The Americans (2013) s05e05 Episode Script

Lotus 1, 2, 3

1 Previously on The Americans That's my son.
Our son.
You missed the meeting.
Stay away from me.
Beeman: The CIA is planning on squeezing Burov in Moscow with the tape I made.
You remember three years ago when that KGB officer was killed? I shot him.
If the CIA uses the tape I made to blackmail Burov, I will go public.
Gabriel: Half our grain comes from America and its allies.
If they're doing something to it, people will starve.
The lab has a contract with a-a company called AgriCorp.
[ Bone cracks .]
This is Benjamin Stobert from the Rolodex.
We also think Deirdre Kemp is a good bet.
- 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.
[ Indistinct chatter .]
Problem? [ Sighs .]
This is the worst VA hospital, budget-wise, I have ever seen.
You people have to get computerized.
I work for the government.
We're like The Flintstones.
There's a program called Lotus 1-2-3.
It would save you a lot of time.
M-Maybe I could pitch that to my boss, if I knew what I was talking about.
I can show you how it works.
Elizabeth: So, 10 minutes prep, and you pop it in the oven for 35 minutes.
- That's all? - That's all.
You know, I used to make my own tomato sauce, but now with my schedule so crazy, I just buy it out of a jar.
I not think Pasha will like eggplant so much.
Oh, don't tell him what it is.
I can't tell him nothing.
But I hear what you said.
I give him "space.
" Now, he have too much space.
[ Laughs .]
Me at home all day-- I I go crazy.
I need job.
So, I have interview tomorrow.
- Where? - Department of Agriculture.
Alexei tell them about me.
That's great.
What's the job? Uh, Russian language instructor for specialists, uh, who study agriculture in Soviet Union.
You are perfect for that.
Oh, I don't know.
My English not so good.
No, you are.
You're perfect for that.
Hi! Hey.
[ Sighs .]
[ Laughs .]
Both: [ Moaning .]
[ Door opens .]
[ Wind howls .]
[ Door closes .]
[ Chatter in distance .]
Deirdre: Ah! - [ Exhales sharply .]
- [ Exhales sharply .]
[ Exhales .]
You good? Great.
Do you want to hear about Lotus 1-2-3? Sure.
I can show you some printouts.
Aderholt: walked out of the supermarket, left a half-full shopping cart.
We got a couple more we'll pitch this week.
All right.
Good job, guys.
Keep going.
"Good job"? I told you-- it's gonna be hit-and-miss.
We'll see if you get a bite.
Well, none of these guys look hungry.
You haven't worked outside the Rezidentura before.
It's a different game trying to get sideways into the KGB.
All right, let's say after a couple of months of this we get lucky and one of these guys, some trade rep, is willing to work with us.
What are the odds that he will give us anything that makes it worth all the trouble? I don't know.
It's not a high-percentage game.
This is what we do.
But we approach them, their people have them so terrified, the odds are-- Even if we just scare 'em, we still win.
They report our approach, like they're supposed to, the KGB goes crazy, they send people home, they investigate forever-- weakness of their system.
If nothing else, we keep the KGB busy and irritated.
Well, we're certainly busy and irritated.
That's a good joke.
[ Door opens, closes in distance .]
[ Indistinct chatter .]
[ Knocks at door .]
He's polite and attentive even if, like most of the boys his age, his mind wanders easily.
This semester, Henry has really come into his own.
He's-- He's prepared, he's interested, and he's demonstrated a real aptitude for challenging material.
I don't know how or why, but something has lit a fire under his butt.
- That's I mean-- - Uh, great.
Which is why I want to move him into Algebra 2.
Now, I know it's a little unusual in the middle of the school year, but we've got his attention now.
We don't want to lose it.
Unless you think it's a bad idea.
- Uh, no.
That-- Yeah.
- No no no, that-- Of course.
Yeah, that'd be [ Indistinct chatter .]
I thought he spent all his time playing games on the computer.
I know.
[ Keys jostle, car doors open .]
Henry-- our Henry.
I'm good at math.
[ Car doors close .]
[ Engine starts .]
