Covert Affairs Season 4 Premiere Review: The Auggie and Arthur Show

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Jul 17, 2013

Covert Affairs S04E01: "Vamos"

Oh boy. Okay, so this is weird and hard for me to admit given that I was a vocal Auggie/Annie supporter for the entirety of last season, but watching those two get it on for realisies was kind of like when you have those two best friends who you used to hang out with all the time, and then they start dating, and you still hang out, but now they suck face on the sofa for the duration of MST:3K and it's awkward because they keep giving you the "shut up" face every time you try to chirp in with your own smart-ass comments about The Beast of Yucca Flats. 

I won't say that I don't like the relationship because I do feel like it's a natural progression for Annie and Auggie as characters. I just have to get used to it—though I have to say that I really miss badass Annie, and if this entire season ends up consisting of Annie freaking out every time someone shoots at her BF it's going to get irritating. YOU'RE A SPY, WOMAN! YOU HAVE LEATHER "SRS BSNS" GLOVES

What I'm saying is this: Don't be that "girl spy," Annie. Don't do it. 

Annie rocked the srs bsns gloves in the very first scene of "Vamos" as she followed a lead from Henry Wilcox that implicated Arthur in some bad dealings and possibly in Jai's death (remember when that happened?) because it's now been an entire year out here in the real world and those impatient A-holes like me are starting to complain about it. 

When Wilcox's information appeared to be accurate and it looked as if Arthur was indeed sending money to a terrorist group in Colombia, Annie decided to go down South American way to investigate, and Auggie decided to go with her because they're probably co-dependent or something. 

Unsurprisingly, no one in Colombia was terribly happy to see them. Spur-of-the-moment spy adventures tend to not go over so well with the locals. Shocker. You'd think Annie would have learned that in Season 3, but, you know, this time she had to save Auggie's career, so it was a totally different situation. 

Because yes, Henry Wilcox also implicated Auggie in Arthur's shenanigans. This is how we know Wilcox is probably lying his face off. 

However, regardless of whether or not Wilcox's information was completely correct or his intentions unquestionably noble, the man did uncover something fishy about Arthur's dealings in Colombia. He just didn't have the whole picture—or he did and he just wasn't willing to share it with the class. 

Arthur really was sending sweet, sweet moolah to Colombia and Auggie really did know about it, but the name on the account belonged to Arthur's illegitimate son and not a terrorist cell. Well, Arthur's kid could be a bad guy, but we don't really know that and we also don't know whether Arthur knows that, and between that reveal and Joan's pregnancy storyline all coming to life on dearly departed Jai's birthday, can we say symbolism much, Covert Affairs?

After being wounded in a shoot-out, Auggie protested that it was only a flesh wound, but convinced Annie to return to the U.S. of A. where Arthur, confronted with the truth about Auggie and Annie's trip and fully aware of Wilcox's shenanigans, stepped down from his post and admitted his affair to his colleagues—well, except for Joan, because Arthur only likes to mix his public and professional lives when it gets him laid, not when it leaves him with real consequences to deal with. 

This shift in focus—from outside threats like last season's Simon and new girl/obvious villain Lena to the inner workings of a department that's been troubled since the start of Covert Affairs' very first season—is a good call at this point in the series' life. That it's taken this long to really tackle Jai's murder, while a wee bit irritating (especially because last season started to suck later on), is also an excellent illustration of the problems that Annie's little corner of the CIA constantly struggles with. It's easy for "real lives" and "cover lives" to intersect and create conflicts that run dangerously deep, beyond even the original perpetrators. While it's not easy to clean up these messes, simply letting them go un-addressed isn't exactly a better alternative. In a career where so much relies on the sanctity of secrets, there seems to be some confusion from numerous parties as to when it's appropriate—maybe even imperative—that the truth be told.  After four seasons' worth of whispers, it's about time we focused on the matters close to home; those threats can be just as destructive as the ones that originate overseas. 


– "There are laws, but not really." Oh, don't pick on Colombia. You can make that argument for anywhere, really. 

– How truthful do you think Henry and Arthur are being? Who do you think is the real baddie here? 

– How do you feel about Auggie/Annie in action?

– What'd you think of the premiere? What do you hope to see this season? 

