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Covert Affairs "Suffragette City" Review: Annie’s Yellow Brick Road

Covert Affairs S03E09: “Suffragette City”

I really hope that next week’s post-coma rundown includes at least 30 seconds' worth of Annie’s pals surrounding her bed while she tells Auggie and Danielle and all the others, “You were there, and YOU were there,” straight-up Dorothy Gale-style. Because as soon as I realized that “Suffragette City” consisted largely of a romp through Annie’s subconscious, I had to resist the urge to maim my television.

It's just such a tired trope and I always feel like it’s weird and out of place on a show that, theoretically, is grounded in something akin to “reality.”

Still, thankfully, it wasn’t as bad as I feared. And if Annie’s adventures in Wonderland were truly indicative of the things that she knows, believes, and thinks about in her subconscious, does that mean that all the eager Annie/Auggie fans out there have gotten the confirmation that they’ve wanted all this time with that kiss?

While Annie worked through the evidence piled up in her headspace, Auggie and Joan teamed up on the outside to clear Annie’s name. Lena finally made her play, running back to the office after taking out Simon and Annie and presenting a whole slew of evidence that painted Annie to look like she had committed treason: the fake passport, a fake off-shore bank account, even the fake sweep drive Lena acquired for Annie on Annie's VERY FIRST MISSION under her leadership. Lena had played her from the very beginning and, unfortunately, after months of bad publicity, including Jai’s assassination, the CIA was less than thorough in its investigation and eager to pin its woes on Annie.

Auggie and Joan called shenanigans, of course; but, lacking the clearance and the authority to do much to derail Lena’s plan, they were forced to work outside their usual channels. It was awesome to see Joan being proactive and badass for once and delightful to see Auggie back to fighting form. We’ve had depressed Auggie as well as drunk and disorderly Auggie. It’s been too long since we’ve had asskicking Auggie, or, for that matter, crazy-smart detective Auggie. Now that we’ve cleared Annie’s name, can we go back to figuring out who killed Jai? It’s only been, like, the whole season.

The devil is in the details and it was the number on Annie’s fake passport that ultimately led to Lena’s plan for... um... well, Covert Affairs hasn’t gotten there yet, so we’ll go with “world domination” for now. It’s a classic and she’s kind of a psycho, so yeah, sure, world domination. Auggie traced the number and learned that it was indeed a fake and it wasn’t a fake issued by the CIA, which meant it had to come from an outside “cobbler.” Since there are only so many of those in D.C., Auggie figured he could eventually find the responsible party. The one who ended up being a dead body was probably a bit of a tip-off; plus he had his Super Blind Man Skillz.

At the scene of the cobbler’s murder, Auggie smelled lavender and heard a diesel engine drive away. Both pieces of evidence were flimsy, but when Lena met him at the hospital to pretend to be concerned about her former protege, Auggie got a whiff of the perfume again. Outed by her lady-fragrance. I wonder how Lena feels about that.

Joan insisted that they couldn’t arrest Lena based on her perfume, which was, okay, true, so Auggie turned his attention to the diesel engine he heard. He interviewed the deliveryman who discovered Annie and Simon and realized that the car he spotted was, in fact, Lena’s car. Arthur unleashed the hounds just in time to intercept Lena before she could take care of Annie once and for all—I wondered when she would get around to that—and even though Lena ultimately escaped, through the magic of TV medical care, Annie turned out just fine, even though I’m pretty sure defibrillators don’t work like that.

Now will someone please call Danielle and let her know her sister almost died? RUDE.



Spy Notes


– Lena as “Blackbird” made for the least suspenseful head trip ever, but hey, there was an Annie/Auggie kiss AND I absolutely loved the opening credits homage when Annie stopped to smirk at the camera before swiping her key card.

– Coma Annie walked out of her lie detector test with grumpy Danielle. Auggie sucked at being “a dead mouse” and crashed Lena’s charade of a lie detector test in the real world. The moral of this story is that no one on this show is capable of just sitting down and FINISHING one of those things.

– “Billy Collins’ poetry is overrated and derivative.” Basically.

– What’s AWOL Lena’s next move?

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The Billy Collins bit turned Covert Affairs from a guilty pleasure I watch for white noise to guilty pleasure I watch with a little more attention. I can tell how many times I've replayed the part where Auggie describes his poetry as "overrated and derivative."
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omg, i've only just got into this show and ended up marathoning the whole thing in 1 and a half days :'). i cried through this whole episode, maybe getting too attached?
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Ummm why is no one talking about Simon. Annie claimed to have loved him right - oh wait was it only care - hence she wanted to be closer to him and almost ran away with him? This is amazing! So even her subconscious mind was like "eh whatever, don't care Simon died - just sorry you were involved in this miss, and died cuz of me!" So basically the show has just written Simon off - he freakin died cuz of her, and she's not even distraught over it - not even in her own mind - her damn soul didn't bother saying a loving goodbye to him even with his caring parting words? Wow.... just really amazing. Every relationship on these screens is so fickle and so fake - only there on the surface!
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MaryAnn why the dream state hate? Because of the Kiss?



