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Covert Affairs "Wishful Beginnings" Review: Back in the Saddle, Treading Water

Covert Affairs S03E12: “Wishful Beginnings”

Okay, so I laughed really hard when I realized that they took Annie to an actual farm upon her return from Russia. It’s the little things that amuse me. The experience wasn’t all hay bales and sweet tea, though—in fact, her time at Bluebonnet Farm amounted to only a few hours of interrogation about the nature of her relationship with Simon (still obsessing over this, are we?). Then she was sent back to Langley to collaborate with Eyal on the hunt for a missing Mossad asset who, surprise surprise, was dead.

Look, I am by no means a spy life expert, but isn’t it just a little odd that Annie went from borderline captive to the the only hope for playing nice with Mossad? I mean, the whole point of her time at Bluebonnet was to determine how big of a security risk her time with Simon and in Russia was. Her peers’ treatment of her regarding, in particular, her relationship with Simon, signifies a lingering concern over how much Annie’s heart dictates her allegiances. With her ability to separate personal and professional life still in question, who in their right mind would pull her from the farm to pair her up with a rival agency’s golden boy, someone Annie has shown less-than-professional tendencies toward in the past? Not necessarily romantic tendencies, mind you, just a personal loyalty that has the potential to overshadow her professional loyalty.

So, go figure, despite Joan’s orders that Annie keep the intel on the dead Mossad asset’s watch to herself if at all possible, Annie went ahead and shared it with Eyal anyway. He, in turn, shared it with his boss, Rivka, who seems kind of shady herself and who also seems to want Eyal to pull an Annie on Annie.

To Eyal’s credit, even though he gave up the intel like a good little Mossad agent, he stopped short of revealing Annie's location: Too scared to sleep at the house where she was shot, she was bunking at Eyal’s Washington bachelor pad. At least their loyalty goes both ways.

Caught in the middle is Auggie. Poor Auggie, who only wanted a minute alone with Annie to “tell her something to her face” and finally gave up on cornering her at work, only to find her house empty when he knocked. What do you think he wanted to tell her? Is Covert Affairs playing both us and the good ship Auggie? Probably. I refuse to take sides if this turns into an Eyal versus Auggie battle. I REFUSE, DO YOU HEAR ME, COVERT AFFAIRS?

I’ll feel bad for Auggie though. The man’s having a hard year.

And apparently so is Joan, who, as we discovered, is attending some kind of secret spy support group behind Arthur’s back. Are those pills we saw last week the reason for the support group or a result of the support group? Basically, is she on drugs-comma-positive or is she on drugs-comma-negative? Or is this just a desperate attempt on the writers' part to make Joan more likeable and give her something to do besides be Annie’s hardass boss and Arthur’s nagging wife? Regardless, I wish they could just find something for Arthur to do. Go back to tracking down Jai’s killer, you say? What a novel idea!

Overall, while it was nice to hang out with Eyal some more—and with Annie bunking at his place for the foreseeable future, I’m sure we’ll see more of him—I’m concerned that Covert Affairs blew its big, exciting storyline too early in the season. The immediacy is lacking: We had our big bad, we had our love interest, and as for solving Jai’s murder, no one has seemed to care about that in weeks, so why should I? This season has been pretty great so far. I really, truly mean that, and I sincerely hope it doesn’t end on a fizzle... but I think we already got our bang.



Spy Notes


1. Annie to Auggie, while Langley was on lockdown: “Are you busy?” Auggie: “I’m the only one here who can work without a screen, so yes.” I love the snark, Mr. Anderson. Love it.

2. Team Auggie, Team Eyal, or Team Why-Can’t-Annie-Be-Single-For-Like-Five-Minutes?

3. Whatever happened to Jai Wilcox? If his murder is meant to be the common thread running through every storyline of this season, the writers are certainly doing a bad job of getting that point across. One week it's a huge deal, then all of a sudden four weeks have gone by without another mention. Consistency is key, yo!

4. What are your Rivka theories? Is she playing Eyal and Annie? Do we REALLY need another potential double agent? At this point, Annie, Eyal, and Auggie should probably just go off the grid and start their own spies-for-hire organization. I’d watch a show about it. Probably.

5. What’s in Simon’s Trunk?: Jai. Jai is in Simon’s trunk. He’s been alive for the entire season. The whole car explosion was an elaborate ploy set up so that he could go punch some Daleks with the Doctor. The Doctor got around to fixing the TARDIS’s chameleon circuit as a one-time deal, and the last time Simon saw it, it was a trunk, but the circuit promptly blew again and the Doctor likes it better as a police box ANYWAY, so really, the key to Simon’s trunk isn’t a key to a trunk at all (anymore), it’s a key to the TARDIS.


