The Americans (2013–2018): Season 5, Episode 7 - The Committee on Human Rights - full transcript

As Paige becomes even more enmeshed in her parents' world, tensions with Matthew Beeman come to a head, Philip and Elizabeth's honeytraps take surprising turns, and Stan faces the consequences of overplaying his hand at the FBI.

Previously on "the Americans"...

We got it wrong.

Stobert isn't looking
to poison us or our food.

He wants to develop a wheat
that can grow anywhere.

Think what getting our
hands on it could mean to us.

No more shortages.

No more buying grain
from the west.

We've been giving the centre

a lot of detailed reports
about Stan.

They know he's a loner
that would go for her type.

You think we sent her?

I'm just saying...

I'm sorry you're spread so thin.

This will all be easy.

How was your appointment?

He's, got file cabinets in
his office with basic locks.

I'm going home.

Did something happen? No.

It's just time.

I spoke to Gabriel
about my father.

He was a guard at a prison camp.

I don't know anything.

My own parents, I don't know
anything about them at all.

You need a hand?

No, it's all under control.

Help yourself.

I can't tell you, Paige,

how much I've been
looking forward to this day.

I have heard so much
about you for so long.

Where did you meet my parents?

Here, in Washington,
a long time ago.

Are you a-a spy?


Gabriel works with us.

He helps us.

I know it's been
a difficult time, Paige,

finding out your parents had
withheld things from you.

It's been hard.


To you they're
just your parents.

They probably drive you crazy.

Because they have driven me
crazy from time to time.

But to us,
they're honestly heroes.

They've saved a lot of lives.

Marx says if we choose
to work for all mankind,

no burdens can bring us down

because our sacrifices are then
for the benefit of all.

And your parents have
sacrificed a lot for others.

They've stood for something
larger than themselves,

and that takes courage.

And you've shown
a lot of courage, too.

I haven't done anything.

Yes, you have.

Despite all the garbage
that you have had to deal with,

you asked for the truth,
and you faced it.

And I think that's courage.

He doesn't live there, does he?


There weren't
any pictures anywhere.

It's a place we can
all meet safely.

He cares about you.

He cares about you, too.

He knows, like,
everything about me.

Yeah, yeah, we told him,
over the years.

I remember the day
you started first grade.

He said, "you need a pencil,
a notebook, and a brain."

You buy her the first two.
She has plenty of the third."

You remember that stuffed tiger

you used to hide
in your bookbag?


Gabriel got him for you.

He said he wanted you to grow up
strong like a tiger.

He's like your family.

Yeah, he is.

We're not getting back
into the greenhouse.

I guess they noticed
the lab worker went missing.

That much, it's gotta be
around the clock.

Anything else?


All right, where else do you
think they might have it?

Let me see
what I can get from Deirdre,

you now, maybe places where
they ship the seed, store it.

Okay, I'll work stobert, too.

Paige liked Gabriel.

Yeah, enough.

I think it's
getting better with her.

I think so, too.

If we can just keep it going
and get her past this.

I know.

Guys, call on ops 2.


Yes, yes, I'm glad you called.

No, no one's listening, just me.


Well, I'm very glad to hear it.

3:30 is fine.

N-no, I think
right inside the entrance

to rock creek park
at Aspen street and 16th

would be better.

Can you find it?

Great. Thank you,
we'll see you then.

Well, we got a bite.

Did you sign in ma'am?
I did, yes.



Could you please...
I am all turned around here.

I am supposed to be
at the woodwork and lothrop.

Okay. And route 7.

Right. All right, yeah.

Now, the thing is, because of
what they working on,

I can't figure out
how to get there.

Now, I see Arlington
right here.-

I'm... I'm gonna try
and get a lotus

approved for the office.

Um, could be a life...


Can I, um...

Can I ask you a question?


Did you ever live with anyone?

Why are you asking me that?

Um, because there's not
many extra bowls.

Are you planning
to move to Topeka?


What... what... what if I did?

Probably this would end.


Because I just...
I just want to be together

like two normal people
right now.

Yeah. Yeah, me, too.



No, I just...

Nothing. I...

You're not great at just

letting things
take their course.

I mean, anybody
could see that about you.

You kind of need a lot.

Umm... I-i just like you.

So, stop worrying
about all this.




Do you want to have sex?



My son
become man in Soviet union.

What will he do?

Well, he can make something
of his life here.

But a boy needs his mother
to become man.

And if she is dead or in prison,

she is no help to him.