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  • tamaabi Aug 01, 2013

    - Yep, and unwritten laws in Columbia may actually be much clearer than in some other places.
    - I think none of them is truthful, and both of them are manipulative guys playing their own agenda (and these agendas are not philanthropic). That's very "real life". I like that.
    - Better now. I was horrified that they came together at the end of last season (because I still want to see a cop-or-something-show where the male and female main characters stay friends and do NOT become romantically involved) but I'm starting to accept it. However Annie is still a terrible spy, and if she loses her badassery over being in schmoop world, I don't know what's left.
    - I liked it, because, like you, I like that the threat come from inside (as the do most of the time). As for what I hope, I'd say another baddass relationship for Annie, but that won't happen so... I need an external character to like (even if they're not nice or good people: I did with Simon, and Jay and Lena at the beginning before she became too obvious a villain). Maybe that guy from Columbia (the "sherif") could be that, we'll see.

    Ps: Arthur's son is very very physically intelligent. I approve.

  • JT_Kirk Jul 26, 2013

    "Be careful what you wish for, you may get it." - cliche.
    I just caught this episode. Auggie/Annie was so annoying, their dynamic was way off the mark and bothered me to no end, they were just so much less than it used to be, and with such a convoluted plot in play it really didn't need this layer stomping it down further and further.
    I don't buy Annie and Auggie as a natural progression for these characters, Annie's life had to be torn to shreds and her character disassembled just to get her to the point of even thinking of Auggie that way, and Auggie's feelings seemed to come entirely out of nowhere as he basically rebounded from a much deeper relationship to Annie.
    Hill Harper felt like a woefully obvious transplant and just didn't do it for me. Henry's chin grew a new chin, I guess that's where he stores his omnipotence powers. Arthur had soapy drama and then poof, Joan now has soapy drama. This was a real disappointing step backwards.
    Auggie actually said it was a graze, not a flesh wound. In fact, it was a muscle-penetrating wound that should have left him entirely incapacitated in that arm for weeks.
    I've now got one foot out the door on Covert Affairs, I'm sorry to say.

  • StillPooh Jul 22, 2013

    I was a faithful fan of this show for the first three seasons. Even as season 3 veered from spy thriller to soap opera, I watched. But the incestuous ick factor of Annie and Auggie boinking was just too much, and I had to delete the show from my season pass manager without subjecting myself to that. If the show doesn't get cancelled, and manages to return to its roots, I'll be back. Until then, ewwwwwwww.

  • Mariegal19 Jul 22, 2013

    This was a awesome season premiere it was even better than last years!

    The 'flash-forward' at the beginning was both equally terrifying and tantalizing all at once.

    I sincerely hope that Annie and Auggie can survive the fall out!

    Seeing all of the Annie&Auggie; sexiness was so great!

    I still don't trust Henry Wilcox! Arthur's confession and Auggie's revelation about him were equally compelling!

    I cannot wait 4 the next episode! This season is gonna ROCK!

  • Laurpr2 Jul 21, 2013

    You forgot to note the new opener! I didn't really like the old one that much, but the new one is kinda lackluster.....

  • ecatchlove Jul 21, 2013

    I only just finished watching season 3 and wow did it go up about 10 notches in excitement from the previous season. I liked not loved this show until season 3. It is no Alias however it's really started to come into it's own and Annie falling for Simon was one of the most exciting and pinnacle points of the show in my eyes. It took the show from good to great!! I am still mourning the loss of Simon and it seems to me that the Auggie/Annie relationship started way too fast since it feels like not long ago Auggie was asking Parker to marry him and Annie was about to run off with Simon (albeit briefly). I kinda guessed it was bound to happen between the two but feel they could have held off a little longer. I'm intrigued by the new story line and hope that this show continues to build after season 3. I hope they bring back Eyal as I really love his character and the relationship he has with Annie.

  • ludoTV Jul 20, 2013

    Yep the whole Auggie-Annie thing doesn't work at all... Annie is already sweet enough (some would say too sweet) in the tough world of spies so with a bad guy/badass (Eyal, Simon, that first boyfriend of hers) it works but with another sweety like Auggie it is far too sugary, and I am not buying any dark Auggie secret at this stage.... It goes against everything we know about his character, so this is ruining an otherwise OK show... It is no Alias that's for sure but it was summer-watchable... now it is just cringeworthy...

  • Laurpr2 Jul 20, 2013

    Ugh I don't like Auggie/Annie. As friends, yes, they're awesome! But they have more of a brother/sister relationship, and in the real world that happens all. the. time., but this is TV so nooooo they have to either date or stay far, far away from each other. Wish we could just have a good friendship instead of always a romance.
    And then, I'm still pining for Eyal....

  • LiseLotteDive Jul 19, 2013

    And I like that it's filming on location wherever they go.

  • LiseLotteDive Jul 19, 2013

    This show really picked itself up last season and turned into something different than earlier. I like the darker tone, the acting and the storyline.

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