Echo (The Americans)
|The Americans episode|
|Directed by||Daniel Sackheim|
|Original air date||May 21, 2014|
|Running time||47 minutes|
"Echo" is the thirteenth episode and the season finale of the second season of the American television drama series The Americans, and the 26th overall episode of the series. It originally aired on FX in the United States on May 21, 2014.
Philip and Elizabeth convince an anxious Fred to wear the special shoes into the factory, but he is challenged by a guard in the secure area and shot on his way out. He manages to leave the shoes in a dumpster as agreed and call Philip from a phone booth, but then dies of his wound.
Stan learns that the Echo code is stored on a floppy disk in a safe, and after getting instructions and a promise of Nina's freedom from Arkady (Lev Gorn), he records the code with a spy camera. He drops a package at the agreed location, but it turns out to be only a note that says "Tell Nina I'm sorry". Heartbroken, Nina prepares to leave the Rezidentura to return to Moscow to stand trial for treason. While she is taken away Stan sadly watches her from a parked car.
Paige returns from the protest, where Pastor Tim was one of those arrested for an act of civil disobedience. She tells her parents that she wants to live a life of self-sacrifice for a higher cause, as Jesus did. Afterward, Philip and Elizabeth agree that Paige doesn't understand the real self-sacrifice made by people like them.
Philip, as "Clark", visits Martha (Alison Wright) and they continue their conversation about Clark's reluctance to have children. Philip also learns that Martha has bought a Ladysmith gun. Elizabeth calls to tell him that Larrick is AWOL in the United States. They wake the kids and rush them off for a sudden unannounced "vacation" at a motel near the cabin where Jared is staying. Philip briefly meets with the KGB exfiltration team, but he is captured by Larrick at gunpoint and put in the trunk of a car. Elizabeth goes to the cabin and talks to Jared, and they are then both captured by Larrick as well. As Larrick is about to put Elizabeth in the trunk with Philip, saying he plans to turn himself and them in to the authorities, Jared pulls a previously unseen gun and exchanges fire with Larrick, enabling the Jenningses to overpower and kill Larrick. In his dying moments, Jared confesses that he's the one who killed his parents and sister. He also reveals that he's in love with Kate and that she recruited him as a KGB agent. He killed his parents because they objected to his being recruited by the KGB.
The Jenningses then meet with Claudia (Margo Martindale), who tells them that Jared's recruitment was part of a plan to develop agents with clean American backgrounds, and that The Centre wants Paige to be the next recruit, this time with their cooperation. They object, and Claudia reminds them that they are under orders. Philip finds Arkady at a magazine stand and tells him that if The Centre contacts Paige without going through them, the Jenningses will leave the KGB's employ. Later, Philip and Elizabeth discuss the idea of revealing their identity to Paige and having her follow in their footsteps; Philip is vehemently against it, but the idea seems to grow on Elizabeth, who believes after the earlier conversation about self-sacrifice that Paige needs "a cause".
The episode was watched by 1.29 million viewers and scored 0.5 ratings in 18-49 demographics, as per Nielsen ratings. Overall, the episode was critically acclaimed. The A.V. Club rated gave the episode an A. Alan Sepinwall from Hitfix reviewed the episode positively and called the episode "fantastic conclusion to a fantastic season" TV.com review said "that is how you end a season"
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