Tchaikovsky is the second episode of the final season of The Americans on FX, and the sixty-seventh episode overall.  


Elizabeth targets an old source who could tip the balance of the upcoming summit, as Philip deals with business at the travel agency. Stan learns an old friend is back in town.


Stan gets a message that "Teacup" (Gennadi's cover name) wants to meet with him; he learns that Sofia (who has married Gennadi during the past three years) has kicked him out, but Gennadi still makes a Soviet courier run with an FBI team covertly X-raying his diplomatic pouch. Stan and Dennis worry that Sofia's chattiness with her new friend Bogdan at TASS will compromise Gennadi's work with the FBI. Dennis also tells Stan that Oleg Burov is in D.C., registered for a class on urban transport planning (consistent with his current work in the Soviet Ministry of Transport). Elizabeth meets with her CIA contact Patrick McCleesh to gather information before the summit and has to sneak into the State Department (where she claimed to be employed) to have lunch with him. He discloses Ronald Reagan's onset of Alzheimer's. For Dead Hand, Elizabeth pressures General (formerly Colonel) Rennhull to hand over a lithium-based radiation sensor by threatening to expose his contact with the Soviets six years earlier (regarding the US Strategic Defense Initiative, in the episode "The Colonel").

Philip discovers that Dupont Circle Travel has lost Jeremy, an important client of 15 years, to a budget travel agency. In the aftermath, both Stavros, the responsible employee (in person), and Henry (by phone) note that Philip should have retained the client himself instead of handing him off to an employee.

After a Soviet lesson on Tchaikovsky from Claudia, Paige asks Elizabeth if the Soviets ever use sex to get information, which she read about in a book that she purchased. Elizabeth at first denies it outright, claiming that this is merely Western propaganda, but then hedges, saying that it may happen in rare cases. 

As "Stephanie", a private nurse for terminally-ill artist Erica Haskard (the wife of US weapons negotiator Glenn Haskard), Elizabeth hears the Haskards discuss her potential assisted suicide. "Stephanie" discourages Glenn Haskard from proceeding, and Claudia later reminds Elizabeth that she needs to keep Erica alive until after the summit. During a subsequent shift, Erica asks "Stephanie" to draw a picture of a mug on a bedside table, but just the dark parts.

Later, when Elizabeth meets Rennhull to get the radiation sensor, he refuses to cooperate, and she again threatens to reveal his prior contact and sets up a fallback exchange date. At this fallback date, he instead pulls a gun on her. When she jumps him, he fatally shoots himself through the jaw, splattering blood and brains over her face just as Paige breaks lookout cover and runs to her mother's aid.


Song Title Performer(s)
Slippery People Talking Heads
None But the Lonely Heart, Op. 6 Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky


The Americans 6x02 Promo "Tchaikovsky" (HD) This Season On

The Americans 6x02 Promo "Tchaikovsky" (HD) This Season On

Season Six
#601 "Dead Hand" #606 "Rififi"
#602 "Tchaikovsky" #607 "Harvest"
#603 "Urban Transport Planning" #608 "The Summit"
#604 "Mr. and Mrs. Teacup" #609 "Jennings, Elizabeth"
#605 "The Great Patriotic War" #610 "START"