Stan Beeman

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Stan Beeman
The Americans character
Noah Emmerich as Stan Beeman in The Americans.png
First appearance "Pilot"
Last appearance "START"
Created by Joe Weisberg
Portrayed by Noah Emmerich
Information
Occupation FBI agent
Spouse(s) Sandra Beeman (separated)
Children Matthew Beeman

Stan Beeman is a fictional character in the American television drama series The Americans on FX, and the supporting male character. He was created by series creator Joe Weisberg and is portrayed by Noah Emmerich. Stan is an FBI agent and a neighbor of the lead characters, Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys), who are undercover Russian spies.

Character history[edit]

Season one[edit]

Stan is an FBI counter-intelligence agent and moves to Northern Virginia with his wife, Sandra (Susan Misner) and his son, Matthew (Daniel Flaherty) across the street from Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys).[1] Stan is unaware of the fact that Philip and Elizabeth are undercover KGB agents but becomes suspicious when he learns that a car similar to Philip's is seen near the site of Timoshev's, a Soviet defector, abduction but finds nothing when he covertly inspects Philip's trunk.

In the second episode, Stan blackmails Nina Sergeevna (Annet Mahendru), a Soviet embassy clerk, to spy for the FBI. Nina feeds Stan information about a Soviet agent who was killed the night Timochev went missing. As Stan gets to know Nina, he subsequently grows further apart from Sandra from how much he works and isn't home to spend family time together. After Stan misses a family dinner due to work, a co-worker takes him to a bar and tells him to pick out a woman to have casual sex with. Stan calls Nina instead and they sleep together but the way Nina conducts herself leads him to believe that she is using Stan and may be a double agent.[2] She is tasked to try and turn Stan but starts to fall in love with him instead.[3] Agent Frank Gaad (Richard Thomas) is Stan's FBI supervisor, gives him the keys to a safe house and tells him to take Nina there which then becomes their "love nest".

On Stan's unauthorized initiative, the FBI seize Arkady's assistant Vlad which course of events lead Stan to return to the safe house and kill Vlad. When Nina asks about Vlad's death, Stan lies and promises her he will find out who killed him. When he gets home, Sandra asks him to quit the FBI and move away with his family. When he says no, she leaves him. He goes to Nina and attempts to end their affair, but ends up losing his resolve and sleeps with her instead. Nina doesn't trust what Stan is telling her about Vlad's death and after she gets promoted, she is given access to the material obtained by the Weinberger bug. She keeps the information from Stan in order to further investigate Vlad's death. Stan and Gaad continue to look for a thirty-something married couple and produce a sketch of them while Nina is sworn into Directorate S and, after a conversation with Stan, confesses her spying to Arkady and offers to become a re-doubled agent. Stan tells both Sandra and Nina that his mission will soon be over but Sandra rebuffs his attempt at reconciliation and Nina tells Arkady, who has accepted her offer in spite of Moscow's skepticism.

Season two[edit]

Nina informs Stan of a new arrival at the Rezidentura, Oleg Igorevich (Costa Ronin). Stan follows Oleg one night only to have Oleg mislead him to a port where he tells Stan that he's the only one who knows about Nina and threatens to expose her. Stan asks Nina to take a polygraph test if she wants to get exfiltrated. Arkady forces Stan's hand to steal the "Echo" program in exchange for Nina's safety. When Oleg pressures Stan more, Stan gives a surveillance log to Oleg and later promises to protect Nina. He drops a package at the agreed location, but it turns out to be only a note that says "Tell Nina I'm sorry". A heartbroken Nina goes to leave the Rezidentura to return to Moscow to stand trial for treason while Stan sadly watches her leave from a parked car.[4]

Season three[edit]

Gaad also informs Stan that Nina has been charged with espionage and treason. He tries again to reconcile with Sandra, trying to understand the EST she's been going to, so he goes and asks Philip to go too. Stan finds the training ridiculous and useless, much to Sandra's annoyance.

Stan greets Zinaida Preobrazhenskaya (Svetlana Efremova), a defector from the Institute for US and Canadian Studies after arriving in a crate to the FBI. Preobrazhenskaya discusses with Stan the Institute in Moscow she worked for, where their duties were to report on Soviet leadership on all aspects of geopolitical significance regarding the U.S. and Canada. She confides in Stan that she is glad that it is over, but he assures her that it is not. Stan is later held at gunpoint by Oleg Igorevich, who blames him for Nina's arrest and upcoming execution. Stan tells him that he loved Nina and if Oleg wants to shoot him, he can shoot him in the back and Stan walks away and gets in his car. He goes to Sandra, who is now living with another man, that he couldn't think of anyone else he wanted to tell that that happened to other than her. While she comforts him, she also tells him that she is not coming back to him.

He goes back to an EST meeting, only to voice his opinion of it. Instead of being met with hostility, he gets applauded. Afterwards, he is asked out on a date by a woman named Tori (Callie Thorne), also from the meeting. They have dinner at the Jennings house and, despite his admitting that he still considers Sandra his wife, he and Tori have sex.

Casting[edit]

Emmerich was initially hesitant about taking a role in the series. He explained: "The truth is, from the very beginning, I thought, "I don't want to do a TV show where I carry a gun or a badge. I'm done with guns and badges. I just don't want to do that anymore." When I first read it I thought, "Yeah, it's really interesting and really good, but I don't want to be an FBI guy." His friend, Gavin O'Connor, who directed the pilot episode, convinced him to take a closer look at the role.[5] Emmerich stated that "within 20 minutes of talking to Joe, it became abundantly clear that his interests were not procedural".[6]

Reception[edit]

Slate called Stan "the show's most heartbreaking character." with being a victim of his own work ethic, losing a partner, losing his marriage, becoming estranged to his son and falling in love with a double agent.[1] Emmerich said of Beeman, "He's pretty much losing everything in his life. His extracurricular life is in a Russian prison, his wife is leaving him, his son won't talk to him. What more can go wrong? It's tough. But hopefully it's the nadir of Stan's troubles. He's about to bounce back strong and hard—that's my hope for Stan."[7]

For his role as Beeman, Emmerich was nominated at the 2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series but lost out to Michael Cudlitz.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b June Thomas (2013). "Why FBI man Stan Beeman is the show's most heartbreaking character". Slate. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ Olivia Armstrong (January 27, 2015). "'The Americans" Noah Emmerich Might Just Be Primetime's Newest D.I.L.F." Decider. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ Denise Martin (February 26, 2014). "Noah Emmerich on Season 2 of The Americans and Stan's Original Backstory". Vulture. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ Alan Eyerly (May 15, 2014). "'The Americans' recap: Soviets put squeeze on FBI agent". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ Potts, Kimberly (March 11, 2013). "Yahoo! TV Q&A: 'The Americans' Star Noah Emmerich on His Character, His Twitter, and His Celebrity BFF". Yahoo. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ Ariel Doctoroff (April 16, 2014). "Oh, I Love That Guy! Now Learn His Name: Noah Emmerich". Observer. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ Emily Zemler (March 10, 2015). "Noah Emmerich on Directing an Episode of The Americans". Esquire. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ Scott Feinberg (June 16, 2013). "Emmys: You Won't Forget Noah Emmerich's Name After Seeing 'The Americans'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 11, 2015.