The Americans (2013–2018): Season 4, Episode 1 - Glanders - full transcript

Elizabeth and Phillip are supposed to get a biological weapon sample but fail to make the exchange when someone is watching. Nina works Anton in hopes it will lead to her freedom. Paige wonders if she can trust Pastor Tim with her secret.

on "the Americans"...

PAIGE: I'm not stupid. I know
there's something going on.

You're out
in the middle of the night.

The phone rings,
and you're gone.

Just please tell me.

We work for our country...

The Soviet Union.

If you do tell anyone...

We will go to jail --
for good.

They're (sniffles) they're not
who they say they are.

They're not...Americans.

I want to arrange a trip

for Elizabeth to see her mother
one last time.

I wish it were possible,

but we both know
that it isn't.

The FBI found the bug.

Martha knows about me.

I saw you today staring
into your coffee mug

for a minute, straight.

I can't take it.
They're not gonna let up

until they find the person
that put that pen there.

I-I am working on it,
and I would do anything...

(yells) protect you.

You're so stuck in your mind,

but what you're just learning

is that these feelings
in your gut

are just as important --

more important
than all the shit in your head.

(footsteps running)

(boy speaking Russian)


(inhales deeply, sighs)



You okay?


You were right
about Martha.

I have
to tell her about Gene

before she finds out
at work.



What time is it?

It's late.


I'm glad you're here.

I need to talk to you.

Is everything all right?



In the next day or two,

you're gonna get some
disturbing news at work.

Gene Craft is dead.

What do you mean?

What -- what happened?

He'll be found
in his apartment.

I-It'll look
like he killed himself.

I don't --
I don't understand.

The recorder will be found
in his apartment.


The recorder?

My recorder?

It was the only way
to protect you.

Oh, no.


He's dead?

Gene is dead?

(crying) oh, no.

No, no, no, no.

No, I didn't --
I didn't agree to this!

I don't want this!

-Martha --
-How could you do that?!

No, no.
Stay away.

I'm sorry, Martha.

Stay away.
Stay away.

What have you done?

What have I done?


It's my fault.

I killed him.

-Oh, I did.

It's the truth.

Gene is dead
because of me.

It's not
because of you, Martha.

I did it.

I said I would do anything
I could to protect you,

to keep you safe.

Oh, my God...


-Martha --

No, don't.


Don't touch me.

CHILD: Okay, mom!
WOMAN: Come back at 4:00,
okay, hon?

(door closes)

Jet lag?

I've been up since 2:00.

I'll take some of that.

I heard someone leave
around like 3:00.

Your father
had to go to work.

Is he coming back?

He'll meet me
at the office.

What's he doing,

He's meeting someone.

It's...what we call
a source.

He might get
some information.

Is it dangerous?

I-It's more...

It's more about
getting people to trust you.

To help them understand

that you want the same thing
that they want,

which is to make the world
a safer place for everyone.

Not everyone sees it that way,
so it's all done in secret.

Did you eat?

You want me
to make some eggs?

No, thanks.
I'm not hungry.


I'm glad
you got some sleep.

Are you gonna be able
to go to work today?

I have to.


(water runs)

Martha, I'm not gonna be
able to come back here...

even when
the investigation ends.

Stan Beeman
was suspicious.

He could come back.

But it won't change
anything between us.

We'll be together at my place
just as often.

Well, you getting up?

No. I might
just skip work today.

I don't really feel like
seeing anybody there.

I thought you liked playing
with all the boys at the office.

You know, driving around in
your cars and arresting people.

I used to.
Not so much anymore.

Everybody there
kind of hates me now.

Hates you?
Stan Beeman?

How is that
even possible?

I know.
It's hard to believe, right?


But I do sometimes rub people
the wrong way.

Well (clears throat)
did you screw something up?

Well, that's a matter
of interpretation.

My boss thinks
I should be executed.

But his boss thinks
I should get a medal.

Well, you need to talk it
through with your boss.

Be clear and direct
about what you're feeling.

If his problems
or lack of clarity

are causing him to stand
in your way,

then your truth and clarity
will blow right through him.


FBI doesn't exactly
work like that.

I pledge allegiance to the flag

of the United States of America

and to the republic
for which it stands

one nation under God,

with liberty and justice
for all.

(students chattering)

TEACHER: Good morning, class.

If you are in field hockey,

they're gonna be in the lower
field, not the upper field.

GABRIEL: The Centre would like
to know why I don't have

the kind of relationship
with you

that keeps something like this
from happening.

Gabriel, i-it was --

and they're right.

You lied to me.

There's no other way
to look at it.

I told you they should go,
and all you said was no.

When we disagree
on something,

the next step isn't
to do it behind my back.

It makes them wonder
if I can do my job.

If you could've seen Paige
with her, you'd understand.

It was the right thing
to go.

For a lot of reasons.

I came out of retirement
to work with you, to help you.

But I don't want to be put
in this position

between you
and the Centre.

