The World Council of Churches is the twelfth episode of Season Five of The Americans on FX, and the sixty-fourth episode overall.


As Philip and Elizabeth grapple with a momentous decision, Tuan takes matters into his own hands in the Morozov operation. Back in Russia, Oleg’s investigation collides with the realities of the Soviet system.


Pastor Tim tells Paige he’s accepted a job with the World Council of Churches in Argentina. Paige comes home and tells her parents, then makes a show of throwing her cross necklace in the trash. Elizabeth fishes it out and fastens it back around her neck, telling her she has to wear it until he’s gone.

Oleg is again interviewed by Major Kuznetsov and Captain Staponov; they ask him lots of questions about Tatiana. They don’t think it’s a coincidence that Stan Beeman disrupted William Crandall’s operation, which was run by Tatiana, whom Oleg was sleeping with. Oleg later approaches his boss, upset that Ekaterina Rikova has been arrested. “She’s not a big player here,” he says. “She was just trying to make her department work.” His boss also tells him Dmitri Sharanov will probably receive 13-15 years in jail for his part.

Stan and Dennis expect to meet with Sofia, but are surprised when she brings Gennadi, too. She announces they’re getting married, admitting their relationship progressed very quickly. Gennadi offers his services as well, and requests Sofia get a pay increase to $700 a month. Stan and Dennis later tell Agent Wolfe they are unconvinced his intentions are good. “It honestly sounded like the class we had on dangles at Quantico, half the shit he said” Stan scoffs. However, neither think Sofia is anything other than what she claims to be, and worry that her cover is already blown.

The Jennings meet with Claudia and tell her they’re thinking about returning home. She tells them when they’re ready, she’ll have The Center start putting things in place. She recommends they don’t tell Henry until they’re already in Russia.

Elizabeth visits with Evgheniya. Pasha returns home from school beaten up. Elizabeth later tells Tuan they need to rethink their approach, because Alexei can't be convinced take them back home, and Evgheniya isn't strong enough to leave without him.

The Jennings meet with Pastor Tim and give him a compass as a going away present. They ask his advice, whether he thinks they could ever take their children back home to live. “At this age, the transition would be a very difficult one for them. But in a few years, it won’t be your decision to make any more,” he says. He tells them he honestly doesn't know how to advise them.

They arrive home to find Henry and his girlfriend Chris have made them dinner as a surprise, to thank them for saying he could go to St. Edward's. Paige tells her parents she’s so happy they’re letting him go. Phillip and Elizabeth attempt to mask their feelings, understanding that if they return to Russia, Henry won't be going to St. Edwards. Paige isn't fooled, and immediately senses something's amiss.

In Russia, Mischa is removed from the factory floor by his supervisor, and introduced to a man who is his uncle, Phillip’s older brother, Pyotr. He takes him home to eat dinner with his wife Tamara and their 8-year-old son. Pyotr says Mischa was smarter than everyone at school. “If you’re like him, that’s pretty good.”

Oleg’s boss informs him he spoke to the prosecutor, who agreed to release Ekaterina. He says they wanted to arrest Lydia Formina’s boss, but were told not to by “General Nikonov, who heard it from someone on the Central Committee.” He implies it might be the end of the road for their investigation. Oleg returns home discouraged, realizing all their work has only resulted in the imprisonment of a low-level distributor (Dmitrti), and the harassment of a store manager (Ekaterina). It has not made a difference in the system of widespread corruption, bribes and food shortages. Trying to look on the bright side, Oleg tells his father he got someone out of jail today, who didn’t deserve what the KGB was going to do to her. Igor says corruption is “eating our country alive. But everyone feeds at the trough.”

Driving over to see Tuan, Phillip wonders aloud to Elizabeth if they go back to Russia, would their kids "just go around Moscow as Paige and Henry Jennings?” Elizabeth replies that they should take his name, and when Phillip asks “What about you?” she smiles and shakes her head yes.

When the Jennings arrive at Tuan’s house, he announces “I think it’s done.” He then tells them he’s convinced Pasha to fake a suicide attempt by slitting his wrists, to show his parents he’s truly miserable. Tuan figures his plan is foolproof, because “even if he dies, Evgheniya will leave Alexei and go back to the Soviet Union.” Phillip and Elizabeth are appalled. After some tense arguing, Elizabeth demands he call Pasha and tell him not to go through with it. Tuan repeatedly protests, and when she eventually calls, there is no response.

Phillip leaves the house and starts walking briskly to the Morozov’s, with Elizabeth and Tuan following behind. Both Tuan and Elizabeth beg Phillip to turn around, knowing the man assigned to guard their house is sitting outside in his car. Phillip reaches behind, grabs Elizabeth’s hand, and keeps walking.


  • The World Council of Churches (WCC) is a worldwide inter-church organization founded in 1948. Its members include the Assyrian Church of the East, the Oriental Orthodox Churches, most jurisdictions of the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Old Catholic Church, Anglican Communion, most mainline Protestant churches (such as the Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Moravian and Reformed) and some evangelical Protestant churches (such as the Baptist and Pentecostal). The Roman Catholic Church is not a member.
  • The WCC has drawn criticism for its lengthy history of entanglement with the KGB and the politics of the former Soviet Union. In 1992, in an investigation that cited verbatim KGB reports, it was found that the Fifth Directorate was actively involved in influencing WCC policy from 1967 to 1989. For example, in the 1983 WCC General Assembly, one document described the activities of 47 KGB agents to secure the election of an "acceptable" candidate as General Secretary. Metropolitan Nikidim was a KGB agent, codenamed ADAMANT, who served as one of six WCC Presidents from 1975 until his death. His earlier intervention had resulted in the WCC making no comment on the invasion of Czechoslovakia. Appeals from suffering dissidents both from within the Russian Orthodox Church and Protestants were ignored in 1983. Metropolitan Aleksi Ridiger of Tallinn and Estonia was alleged to be a KGB agent codenamed DROZDOV, and in 1988 was awarded an honorary citation for services to the KGB by its chairman.
  • The Soviet national ice hockey team (Russian: Сборная СССР по хоккею с шайбой) won nearly every world championship and Olympic tournament between 1954 and 1991 and never failed to medal in any International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) tournament they competed in.


The Americans 5x12 Promo "The World Council of Churches" (HD) Season 5 Episode 12 Promo

The Americans 5x12 Promo "The World Council of Churches" (HD) Season 5 Episode 12 Promo

Season Five
#501 "Amber Waves" #508 "Immersion"
#502 "Pests" #509 "IHOP"
#503 "The Midges" #510 "Darkroom"
#504 "What's the Matter with Kansas?" #511 "Dyatkovo"
#505 "Lotus 1-2-3" #512 "The World Council of Churches"
#506 "Crossbreed" #513 "The Soviet Division"
#507 "The Committee on Human Rights"