Do you see my problem?

We wouldn't need much from you.

What means "not much"?

Well, an occasional question
about how tass works,

maybe the name of
an employee or two,

who watches over you,
if you know what I mean.

Just pieces of information
that you pick up.

And for this, what do I get?

We can help you financially...

A lot.

I could get asylum?

It's possible.

"Possible" is word American use

when they don't
want make promise.

We can't promise asylum.

And you're right,
there are risks, big risks.

You get caught, you could spend

the rest of your life
in a Soviet prison

or worse.

I have to know
my son will be safe.

We can't guarantee his safety
if that happens.

No one can.

We'll do everything we can
to keep you safe.

There's a lot we can do

to prevent bad things
from happening.



She's frightened with a kid.

If we're honest,
she'll know she can trust us.

Hey, do me a favor.

When I'm on my deathbed,

don't try to
make me feel better.

Come on, Dennis.

Just try and
soft-pedal a bit, okay?



Are you gonna miss Gabriel?

I am.

Why is he leaving?

I think he's just tired.

It's a lot for a man his age.


Hi. Hi.

Hi, dad. Hi.

How was your trip?


Were you working
on the grain thing?

He's not here.



How's it going?

It's okay.

We're, um, making progress.

Will you guys, like,
will you two stop it?

Is that your job?

We're trying.

It takes time. Yeah.

Do you have time?

I mean, how long before they...

We don't...
We don't know exactly.

I knew America did
terrible things,

but I never thought...
I mean, people's food.

I know it's hard
understanding these things,

seeing these things.

But the world...
It doesn't work the way

a lot of people here
think that it does.

Can't you just go to the press,
tell them what's going on?

I mean, not... not the spy part,

but just about what they're
doing with the grain?

We can't do that.

Why not?
It worked with Watergate.

Just let them
expose it to the world.

They'd have to stop then.

No one would believe us.


How'd it go?

I got
a lot of paperwork, you know,

budget spreadsheets, locations,
things we can match to.

Stobert said
he's going to Mississippi

for work Thursday.

Yeah, I-i think Mississippi
was in there.

How'd it go at the shrink?

I got it.

Who was on the list?

I don't know.

Names and addresses
of people back home.

We were talking about
next Saturday.


Yeah, she's been bugging me

to see "terms of endearment."

I hear it's great.


You good? Yeah.

No, really,
things have been better.

Better how?

I just realized, there are much
more important things

in the world than me.

It's a good thing to realize

that there are things
bigger than you.

Most people never
figure that out.


Jesus spent his whole life
teaching us that.

And realizing it
leads to empathy,

but empathy leads us
to help others,

to make sacrifices
in our own life

for the benefit of someone else.

His crucifixion was
the ultimate example of that.


Of course,
you're important, too.

I hope you know that.

I do.

You been praying?


The deputy a.G. Asked me
to tell you some news

he thought you'd like to hear.

CIA is backing off
burov in Moscow.

That's the good news.

He also said he wants you

transferred out of

I told him I can't do that
because of an active operation.

I briefed him on what
you're running with aderholt.

How'd he take that?

Not great.

But I don't think
our tass contact

would do so well if you

disappeared on her
all of a sudden.

And the deputy a.G.
Is gonna back me up on that.

But after the operation?

Let's worry about that
when we have to worry about it.

There he is. Yeah.

You want to get it now
or come back at night?

Night. Let's see
where he goes next.

I'm glad you came over.
It's been a rough day.

Do you maybe wanna
go see a movie tomorrow?

I can't. No, sure.

Why even ask my girlfriend
if she wants to hang out?

What about Saturday?

I have to talk to you.


Jesus, Paige.

You don't...

You don't know me, Matthew.

I know you. Come on.

You like to read.

You're really into church.

That's not...
That's not what I mean.

Okay, so what
are you talking about?

All we do is make out.
I don't want that anymore.

Okay. Okay, fine.

We don't have to
make out anymore.

That's it, you're not gonna
argue with me?

Do you want me
to argue with you?


Look, what do you
want me to say?!

I don't know! Something.

Look, I'm not like my dad, okay?

If I... if I did something
wrong, then I'll fix it.

I can't be
your girlfriend anymore.


I just... I have too much
happening, and...

So what? You're too busy for me.

Don't make this harder, okay?
I'm sorry.

No. Okay, just wait. Let go!

I'm sorry.

Hey, y'all. How you doing?

Hi there, handsome. Hi.


