The Americans (2013–2018): Season 5, Episode 3 - The Midges - full transcript

Philip and Elizabeth tell Paige more about the family business, but pressing new questions arise when an operation takes a ghastly and unexpected turn. Meanwhile, a sensitive package jeopardizes Oleg's life back home.

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Burov is back in Moscow.

This is obviously a good
opportunity for us.

We can go with the tape
you made of him

admitting their defector
was actually KGB.

You're going to get him killed.

Burov gave us
the tip of the century

and then went home
to live his life.

I am a consultant for your
department of agriculture.

Half our grain comes
from America and its allies.

If they're doing
something to it,

people will starve.

Does Morozov know about bugs?

I don't know.

He's an agricultural expert.

Paige, listen... I'll just be
alone for the rest of my life.

Would that make you feel better?

There's something
we can show you.

If you can learn this thing,
really master it,

you can keep seeing him.


Oh, you will do better,

Don't sweat it, man.

The first time I bowled,
I threw the ball so hard

it went into the Lane next to me

and knocked down
some other guy's pins.

Start at least four steps
from the foul line.

Bend at the knees

and aim for the arrows
in the Lane.

Blind leading blind.

In Russia, we have bowling alley
in Gorky park.

Pasha was little,
hard to push ball,

so I stand behind him
and help give ball push.

One time he go down...
Down Lane with ball.

You remember?

Another time, ball don't move.

Very popular in Russia.

Very popular.

And then place went to shit.

Again with this.

Wood cracks, ball chip.

Russians can't keep
something simple

as a bowling alley, okay.

Your turn, dad.

People don't have
any power to make better.

System destroy everybody
who tries to make change.

You see pasha is unhappy.

Tuan is a friend now.

He will be okay.

Where did he go?


We have different time
growing up.

Evgheniya view and my view
on Soviet union is different.

When I was 14,

they drag my father
out of our apartment in night,

no talking, no explaining.

Six months later, letter come,
tell us he's in camp.

So my mother and I,
we ride train to see him.

Take us nine days to get there.

And it's horrible.
Just horrible.

Prisoners outside
for everybody to see,

with lice, starving to death,
not human.

We wait in the room
for two days.

And the guard comes and tell us

my father is not allowed
any visitors.

He die 15 years later.

They never let us see him.

That is the Soviet union I know.

Sounds like Evgheniya and pasha

didn't know Alexei
was planning to defect.

What do you mean?

She was angry at him
about not telling them

they were coming here.

He must've just put them
in a car one day,

and it was the CIA taking
them out of the country.

How could somebody
do something like that?

That man really hates
his country.

One day the U.S.
will destroy the USSR,

just like they did Vietnam.

I'd like to see
what Alexei has to say

when everyone and everything
he ever knew in Russia

is wiped out.

Well, hopefully, we'll
prevent that from happening.

Yes. Of course.

I just meant...

He's a traitor.

Okay if I drop you at the house?


I was just thinking
how we would have done it

if we had to go back.

Tell them first
or when we got there?

It's different.

Alexei didn't have to run.

He wanted to come here
and be a big shot.

He didn't give a shit
what his family thought.

He gets them here, buys them
big meals at Bennigan's,

and he's starting
a famine back home.

Tuan's right.

He should be shot.

That was smart,
him throwing the gutter balls

to make pasha feel better.

He's got great instincts.

Did Paige say
anything about Matthew?


She can't handle this.

Any of it.

What if we tell her
about this operation?

It's a good thing.
She'll get it.

I don't know...

Compared to this,

Matthew Beeman
won't seem so important.

Just as I suspected.
A closet general.

Step right this way, sir.

Check outside.

Hi, honey.

All clear.

Where are you taking him?

Henry here?




All we need is for somebody
to salute him.

You're gonna be returning it
as a reflex.


We think the U.S. government

is planning to attack
the Soviet union's grain supply.

