The Americans (2013) s05e04 Episode Script

What's the Matter with Kansas?

1 Previously on "The Americans" You missed the meeting.
Please stay away from me.
Beeman: The CIA is planning on squeezing Burov in Moscow with the tape I made.
It's not right.
Gabriel: A shipment of midges was sent six weeks ago to a business address in Oklahoma.
Philip: What kind of bugs are these? What do they do? It's It's a wheat-eater.
Who do you work for? The lab has a contract with a-a company called AgriCorp.
What are they using them for? W-We don't ask those questions.
We just breed the bugs they tell us.
You should have asked.
Please, I [Grunts.]
- Stop, please! - [Bone cracks.]
Gabriel: How did they do? Marilyn was fine.
Uh Norm needed a couple of deep breaths, but they both did what they had to do.
This is Benjamin Stobert from the Rolodex.
We also think Deirdre Kemp is a good bet.
She's AgriCorp's Vice President of Production and Distribution.
They're both in Topeka, and they're both single.
Is there any way they could find someone else to Going back and forth to Topeka every week is just Well, maybe you don't go at the same time, but y With the Morozovs and Pastor Tim and Paige, Beeman, and Henry and Paige going over there all the time I It's a lot.
Is there something else bothering you that we should talk about? Paige is taking a lot of time right now, more than usual.
Of course.
I understand that.
We understand how important this is.
Then I know you'll work it out.
[Car door shuts.]
You think we're gonna get fired? It's not funny.
I know.
[Keys jostle.]
[Engine starts.]
[Footsteps approach.]
What was the name of the tree guy who came when the maple split? Poblocki.
Yeah, I'm gonna call him again.
That branch is gonna fall.
Did you talk to Henry? Not yet.
He's in the bathroom.
[Footsteps approaching.]
There are no Apple Jacks left.
So go to the store and buy some Apple Jacks.
- [Toast pops.]
- But there was some.
Yeah, sorry.
You can have my toast.
So, do you know why we got a message at work that your math teacher wants to talk to us? I don't know.
What do you mean you don't know? I don't know.
You think he just called randomly? I have no idea.
Don't be smart, Henry.
I I'm not! I don't know! I've been doing well.
Some of the other kids screw around, but I don't.
Maybe I laugh sometimes.
- Henry.
- What? I'm calling him today.
You don't put enough jam on this.
- [Toast falls in trash.]
- Henry! What? I would have finished that.
Then take it out of the trash and finish it.
[Elizabeth sighs.]
[Car horn blares.]
[Indistinct talking.]
[Knock on door.]
[Speaking Russian.]
Ah! [Speaking Russian.]
[Engines hum.]
- Here you are, sir.
- Thank you.
Here you go.
And here you go.
[Exhales sharply.]
I'm I'm sorry.
I'm sorry.
Do you know how to set the tension? Tense, loose.
I, uh, usually ride a a regular bike, but I'm in I'm in a [laughs.]
town In town on business.
I'm sor Uh, are you a local? - Yep.
- Okay, well I One One One more.
Um, ah, I'm gonna be coming back a bunch, and I-I know nothing about, um, Topeka.
What what should I do, like, when I'm When I'm not working? I spend time with my family.
Oh, you have kids? No.
My sister's family.
Nieces and nephews? Nice.
Yeah, I have, uh I have three nephews.
Love 'em to death, but I'm always happy to leave.
But you must do something besides see them.
I like my work.
What do you do? [Bell dings.]
Logistics Storage, materials handling, identifying and fixing inefficiencies.
Sounds like they can't do anything without you.
They can't.
No wonder you have to exercise.
I'm Gus Alexander.
Deirdre Kemp.
[Exhales sharply.]
Mom Mom [Sobs.]
[Birds chirping.]
- Morning.
- Morning.
- Hey.
- Hey.
Everything okay? Yeah.
Did, uh Did you talk to Henry's teacher? The school secretary said he wants us to come in.