I started watching this show from the beginning and never expected much from when it always had Annie whacking people with a 2x4.... Watching this season grow up has been all the more enjoyable, I now look forward to seeing every episode.



I liked this episode...I like how her subconscious knew she was in trouble from the start (being in the back of the ambulance). It still had Simon it in it, all be it briefly. It even figured out Lena was at the diner.. This show is much better than it used to be, it but has a ways to go to get up to alias standards. I even like "whining" Danielle in the polygraph room. I can't wait for Annie's going postal next week
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Coz the usual reasons? http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AdventuresInComaLand

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I agree with MaryAnn. The dream sequence: major-character-is-in-a-coma-and-may-not-survive-so-significant-events-are-relived-and-rewritten-to-bring-an-important-point-to-the-surface is so overplayed and tired. And the dreamer ALWAYS comes out of it. It's lazy, shoddy work.
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Thoroughly enjoyed the episode despite the utter disregard for criminal investigation, spying, common sense and a plethora of other things 101. No sarcasm there whatsoever. I also wasn't enthused over the dream tripping. It seemed like a colossal waste of time. Its goals mostly being giving Piper something to do other than lying in a faux hospital bed....and of course to give the Annie and Auggie shippers something to swoon over. That wasn't too bad, I loved the "cryptic "message being sent that now is not their time and that wasn't their sing or their dance or whatever....while in the present a tearful Auggie was apoligizing for being so distant. The core of this show is the great relationship between Annie and Auggie...regardless of how fans choose to interpret it. They're close....and darn if I wasn't thinking that every girl should have an Auggie.



The lavender bit had me chuckling for so many reasons. First shame on Lena for wearing such a distinctive and strong scent at a crime scene. I thought it was common knowledge that you avoid scented anything when you're taking people out etc.... I must be the only person who switches it up with the scented stuff. Also it reminded me of Auggie in the pilot. Poor Bea. Lena screwed the pooch on so many levels.
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Oh and sooo love it when Joan gets all maternal with auggie and Annie both.
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Couple things I want to mention:

-You would think Auggie and Joan might sound a little worried, about Annie's safety, if they just learned that a senior operative might have had a hand in her shooting (or anyone on "their side"/the CIA for that matter). I mean, those CIA security guys were letting ANYONE with a badge near Annie the entire episode. Sure. They foiled Lena's attempt to finish Annie off, by getting there in time, but I just thought it'd make sense to have them look and sound worried when the possibility of Lena being involved surfaced.

-Why was Lena so brazen in her attempt to finish off Annie? Originally, she was all sneaky with the home-invasion shooting, and was willing to murder people to cover her tracks. Why throw that all away to suffocate Annie in her coma... without disengaging her machines. Did she not know they would go off? Did she think people outside the room wouldn't hear them? I mean, I would assume a seasoned CIA operative would at least know how to kill someone quietly. Also, the whole "I'm doing CPR" thing cracked me up. That is NOT how you perform CPR, and it was ridiculous for the guard that walked in to have believed that.



Anywho, as long as there isn't an amnesia plot coming at us in next week's episode, I'm looking forward to the next installment of Covert Affairs. It'll be interesting to see how Annie reacts/changes, after taking two to the chest... and confronting a whole bunch of subconscious thoughts.
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Lenas actions and the protocols the entire episode were ridiculous and had a loose grasp on reality and common sense.
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i liked the episode, but they should of done better at the end with the paddles, those things need to touch bare skin to work. and in a hospital, since when is only 1 person trying to revive a patient? Other than that, it was good. And all you haters out there, haters are gonna hate, but if you dislike the show that much, just stop watching LOL
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Oops pressed Submit by mistake...



As I was saying check Going Postal with the excellent Richard Coyle it is really a treat.



I think Annie & Simon have (had!) excellent chemistry as well as Annie & Eyal (Oded Fehr).



Yes I sometimes feel that Annie & Auggie feel a lot like brother & sister, basically because that is how the relationship was presented since the beginning.



So let's see if in the next eps they can develop a little bit more attraction.



I liked the episode even if it was predictable. I hope Lena's character gets away with it and the rest of the season is trying to capture her. For once I liked Joan's character... in some episodes she's written awfully.
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I basically like the series, although I have always thought of it as light entertainment.



Now with S3 they have made an effort to sort of grow up a bit. So I feel the show is like a teenager now LOL! I like some bits... and there are bits that are still not "grown up enough" for me, LOL!