Evgheniya's applying for a job as a language instructor at the Department of Agriculture.
Sounds like Alexei put a word in for her.
If she gets a job teaching Russian at the CIA There's a chance we could get every officer they're training for Moscow.
[ Engine shuts off .]
[ Sighs .]
[ Sighs .]
Stan: Hey! Hey! Renee: Perfect timing! Me and the boys are gonna see Romancing The Stone.
Come with us.
Bring Paige-- we'll make it a party.
Uh, Paige can't come.
She already told me.
Well, you guys are still invited.
We can grab a drink after.
Yeah, Matthew's staying at Sandra's, so we have to drop him off after the movie.
You know, I-I don't think so.
We-- we've been out all day.
Another time? We'll hold you to that.
Uh, next weekend? Next weekend we're going fly fishing.
You fly fish? - Never.
- I'm gonna teach him.
[ Laughs .]
- See ya.
- Bye.
- Hi.
- Hey.
- Hey! - You hungry? - Yeah.
What say I order Chinese? - Sounds good to me.
- Sure.
So, your mother and I met with Mr.
Jeffries today.
He wants to move you into Algebra 2.
- Wow.
- W-- Yeah.
We were pretty much bowled over.
We didn't know you were so good at math.
Yeah, I like it.
Probably why you're so good at it.
Anyway, we were very pleasantly surprised.
You already said that.
No, I know.
I-I-- I just mean It's not like I've seen you doing a lot of studying.
I me-- I'm-- I'm not saying-- I know what you're not saying, Dad.
Paige is the smart one, she always works her ass off, and she does everything right.
Henry-- It's okay.
I get it.
[ Sighs .]
And you had no idea he was messing around? No.
I think it's easy not to see it.
You think she knew? I don't know.
Yeah, probably.
You know, that was the only time I ever Yeah, she probably knew for a while.
I just kept lying to myself.
Well, I've been there.
- Yeah? - Yeah.
Oh, you're so tight.
What is it? Oh, j-just stuff from work I can't really talk about.
Can't you just be-- I don't know-- vague? I I guess I was a little aggressive about this thing with my boss.
I may have said a little too much.
It'll work out.
Yeah, it will.
The house is dark and the Jeep is still there.
They've been seeing a lot of each other.
[ Sighs .]
We've been giving the Centre a lot of detailed reports about Stan.
They know he's recently divorced.
They know he's vulnerable.
They know he's a loner that would go for her type.
You think we sent her? I'm just saying That's crazy.
You think so? [ Sirens blare in distance .]
[ Phone rings .]
Hello? [ Russian accent .]
Uh, this is Stacey McAllister.
I need to see Doctor Walters.
Repeat that? This is Stacey McAllister.
I need to see Doctor Walters.
Hello? Call back tomorrow-- 4:00 PM.
[ Dial tone .]
[ Coins clatter .]
Smells good.
[ Chuckles .]
Reserve judgment till after.
What are we having? [ Chuckles .]
It's a-- It's a kind of meat soup.
Oh, that fatta.
It's Egyptian.
I, uh-- I lived there for a while.
- Oh.
- Peace Corps.
It's some-- It's kind of fancy peasant food.
Anything weird in it? Are goat eyeballs weird? Both: [ Laughing .]
No, it's just-- uh, it's garlic, white vinegar, rice.
- Hmm.
- It's served on special occasions-- weddings, baby showers.
It's the main meal at the Eid Al-Adha after fasting.
What do you think of the wine? It's good.
It's nice.
"Omar Khayyam.
" Is that Egyptian? - Mm-hmm.
- I didn't know they made wine.
Well, not a lot anymore.
The climate's too hot.
- Mm.
- There are still a few vineyards along the Nile Delta near Alexandria.
See, back in the day when the Pharaohs ran the place, the fancy people drank wine.
What'd the regular people drink? Beer.
Much cheaper.
You know, traces of red wine were found in King Tutankhamen's tomb, if you can believe that.
I'm boring you? No.
You know a lot about a lot of things.
I-I get interested, and I-- I don't know when to stop.
What about you? Um okay.
I've never been to Egypt.
I don't know anything about wine.