If I can't trust something
like this won't happen again,

I'll go back to retirement
in Sergach.

We can get you
another handler.

Make a decision.

We want you to stay.

Both of you?

Well, I'll take you
at your nod.

There is something
(sighs) else

that I've kept you out of.

But, um...
I can't anymore.

There are certain
very powerful weapons...


We're not allowed
to make them.

We've signed treaties.

But we think the Americans
are making them,

so we make them, too.

One of us has been (sighs)
getting American samples

of pathogens
for many years.

He signaled
about a week ago,

but when I tried to meet him,
I caught surveillance.

If he's clean, you'll pick up
the next package from him

and find out what the hell
is going on.

Anyone who gets near this
has to be vaccinated.

I'm very sorry.
I tried to keep you out of it.

This is for a kind of meningitis
you could get

from the last two samples
he got for us.

No dead drops.
Keep it in your custody.

Who is he?


How long
has he been here?

Longer than you.

He's running this alone?


He had a partner,
but it didn't work out.

Not everyone's
as lucky as you two.


When they first showed me
my room,

I thought
it was so peaceful.

(clears throat)

So quiet.

Well, not exactly a prison.

Not for me.

I just wanted
to rest there.

To sleep on the bed.

Use the hairbrush.


I know this sounds silly,

but I thought I could stay
there for a long time.


I'm sorry.

I know it's different
for you.

(speaks Russian)


I'm a shitty husband,

I cheated on my wife.

-Well --
-That's how they got me.

They knew I would be
with her that night.

If I'd been home
where I belonged...

They would've gotten you
another way.


But I think about my bedroom
back home,

with my wife there...
-It's okay --

It's just
I-I know what you mean.

That seems peaceful now.

I wish I could live
that way again.

Anton Lazarevich.

(speaks Russian)

PAIGE: I shouldn't
have said anything.

PASTOR TIM: You needed
to tell someone, Paige.


No one can bear
this sort of thing alone.

I --
They trusted me.

You're in church, Paige.

This is a place where you
never have to hide the truth.

What am I gonna do?


Look, Paige,
as unusual as this is,

I am used
to hearing secrets.

I-I know
this may sound crazy,

but d-do you think
your parents would be open

to coming in and -- and...

...talking, the four of us,


But your confusion and fear
is not gonna go away

no matter how much
you talk to me.

If people are getting hurt,
we have a responsibility.

You think everything
is about talking,

but they're not like that.

I've lived with them
for all these years.

I know.

We can't tell
anybody else...



So, let's focus on
what's best for you.

You've said all along

that you wanted to understand
who they are.

Well, do you think
you could ask them

to tell you more
about what they do?

I guess.

I could try.

Good. Good.

And then we'll figure out
what to do next.


When did you get Henry
that cologne?

I didn't.

Who did then?

I don't -- I don't know.
He must've bought it.

-It's disgusting.
-Yeah, I know.

It's poisoning
the whole upstairs.

I had to open up
all the windows.

I told him deodorant is fin--
He doesn't need cologne.

He doesn't even shave.

I know.

Let's get dessert
someplace else.

Not now.

You sure?


If we don't go now,
he'll get too far away.

ELIZABETH: So, you did or
you didn't see something?

It's hard to say.

Well, you either did
or you didn't, Philip.


I'm, uh...

I'm not sure what I saw.

I had a bad feeling.

Had a bad feeling?


Based on everything
that I was taking in.

So, we were clear to go,
and we broke off,

and you didn't
actually see anything?

Gabriel broke off a meeting
with the same guy

because he thought
he saw surveillance.

It is pretty likely that
they're out here, so...

He did say be careful.

Gabriel said he saw a guy
in a blue jacket

a block and a half away
from the target

who he identified
as a possible surveillant.

That's why we were
called in with Hans.

What did you see?

I'm telling you,
it didn't feel right.

You okay?

Is something wrong?

Is something going on
that I need to know about?

I'm fine.

conversations in Russian)

(boys yelling in Russian)

There were two of them.

Older than me.

They used to steal stuff
from me.

And you stopped them.


How do you feel?

(breathing heavily)


Anger is a concept.

How do you feel
in your body?

BOY: Hey!
(yelling in Russian)




I don't --
I don't know.


I, uh...



I don't know.

You got in a fight.

You were a kid.
What's the big deal?

It's not just that.

BOY: Nyet!



-Because --


I can't do anymore.


'Cause I didn't need
to hit him that much.

But you did.


and to forgive yourself,

you have to create a space
for it to exist.

You're confusing the feelings
with the event itself.

But they're different.

The kid
was bullying you.

Why isn't he asking you
for forgiveness?

Did you ever talk
to him about it?


Why not?

(breathing heavily)

(rock clatters)

Because he moved away.


(indistinct conversations)

He's not saying that,
if you forgive yourself,

that means that you think
that beating a kid up is okay.

He's just saying that spending
the energy pushing it away

is what, you know,
is making you angry.

It's not really anger,

Then what is it?

