By killing a disillusioned combat veteran bent on murder, FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) averts an international crisis -- and supposedly scores points with his Russian mistress -- on Episode 3 (“The Walk-In”) of “The Americans” on FX.
Bruce Demeran (Erik Jensen), a mysterious visitor to the Soviet Embassy in Washington, D.C., took a bullet for his country in Vietnam. Now his outlook is radically different as he regards the “real enemy” as not Viet Cong guerrillas but wealthy World Bank executives “who own everything.”
Armed with a sniper rifle, Bruce is about to gun down the financiers as they enter a hotel. Fortunately for the bankers, Stan races to the scene and draws his weapon.
“You don’t want to die, Bruce,” Stan yells, hoping to defuse the standoff.
But Bruce does die when he swings his rifle in Stan’s direction and shouts: “Ronald Reagan doesn’t care!” Stan has no choice but to shoot.
Later, in bed with his lover Nina (Annet Mahendru) -- a Soviet double agent -- Stan is overcome with emotion.
“I’m proud of you, Stan,” Nina says, tightening her control of the G-man.
“I love you, Nina,” Stan blurts out. He said it first!
When Nina reports her progress in seducing Stan, embassy leader Arkady Ivanovich (Lev Gorn) is impressed.
“You may be climbing out of the hole you dug for yourself, Nina Sergeevna,” Arkady remarks.
Embassy colleague Oleg (Costa Ronin) seems overly interested in Nina’s secret mission of pumping Stan for intel. Or maybe Oleg is just interested in Nina.
Whatever the case, he invites her to a pro hockey game. Join me if you care to, Oleg says nonchalantly, or scalp the ticket.
In other action, KGB spies Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) and hubby Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) infiltrate a naval shipyard in Virginia and photograph plans for a high-tech propeller.
Maintenance worker Derek (Dave T. Koenig) soon realizes something is amiss. Fearing for his life, he shows pictures of his three boys to Elizabeth.
Rather than clobber Derek with a crowbar, she takes one of the photos. Her tacit message is clear: Keep quiet or else!
Elizabeth’s next operation involves a promise made long ago to her comrade Leanne (Natalie Gold), who wrote and then hid a letter to her son Jared (Owen Campbell). The letter reveals the true identities of the parents and explains why they spied on America.
Leanne is gone now, shot dead along with her husband Emmett (Jeremy Davidson) and daughter Amelia (Gracie Bea Lawrence). So will Elizabeth deliver the letter to Jared, the sole survivor?
Posing as a children’s advocate, Elizabeth visits Jared in his new home and hugs him as he breaks down in tears.