But I know what I like.
[ The Rolling Stones' "Slave" plays .]
Ready? Hut, hut, hike! Whoosh! Yeah! Whoosh! Crowd goes wild.
You want to button hook this? - Yeah.
- All right.
Ready? Hut, hut, hike! do it, do it, do it - Aah! - do it, do it That's one of them.
Same again.
Hut, hut, hike! Button hook! do it, do it, do it, do it don't want to be your slave - [ Moans .]
- don't want to be your slave don't want to be your slave Mm Mm.
[ Moans .]
don't want to be your slave don't want to be your slave Pretty cool that Henry got moved into an advanced math class.
[ Giggling .]
Turns out he's the brains in the family.
And I thought studying was the key to success.
You and me both.
[ Sighs .]
You know, I had a crush on Matthew when I first met him.
He had a lot of hair and played guitar.
[ Sighs .]
And now, he likes me back.
I think I was sort of hoping that with all of the garbage in my life that-- that he would make me feel better.
Being with him only makes me feel worse, though.
I don't know if it's because Matthew's not right for me or What? If I'm just-- I'm-- I'm already so screwed up that maybe I'm just-- I'm meant to be alone.
He used Irina's code? For an emergency meeting with Philip.
I've been tracking every signal Philip gets since Mischa disappeared.
So, he wants to see his father.
All right.
How did he get here? I'm sure it wasn't a walk in the park.
He's unstable.
Are we talking about Mischa or Philip? The boy.
He's already been in trouble for speaking out against the war.
It's a complicated war, Claudia.
He fought in it.
He's not mentally ill.
His mother defected, he got himself arrested, and now he's come here to see a father he's never met.
I doubt he's stable.
He's his son.
Who he's never seen.
He's too risky.
You don't trust Philip.
It's not about me.
He already has entries in his file that don't look good.
How do you think the people at the Centre are going to feel about a meeting between Philip and his wayward son? Shouldn't that be Philip's decision to make? And when he tells Philip he was put in a psychiatric institution because he thinks the war in Afghanistan is a joke-- What happens then? You care about him.
We both do.
But he's shaky.
[ Muffled conversation in Russian .]
[ Liquid pouring .]
[ Sighs .]
[ Conversation in Russian .]
- [ Knocks at door .]
- Elizabeth on line three.
- Hi.
- Hi.
Is everything okay? Yeah.
Is everything okay with you? Y-- Yeah.
I miss you.
Me, too.
I've been, um-- been having these memories of my childhood.
Of-- Of what? My father bringing home food and clothing.
S-So good things? I don't know.
[ Exhales sharply .]
Yeah, I guess.
Did he bring home other things? I don't remember.
[ Phone rings .]
Yes? This es-- is Stacey McAllister.
There is an appointment available tomorrow-- 11:00 AM, Bess Truman Park.
Uh, say again? 11:00 AM, Bess Truman Park.
All right? Y-Yes.
[ Phone clicks, dial tone .]
[ Coins clatter .]
To old scars and new skin.
[ Indistinct chatter .]
How long were you in for? 12 years.
You? Seven.
Collateral damage? Just me.
How 'bout you? Stan's better with the youngsters.
Well, Matthew's been raised right.
[ Exhales sharply .]
Um, excuse me.
Can we have the check, please? Um, wait-- o-one for the road? Not for me-- early aerobics class tomorrow.
- Right.
- Mm.
I forgot.
- Um, I'll-- I'll be right back.
- Okay.
Work's been He mentioned it.
He's a good guy.
He puts his whole heart into everything.
Just can't win them all.
So, I shouldn't run for it? Nah.
Didn't think so.
As long as he doesn't root against the Kings, he's in the clear.
[ Laughs .]
Stan: All right.
Okay, see you tomorrow.
Thank you.
Good night, guys.
All right.
[ Radio crackles .]
You want to get something to eat? No, thanks.
You want to go to the mall or something? Not really.
Are you tired of me? What? We haven't been alone in almost two weeks.
We've both been busy.
We live across the street from each other, Paige.
Where is this coming from? D-Do you want to break up with me? [ Exhales sharply .]