Is he failing the class? I have no idea.
All he ever does is play computer games and talk on the teleph Do you have any idea who he's talking to? No.
How'd it go? She has a real passion for logistics.
What does that mean? [Scoffs.]
Is it promising? Maybe, if I don't die of boredom first.
That bad? Whew.
I go tomorrow.
[Soccer announcer speaking in Serbo-Croatian on radio.]
[Engine revs.]
[Soccer announcer continues.]
[Speaking Serbo-Croatian.]
[Crowd cheering.]
Announcer: Radanovic! Radanovic! [Car horn honks.]
[Speaking Serbo-Croatian.]
[Engine revs.]
[Speaking Serbo-Croatian.]
Hmm? [Indistinct conversations.]
[Cash register keys tapping.]
[Cash register dings.]
[Door hinges squeak.]
Okay Oh! No! Oh! Oh! [Laughing.]
Whoa! Wow! [Laughs.]
What'd you do, start an avalanche? I guess so! - [Whistles.]
- Thank you.
Do do you know what this stuff is? - It's carob.
- No, no, I know, but do you know what it actually is? Um, it's like a natural, sweet chocolate-type thingy? Is that the official term? [Laughs.]
Well, in Latin, it's called "thingus.
" - [Laughs.]
- Try one.
No, I haven't paid.
Have you never been in a health food store before? - No.
- Well, it's okay.
Try it.
Go on.
Mmm! That actually is good.
- Right? - Mm-hmm.
- Wow.
- Um I'm in from out of town, and a friend told me there was beautiful hiking around here, but that first I had to make this Gorp.
Well, where are you gonna hike? I don't know.
I mean, I'm actually leaving town tomorrow, so I probably don't even have time.
I'm coming back in a few days.
I have a work thing in the city.
Well, lucky for you, you just ran into the Carob-Gorp-Eating- Hiking-Expert of Topeka.
- Wow.
- Yeah.
Ben Stobert.
Brenda Neill.
- It was all her.
- [Laughs.]
Thank you.
- To beer.
- To beer.
- [Glasses clink.]
- Cheers.
In Soviet Union, we have woman on street.
You stand in line, she pour a kvass into mug.
You drink, next person, she pours, uh, kvass into same mug, they drink.
We all drink from same mug.
Actually, kvass is the only thing I miss from Russia.
What what is that? Mm Like Russian cola made from bread.
I make some in my basement.
Here? Tastes like piss.
I don't know what I do wrong.
How did you become a pilot? Oh.
I was, uh I was always into planes.
I used to have those balsa-wood-rubber-band ones when I was a kid.
And where we grew up, there was a an airfield.
It was small, but there was a guy there that let me work for him, and, um, he taught me how to fly props.
- As kid? - Yeah.
I got my license when I was 16, joined the Air Force when I was 18.
- In war? - Vietnam.
- Really? - Mm-hmm.
Yeah, not fighters Re-supply.
A-And then that's why, uh, Tuan, right? No, no, that was, um It was different.
We couldn't have kids.
He's a good boy.
So is Pasha.
Him and his mother You think I did not fly him around the world, give him good clothes, house, school, friends.
Teenagers are tough.
Evgheniya is not a teenager.
If if I did not love my job, I would shoot my brains out.
What is so great about your job? They think I'm genius.
Everything they not know about, uh, port, Russian, Soviet port about food, transportation, everything to do with grain, I know.
They can't believe it take us months to move what you guys move in one day.
"This is who we fight? You can't move wheat from Odessa to Kharkov.
" And in Soviet Union, we have same great land, same great climate, but system is broke.
They still move food by horse sometimes.
By the time it gets to where it needs to be, it's already rotten.
Man: Scout bee discovers a source of food.
He must communicate the source's location to the other bees It does this through - Hey.
- Hi.
You didn't have to wait up.
Saved you some chicken.
I ate on the plane.
You okay? Yeah, just tired.
