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Covert Affairs S04E08: "I've Been Waiting for You"

Okay, Annie Walker is *not* Fight Club's Marla Singer and Teo Braga is *not* Tyler Durdenbut both Fight Club (the film) and Covert Affairs (this season) have some Pixies action all up in their business, and while it might be a stretch, Calder and his sweep team were definitely feeling a little Project Mayhem-lite thanks their inability to be contained by the powers that be and their rather gleeful pursuit of destruction. I mean, was smashing a hole in Auggie's wall really necessary? Doesn't the CIA have more high-tech ways of searching for hidden safes? What about the treatment Annie's apartment got? So you're Calder and you're investigating this agent who doesn't exactly have a sterling record to begin with, and you think she might be involved in a murder conspiracy, and you also think she might be BFFs with the WORST. TERRORIST. EVER. OMG! If you must rip her apartment to pieces (And maybe you totally must? These things happen!), don't you think it might be beneficial to be a little sneakier about it? What if Evil Annie decides to flee the country? Or rig your face with explosives? Or call her totally-super-evil terrorist friend Teo to kidnap your pet iguana or something? THEN WHAT, CALDER? THEN WHAT? 


Despite being freaked out, suspected murderess/terrorist-sympathizer Annie didn't do any of those things. She ran to Auggie's swank loft (SO JEALOUS) to warn him about the impending guerrilla redecorators who were en route, clearing the way for the formerly beached S.S. Augnie to push tentatively out of the shoal with a smooch and a hasty exit via fire escape. Oh, except that Auggie's kind of screwed, but it's okay because he and Annie are a thing again and ain't no formerly-dead-pretend-ex-wife baggage gonna keep this ship down. 

Which reminds me: Simon? Anyone? Bueller? 

It's probably a great testament to Annie's resilience and growth that she's well-adjusted enough to even function in a romantic relationship, considering the traumatizing outcome of that particular fling, but at the same time, Simon and Annie were a pretty hugely serious "fling" and he was shot to death in her sister's kitchen by her boss who then shot her too and I don't expect Annie to be harping on her dead boyfriend every other episodes—especially since she successfully quelled her thirst for vengeance last season—but IDK. She just seemed to jump on the Auggie Express rather quickly, with very little, if any, lingering apprehension or trauma from the Simon days. Even Auggie had his trauma to work through, and he supposedly had several years to come to terms with the "loss" of Helena. His over-protectiveness of Annie was directly related to the loss of Helena, and the way that whole story evolved was pretty great. Way back in the beginning of the season, I pointed out that Auggie's clinginess was uncharacteristically weird for him, even though we'd seen flashes of it before with Parker. Once the truth about Helena came out, what could have been (and kind of was) mistaken for iffy writing suddenly became an interesting Auggie idiosyncrasy and an important point for driving Annie and Auggie forward as a couple. 

Annie's romantic past is equally therapy-inducing, but we just don't seem to get the same look into how her past influences her present or future. 

Or Annie is just better at hiding the trauma than Auggie. Your choice. 


Augnie sailed again, sort of, but "I've Been Waiting For You" was also a big episode for the Campbell/Braga familia. First of all: OMG YAY BABY BUMP. Second: guys, wasn't it nice how Teo and Joan were nice to each other—like, sincerely nice? Those two have some valid reasons to, at the very least, be weird or resentful toward each other... and yet they managed to pull off one of the more pleasantly sincere interactions we've gotten on Covert Affairs in a season that's seen a lot of delightful earnestness between its characters so far. Teo also met with Arthur and was generally a dick about it, but now that he knows it was Henry Wilcox (because OF COURSE it was Henry Wilcox) who funded the bombing that killed his mother, maybe he'll be nicer to his dad going forward. Maybe


If we really want to formally make the Marla/Annie and Teo/Tyler comparison, we don't have to go much further than the lyrics to this week's Pixies song to draw the line that connects them. I've been looking / For a woman / To save my life / Not to bed, or borrow / A woman / With the feeling / of losing once or twice. That sure sounds like our Annie, and if anyone is going to save Teo from his laundry list of poorly made decisions, it's probably going to be Annie. Hopefully she won't have to be kidnapped and brought before the Project Mayhem mastermind first, but you never know, and that could be a prison van full of fun anyway, right? Right.



