Covert Affairs' Season 3 Finale: The Band Was All Together

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Nov 21, 2012

Covert Affairs S03E16: “Lady Stardust”

The first half of Covert Affairs’ third season gave us some of the very best storytelling and character growth we’ve ever seen on the USA Network staple. It was so delightful that the definite decline in anything resembling a coherent story in the latter half of the season was hard to stomach. However, last week’s penultimate episode took some welcome steps toward rectifying many of the flaws that came after the defeat of big baddie Lena Smith, and the finale was more than happy to roll with them... which is awesome.

Fresh off of murdering his girlfriend (or not murdering her, as we’d later find out) Khalid had Eyal tied to a chair and Annie had 24 hours to deliver the names of the CIA operatives who'd infiltrated Khalid's father’s company before Khalid’s hospitality ran out. Annie was pretty quick to roll over on her fellow agents, which is certainly one of my lingering concerns when it comes to “Lady Stardust” and one that I doubt will get much attention when we return for Season 4 since it’s apparent that Annie Walker is back to being the moral compass of the CIA and every single choice she makes is always the right one. Eye-roll.

Lucky for Annie (and those operatives), Joan and Auggie banded together to give Annie a hand. With Auggie on the scene, they managed to formulate a plan to rescue Eyal without completely compromising fellow agents’ lives. In the end, the only information Annie passed to Khalid was the real identity of Megan’s killer (hi dad!), but I was still left with the impression that if Auggie and Joan hadn't intervened, Annie would have theoretically handed over the names. After all, it was Auggie who acquired the handy-dandy blank-firing gun that gave Annie the leverage to bluff her way through the hostage exchange. If Annie had no intention of giving Khalid the names he demanded, then why bother going through the complicated infiltration of the consulate in order to uncover them in the first place?

Though I have to admit, it was an impressive bit of spywork, staging a mugging to justify access to the American consulate infirmary—which is where, apparently, the only computers capable of tapping into the government’s super secret closed-circuit internet were. I’m sure Danielle would be thrilled to know Annie used her name during her extracurricular espionage. Actually, I thought that was a pretty sloppy move, but I chalked it up to desperate times and all that.

So fine, Annie is back to being a total waste of a spy. I’ll cling to that handful of early Season 3 episodes where I didn’t have to be in a particular mindset—like, say, drunk—to get through her missions without rolling my eyeballs right out of their sockets. I mean, as soon as Annie got the call to stand down on her pursuit of Khalid because the Saudi government and the Dutch government had decided to be friends again, as soon as she lifted Eyal’s gun upon disconnecting the call, my insta-thought was, “She’s going to do something stupid, isn’t she?”

Yes and no.

Yes, Annie fled the safety of the S.S. Getaway Boat to track down Khalid before he hopped on his daddy’s chopper and flew home. She claimed that the CIA totally wanted her to kill the dude, even though no one had said anything even remotely close to that. I can kind of see her rationale, but I also kind of think she’s a dingbat, so, whatever.

But in the end, Annie let Khalid go. She shared her information about who really killed Megan, and even though Megan totally sucked and I didn’t mourn her death even a little bit, the revelation that Khalid actually sincerely loved her and wasn’t just using her was a nice alternative to the heartless terrorist persona we’d been led to believe in for the past several episodes. After dropping that cheerful little bombshell, Annie told Khalid, “What you do with that information is up to you,” and my money is on either outright ganking Daddy Dearest or eventually becoming an asset himself.

Back with the boys, Eyal asked Annie to run away with him. She showed some growth from the whole Simon fiasco by turning him down, leaving the playing field nice and open for Auggie to score a total touchdown. He asked her out on a real date and she accepted, and then he decided that Friday at eight was entirely too long to wait and showed up at her apartment. Ladies and gentlemen, there was a kiss!