I have a gift for you.
Guy sitting next to me bought it for me.
I made a big deal of telling him I'd give it to my husband.
- Hmm.
- [Chuckles.]
How's everything here? Fine.
Paige is babysitting for Claire Louise on Saturday night.
- Mm.
- Mm.
[Exhales deeply.]
How was your guy? Mm.
What? I don't know.
Full of himself.
We're going hiking this weekend.
[Exhales deeply.]
- In the face? - Yeah.
She still has a little scar.
He said he didn't see me before he swung, but my brother always was a sore loser.
- Renee played shortstop.
- Thing is, I was really close to my brother and my dad.
I always sort of had to be one of the guys.
I tried playing softball but hated it.
Would have rather played baseball, but there wasn't anything like that then.
So, you never played? Nothing official, just pick-up games in our neighborhood.
Now I play in my company's intramural league.
She won't let me go to the games.
He gets too excited.
- Well, it's exciting.
- You do! [Laughs.]
So So, where are you two from? Chicago.
I had an uncle from Pittsburgh.
Oh, yeah? What'd he do? Scrap metal.
He had this big yard out in Ross Township.
I used to love visiting.
I'd climb all over the piles.
I found some really good stuff, too Broken TVs, radios, hair dryers.
Any sign of him? He's still getting his hair cut.
I was thinking about Burov.
In San Francisco, we had a guy.
Offered him a lot, but nothing.
We found out he was having an affair.
He was a sensitive type, couldn't handle his wife finding out.
We just had to drop that we knew.
That was enough.
We had him.
Still gave him everything we offered.
He ended up with a boatload of cash.
And the family? His family's still together.
He and his wife are U.
citizens with new names and a split-level in Tucson.
I think his son's a lawyer.
All's well that ends well.
We blackmailed the shit out of him, and everybody wound up happy.
Number's on the fridge.
We're around the corner, so don't hesitate to call.
It's just dinner.
She'll wake around 9:00.
Give her a bottle, change her, and then she'll go back to sleep.
If she doesn't? Panic.
There she is! Oh! I just forgot one thing.
We really appreciate it, Paige.
Alice is a little nervous.
I get it.
So, you and your mom coming to the food pantry Thursday? She wouldn't miss it.
She likes us doing it together.
That's great.
She's really trying, Paige.
No, I mean it.
The the things I deal with with families [Stammers.]
I'm not saying it's the same as yours.
No one's is the same as mine.
You'd be surprised how many people feel that way.
This might help you understand them a little bit.
Marx? I thought he hated religion.
Uh, h-he did.
But he was pretty great on class and poverty.
Are these your notes? Mm-hmm.
It's from college.
"Labor is therefore not voluntary but coerced.
It is therefore not the satisfaction of a need.
It is merely a means to satisfy needs external to it.
" What? All right, j Read the book.
- Okay.
- All right.
We better go before she changes her mind.
- Bye.
- Bye.
[Car engine starts.]
Hi, Deirdre.
It's Gus Alexander.
Uh, from the gym.
Uh, I'm I'm gonna be in town for a few days.
Is there any chance, uh, you'd be free for dinner? Yeah.
Oh, me too, but you got to eat, right? Oh.
Oh, well, no.
I-I know all about a big A big presentation.
How about this Um, I call you when I get in, and I'll I'll just, um, hope for the best.
Okay, great.
See you.
- [Sighs.]
- [Coins jingle.]
When I was a kid, we, uh We had a feeder out back, and I I'd just I'd just sit there and watch.
Hummingbirds, woodpeckers Woodpeckers are crazy.
Why? Do you know where they keep their tongues? No.
Where? - Their head? - Yeah.
Yeah, they have these really long tongues to get the bugs.
That's why they're banging their heads against the trees all day To make holes for the tongue.
- Wow.
- Yeah.
They have to store it somewhere, right? So it it wraps around the top of their head on the inside.
- That's crazy.
- Yeah.