What? We found a
greenhouse they've got

where they're testing pests

that can destroy
entire wheat crops.

I know it's a shocking thing
to hear.

But... That's
something that they do.

They go after us
any way they can,

including the food people eat.

We're not a rich country.

So nuclear weapons
aren't bad enough?

If we stop this,

then a lot of people
won't have to suffer.

Can you stop them?

Uh, we're trying.


Last year, the, uh, the CIA
snuck an agricultural expert

out of the Soviet union.

And he's advising them
on all of their grain stuff.

And we found him.

And now we're developing
a relationship with him.

In secret.

He's... he's a source?

Yeah. Yeah.
Something like that.

How can you trust
what he tells you?

Well, we don't necessarily trust
what anyone tells us.

But we can get
a sense from people,

and sometimes we can check
their information.

But... Aren't you afraid

that people will call
the police on you

or tell somebody or something?

We take precautions.

Like what? We don't tell
them our real names.

So they just think
you're, like... Other people?

So who does the Russian guy
think you are?

A pilot

and his wife,
who's a stewardess.

Are you pretending
to be his friend?

Sometimes we do that, yes.

To get the information
that we need.

Is it hard,
pretending to be other people?

Yeah. Sometimes
it's really hard.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
last week.

Saturday, Monday, Thursday,
week before last.

So far this week, it's been
Tuesday and Wednesday...

So no regular shifts that I see.

It would be easier
if I had a dog to walk.

How's, um... how's pasha?

He wants me to tell him
how to be cool... how to dress.

Like changing his shirt
is gonna make anybody like him.

He should try learning
a few more words in English

and quit talking about
how much he hates his dad.

He's lucky he has a dad.

He's always picking at his food,

while his mother
is telling him what to eat,

like a baby.

Back home, I ate garbage
off the street most days.

Other days, I never ate at all.

My father died when I was six.

In the war?

No, after.

But before...

Before he died,
there wasn't enough food.

Not as bad as you,
but... We went hungry a lot.

Here you go.

Hello, Anatoli.

We're from the
Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In case you can't tell
from our suits.

We're sorry to disturb
your lunch.

We only want to talk to you
for two or three minutes.

We know you work for Aeroflot.

This is an organization
that's very interesting to us.

We were hoping you'd be willing
to get together with us

at some other time,
in some other place,

and maybe, y...

He didn't touch it.

Our entomologists tell us
the bug we sent them

was a cryptic species,
previously unidentified,

related to a kind of midge

that's never been
seen out of Australia.

Not only can this midge
decimate grain,

it can carry spores
that can do even further damage.

Don't we inspect the grain
they send us?

Oh, the bug's larvae

are apparently
too small for detection.

And this pest,
released in our grain supply,

could destroy us.

The Rezidentura in Canberra

came across
some customs documents.

A shipment of midges
was sent six weeks ago

to a business address
in Oklahoma.

Aren't we going to
stop the grain shipments?

We don't know
what we're talking about yet.

Maybe they're infecting
the grain shipments.

And maybe the bugs
are intended to attack

our own harvests.

They could send them over
in a million different ways.

We'll get to Oklahoma
as soon as we can.

We told Paige a little bit
about what we're doing here.

How did that go?

Looks like she's, uh, rethinking
a lot of things.

Including us.

She doesn't like people
being starved.

She feels closer to you.

In that case,
I think it was a good idea.

So my dad started dating
this woman he met at the gym.

They've only been out
like a couple times,

but, uh, he keeps going
on and on about her.

It bothers you?

I don't know.
It's just weird, you know?

Yeah. When my parents
separated that time,

I was always scared they would
start dating other people.

Are you okay?

You seem sad.

The world just seems
so messy right now.

It's hard to figure out
what to do about it.

Well, there's nothing
we can do about it.

You really think so?


Is everything okay at home?

Are your parents fighting?

No. Nothing like that.

What is it?

Okay. You can tell me.

I'm... I'm fine.

