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Covert Affairs S04E04: "Rock a My Soul"


Oh boy. Okay, Annie Walker, here's the thing: In theory, yes, your life outside of the office is more important than the one inside the office. It's generally frowned upon to be the workaholic parent who misses little Jimmy's school play in order to work late. It's also not out of line to get pissy if your current romantic partner keeps blowing off dates to answer email or pick up extra shifts. Typically. There are, of course, exceptions to every rule. If your boo is about to get evicted because he or she needs that extra shift to make rent, then maybe you should chill the hell out and buy your own grande mocha latte. Also, some jobs are just plain more demanding than others and don't leave much room for schedule autonomy and when/if you choose to date within that pool, you either have to accept that fact, find a happy balance, or bail. 

I'm not a spy, nor do I have any BFFs who are spies (as far as I know), but I'm gonna go out on a limb here and assume that espionage falls somewhere near the more "demanding" end of the employment spectrum. It just seems like one of those jobs where, like, if someone stuck a bomb in a laptop hidden inside the venue of a fancy dinner meant to honor some government official, you kind of have an obligation to go disarm it with porn—even if it interferes with date night (and yes, that was a Chuck reference).

So I guess I'm just having a little bit of trouble wrapping my head around this endless whining about TRUST and how Annie and Auggie can never ever have any secrets from each other EVER unless they want to become sad and bitter like Joan and Arthur... who actually aren't all that sad and bitter anymore and are actually rather wonderful.


It just seems incredibly naive—uncharacteristically so for Auggie—that either of them would think they could have a serious romantic relationship with one another while occupying their current roles in their current work environment and not be forced to hold certain things back. The whole idea seems especially unrealistic considering Auggie's short-lived promotion to head of the DPD where, if he'd kept the gig for more than a single episode, he presumably would have been responsible for supervising operatives other than Annie, missions that she wouldn't have been involved with and had no business knowing anything about. Chances are, Auggie's position would have granted him a higher security clearance than Annie, giving him all kinds of information and insight that she just wouldn't be privy to. Even her insistence that he reveal what he was doing for those undocumented six months in his transcript... uh... it was secret? Duh? As in off-the-books-and-can't-be-made-public-for-an-array-of-reasons, even to his ladyspy girlfriend? (And maybe even especially to his ladyspy girlfriend, given her penchant for going off the books herself?) Is this really something a professional spy is having a hard time understanding? It would be one thing if all this was taking place back when Annie was still a rookie, but for all intents and purposes, she's not so green anymore. 

I understand not wanting to be Joan and Arthur (even though, again, their relationship is pretty positive at the moment), and I'm not advocating for OMG SECRETS in relationships because that's how you end up with "Surprise! I'm Albuquerque's most feared meth peddler!" or "Surprise! I stole some dead soldier's identity and faked my way to being a advertising executive and banged like every female that I ever exchanged words with!" or "Surprise! I have a fully grown, homicidal son in South America who hates my guts!"

I'm just saying our girl might need a small reality check. 


Which is why I was really happy with that last scene in which Joan acknowledged the difficulties Annie and Auggie are facing without being all judge-y and weird about it, and actually appeared to act like the mentor we've been waiting for her to be. Okay, the mentor I've been waiting for her to be. I didn't appreciate getting smacked in the face with the Auggie/Annie, Arthur/Joan parallels this week, but I like where the show is going so I'll take some Tylenol and forgive it. Joan and Annie's relationship has the potential to be deeply revealing for both of them, but especially for Joan, who hasn't had much opportunity to show us her softer or more thoughtful side. The dynamics of her relationship with Arthur are fascinating, and it'll be interesting to hear her honest take on what makes them tick.

I also liked the big reveal about Auggie and Teo, mostly because it made his over-protectiveness and apprehension about Annie frolicking around Colombia a few episodes ago less painfully out of character and actually very much in character for him.

Patience is not a virtue that I have. Obviously. 

So, Auggie's missing six months were spent training Teo to be a vengeance-spewing death-machine. I wasn't terribly surprised—what else was it going to be?—but the truth about Helen threw me for a (small, but enjoyable) loop. The reveal also grants Auggie admission into Arthur's very exclusive Secret Dead "Wives" Club, further strengthening the line connecting Annie and Auggie to Joan and Arthur by giving them such mirror-y pasts.