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I really like Annie and Eyal's friendship but I do not think they would make a romantic couple.

I truly think that Annie and Auggie need to get together before this season ends, I cannot stand the hot/coldness of their relationship its driving me insane Lol!
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Here's an odd thought. Joan worries about Annie too much. Why? What if she turns out to be her mother. Her father was military, they could have met. It could happen.
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Anytime I get to see Oded Fehr grace my screen, I'm pretty much a happy camper. Eyal is my favorite recurring character. No question.

-Auggie has the best lines...all the time. He's the best. I watch the show for Auggie.

-Team Why Can't She Be Single. The nature of the show is that Annie is this wholesome type who lets her heart dictate matters. I know that and yet it will never stop annoying me to no end. She is a spy. She has to learn how to separate her emotions from a sense of pragmatism and logic. I cannot lie, I find it frustrating that as badass and "I am strong woman hear me roar" as she's supposed to be the notion that she continuously lets her emotions interfere with everything and blurs the lines between personal and professional is so unbelievably aggravating and it's almost like they give the feminist movement a slap in the face and a high five all at the same time. So yeah...why can't Annie just be single? Or at least not get all emotionally invested in everyone with a pulse.The odd thing is she's never really attached..not in defined relationships. All of her relationships tend to be layered, and even though it annoys me, I do appreciate that aspect of it. Her relationship with Eyal and with Auggie are the most intriguing ones out of the series for me. I love the friendship and the loyalty and dedication despite the odds and the job. Eyal and Auggie meeting=GOLDEN.Romantically speaking, I refuse to choose between Eyal and Auggie. Never. Never gonna happen. Love both of them too much for that.

-Who cares right? Let's just keep giving Annie all these cases where her judgment is clouded because she's a bit ferklempted.

- She's playing them all. I support this idea! Annie, Auggie, and Eyal with their own super secret spy agency. I'm down with that!

-Ohh Jai's body. I like it!
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The asset wasn't dead, when they found her, she was unknowingly dying of the world's most conveniently-timed poisoning.

However, you are entirely right, this show which prides itself on striving for a more realistic spy portrayal has entirely dropped the ball with Annie since Simon's death and her escape from Russia.

I didn't get the feeling that Annie was too scared to stay at her house, more like she was too emotionally troubled by what went down there.

Auggie's storyline this week was junk, just wheel-spinning soap opera tripe.

They don't need to track down Jai's killer anymore, they killed the triggerman and Annie killed the shot-caller, and apparently the "why" was answered in a bland way.

But Arthur does need more to do than just pushing papers around a desk, and Joan needs to prove herself to Annie a little better than talk about what she'd like to do but do the opposite.

Team ANNIE IS A GODDAMN SPY AND DOESN'T HAVE TIME FOR RELATIONSHIPS! Annie used to be committed to her spycraft and was held back by her memories of Ben, now it's pining away after one spy after another.

Simon's trunk is full of feelings and metaphors.

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The mystery of Jai's murderer has already been solved. Lina admitted that as Jai got closer to uncovering her secret she had to resortto actually killing him.
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Yea. During his internal investigation, Jai discovered that Lena was "Blackbird" (a double-agent). So, to protect herself/her interests, she had Jai killed. She used an assassin that had a pre-existing grudge against Jai's dad. Lena assumed the investigating team assigned to Jai's murder would discover the connection, consider the case closed, and leave her free and clear.

However, assigning Annie to make Simon fall in love with her (when, in fact, she actually wanted to the opposite to happen) was her undoing. Simon did indeed fall in love with Annie; and, Lena, fearing her secret would be discovered by the super-spy team of AnniexSimon (I don't recall exactly why she shot them, actually, but I assume it had something to do with Simon's contacts possibly being able to out her to them? Correct me if I'm wrong, please), attempted to kill them both.

Annie survived, Lena was outed, and then Annie went to Russia and killed Lena (but not in cold-blood, which I thought would have made her so much more of a bad-ass).



/the plot of Cover Affair's last season
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I like having at least one bad-ass TV hero that isn't a cold blooded killer and doesn't think that killing people is OK...
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"Or is this just a desperate attempt on the writers' part to make Joan more likeable and give her something to do besides be Annie's hardass boss and Arthur's nagging wife?"



I'm wondering if the writers are setting up Joan to be in a position to give Annie some level of guidance based on past experience with some sort of traumatic events ... or to draw a parallel with a "future version" of Annie or something. I could be totally off, who knows. I just recently started watching this show, which means I just recently caught up on seasons 1 and 2, so they're still fresh in my head. Joan has a random unexplained line in 208 "Welcome to the Occupation" to her old CIA gal pal: "When I woke up in that hospital bed you were there by my side," or something to that effect. Is this related to her current pill sitch, or would the writers have been smart enough to think that far ahead? Who knows. I could be incorrectly drawing links only because season 2 is still fresh in my head.



