‘The Americans’ Review: Episode 2 ‘The Clock’

What it is it about The Americans that’s so thrilling? Is it the spy factor? The complicated marriage between Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings? Or both?

Check out this promo for the second episode of The Americans, “The Clock”


The Americans Review

As we saw in the series debut of The Americans, Elizabeth used her sexual charm to obtain crucial intelligence about the whereabouts of a Soviet defector.  In the second episode, it was Phillip’s turn. And, like the episode’s title implies … time is of the essence.

Summary:  When Philip and Elizabeth are given an urgent task to plant a bug in Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger’s office, they risk exposure when an unwilling maid of the Weinbergerhome refuses to cooperate. Stan closes in on a member of the Soviet Rezidentura in an effort to uncover the identities of deep cover Directorate S operatives.

Review: While the action scenes are few and far between in this episode, it’s anything but boring. Watching Phillip and Elizabeth sweat out their tension mission leaves viewers at the edge of their seats… and spies or not, you can’t help but root for them. After all, we’re beginning to get a better feel for Phillip and Elizabeth’s complicated marriage… and we’re understanding their softer sides. Their arranged marriage is obviously something more.

Look for the show to dig deeper into the ideologies of the KGB and President Ronald Reagan. There’s a lot to learn here… a lot for the younger audiences to digest as The Americans digs deep into Cold War politics and spy games.


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