This week's mission involving a husband-and-wife team of Chinese diplomats working for Henry Wilcox seemed almost like an afterthought in the wake of so much heavy character blah blah—I love the character blah blah—but it was every bit as important as the "more important" parts of "Rock a My Soul," even if only to remind us that Henry Wilcox is, like, soooooper-douchy, and Covert Affairs wasn't kidding when it ditched the Girl Power! opening credits for a solemn black title card. Covert Affairs is a SERIOUS show now. You know, except for when it's all teenage romance with the whining and the googly eyes and the office flirting. STOP IT, THIS ISN'T A CW SHOW. 

Kidding, I <3 CW shows. 

No, but really, I need Annie to stop. I'm running out of Pepto.



SPY NOTES

– Oooh, Calder goin' stateside. What are your predictions? Is he working with Wilcox?

– Lol @ Wilcox being all, "MUST BE NICE TO STILL HAVE A MALE HEIR, A-DOG." I almost want Jai to have a sister just to up the jerk status on this dude.

– I know she was only around for one episode, but I'mma miss Wendy's sass. "She's annoying." <3

– You know what else is annoying? Obvious over-long product placement, Jaguar. 

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AIRED ON 12/18/2014

Season 5 : Episode 16

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-The Chinese diplomat thing seemed as if it was squeezed in just to make a case.

-Um, when it comes to ships, I tend to be indifferent. I don't hop aboard a ship every five seconds and I don't turn my nose up at them either. If it works, it works. If it doesn't, it doesn't. I, um, I'm not sure if I actually like Annie and Auggie together like this. I never thought that I wouldn't, but I don't. They're nauseating to watch, and if I keep rolling my eyes like this, they might end up getting stuck and I can't have that.

-Annie seriously expects them not to have any secrets?! Come the eff on! Why must this happen, all the freaking time?! Why did she have to become that girl?! I mean, they are both freaking spies for crying out loud. They're in the business of secrets. I thought one of the best things about being with a fellow spy was that they understood your job, you didn't have to keep that secret, but they also understood that secrets come with the job. This is beyond Annie's typical naivete.

-I'm down with Jai having a secret sister. That would be so amazing.

-I actually like Joan and Arthur this season.

-Hill Harper as the boss will be pretty intersting.
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I never liked Annie and Auggie together on a romantic level. I like them better as friends, and I think it would be far more interesting to see the writers keep developing their friendship, even with new storylines, instead of falling into the cliche hole of every other TV show where they hook up their lead actors. For me, the chemistry with them is there as friends only, but not as anything more than that. I'd rather see them part amicably and stay friends than have their relationship wreck their characters and clog the show.

Annie is the last person to demand that no one keep secrets. As you and others have said here, this is espionage - everyone lies and keeps secrets. That's just the way the spy world goes. Really, if Annie's demanding that Auggie not keep secrets, then she's just as naive as she was when she joined the CIA back in season one. Really, has she learned NOTHING over the course of her career as a spy? I really don't like the way her character's been developed, and I feel the same way about Auggie too. To me, they were both dynamic, interesting characters when the show first started, but now Auggie's so annoying I can't stand him, and Annie's selfishness, disrespect of others, and her blatant disregard for her superiors and the rules has gotten her into trouble numerous times (if you're going to break the rules, at least break them for good reasons, not because you think you know better than the rules). Why does she think she's above everyone else and her judgment and decision-making is always right? Again, has she learned NOTHING since this show started? I thought that with last season being Annie's "teenage years" (according to the producers), she'd learn from her mistakes, get past these "growing pains" and mature some; but to me, she seems to still be a painfully spoiled teenager who hasn't grown up at all - she throws a fit when she doesn't get what she wants or she just does whatever she wants with no regard for anyone else or understanding the consequences of her actions.

I really hope there's some better character development with Annie and Auggie this season and they can just be friends. I also hope that the show gets back on track soon because this "soap opera" theme they have this year just isn't working for me.
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ClassyLassie, so agree with you re the Annie/Auggie romance, it is clogging the show. Know the creators think Auggie is so popular but it's quite amazing how many viewers find him annoying. Sad to say but can't see CA being renewed if it stays on it's present course of turning viewers away.
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Oh my gosh I rolled my eyes so hard in this episode they HURT.
Also... Calder <33 Yeay! He's got so much potential!
Wilcox is such a total douche, and Annie, y u so incompetent again? Please, c'mon.
Wendy's reaction to Annie was amazing. I'll miss her too. "Good day" *throws away the stupid calendar*

But pleaaaaase pleaaaase a bit less Annie/Auggie? They're so annoying.
However yeay for Joan. I love Joan so much rn.

