Arpanet (The Americans)

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The Americans episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 7
Directed by Kevin Dowling
Written by Joshua Brand
Featured music
Production code BDU207
Original air date April 9, 2014 (2014-04-09)
Running time 41 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
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"Arpanet" is the seventh episode of the second season of the American television drama series The Americans, and the 20th overall episode of the series. It originally aired on FX in the United States on April 9, 2014.


After consulting with Arkady and Oleg, and with the promise of coaching from Oleg, Nina tells Stan that she will take the FBI's polygraph test. Oleg suggests a few techniques including that she visualize him in the room as well as clenching her anus. During the polygraph test, the FBI asks if she knows who killed Vlad. She answers yes while looking at Stan knowingly. After she passes, she declines Stan's offer to get her out of the embassy, saying that she will be able to help him more after she is read into the Illegals Program. Later Nina and Oleg celebrate this triumph by having sex in a hotel room.

Kate relays orders for Philip to bug the ARPANET. Philip recruits the help of Duluth, an alcoholic who vows to stay sober. Posing as a journalist, he first meets with a computer scientist at a university to learn the details of ARPANET. Later, Philip, disguised as a janitor, breaks into the university to plant the bug. However, one of the computer workers stumbles on his activities, and it is implied that Philip kills him. Philip later finds Duluth drinking at the bar.

With Philip watching afar with a sniper rifle, Larrick tells Elizabeth that he has been ordered to Nicaragua, to set up a base and mine the harbor of Managua, but he will still be able to let them into the Contra training camp before he leaves. Lucia is upset to learn this, because (as she tells Elizabeth) she planned to kill Larrick there in revenge for his atrocities in Nicaragua. Elizabeth tells her that Larrick is more valuable as a cooperating asset, and expresses her doubts about Lucia's reliability to Philip.

Henry observes a neighbor's house with his telescope, and sneaks in while they are gone to play Intellivision, something his parents had forbidden him from doing.


The episode was written by Joshua Brand and directed by Kevin Dowling.


The episode was watched by 1.18 million viewers, as per Nielsen ratings.[1] The reviews for the episode were positive. The A.V. Club rated gave the episode an A-.[2] Alan Sepinwall from Hitfix reviewed the episode positively.[3]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Koski, Genevieve; VanDerWerff, Todd (April 9, 2014). "The Americans: "Arpanet"".
  3. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (April 9, 2014). "Review: 'The Americans' - 'Arpanet': Would I lie to you?".

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