I just, uh...

I'm totally behind
on this Napoleon paper

I have for history.

And, uh, it's making me tense.

Is that it?

Well, yeah. I got a B
on my last paper,

so I got to pull my grade up.

Okay. I can help you
with that.





What are you doing?


It's, um... Quiet
and private down here.

It's a good place
to get things done.

Are you working on
that grain thing?


How's it going?

Are you... Closer
to stopping it?

Uh, we're gathering information.

We're actually
going to Oklahoma tomorrow.

Follow a few leads.

It could be nothing,
but it always takes so much time

and work to figure anything out.

I had an awful
conversation with Matthew.

What happened?

I don't know.
He was just asking

about you guys
and how things are at home...

And what did you say?

I don't know.



Did you use the technique
we showed you?

I looked him right in the face

and I lied about
why I was so tense.

It was... Easy.

He had no idea.

It felt... Gross.

Do you think it would have been
fair to tell him the truth?

To put that burden on him?

So that's how it's gonna be?

Just for the rest of my life,

I have to be fake
with my boyfriends?

Paige, wait.

It's not being fake.


Being in a relationship
is complicated.

You don't share everything.

You hold back what you need to.

Everybody does.

Marilyn said
they'll meet us at 10:00.

Shouldn't take more
than a couple of hours.

All this land out here.

You know what it looks like?


We've got this, too.

Why can't we grow
enough grain ourselves?

Some of what he says...


Everybody has problems.

Do you think they're gonna
make me queen of the rodeo

this year?

Mr. Pirogov.

We're with the
Federal Bureau of Investigation.

We wanted to talk with you
about your work with Amtorg.

If you'd be willing
to talk with us

and help us figure out
certain things we need to know,

we can offer you help.

You missed the meeting.

Stay away from me.

I'm sorry.

An order came in
from the center.

No assassinations
without the approval

of all departments at the center

and the local residents.

She got a message to them.

It can't be a coincidence.

She's working for us.

These could be them.


[ Lock disengages,

Oh, je...

Th-there's no money in here,
but... Here.

Y-you can take my car,

What is this place?

It's... A lab.

And what kind of work
do you do here?

I-I don't know.

I'm just a lab technician.

Randy Chilton, deputy director,

research laboratory.

I'm sorry. I'm...
I'm not allowed to talk

about the work that we do here.

Who do you work for?

You really should tell us,

I'm sorry, but I can't.

What kind of bugs
are these, huh?

What do they do?


We don't...
It doesn't have a name.

W-we derived it
from sitodiplosis mosellana.

What does it do?

It's a pest.
It eats crops.

What kind of crops?

Wheat. It's...
It's a wheat-eater.

Who do you work for?

The lab has a contract

with a-a company
called Agricorp.

And who's your contact there?

We just get phone calls
from different people.

Jim, Mary, I-i don't...

I don't know their last names.

What department are they in?

I don't know.
They don't tell us anything.

They just contracted us to breed
sitodiplosis mosellana for them.

How many pests
have been delivered so far?

We don't send the bugs.
We... we send eggs.

How many eggs?

30,000 to 40,000.

I-it's not that many.
It's... it's complicated.

Do you know anything about bugs?

Where are you sending them?

I-I ca... I can tell you.

It's... it's in...
In my Rolodex.

Can I go to my desk, please?


When does the next shipment go out?
Two weeks.

What are they using them for?

W-we don't ask
those questions.

We just breed the bugs
they tell us.

You should have asked.

Please, I...

Stop, please!

You okay?


Should we tell Paige about this?

- I'm hungry.
- You're always hungry. We just ate.

He has hollow legs.

And a very empty head.

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So, is he crazy?

I think he believes
he's mentally ill.

But at the same time,
part of him knows...

The power's real.


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You know, I wonder if I
have any musical talent.


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I will have her respect.

If I have to kill
both of us to get it.

Just wait.

Bette and Joan.

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