I liked very much the arc with Simon, I think the actor is great (check Going Postal, it

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I really liked the episode despite the dream sequence you're complaining about, which was quite well done to me. Good points though about Auggie and Joan being proactive about Annie's innocence, especially Auggie, since he was the only one willing to believe that Annie was 100 percent not guilty!!! I must say though, the way Lena piled up the evidence against Annie was a masterful job. She pretty much threw Annie under the bus!! However, I still hope Annie finds her, kicks her ass, and then assassinates that bitch!! Whatever her master plan was, or still is, she is very good at getting results. So I actually hope this won't be an easy capture, cause I was just in awe of the backstabbing she did! But like I said, this heffer needs to be punished big time!



AWOL Lena honestly needs to run for her life cause I think we'll be seeing a much different side to Annie if she gets her hands on Lena. I would love to see how that goes!!



This season of Covert Affairs is playing out like Burn Notice has been: dark, edgy, and quite captivating to me. Love it!!!
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Liked the episode. It basically played out like I thought it would. So what does AWOL Lena do now? Run for the hills because Annie's gonna get a gun and come looking for her.
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And that is the worst part of the whole thing. Literally nothing in Annie's 2.5 year tenure leads anyone to believe that she would be able to get that gun and go toe to toe with Lena. Lena is way more knowledgable and far more skilled. Lena would kill Annie. But what am I thinking Annie will get help from someone and the credit will still be given to her. I am surprised they didn't give her another medal for Auggie's investigation.
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Ok that was bad. Seriously bad. It took the blind guy to do the job of the whole CIA. Arthur was yet again a Moron. Joan was tolerable. And Annie walked around in her subconsciousness in nice dresses. For no reason what so ever.



I like Lena, I hope she kills off everyone and they make the show around her. Although, why not kill Auggie. Seriously, who lets him walk out of the house.
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Because the heels would have been out of place if she were wearing jeans.
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Overall boring episode. A few good moments aka the glance at the cam, Auggie badass ( as always)

Annie/ Auggie kiss so out of the series ' tempo ruined it ( unlike House). Anyway (I love the series and would not miss it) I don t feel like an Annie/ Auggie relation, there is not much sexual attraction on the screen when they are together. They feel like brother and sister. There is more chemistery with the Israeli spy or Simon (RIP)
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Hah, great call on the Oz movie reference. You are totally right, this "what's happening in Annie's brain" crap felt entirely out of place in this show, they handled it pretty sloppily I felt.



Lena's plan was to twirl an imaginary mustache and laugh evilly. My working theory is that she's the one who blew up Jai since Jai was getting close to finding out truths about Simon, and Simon was working for - or with - Lena.
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They mentioned in this episode that Auggie was probably the last person to speak to Annie because she spoke to him on the phone a 1/2 hour before she was shot. It was also in the "Previously on Covert Affairs" recap. When did that happen because I don't remember it at all? I thought the last they spoke was in person when he asked whether she loved Simon and she didn't answer.
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Actually, Auggie called Annie to get her back to the office because her desk was being searched. Annie received his call just before she spotted Simon waiting for her in her house. Don't know if Annie was going to leave with Simon or not, but then Lena burst in and.....you know.
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She also called him back after that to tell him that she was coming in.
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Thank you, that was really bugging me.
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Annie Called Auggie in "Glass Spider" to tell him that she was bringing Simon Fisher to langley. She went to get him and that's when Leena burst in and shot them both.
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Teenybopper style aside, this is a good recap of the episode.



Nevertheless, please learn the difference between "then" and "than". As someone who writes for a living too, I have to say that if I had handed my editor copy with a blatant spelling error, then I would have been fired. Additionally, "less-then-thorough" is written "less than thorough". Save the hyphens for when they are appropriate. Attention to detail is important. Otherwise your work appears sloppy and unprofessional, and ensures that few will take you seriously.
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Hey, I'm pretty familiar with the rules of the language, and I gotta say, you might wanna pull that stick out of your @$$. This show has obvious and enormous plotholes and inconsistencies, and if something as small as a grammatical error trips you up, I'm surprised you can watch the show. Take a whole canister of Metamucil and try again.
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Sorry for the errors in that sentence, @grammarian; even the best make mistakes sometimes. We've fixed them.
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ok guys you're making me want to be so done with this site starting like yesterday so bad now! Blackbird is Annie, not Lena! and why wouldn't you talk about the receipt? and I get you want to be the first to deliver reviews but sometimes quality is better than speed..... see what I did there? ;)
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I know right so rude lol but this was a good episode

xo
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Opening credits homage. How very meta.
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Wow the episode literally just ended, talk about a quick review. I wasn't sure I'd like the Coma episode but seeing Auggie use his own spy skills more than made up for a lack on Annie. For more Auggie spy(ness) you should check out the web series "Sights Unseen".
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