I just feel bad.

You have a lot weighing
you down, don't you?



You need more support.

going to EST,
not telling Elizabeth?

You need her.

Being dishonest
with her

is like being dishonest
with yourself.

And there's a limit
to how much progress

you can make
if you are not honest

about what's going on
in your own life.

There's a limit
to how much progress

I can make if I tell her,
because she would kill me.


(indistinct conversations)

I'm just gonna
borrow your...

(Typewriter keys clacking,
quiet conversations)

(telephone rings)


Call Walter Taffet.

Tell him to meet me
in the vault now.

(knock on door)


WOMAN: I said I appreciated
all the effort,

but $6,000 (chuckles) is
just a drop in the bucket.

That doesn't g--

(tape fast-forwarding)

MURRAY: How should I know?
I'm 86 years old.

I can barely remember
the doctor's name.

PASTOR TIM: I don't think
you should be going

to these appointments
alone, Mr. Murray.

(loud thudding)

the church has volunteers
who could drive you --

(tape recorder clicks)

I just keep picturing her
walking in there

and spitting
the whole thing out.

I thought everything
was good in Germany.

It was.

But she's...complicated.

She's just so...




We have to go.


Keep driving.

Green station wagon.

Had its turn signal on
at the corner.

Came straight through.

(clattering, keys jingling)

(lock turns)

MARTHA: Clark?


They know.

They know
that he's dead.


Gene is...


Everybody's shocked


and running around
like crazy.

You're safe.
We're together.


Did he know?

Gene, did he...

Did he know that
it was gonna happen?


I did everything I could

to make it (sighs)
easier for him.


Was he in pain?

It was fast.

Very fast.


His apartment,
it was, um...

It was filled with toys.

Like a kid.

Robot action figures.

I'm -- I'm glad
that you told me.

I am. I...

I have to know

Even if it's hard.

I've been -- I keep
having these memories

from when I was a kid.

Just dumb stuff.

But you know how some
of it makes you think

"I wonder if this is why
I act this way?

Or why I'm so angry
about that?"

Thank you
for telling me that.

It's better.

You'll see.


What is it?

I did wh-what I did...

to take you
out of danger.

I won't put you back in.

We have to decide things


They want reports
and assignments

for a particular
surveillance team.

(men yelling in Russian)


MAN: I didn't know him
very well, so...

it's all kind of
a shock to me.

I still can't believe it.


MAN #2: We're running
through those files now.

I had a beer
with him once.

You could tell
he was a disturbed guy.

MAN #3:
I know what you mean.

I-I always got a strange feeling
from him, too.

It's like, Gene, this weird
computer geek, right?

(Indistinct conversations)

Martha, I know
you liked Gene a lot.

I didn't know him that well,
but I liked him, too.

I guess you never really
know a person, do you?


(copier whirring)

PHILIP: From Martha.

Surveillance assignments.

There was no one on him
that first night.

So I was
imagining things.

You weren't.

Team member number three,

March 10th,
green station wagon.

It's a good thing
we broke off.


No one on him tonight.

Or Sunday.

We should go tonight.


You sure you're okay?

Yeah, I'm fine.

Didn't I see you here
walking a dog a few nights ago?

Yes. I have
two black Labradors.

Where's Gabriel?

He called us in in case
we had to handle something.

Did you know
you were under surveillance?

No, I just
thought random people

couldn't stop staring at me
because I'm so handsome.

My laboratory just got a new
contract from Fort Detrick.

That's why I sent the signal
to Gabriel in the first place.

It's come along with a shitload
of FBI surveillance --

all the scientists,
probably, technicians...

Fort Detrick?

Department of Defense,
their bioweapons lab.

Keep this
in the freezer.

Get it to Gabriel
within 48 hours.

What is it?

It's Burkholderia mallei.

Causes a disease
called glanders.

The inoculation we got was
against a kind of meningitis.

This is to meningitis

what bubonic plague is
to a runny nose.

Gabriel and his friends
at the Centre

have been waiting my whole
Goddamn life for this.

Tell them
I send it with love.

(dog barking in distance)


Everything okay?

STAN: Yeah.
Yeah, just, uh...

Hey, Philip, can I talk
to you alone for a second?

Yeah, sure.

Boy talk?


What, uh...what's up?

Tori, uh, saw you
with Sandra.


At a restaurant?

We got dessert --

She were very
intimate with each other.

I don't know what that means.

Are you screwing my wife?

(sighs) No.

God, no. I --

You're lying.

Don't lie to me, Philip.

I'm not lying!
I swear, we're just friends.

Then what were you doing
with her?

You're out with her,
you never told me?

I went back to EST.
All right?

And she was there.
We went out after.

That's all.
We've always been friends.

Jesus! Stop!

You don't think to tell me
'cause you went back to EST?

I don't know.

It's weird, obviously,
seeing you, seeing her.

I do-- I-I don't know
what to say.

Screw you, Philip.


(garage door creaking)

(light clicks)