The Americans (season 2)

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The Americans (season 2)
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Promotional poster
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 13
Broadcast
Original channel FX
Original run February 26, 2014 (2014-02-26) – present
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List of The Americans episodes

The second season of the American television drama series The Americans premiered on February 26, 2014, on FX and will consist of 13 episodes.[1] The series was renewed for a second season on February 21, 2013.[1]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Supporting[edit]

Production[edit]

Susan Misner, Annet Mahendru, and Alison Wright, who play Sandra Beeman, Nina, and Martha Hanson, respectively, are promoted to series regulars in season two, after having recurring roles in the first season.[4][5] Filming for the second season began on October 9, 2013, according to Keri Russell.[6]

On April 7, 2014, it was announced that Pete Townshend collaborated with series music composer Nathan Barr on an original song, titled "It Must Be Done", for the April 30 episode "Yousaf".[7]

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
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U.S. viewers
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14 1 "Comrades" Thomas Schlamme Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg February 26, 2014 (2014-02-26) BDU201 1.90[8]
Elizabeth has recovered from being shot two months ago. She and Philip must leave Henry's 11th birthday party early in order to meet with Emmett and Leanne Connors, another spy couple, for a mission. The Jennings promise Henry a "birthday weekend" at an amusement park, which turns into a mission that ultimately results in the Connors' deaths and the Jennings being paranoid. Meanwhile, Nina informs Stan of a new arrival at the Rezidentura, Oleg Igorevich. 
15 2 "Cardinal" Daniel Sackheim Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg March 5, 2014 (2014-03-05) DF1B27 1.46[9]
Elizabeth stays mainly close to home to keep watch over the neighborhood and the children. She only ventures out to drop them off at the movies, in order to help Chena, a former Sandinista-turned agent, with her asset's overdose. Meanwhile, Philip investigates Fred (John Carroll Lynch), the Connors' asset, only to be trapped by him in his house. Philip must convince him that they are all on the same side and in danger. Fred reveals information about a submarine project soon to be moved. Elsewhere, Nina tells Stan about a Rezidentura "walk-in" wanting to help them. Stan and the FBI learn the man is Bruce Dameran, an employee of the World Bank
16 3 "The Walk In" Constantine Makris Stuart Zicherman March 12, 2014 (2014-03-12) BDU203 1.27[10]
Philip and Elizabeth infiltrate the submarine parts factory and he takes pictures of propeller plans. Afterwards, she visits Jared Connors, intent on delivering a letter from his mother as promised upon her death. However, Elizabeth changes her mind about giving it to him. Back home, Paige skips school to track down Elizabeth's "aunt". Stan investigates Dameran's work history with the World Bank, only to learn it is a cover for an assassination attempt on a company official by Dameran. 
17 4 "A Little Night Music" Lodge Kerrigan Stephen Schiff March 19, 2014 (2014-03-19) BDU204 1.39[11]
Claudia gives the Jennings two assignments—Anton Baklanov, a defector from the Soviet Union whose research is key to helping the U.S. develop stealth technology and Andrew Laric, the primary suspect in the Connors' murders. Philip monitors Baklanov, while Elizabeth must use naval recruit Brad Mullen to get information about Laric. She gains Mullen's sympathy with a story about being raped by Laric. However, Mullen fears being caught obtaining the info. When the Jennings attempt to abduct Baklanov, they are attacked by two assailants, one of whom drives off with Baklanov. Meanwhile, fallout from Dameran's death may affect Agent Gaad's job; Oleg's family influence gets him a higher security clearance; and Paige's new friend Kelly takes her to a church function. 
18 5 "The Deal" Dan Attias Angelina Burnett March 26, 2014 (2014-03-26) BDU205 1.36[12]
Philip hides their attacker, who turns out to be a Mossad agent, while Soviet negotiates with Israel to trade him with Anton. Elizabeth meets Martha as Clark’s sister and convinces her not to put Clark’s name on an application form. Stan follows Oleg, Oleg misleads him to a port and tells him that he's the only one who knows about Nina and threatens to expose her. 
19 6 "Behind the Red Door" Charlotte Sieling Melissa James Gibson April 2, 2014 (2014-04-02) BDU206 1.21[13]
Elizabeth and Philip meet Laric, whom they suspect is Emmett and Leanne's killer. Lucia has sex with Carl as a distraction so Elizabeth can steal files about ARPANET. Stan asks Nina to take a polygraph test if she wants to get exfiltrated. 
20 7 "Arpanet" Kevin Dowling Joshua Brand April 9, 2014 (2014-04-09) BDU207 1.18[14]
Nina agrees to a polygraph test on Oleg's orders and assurance. Philip gets orders to bug ARPANET, with the help of Duluth. Larick tells Elizabeth that he has been ordered to Nicaragua, to set up a base and mine the harbor of Managua, but he will still get them into the contra training camp. Luisa is upset with the news of his leaving, as she had planned to kill him. 
21 8 "New Car" John Dahl Peter Ackerman April 16, 2014 (2014-04-16) BDU208 1.39[15]
22 9 "Martial Eagle"[16] Alik Sakharov Story by: Oliver North & Tracey Scott Wilson
Teleplay by: Tracey Scott Wilson
April 23, 2014 (2014-04-23) BDU209
23 10 "Yousaf"[17] Stefan Schwartz Stephen Schiff & Stuart Zicherman April 30, 2014 (2014-04-30) BDU210
24 11 "Stealth"[18] Gregory Hoblit Joshua Brand May 7, 2014 (2014-05-07) BDU211
25 12 "Operation Chronicle"[19] Andrew Bernstein Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg May 14, 2014 (2014-05-14) BDU212
26 13 "Echo"[20] Daniel Sackheim[20] Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg[20] May 21, 2014 (2014-05-21)[21] BDU213