NOTES

– Is Calder being a douche nozzle because he's on Wilcox's side, or is he just a massive tool who has no idea he's chasing the wrong team? Or is he part of some vast Project Mayhem conspiracy with Teo, except not with Teo, because Teo isn't real? Or something. I don't know. My Fight Club is rusty. 

– Teo's "I want you to hit me as hard as you can" made me LOL. 

– Do you think Henry Wilcox knew Teo's mother/Arthur's lover would be present at the bombing he funded, or was she collateral damage? I think it could go either way, honestly. 

– Was the trigger happy dude in the woods on Calder's team?

– OH SNAP, CALDER HAS THE FLASH DRIVE. 

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AIRED ON 12/18/2014

Season 5 : Episode 16

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I liked this episode a lot better than the prior ones - probably because Wilcox was not very present. I have to forget about Henry Wilcox' motifs so that I can start enjoying the rest of it. I am late at least one week, have to catch up before the finale! Hope next episode is also a high pace one like this one :)
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The scene between Joan and Teo was a real standout for me, and yes, it happens to be very common that kids are nicer to their parent's companion than their actual parent, and guess why? BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT YOUR PARENT! you have no reason to be bitchy to them
Anyway I love the general niceness going around among Annie-Auggie-Joan-Arthur this season, they do feel like a family and it was about time after all the angst and suspicions!
BTW all the sympathy I used to have for Henry Wilcox is now completely gone.
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Good episode to me. I like Calder being the antagonist, or showing the "other side" to what Annie and Auggie are doing. I for one am still a fan of Calder and believe he was simply doing the right thing in his opinion. Honestly, if i were in his shoes, I would've done the same. He's their boss, but he's being kept out of the loop on the theory that he's one of Wilcox's mole, which at this point is bullcrap to me. He hasn't really given me any reason to believe so at this point. His hiring was suspicious, but that's it!!! I'm definitely gonna need more evidence.

As for Teo, he's still a wild card to me. Part of me think he's on our side, sticking to his deep cover job like super glue. Very dedicated spy, which Arthur turned him into by the way. Good mention Teo!! However, he seems to still have this "brotherhood" mentality when it comes to the ALC, which gives me doubt about his true motives.

I too liked the conversation Joan and Teo had. It was calm and heartfelt to me.

As for Wilcox, I knew he was capable of a lot of bad things, but damn!! At this point, I don't care how Annie, Auggie, Joan and Arthur put the screws to him, just as long as it happens. If Calder gets in the way, shove him aside!!! That SOB has to be put in his place; at this point, by any means necessary!!!
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I loved Joan's scene with Teo, it was really honest and genuine. It actually made me imagined all those Christmas dinner they've missed as a step mother -son relationship. They could start now. I ship it.

I LOVED (seriously loved) Annie and Simon. The complexity of that relationship, playing the spy game on each other even it they knew they were being played was fun, interesting and above all, the feeling was genuine. Simon WAS in love with her and Annie too. So yeah, she jumped to Auggie's arms way too soon and I still ship Annie-Simon even if I'm the only soul on board. S.S CIA/KGB spy love? Still working on the name.

And Calder was a douche. DUDE WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU? HOW IS AUGGIE'S WALL RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING?! LEAVE THE WALLS ALONE.
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And Wilcox 100% knew Teo's mom was there when the bomb thing happened.
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Calder is a douch (so far) with is own agenda
Auggie just plain stupid for the flash drive and the yes no relation with Annie so getting old and no sense. Bring the Israeli spy there was more chemistery
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Yes to Eyal. He was cool. A much much better spy than Annie could ever hope to be. I like CA, but face it, Annie is mediocre at best. Her body language gives her away every time. And, she's a poor shot, as this episode showed. Anyway, point being, Auggie was an idiot to keep the flash drive. Augnie, is a terrible couple, they work much better as friends/ handler/ trainer/ mentor. Annie is a mediocre field agent who has a talent for languages. I have seen every episode thus far and she has not improved much if any.
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I think that I have finally figured out the story on Calder. He was so very easy to hate that I almost missed it. While watching the episode, it didn't make sense that Calder couldn't get access to Eduardo Vargos(?), if he is working for Henry(like Eduardo). And the shooter that tried to take out the transport van, arrived too quickly to be sent by Calder. That shooter was probably meant to take out Eduardo and him alone since he has info on Henry. My thinking is that Calder is independently investigating Henry. That's why he was in Colombia. He was looking at Henry's ties to the ALC, Teo's group, which is how he got onto Teo's scent. And since Annie has been meeting with Henry (and Teo), Calder's on to her scent too. He wants that flash drive to take down Henry. I don't believe he's aware of the true intent of Teams Campbell and Walkerson. But it will likely come to light next week and eventually lead up to them teaming up to trick Henry in that flash forward scene.
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Just to spice this show up I hope Calder has his own agenda other than ambition to rise in the spy game, almost as much as that he's only a massive tool who has no idea what's going on.

