Covert Affairs "Quicksand" Review: It's a Small World After All

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Nov 14, 2012

Covert Affairs S03E15: “Quicksand”

Going into this week's episode of Covert Affairs, I was prepared to return to the general apathy and casual disdain for Annie Walker’s character that best characterized my pre-Season 3 feelings toward the show, but after a meandering path through the land of red herrings, WTF-ery, and suck, I think I care again? Slightly? Everything’s starting to come together (maybe?), and though I’ve remained pretty confused for most of the past few weeks, I think it might just possibly, eventually, make sense.

I was delighted that even though Annie and Auggie finally got their beer together this week, Auggie didn’t take the opportunity to profess his undying love for Annie after all, because apparently he’s over her too. Remember those early days of this season when Annie was actually not awful? You can’t do that to me, Covert Affairs. You can’t take a show that I had comfortably classified as “mediocre, but tolerable” and ramp it up to the point that I actually genuinely looked forward to tuning in each week, just to snatch all of that awesomeness away and leave me with the unsatisfying remains. It’s rude, man. RUDE.

So, Auggie returned to Iraq as a battle buddy to a dude named Downey who was having a hard time adjusting to civilian life and carrying a lot of guilt over the nature of his Purple Heart commendation. He was awarded his medal two years after the fact because the criteria for what constituted a recipient were altered to include concussion victims. The award didn’t sit quite right with him because he felt that a concussion paled in comparison to the sacrifices made by guys like Auggie, with a permanent injury like blindness, or his lieutenant, who died while dragging him to safety. Downey and Auggie’s straightforward story was a welcome break from Annie and Eyal’s increasingly awkward adventures in international espionage. In the end, Auggie’s story about his own difficulties with adjusting to life after Iraq, as well as his alternate take on what the Purple Heart truly represents, broke through to Downey and appeared to improve his stateside prospects—a welcome victory in a second-half of a season that has been mostly full of losses.

While Auggie was abroad, Annie herself skipped off to Luxembourg when a report came in that Khalid’s ladyfriend, Megan, had turned up dead with a possibly important flashdrive on her person. When the whole thing we found to be a trap meant to lure Annie away from the safety of Langley, we learned that Auggie is the only tech who doesn’t completely suck at his job. I mean, really, lady. Annie just said she’s getting shot at and your answer is, “I’ll call you back?”

But it’s a small world after all, and Eyal just so happened to be in the neighborhood (how convenient) to step in and do that CIA tech’s job for her, orchestrating an escape for Annie over the phone. Huzzah.

Fresh off ditching Mossad, Eyal was flying solo and observing Khalid on his own because I guess Mossad would just be totally cool with some irate dude who's chin-deep in national secrets up and quitting his job. With all of his bank accounts frozen, Khalid was forced to transfer money to finance his hiding the old-fashioned way: by employing couriers to actually physically ferry money around. Armed with the courier’s routines memorized, Eyal pinned down the transfer to an exclusive club with a hefty admission fee. Calling Mossad for a loan wasn’t an option, so Annie called Joan, who was more than willing to assist once she had the whole story. See Annie? Isn’t teamwork magical? Or something?

Annie and Eyal were almost immediately recognized in the club that was, quite literally, crawling with Khalid’s allies, but they made a quick escape and Annie even managed to stick a tracker on not-dead-but-definitely-delusional Megan once she was revealed to be Khalid’s righthand lady... for all of ten minutes before one of his lackeys wasted her in the parking lot. I hate siding with Annie on, well, anything, but she totally told you so.

However, Annie and Eyal's clean getaway wasn’t so clean, and Khalid’s people tracked them to their safe house. Eyal stuck himself with a tracker and let Khalid’s men take him hostage while Annie did her kicked-puppy routine. There was the Annie Walker we’re accustomed to dealing with. Yawn.

Or maybe not. I don’t know. Maybe I’m just grasping at the last strands of awesome that remain from Annie’s odd sojourn into being a competent spy, but that last scene with Eyal’s tracker jammed in the cell phone that was left for Annie to find kind of sort of made me excited for next week, which is only appropriate since it’s the season finale.


Spy Notes


– Please don’t kill Eyal. Please don’t kill Eyal. Please don’t kill Eyal.

– Henry Wilcox claimed to have had a hand in orchestrating that botched drone strike a few weeks ago and promised Arthur that it wasn’t a bad strike, time will tell, and he’s trying to be a good guy and emulate his late son. So far all evidence points to Wilcox telling the truth, with the investigation into Arthur’s handling of the strike suddenly being called off. What do you think?

– Please don’t kill Eyal. Please don’t kill Eyal. Please don’t kill Eyal.

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  • Mariegal19 Nov 19, 2012

    I REALLY do not want Eyal to die, I mean he has been such a wonderful mentor and friend to Annie. Plus I'm anxious to see more of his and Auggie's interactions!
    I really want to see some serious Annie/Auggie action by the Finale's end. I seriously do not think I can watch this show in Season 4 and NOT have them be together! Please do not pull a Huddy (House Cuddy) Casket (Castle Beckett) Or Bones/Booth on us and make us wait!! Who else is with me?

