Covert Affairs "Rock N' Roll Suicide" Review: Go Go Gadget Go-Pack!

Covert Affairs S03E11: “Rock N’ Roll Suicide”

When we last saw Annie Walker at the end of “Let’s Dance,” she had just wasted villainous double agent Lena Smith... and having a stare-down with her ex-boss’s bullet-riddled corpse is exactly where we found Annie upon our return. With a quick phone call to Auggie, it looked like Annie would be back in the U.S. of A. in no time... and then she got arrested. Oops.

Annie’s woodland chase was certainly one of the higher-caliber fights we’ve seen her in over the course of the series, and it served to highlight just how far she’s come since her time at the Farm. Yes, she got caught, but only because one of her pursuers got her from behind—and before we cry “rookie mistake!” let’s keep in mind how many baddies she was up against. As we could see when the camera pulled up to give us a birds-eye view of the whole incident, Annie held her own against four soldiers who easily outgunned her; two were clearly unconscious and one was barely standing. Not bad, Walker. Not bad at all.

But she still got arrested, so that sucked. It also set off some red flags back in the States when Arthur’s superiors got wind of the massive security compromise that Annie’s arrest presented. With the CIA unwilling to claim Annie as their own since her mission was off-off-off the record and the Russians unwilling to admit that they'd arrested her, Annie was pretty much on her own and growing increasingly sleep-deprived as her captors kept her awake at all hours, removed her bed from her holding cell, and interrogated her regularly. However, they were less interested in what she'd done to Lena than they were in how much she knew about charming-but-dead Simon’s activities.

Finally, after two weeks, it appeared that Annie had been rescued. I held my breath thinking it might have just been some sort of hallucination due to sleep-deprivation but no, it was everyone’s favorite charming Mossad agent, Eyal. Hey, Eyal. You are looking fine, sir.

On another note, are there any men on this show who AREN’T carrying around buckets of charm? Besides Arthur.

Auggie recruited Eyal to rescue Annie when it became apparent that the CIA wasn’t going to be much help. I’m always amused by the implication that in Covert Affairs’ version of the CIA, everyone can do whatever they want and no one cares unless it becomes a national security risk. Arthur, obligated to reprimand Auggie for launching his own off-the-books rescue mission, wagged his finger, then jumped in with an assist because Joan yelled at him for doing his job earlier in the episode. Sometimes I just want to grab Joan and remind her that YOU. ARE. PROFESSIONAL. SPIES.

Back in Russia, Annie almost blew it all because now that she’s done being a badass, she must return to being a general goody-goody. She insisted on going back to check on Simon’s sister because Interrogator Alexi threatened to arrest and torture her to make Annie talk. Eyal pointed out that Simon’s sis was probably fine since there was no point in using her as leverage against Annie without having Annie in custody. Logical, yes? Yes. But in the throes of her guilt trip/shame fest, Annie wasn’t thinking very logically. She convinced Eyal to take her to Simon’s sister, at which point she promptly switched their passports and handed over her go-pack, the set of squeaky clean identification meant to help her escape. It’s not like Annie would need that later, right?

Eyal probably would have had an easier time getting Annie out of Russia if he had just knocked her out for the duration of their adventures. He totally considered it. Without Annie’s go-pack, legal means of public transportation were out. Auggie managed to recruit a pair of Polish cargo pilots to leave their cargo bay doors open during a fuel stop in Russia so that Annie and Eyal could slip on board their plane and after duping their way onto the runway, it looked like Annie and Eyal were in the clear.

And then the plane got searched. Back in the Alexi’s custody, Annie commented on the watch that she'd snagged from the Interrogator-in-Chief during her escape because she wanted to “take something from him.” It had a nice little engraving from Alexi’s grandfather and she wondered aloud what the message, and Alexi’s apparent sentimentalism, said about the person he really was. I missed Annie’s touchy-feeling people-reading skills. If we could fuse those with her badass, take-no-prisoners approach to hunting Lena down, I’d be pretty happy.

Earlier, Eyal and Annie had deduced that a last-minute change took place between her assigned interrogator and her actual interrogator since Alexi’s name didn’t match the name on Eyal’s intel. That, coupled with his obsessive interest in what Annie knew about Simon, seemed to point to a connection between the two. Annie flexed her intuition muscles. Eyal played along. It turned out that Alexi was a double agent himself who'd been working with Simon and feared that if Annie knew about him and spilled the beans, it would be off with his head. Instead, he aimed to make it off with Annie’s head

But wait, what’s that? Eyal had a go-pack of his own with a handy-dandy new identity that he’d totally be willing to hand over to Alexi if Alexi promised not to shoot them? I thought the deal was made a little too quickly, but honestly, after watching Annie and Eyal hit roadblock after roadblock, I really just wanted them to get home already. So even though Alexi’s eagerness to snag the go-pack and help his prisoners fake their deaths and make an escape was almost laughably neat in comparison to the rest of their fumbling escape attempt, I’ll allow it. Lena Smith is dead. Simon has been avenged. Annie’s name has been cleared. Let’s go home and do whatever it is we have left to do this season.

Spy Notes

1. My one pet peeve: When Alexi was interrogating Annie, he spoke English. Annie answered him in Russian—I’m assuming because she was trying to keep her Russian identity going. But by answering him, even in Russian, she revealed that she understood English. If she thought that answering him in English would have raised too much suspicion... isn’t it still suspicious that she understood him at all? Wouldn’t it have made more sense to feign ignorance?

2. Do we feel bad for Arthur? I kind of feel bad for Arthur. On one hand, yes, it was frustrating to see him regard Annie as little more than a “line item,” to quote Joan. On the other hand, isn’t it his job to be the detached one? A healthy concern for his underlings is a good thing, but in his line of work, he’d never get anything done if he agonized over every single person in the line of danger.

3. Annie’s insistence on checking Simon’s sister: guilt trip or a return to our friendly neighborhood Annie?

4. Is this the last we’ve seen of Simon’s sister?

5. So Lena was a double agent who betrayed the U.S. I’m assuming Alexi was a double agent who betrayed Russia? They’re all connected to Simon. Eyal wants to read Annie in on all the Simon intel. Is your conspiracy theory radar going off? What do you think was the actual nature of Simon’s work?

6. Do you think there was more to Jai’s involvement than having the misfortune of sticking his nose in an explosive corner?

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