"This season has been pretty great so far. I really, truly mean that, and I sincerely hope it doesn't end on a fizzle... "



Yeah seriously ... this was a very transitional episode and it made me uneasy on all levels because I don't know and don't necessarily trust where it's all going hahah. I have the same worry about Homeland after this past Sunday's ep, but that show has a much sturdier track record so far heheh. Season 3 of CA really HAS been great though, that's the entire reason I got sucked into it last month, even though I had spent the past 2.5 seasons purposely ignoring it. I really reeaally hope they can keep this together and not blow it in these last few episodes. :-P Only once I see where this is all going will I be able to judge whether I liked last night's ep, heh. Fingers crossed.
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Oh sorry one other thing I just thought of: Am I the only one who had uncomfortable Ben Mercer-bracelet flashbacks in that scene at the end where Annie was sitting on the bed holding the trunk-key necklace and looking forlorn? That's another thing that's unfortunately still fresh in my head from recently having caught up on this show: the abomination that is Ben Mercer and that entire rage-inducing storyline from season 1 and the beginning of season 2 ... with that STUPID frakking bracelet. Everything about that storyline made me want to go ballistic and smack the sh*t out of Annie. I feel like that has to be how most people felt about it, right? Hahha, I have no clue, since I didn't watch those seasons when they originally aired. All I know is that Annie may have PTSD from getting jacked by Lena, but I have PTSD from being subjected to Ben Mercer.



Now don't get me wrong, Annie absolutely SHOULD be traumatized by what happened, and it would be totally ridiculous and unrealistic for her to just jump right back into the swing of things with no problem, like nothing ever happened. I'd be pissed if they wrote it that way. BUT I just hope it doesn't manifest itself entirely as her pining over Simon the same way she pined after Ben like a lovesick schoolgirl during the entirety of season 1. It totally sucks that Simon died, but there were a lot of other major elements to the situation as well. We shall see.
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Team whatever storyline keeps Eyal around!
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I really hope that they do not turn Eyal against Annie since I love the character and the chemistry that he has with Annie. Maybe he will go against his orders and become a CIA operative, making him a regular.



As for Jai's murderer, they did find the trigger man, it is just finding who ordered it. We know that it was likely Lena that made the final word but there is still a question as to who she worked for and how she was involved with SImon.
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Yeah I agree I hope they don't make Eyal betray Annie, I think that would REALLY push her over the edge.
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Didn't watch it. But I have to go with team Eyal. For a couple reasons. One. She can't be with Auggie because he works for the CIA. How can she quit for him when he works for the same agency. Remember Simon was the second guy she was going to quit for. Two; Maybe if she is with Eyal, she will be killed and Eyal can take over the lead role, thus immediately making the show 20x better.
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CIA agents ARE allowed to date each other they just aren't allowed to date foreigners or members of rival intelligent agencies
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No one says that Annie and Auggie cannot be together. he even said in the pilot that they encourage dating within the agency because it means keeping things in house and not having to worry about secrecy. Heck, thats how Arthur and Joan got together.
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Yea I get that. But she can't turn her back on her peers and her agency to be with a guy (as she almost did, twice) if that guy works for the same agency.
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She could decide to become a housewife and baby factory.
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Team why can't Annie be single plus Team Auggie deserves better, much, much better
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Hooah.
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I think this season has been all about Simon , even Jai's murder was about Simon in some way. I think Rivka's master plan is to get Eyal to get Annie to tell everything she know about Simon and he's plan. He already started to questioning her about Simon when he was helping her escape. I just hope when it come down to making a choice Eyal chooses teem Annie over team Rivka.
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Sorry, girls, but Annie is why no one takes you seriously at work. Annie's allegiances are ENTIRELY decided by her heart. I don't think I would trust Annie to do any job at this point, much less be a spy.
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Yep. Honestly, I think this says terrible things about what the writers think of supposedly professional women, that Annie becomes emotionally compromised by every pretty man she crosses paths with.
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Before we saw Joan and Seth in their little meeting, my wife was all like, "She's having an affair," and I'm all like, "nah, I think he's just her gay best friend."



And I thought they solved Jai's murder...it was all orchestrated by Lena, wasn't it?
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Rivka tells Eyal to not lose sight of the larger role she (Annie) plays so I think the bigger question is what is this role that she plays and what exactly do they want from her.
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