I-- I'm scared.
Of what? I like you.
A lot.
But I've never had a boyfriend before.
I don't know how to do that.
Yes, you do.
[ Car door closes, keys jangle .]
[ Chuckles .]
I don't think I've ever seen someone make a s'more inside before.
But that's the whole reason to have a fire place.
[ Laughs .]
Oh, yeah.
- Wow.
- Yeah.
Mm! Mmm! - Wow.
- [ Chuckles .]
So, Peace Corps, Egypt, cooking exotic foods, science, sex Well, life's short.
What is it that you do, exactly? Huh! Well, right now, I'm working on saving the world.
Good luck with that.
You know, when I, uh-- when I was in the Peace Corps, I traveled around and saw children dying because they didn't have enough to eat because half their crops were lost before they could be harvested.
But if there was a grain that could resist pests, drought, fungi, the poorest people in the world could feed themselves-- even in third-world countries or under the worst dictatorships.
You see, famines cause wars.
You know, a single pest can cause mass starvation.
You're a real idealist.
No, I'm-- I'm a realist.
We-- We need to develop crops that can withstand almost anything.
How are you gonna do that? Well, we, uh-- we take the strongest wheat plants from around the world, we cross-breed them, then we get the most destructive pests we can find, test the new plants, and breed again.
And we're-- we're making a lot of progress, and we're close to developing the strongest strain of wheat the world's ever known.
And you When you have it Well, I mean, I-I work for a company, and they sell it.
But it would make food supplies cheap and reliable around the world everywhere-- in Africa, Asia, places where people suffer through cycles of famine.
I mean, it might never happen again.
Old patterns between parents and children create barriers that keep us from seeing what's really there.
And what is really there? Love.
It's all around us.
But because we can't see it, can't experience it, it seems like it must be very far away.
You can't experience the love your parents have for you or you for your children, when old habits and belief systems-- all the things your mind is telling you about who they are, who you are-- stand in the way.
[ Thunder rumbles .]
I am not who you were expecting, I know.
No Russian.
Not here.
Do you speak English? Little.
I will take you someplace where we can talk.
You understand? I want see father.
You come with me.
- I will explain everything.
- No.
It's impossible.
Why? It would put him in terrible danger.
It is not safe for him.
But I come for him.
You understand? I do.
It must be very hard, but if you love him, you must forget this.
You cannot see him.
- Forget father? - No.
Not here.
I will get you home.
You will be safe.
But you cannot see your father here.
Maybe someday, but not here.
[ Sighs .]
[ Door closes .]
Hello? [ Sighs .]
[ Footsteps approach .]
Where are they? Paige is at a church thing.
- At the food pantry? - No.
Um, Henry's studying at Chris' house.
Oh, a boy Chris or a girl Chris? You got me.
[ Sighs .]
We got it wrong.
Stobert isn't looking to poison us or our food.
He wants to save people.
From what? Pests, drought, whatever.
He wants to develop a wheat that can grow anywhere.
He wants to feed the world.
So, the bugs in the lab were there to test the crops for resistance, to make sure they could survive anything.
He told you? Yeah.
You believe him? Yes.
He wants to end hunger.
So, the guy in the lab, the one we We didn't know.
I told Tuan, um Yeah, I got to get there.
[ Keys jangle .]
[ Door closes .]
[ Sighs .]
Pasha says his mother got the job.
When does she start? Next week.
Will you guys be here this weekend? [ Sighs .]
Pasha will come by.
It would be good for at least one of you to be here.
[ Sighs .]
Sorry, we can't.
You do very well by yourself.
I know, but it looks better.
[ Sighs .]
You okay? Yeah.
I'm-- Yeah, I'm fine.
I mean, I've been better.
I'm fine.
Oh, hey.
- [ Door closes .]
- Everybody's here.
I'm gonna head upstairs.
That guy in the lab That can't happen ever again.
We'll be more careful.
More careful? This has been hard for me for a long time.
You know that, right? I do.
Look when we know this kind of thing is coming up maybe it can just be me.
No, no.
It's us, Elizabeth.
It's us.

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