Henrys involvement doesn't matter, what matters if he took enjoyment/money for the situation because that's what matters in popular TV and if he did earn money, safe guard relationships with important people or that people died with or with the knowledge of Teo's mother then Teo is going to beat him to hell. Typical TV logic.

Triggery happy dude was either on Henry's team or a new party. I hope for a new party, makes things more interesting when it's less about let's defeat the one true enemy.

Ouch, yeah. Bad move for Auggie to keep that flash drive in the case. Speaking of which. Aren't CIA agents supposed to be smart and use unconventional methods and pre-caution? Isn't that what they are trained for? So the enemy won't see them coming? Yeah, keeping important stuff in a safe that the CIA team found in 5 minutes didn't seem so smart. She should have hidden it in some very obscure but secure place to work. Easy to check for him if it's still there but no one would expect it.

Annie and Auggie's relationship..I was hoping their unnecessary romance was over but apparently not. Seriously, why did they need to get together? Their friendship was spot on, felt very natural. Now it's all about "did you lie to me?" or not. Spies that can't handle people that are close to them lying is a serious flaw in spy fiction even if it happens in reality. It's so bad writing I want to puke.
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I had quite like the idea of Calder being Henry's trigger man inside the CIA. It was like a video game with a multi tiered villain. You go crazy and spend countless quarters trying to beat the under boss and when you finally do, you rejoice...until you realized there's a bigger badass just sitting there waiting for you. I liked that idea, but that idea is gone now.

Calder is trying WAY too hard. So by the book is he that it's borderline incompetence. If the idea of him only fake shooting Annie in the flash forward was clear before, it should be now.

I guess the fun part now is waiting to see what his lightbulb moment is when he realizes he's been chasing the wrong people.
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Kick me in the jimmy!
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Yep, really liking JoAnne and Arthur this season. They seem like the most real people on the show. I hope they are not getting set up by the writers to get killed off.
Oh, has anyone really noticed the hand cannon that Annie is packing. It is either a modified Taurus Judge 45/410 or a 50 cal. Either way, it should have put a shell right through the tree that guy she was shooting at was hiding behind.
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It’s a Chiappa Rhino 20DS which can use .357, .40, or 9mm rounds. Annie first got hold of one when she disarmed a hitman in Season 3 episode 2 and later shot him with it. She’s been using the Rhino as her preferred sidearm ever since.
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I am so happy that Walkerson seems to be back on!
Auggie is right they are great together not just romantically but they make a awesome working team! I was so not expecting that bombshell from Teo's former ALC 'brother' WHOA! I hope that Annie can get Auggie out of the mess 'she' landed him in and if she can stop Teo from getting to Henry 1st! I still don't know what to make of Calder! But after what he did to Auggie I SO HATE HIM! Joan's Now I have no idea why Annie & Calder were shooting at each other in the 'flash 4ward'! I am still holding onto the general theory that they are setting Henry up. Regardless I cannot wait to see how this 'summer' season ends!
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I agree!! I particularly liked this review most because it talked a lot about Annie/ Auggies relationship and to me that made me most happy!!
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Thanks I really hope that Annie can stop Teo defeat Henry & save Auggie before the 'summer' finale!!
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I know we are getting to the flash forward scene which they imply is between Calder and Annie but I've thought that was a red herring. Now especially since I think Auggie was at work then. I am guessing Calder learns next week about their investigation and ends of being Jai like for everyone like that he had his own Henry Wilcox file and just can't maybe get his head around Teo.
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Glad Auggie and Annie came to their senses and decided being a part was NOT the best thing for them. The Calder guy is a true hypocrite. He needs to die soon I hope! I hope he gets put in his place next week!
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