And back in the States, while Annie and Auggie were busy rescuing Eyal and getting all snuggly on the flight back, Henry Wilcox, Jai’s father, was released from prison for assisting in that drone strike a few episodes back and Arthur decided to extend an olive branch to the disgraced CIA official by working to have Jai’s missions declassified and his name added to the memorial for fallen operatives. His effort was promptly rejected by Henry who, after briefly seeming civil last week, was back to hating Arthur’s guts, replying to Arthur’s, “I’m sorry for your loss” with a snarky, bitter, “No you’re not.”

Ouch.

Buy hey, maybe the man is on to something. Or maybe we’re supposed to think he’s on to something. Or maybe he’s playing Annie like so many others before. Wilcox called a secret meeting with Annie at the diner where Jai went kaboom and handed her a file. She was reluctant to take it, claiming that she wasn’t going behind Joan and Arthur’s backs anymore, but after some prodding, she peeked and whatever she saw was startling. Greeeeat.

While I feel like Annie should know better than to just take anything Henry Wilcox says, claims, or hands to her at face value (I mean, c’mon, the last time someone conveniently handed her a world-shattering file, the intel was doctored), I just want to point out how amazingly shot that entire scene was as a sort of inversion of the meeting with Jai that started this entire season. They met at the same diner, under the same rainy weather conditions, and (I think?) shared the same booth—the only difference being that the meeting with Henry took place at night, under cover of darkness, while the ill-fated one with Jai was in mid-afternoon. I see what you did there, Covert Affairs.


QUESTIONS:

1. What do you think was in the file Henry gave Annie? Can he be trusted?

2. Auggie/Annie: awesome? Or are we dreading the inevitable break-up and awkwardness?

3. What do you want to see more (or less!) of when Covert Affairs returns for Season 4?

4. Are we ever going to find out what’s in Simon’s freaking trunk?


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  • texpeso Jun 18, 2013

    I think ithe Annie/Auggie relationship actually strenghens Annie's very wishy-washy character. Auggie is solid and constant. Other than that she has fallen in bed with about anyone who "fill in the blank"---I just do not like that type of female lead. I'm surprised Auggie still WANTS her!!! She needs to make a commitment and stick with it.

  • Mariegal19 Apr 07, 2013

    I'm so glad Annie and Auggie finally got together! I know it's a cliché but I'm happy that the creators finally went there, I can't wait to see how their relationship deepens come Season 4, I'm also intrigued by the file and mission that Henry Wilcox wants Annie to do, I for one don't trust Henry Wilcox as far as I can throw him and I hope early on in Season 4 that Annie reads Auggie in on the 'file' because I defiantly think that this 'mission' that Henry wants her to do is something that she can't do solo. I hope Danielle comes back, I can't wait to see her reaction to Annie/Auggie as a couple! I am also stoked to see Eyal come back I hope he, Auggie, & Annie team up again those three really do make a amazing team! I'm also excited to see how Joan & Arthur take the news that Annie/Auggie are a item! IS IT JULY YET?!

  • estarry96 Feb 19, 2013

    i totally agree, im just not feeling the chemistry between auggie and annie at this stage!! I WANT HER TO GET WITH EYAL! I'm sorry but am I the only one who's wondering how they magically seem to bump into each other and annie never shuts down his flirting, but when it comes down to the initial relationship, she backs away. So dissapointed. Auggie is such a best friend to Annie, it will be so awkward later:(:( I want Annie to stop with the rookie season 1 mistakes. She should know better now, and I fully agree with your comments with the eye-rolls when she makes classic trusting Annie mistakes. Eyal has a good head, and I love it when he's involved with the missions! Auggie is ingenious and I am incredulous how they dont get annoyed at Annie sometimes when she breaches ALL the rules and takes matters into her own hands. But nevertheless I am so obsessed with this show! I kinda wanted a return of Ben Mercer, but we'll see:)

  • DrMDElfin Jan 28, 2013

    Annie and Auggie completely awesome. I have stayed up almost all night watching episodes waiting for them to get together. Wasn't impressed with Annie's intimacy with Simon as she was so obviously in love with Auggie but never thought she would have the chance when he asked Parker to marry him. But, and there is a but ... Eyal is so much more grown up and he fact that they never slept together made that more appealing - they actually had time to have some trust first. There is the complete friendship between Annie and Auggie though and well, in reality, that is what my dreams are made of!! I won't be able to watch them break up without getting really grumpy though and if she decides she 'has' to cheat on him I will stop watching!
    I have to add, it really annoyed me how Annie so easily got off the moving barge under the bridge without Auggie or Eyal noticing and then for Eyal not to see her walking across the bridge or running after her - good spy work guys.