Reception[edit]

The second season of The Americans has received critical acclaim. Review aggregator site, Metacritic, has given the season a score of 88 out of 100 (based on 31 critics), signifying "universal acclaim".[22] Another review aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 97% "Certified Fresh" rating with an average rating of 9.2 out of 10, based on 37 reviews.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rice, Lynette (February 21, 2013). "FX orders second season of 'The Americans'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Rudolph, Christopher (October 17, 2013). "Margo Martindale Will Return For "The Americans" Season 2". The Huffington Post. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ Sun, Rebecca (October 18, 2013). "'The Americans' Casts Cartoon Network Alum for Season 2 (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (March 8, 2013). "Americans Ups Susan Misner to Series Regular". TVLine. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (May 7, 2013). "FX's The Americans Promotes Two for Season 2". TVLine. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ Leeds, Sarene (October 5, 2013). "'The Americans' Invade New York's Paley Center". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (April 7, 2014). "Music Legend Pete Townshend Composes Original Song for Acclaimed FX Drama 'The Americans'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 27, 2014). "Wednesday Cable Ratings: 'Duck Dynasty' Leads Night + 'Wahlburgers', 'The Real World', 'Workaholics' + More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 6, 2014). "Wednesday Cable Ratings: 'Duck Dynasty' Wins Night, 'Wahlburgers', 'Workaholics', 'Real World', 'Psych', 'The Americans' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 13, 2014). "Wednesday Cable Ratings: 'Workaholics' Leads Night + NBA Basketball, 'The Real World: Ex-Plosion', 'Wahlburgers' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 20, 2014). "Wednesday Cable Ratings: 'Duck Dynasty' Wins Night, 'Wahlburgers', 'Workaholics', 'Psych', 'Broad City'& More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 27, 2014). "Wednesday Cable Ratings: 'Duck Dynasty' Finale Tops Night + NBA Basketball, 'Psych', 'Workaholics' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 3, 2014). "Wednesday Cable Ratings: 'American PIckers' Wins Night, 'Workaholics', 'Real World Ex-Plosion', 'Baby Daddy', 'The Americans' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  14. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (April 10, 2014). "Wednesday Cable Ratings: NBA Basketball Tops Night + 'American Pickers', 'Bring It!', 'Workaholics' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 17, 2014). "Wednesday Cable Ratings: 'American Pickers' Wins Night, NBA Basketball, 'Bring It!',' Melissa & Joey', 'The Americans' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  16. ^ "(#209) "Martial Eagle"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  17. ^ "(#210) "Yousaf"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  18. ^ "(#211) "Stealth"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  19. ^ "(#212) "Operation Chronicle"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  20. ^ a b c Fields, Joel (March 11, 2014). "That's a wrap! Season 2 Finale in the (digital) can! Great season!!! :-)". Twitter. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Shows A–Z – americans, the on fx". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  22. ^ "The Americans : Season 2". Metacritic. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  23. ^ "The Americans: Season 2 (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 

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