I always imagine the moment it [whistles.]
comes out.
It must feel good, right? [Laughs.]
I guess so! - Yeah.
- [Laughs.]
[Dog barks in distance.]
[Engine revs in distance.]
Too fast? - Um - We we can go slower.
I like you.
I like you, too.
- But - Oh, you, uh You don't have a boyfriend, do you? No.
No, I don't.
But I am a bad planner.
Um, I have work tonight.
I'll be back next week.
Can I see you then? Hmm let me think about it.
Yes, please.
- [Door opens.]
- Deputy AG: Agent Beeman.
Sorry, I only have a few minutes.
Beeman: Uh, that's all I need.
You remember three years ago when that KGB officer was killed Vladimir Kosygin? He was kidnapped by a group of FBI agents and then shot in cold blood.
For now, it doesn't really matter who took Kosygin or why.
I shot him.
In the back of the head.
You killed him? Yes.
And what? You want to be arrested, prosecuted? What happens next, that's up to you.
But if the CIA uses the tape I made to blackmail Burov, I will go public and confess.
The U.
government killing innocent people, splashed across the world's newspapers.
I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution, Agent Beeman.
Unlike you, I haven't forgotten what that means.
I'm guessing you'll keep quiet like the rest of us.
And you will find a way to make sure the CIA leaves Oleg Burov alone.
Elizabeth: Hi.
How was school? Fine.
Hey, don't fill up.
I'm making lasagna.
Who's home? Just me.
Dad's at work.
Henry is with Doug.
Doug? I haven't heard that name in a while.
I know.
Suspicious, right? I'm thinking girlfriend.
Henry? Well, he's always on the phone.
Have you heard anything? Well, I know he talks to a girl named Kira.
Kira But I've also heard "Wendy.
" Wow.
You guys have been traveling a lot.
It's what we were talking to you about The, uh, grain thing.
We're, um, developing some new sources, and unfortunately, it takes some travel to get to them.
You go separately, though.
Sometimes we need to get to know different people.
So, who are you getting to know? Um a scientist Someone who knows a lot about this stuff.
So, he doesn't know who you really are? No.
So who do you say you are? A salesperson.
What do you sell? Women's clothing.
Do you use a different name? Yeah.
What is it? Brenda Neill.
Brenda Neill? What's so funny about that name? I don't know, it just It's weird.
I would be scared of someone finding out.
Yeah, I guess a lot of its just, um, confidence.
Listen Uh, when I was at Pastor Tim's babysitting I found his diary.
- Paige - I just thought that if I could find that lawyer's name - No.
- with the tape No, no, no.
I know.
It's too dangerous.
They were out.
What if they came back? I would have heard their car.
Paige, you can look different after you've done something like that.
You can sound different.
H-He just writes about people from the church.
He uses their initials.
I could figure out who most of them were.
Did he write anything about us? Not that I saw.
Listen I I understand what you were doing, and it was smart, and it was brave.
But, Paige, if there is any slip, if they sense anything from you, Alice wouldn't come to us next time.
She would go straight to the FBI.
I'm sorry.
But I was there, not you.
Woman on P.
: not park in the red zone.
Unattended vehicles will be ticketed and towed.
[Indistinct talking.]
Welcome to John F.
Kennedy International Airport.
[Horn honks.]
Man: Taxi.
Going through his things.
If she even looked nervous [Sighs.]
How did you leave it? I told her it was crazy and dangerous and she could never do it again.
Did she get it? I hope so.
What? She just What? [Whispering.]
If there was something on him with a parishioner - Elizabeth - No, no I know, but it's interesting, right? I mean, who knows what goes on with the good pastor? [Sighs.]
What about Kansas? It was fine.
I don't want to talk about it.
Why? Because it's What? I don't know what to say.
He's nice.
He likes birds and hiking.
He's funny.
You like him? I have to sit there with him while he makes his jokes.
The guy's laughing while he's trying to starve an entire country.

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