Covert Affairs "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)" Review: Trust Among Spies

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Covert Affairs S03E14: “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)”

The downward spiral continues. I’m not even entirely sure what’s going on anymore, but I’m fairly certain that—though it pains me to admit it—I liked the Lena Smith storyline better. Annie was misguided and full of herself, but they were understandable character traits and the actions fueled by those traits had consequences.

I pointed out last week that Annie’s resistance to being debriefed at Bluebonnet Farm was tiresome and irritating and her superiors’ inability to use their higher rank to ORDER her to go (as superiors are wont to do) was infuriating and broke my admittedly weak ability to suspend disbelief for this series after spending so much of an initially great season strengthening it. We were in a good place, Covert Affairs. Way to blow it.

Annie was still calling the shots—though why anyone with any authority was LETTING her was beyond me—but at least Joan was starting to get sick of the shenanigans and put her foot down. I assumed that Annie would eventually be forced to, you know, do her job properly, but that was a silly assumption. What was I thinking?

In the end, the specter of Bluebonnet was chased away from Annie by none other than Joan herself. You see, Joan had an epiphany somewhere around the time she started her random, never-before-seen-or-mentioned pill habit, and decided that she was a terrible boss. Why did Joan suddenly decide she's a terrible boss? Well, she works weekends and holidays and expects her underlings to do the same.

No, really. OMG, how AWFUL.

Granted, working for Joan is probably infuriating for just those reasons, but I imagine that being a spy is the kind of job where you enter it with the full understanding that you will be working weekends and holidays. So, you know, get over it. What do you mean I have to go defuse a bomb? It’s SATURDAAAAY.

Even Auggie and Eyal jumped on the Annie-is-a-special-snowflake bandwagon, with Auggie encouraging Joan to be nicer and “give Annie respect.” No. Annie has been shirking responsibility since she came back from Russia. Joan has every right to be a hardass about it. Joan’s inability to make Annie attend the debriefing led her to believe she had lost control of her entire department and inspired her to take some time off. I guess what I’m failing to understand in that entire situation is how Annie could just refuse to go. How does she have that kind of power? Her boss ordered her to do something and she didn’t do it. She even went as far as to refuse to do it. In any job, that’s a serious case of insubordination. You don’t think the fry guy at McDonald’s isn’t going to get a reprimand if his manager tells him to sweep the floor and he flat-out refuses? How the hell is Annie Walker allowed to compromise national security and just go on her merry way?

Eyal even RESIGNED over his disgust at the way Rivka used him against Annie by planting the corrupted info about Khalid. Seriously, bro? I get it, Rivka is skeevy and it was wrong and blah blah blah but seriously, the dude is a professional spy, possibly the MOST professional spy we’ve seen on this show. Everything he said to Annie about how she is naive and too trusting and regularly turns herself into a target was absolutely correct. By resigning, he essentially said that Annie’s way of doing things is the right way, despite the fact that Annie’s way of doing things routinely backfires and occasionally comes with a body count.

Annie doesn’t get to be a special snowflake until she proves that she’s a special snowflake. She's come a long way this season, but after taking Lena out of the picture, it’s been business as usual on Covert Affairs and I don’t know about you, but I loathe business as usual.



SPY NOTES


– We spent the entire episode hunting the missing Megan, who appeared to have been taken hostage by Khalid as revenge for helping Annie last week, only to find, surprise surprise, Megan went with Khalid willingly and even flashed us some sort of nefarious grin before the credits rolled. Are we supposed to be worried? I’m not worried. Megan doesn’t really scream "criminal mastermind" to me. In fact, I’m not entirely convinced Khalid isn’t just milking her for intel about Annie before he wastes her anyway. You?

– Henry Wilcox’s sentence is being commuted. Who is he again? DOES THIS MEAN WE WILL FINALLY GET BACK TO THE JAI STORYLINE?

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