous when they can't get a hold of her. Larrick tells Kate he wants the Jennings and demands to know where they are. When he loosens her gag so she can speak, Kate spits in his face. Knowing torture won't make her talk, Larrick fatally snaps her neck.

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It's not you that I want.
Oleg tells Nina her life is on the line, and that she'll be sent back to Moscow if she fails. He urges her to consider whether Stan Beeman will betray his country for her. If not, she needs to run. "Ted" shows up at John Skeevers' house saying he found his wallet. He has also brought soup, and asks if he can come in. Skeevers does not appear to remember their earlier encounter, and tells "Ted" his memory is shot from cancer.

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It's not Arkady's life on the line.
Nevertheless, he lets "Ted" in, and accepts the soup. As he eats, he asks "Ted" if he has children, and then says to leave them something other than heartache. Philip says he can help. When Skeevers asks who he is, "Ted" asks if it really matters. He then hands him a thick envelope of cash. Skeevers tells "Ted" that after much trial and error, they were able to formulate paint with microscopic iron balls that absorbs the radar, and hides the planes.

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Dead bats, all over the floor.
Paige approaches her parents about a group from church going to protest at an air force base in Pennsylvania over the weekend. Before she is able to fully explain, Elizabeth surprises both her and Philip by announcing Paige can go. Henry interviews Stan and asks what it's like to be a hero which Stan says he isn't. With the Center growing increasingly concerned about lack of contact from George and Kate, they send Kate's address to the Jennings. Philip and Elizabeth find her apartment empty, but Elizabeth sees she has left a coded message on the empty toilet paper tube. At home, Elizabeth tells Philip she's realized that Paige wants to make a difference in the world. Philip deciphers Kate's message and he and Elizabeth are shocked to discover it reads "Get Jared out."

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I read their comic books.



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"