The Americans (2013–2018)
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Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep? 

Philip and Elizabeth struggle with the gravity of unexpected collateral damage.


Stephen Williams


Joseph Weisberg (created by) (as Joe Weisberg), Joshua Brand




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Keri Russell ... Elizabeth Jennings
Matthew Rhys ... Philip Jennings
Lev Gorn ... Arkady Zotov (credit only)
Annet Mahendru ... Nina Krilova (credit only)
Susan Misner ... Sandra Beeman (credit only)
Costa Ronin ... Oleg Burov
Keidrich Sellati ... Henry Jennings
Holly Taylor ... Paige Jennings
Richard Thomas ... Frank Gaad
Alison Wright ... Martha Hanson
Noah Emmerich ... Stan Beeman
Brandon J. Dirden ... Dennis Aderholt
Peter Mark Kendall ... Hans
Lois Smith ... Betty Turner
Svetlana Efremova ... Zinaida Preobrazhenskaya


Elizabeth discharges Hans because she thinks Todd saw him at the Venter killing, so Hans gets rid of the threat so he can continue working with Elizabeth. Philip divulges Martha knows Clark is not who he claimed to be but Philip trusts Martha not to talk. They talk to Gabriel about the Martha Operation and the FBI mail robot. Elizabeth and Philip visit the shop where the mail robot is taken for repair to obtain intel. When the elderly wife of the original owner comes in unexpectedly, Elizabeth chats with her and the old lady realizes Elizabeth is going to kill her. Visibly upset at having to kill her, Elizabeth makes her death painless with a drug overdose and she talks with her, reassuring her as she dies. Stan and Oleg continue on their own operation to save Nina. Philip has a very truthful Scrabble game with Gabriel. Written by LA-Lawyer

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25 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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The episode name is a reference to the 1968 science fiction novel ("Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?") by Philip K. Dick, of which the movie Blade Runner (1982) is based on. See more »


At one point, Betty Turner, the old woman who Elizabeth later kills takes medication, saying "I have a bad heart." In a close up shot, the label says the medication is lisinopril, which wasn't approved to treat congestive heart failure until 10 years after the scene in question takes place. See more »


Referenced in The Americans: Dinner for Seven (2016) See more »


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30 July 2019 | by kgpeterson83See all my reviews

I haven't reviewed this show until now but I feel it necessary with this episode. That scene between Elizabeth and Betty...unbelievable. I am still crying. Beautifully written. It is unreal. Loved it.

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