  • tamaabi Dec 16, 2012

    1. No clue, but I'm pretty sure he can't be trusted. Maybe what's in the file is "true" but he love to manipulate and Annie... is a pretty good target.
    2. Not awesome imo. I loved them as friends, and I loved the Simon/Annie and was hoping for Eyal/Annie to be the slow-growing relationship of the whole show. Annie/Auggie just doesn't work for me romantically. The guy was just fianced ffs! She was prepared to flee with another guy!
    3. More Eyal, always, more shirtless Auggie because life's to short not to have these little pleasures, more well written plot like the whole beginning of Season 3 (though as a whole; I think S3 was a step up from the two previous ones)...
    4. I thought he said it at some point. Wasn't it cloths?

  • coloradoOp Dec 13, 2012

    Alright. As an analyst who loves this show (and im not sure why) I have some thoughts. First, more Eyal. More. Lots more. He is one of my most favorite "unknown" actors out there. I love him on this show and I love the chemistry between him and Annie. Next, the first 2 seasons there was some chemistry going on between Augie an Annie and I was all for it, as I love Augie. But season 3, the chemistry is more like best friends who made some pack "if we turn 30 and are still single, lets hook up". What really bothers me about the show is the repetitiveness of Annie. Not all spies need to FIGHT and literally run around town chasing each others.. How about we get some real intel analysis going on? Lets see the other sides of the intel world! As is, this part of the show is so unrealistic. Real operatives do not go around getting in fights every week and burning up the pavement. There is soooooooooooooooo much more to the intel community then what this show is giving us. There is sooooooooooooo much more they can do with this show if they just expand the writing into a bit of reality.

  • AmericanInfidel Nov 26, 2012

    I find myself feeling a bit sorry for Augie, Annie is such a slut. First Ben Mercer, then Eyal, then when Augie rebuffed her earlier she flew immediately to sleep with that butt ugly Simon dude.

  • bluemystique Nov 25, 2012

    1. I have no idea. Proof that Arthur and Joan were doing something hinky and only using Annie? Maybe they had Ben Mercer killed. Yes, I brought it right back to Ben. No, I don't know why. I find that usually the complete jackasses with questionable morals whom you tend to despise ironically enough tend to be the most trustworthy. I can't lie. Henry might be legit.
    2. I'll go for awesome. I love Auggie and I like their chemistry. I've always been indifferent on whether or not they actually end up together romantically. I just like them together in however way I get them.
    3. Is it wrong to ask for more Eyal when we've gotten more than I ever imagine we would in season three? It just goes to show how much I love his character.In a perfect Covert Affairs world, he'd work with Annie and Auggie and there would just be awesomeness all the time. Ummm some growth from Annie. Some going undercover and looking like she's going undercover. A more involved Joan. Auggie and Annie awesomeness. I want Annie to really grow as a character. There is a redundancy in pretty much everything she does that is aggravating. Some actually inter office stuff...all this other stuff with Henry and with Jai being dead is floating around and it all feels shoved in the background and unfinished.
    4. Simon who? What trunk? ;)

  • absolute6991 Nov 25, 2012

    Too late or bad timing but I don t really feel the Annie/Auggie relation is good for the show right now. No chemistery. I mean as lover long gone. Was there in season one and 2 but now for me they are more sister and brother. There is more chemistery with the mossad agent .
    Who gonna trust Henry one the actor always plays bad guy

  • Boozwaa Nov 25, 2012

    on question #1: Jai Wilcox is alive and hiding out disabled from the blast and will return for two episodes to finish what he started before he was "killed" with Annie helping him.

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