Who's she?

Don't know.

Let's go get it.

I didn't think he was like that.

You didn't buy his act, anyway.

No, but there was
something about him that...

I thought that maybe...

You liked him.

No, I didn't like him.

It's okay to care.

No, it isn't, Philip.

Not for me.

Can you imagine?

They'll plant this back home

and make better food out of it.

I feel like one of the guys
in the posters.


You wouldn't believe
the instructions

I have for this thing.

I have to tend it like a baby.

I've been thinking about Paige.

You did well.

She doesn't think
the world owes her happiness,

which is no small accomplishment
growing up in this country.

Sometimes I think that
we've put too much on her.


She has a big heart.

She's not a quitter.

She'll find her way.

Gabriel, why are you leaving?

It adds up.

Some of it's okay, Elizabeth.

Some of it isn't.
But it adds up.

What are we gonna do
without you?

Well, what about me?

I have one cousin in Leningrad

and a nephew in sverdlovsk.

That's it.

I leave late tonight.

Send your husband
to say goodbye.


Mom, I broke up with Matthew.

I just...
I couldn't do it anymore.

It wasn't fair to him.

How did he take it?

Not so great.

Have you ever broken up
with someone?


I know how hard
that must have been.

I'm proud of you.

My friend Ginny
and I were driving

to acadia national park
in Maine.

She's a hiker.

We stopped
in bloomington, Indiana,

'cause Ginny went to school
at the u of I.

And it was real hot,

so we went skinny dipping
in the rooftop quarry.

And it was right there.

It was right there
where they shot that.

You know,
there ain't many places

that can hide all four of us.

You know what I'd like to be?


What are you doing?

What's going on?


How'd you get to be
so stupid, cyril?

I don't know.

Guess I have a dumb hereditary
or something.

What's your excuse, Michael?

My boss...

I thought I was
gonna get fired the other day.

What happened?

Well, he called me in
and told me...

There's this thing.

I'd asked my boss's boss
to make this thing happen.

I didn't know if
he was gonna do it or not.

He was really
not happy about it.

No one was.

And when my boss called me in,

he told me the thing I pissed
everybody off asking for,

well, they did it, it happened.

Which, I don't even know if he
knew the part about...

Forget about that part.

Anyway, then he told me
the bad news is his boss...

My boss's boss...
Is so pissed, he wants me fired.

Well, can he do that?

Just because you did that?

He can pretty much do
what he wants.

But not yet.

Turns out, there's this other
thing that I'm involved with,

and my boss kind of
used my involvement with that

to keep me on.

For now.

Or maybe longer, I don't know.

Well, good, right?




Paige broke up with Matthew.

Well, thank god.

How is she doing?

I think okay.

I mean, so-so.

Gabriel leaves tonight.


Did she tell you?


Paige, I'm...

I'm really sorry.

I have to go right back out.


Gabriel's leaving.

I... I have to see him.

Tell him I said goodbye.

Scoot over.

Paige, I know how you feel.

Like you're different
from everyone else, right?

It's like a million times
worse than that, dad.

I felt that way
before any of this.


I still think you're...
A beautiful girl.

And in time...

You'll get used to these things.

Thanks, dad.

I'm sorry you're leaving.


That's good of you to say.

We've had our ups and downs.

I'm glad it's all
ending on this...

You know, something good.

I doubt we'll ever
see each other again.

What's this thing
Elizabeth's doing

in the psychiatrist's office?

She got us
some information on people

who are part of
a well-organized opposition

to the party at home.

Can I ask you something?

You said when you were younger,
you did.

Terrible things.

What things?

When you signed up,

how much did you know about
what we did

before and after the war?

People were talking about it.

What did you think? I didn't.

I didn't ask questions.

Well, it was bad.

It was worse
than you could imagine.

People were shot,

worked to death in the camps.

Some were

But some...

Some hadn't done anything.

Just people.

I did it too.


To set an example.
I, - who knows?

The organization was
filled with people

who were scared and confused.

But not you?


I believed I was acting

in the service
of a higher purpose.

But I was just scared.

It was terrible, terrible times.

And a lot of us...

A lot of us
didn't make it either.

I have to go.

Is Stan beeman's
new girlfriend one of us?

Are you serious?

You're losing it, Philip.

That's not an answer, Gabriel.


It's possible the centre
wouldn't tell me

because they knew
you'd ask me this question.

As far as I know,
she is not one of us.

You were right about Paige.

She should be
kept out of all this.

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