  • bluemystique Nov 17, 2012

    Yes. I'm all for "DON'T KILL EYAL!!!!!!!" Seriously, if they could somehow make him a regular I'd be happy.
    - The show being mediocre and somehow becoming awesome for a bit, totally sums up how I felt about Covert Affairs. I watched it because it was something to watch and I like Chris Gorham, and if I missed an episode, I didn't throw a temper tantrum, but then this season it kinda got awesome and started being a legit show...but it wavers here and there now.
    -Just once I'd like to see Annie wear a wig, dye her hair, not drive around in one of the most conspicuous cars imaginable. This is spy 101. Not that I'm an expert or anything. Ahem. But of course you got recognized Annie, you're only wearing the same pantsuit you wore before and not even bothering to put your hair in a ponytail for variety.
    -Megan's dead. Ho-hum. Khalid stuff is kinda dull.
    -Eyal needs his own shown. If only so I can stare at Oded Fehr...and not just because he's pretty but because he's awesome. Eyal is one of my favorite characters along with Auggie so I can't have him end up dead.
    -Oh Henry Wil...zzzz
    - And because I try to get deep at least once. I love the conversation Eyal and Annie had in the safe house. It was a great moment between them, it came full circle given that it was pretty much the same place she had her first conversation with him. Given the state of their friendship being up in the air (or so they wanted us to believe) it was a nice touch having them talk about trust and being spy besties in the same place where it kinda all began. But yeah...don't kill Eyal.

  • JustinJohnson9 Nov 16, 2012

    Definitely don't kill Eyal. I totally agree!! I still liked the escapades Annie and Eyal went through in this episode. It was entertaining to watch, I'm not gonna lie.

  • bluemorphotat Nov 15, 2012

    "Please don't kill Eyal. Please don't kill Eyal. Please don't kill Eyal."
    Well Mary Ann: it's not looking good sister!
    Or as Han Solo would say: "I have a bad feeling about this"
    I really enjoy watching this show, as I've said many times it's like eating pop corn. Thing is, this S3 we've had some excellent top quality pop corn and some stale as well.
    But yeah I'd be bummed if they do Eyal in... that would be the 2nd one! Loving Annie looks like a bad idea... Hey Auggie! Watch out bro! LOL!

  • JT_Kirk Nov 15, 2012

    What a disaster this episode was. Auggie's storyline was entirely self-contained and had nothing to do with advancing the plot of the show, and it hit a bunch of TV cliches about angry vets - the guy even called some of them out. And yet Auggie's storyline was the only bright spot! Annie immediately goes rogue YET AGAIN and steps right into trouble, then gets the regular CIA who is somehow less effective than an overworked 911 operator, so she reaches out to the bridges she's already burned and yet magically they help her, and she still bungles the job to the point of getting her friend and savior kidnapped. There was little stuff too, like hotwiring a car modern enough to have a more complicated ignition, and running around a foreign country without apparently even a basic spy kit on her shoulder, and the whole silliness with Henry Wilcox not saying anything yet again.

  • bluemorphotat Nov 15, 2012

    I've got the impression that there are two teams writing and they couldn't agree on this episode and they decided to split it down the middle LOL

  • bluemorphotat Nov 16, 2012

    I still felt it was totally unconnected be it in Veterans' honour or not.

  • JohnGaltx1 Nov 15, 2012

    The Auggie storyline was an adjunct to Veterans day, with a PSA instructing viewers where to go for more information concerning the group that Auggie joined to visit Iraq with wounded Vets. It is a real group helping Vets cope with their injuries and losses.
    The mission is called Operation Proper Exitand is sponsered by:

    http://www.troopsfirstfoundation.org

    There were also Veterans Day themes in Bones and NCIS the past couple of weeks, there may have been others in primetime.

  • AnoukvdZee Nov 15, 2012

    I am completely over the Eyal-storyline. Way too much exposure.

  • safibwana Nov 15, 2012

    I don't actually believe there is such a thing as the truth for Henry Wilcox. There is only that which you say to give you the most advantage.

  • PriyankaSharm1 Nov 15, 2012

    please, i want to see what happens if eyal dies. like, as much as i love him, KILL HIM IT WOULD BE AWESOME!!! also, i agree with that guy that wants jai to be the one that kills eyal, coz i miss you jai <3

  • twodales Dec 04, 2012

    I want the Wilcox file to show that Auggie is a baddie. Now THAT would be FUN!!!

  • ElisaDiaz Nov 15, 2012

    do you mean if he goes to spies heaven or something? :D Nothing happens when a character dies, look at Jay, so much time in the show and now he's gone and we don´t even know why (oh well, he found another job). I could accept Eyal's dead if the show was doing a better job at a serious spy story (because then, he would be dead in this episode, no doubt) - but being things as they are, killing Eyal would be just a silly way of deciding who of the boys gets Annie by eliminating the one most serious spy character of the show - So really, I hope they don´t - Now we can also try, for the fun of it, imagine a carnage episode here like the recent one at the walking dead haha, but I dare say it is out of the scope of this show :)

  • stanking Nov 15, 2012

    I'd be okay with Eyal being shot on one condition: he gets shot by Jai, who staged his death. Then we get to figure out how, why, who, etc. next season.

  • LiseLotteDive Nov 15, 2012

    I wish I could run and fight in high heels...come on!!!! Ridiculous.

  • Chocolatier Jan 30, 2013

    I want to know how she affords her shoe collection! She must have at least 20 pairs of loubitans...also Annie you do know their are other luxury shoe brands out there right?

  • ElisaDiaz Nov 15, 2012

    as ridiculous as any James Bond - if I could run in high heels, or if anybody could at that speed, I would find this show boring most likely :)

  • stanking Nov 15, 2012

    Practice!

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