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tamaabi, you are so correct, less Annie/Auggie, where is that stunning Israeli agent Eyal, things really sizzled when he & Annie worked together. CA needs to bring him back from sailing.
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Finally watched this one. Honestly, this was such a "big changes that somehow result in the soapy status quo" episode that it turned me off from the series altogether.

I definitely agree the chinese diplomats storyline was such an afterthought to this episode, it'd come up and feel like a forgettable and poorly-fleshed-out distraction to the rest of this.

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Yeah the product placement of the Jaguar was very pretensions and annoying but I gotta admit it is a pretty awesome car! I sincerely hope we see more of Auggie's secrets reveal themselves this season I seriously don't think that the one about Teo is the ONLY one he has! Calder is for sure gonna stir up trouble this season I still think someone needs to put Henry in his place or in the ground! I cannot wait to see the rest of the summer season! BRING IT ON!!
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I do NOT understand why Henry Wilcox is not in jail waiting to be hung for treason. At this point, he should be on The America's Most Wanted list. He's had federal agents killed, that Chinese diplomat woman, and also civilians killed.
Is that not enough of a threat?
They have enough on him to at least hold the bastard in custody.
I. Do. Not. Understand.

I didn't like that Annie disrespected Auggies position as her boss. She was completely unprofessional by it, and by saying that she couldn't separate her personal life from her work life. Grow up little girl.

It was also seriously selfish of Annie to ask for Auggie to put their relationship first, before all. Before national security? Before your Country? There's such a thing as "A need to know" when it comes to classified information.
And guess what sugar plum, you didn't need to know.

Big feels at the end when Joan was scared and told Arthur to come home.
Ps. The Christian Louboutins are back :)
Pss. Every time they call Teo "The Puma" I can't help but laugh and think of 500 Days of Summer.
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"I didn't like that Annie disrespected Auggies position as her boss. She was completely unprofessional by it, and by saying that she couldn't separate her personal life from her work life. Grow up little girl."

This coming from the same character who said last season that she's very good at blurring the lines between her personal and professional life? I don't get it.
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Isn't that precisely what that is?
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They don't have enough to go to court (I think Joan said as much). If they can hold him all it would do is show their hand and prevent them ever collecting enough evidence to convict him. So, basically, he gets to do bad things so they can collect evidence of him doing bad things. They could stop him temporarily from doing bad things, but that would free him to do bad things forever. This is sort of an unresolvable failing of our justice system, and the basis for the show "Graceland" (plus beach house).
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Oh, by the way, when was the last time we've heard about Annie's Smithsonian cover? I miss that...
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Didn't Joan say in season three that Annie no longer worked for the Smithsonian and that she needed a new cover?
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Ahhh, me too! You're right, we haven't heard about that in a looooong time.
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It's probably in the same trash can as the opening credits... Man I miss those things.
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Hahahaha, am I the only one who REALLY loves Arthur and Joan?? Right now, I'm into them more than Annie and Auggie, they're really cw teenage soap opera, even if I do love those myself as well. At least Auggie has a reason to be so overprotective right now even if it still annoys me and Annie is just way excited to be dating Auggie to remember to be a spy. (Henry totally made her BOTH TIMES)
Henry Wilcox is reeeeeeeeeeally bad you guys! Talk about villans. I love it because is one of those terrible character that are more dangerous than actually looking big bad and terrible characters.
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Personally, I find Auggie's character to be highly annoying - so much to the point where I can't stand him anymore. His character changed too much too quickly last season, and this season I feel it's gotten worse. While he may be justified in worrying about Annie because of his past, I can still see him smothering her more in the future - he was over-protective of her even as a friend; and now that they're dating, it's worse. Personally, I found his secret to be anticlimactic. There was all this hype about it, and then what? That's it? Training Teo and losing his "wife"? I thought it was going to be something major like he was a double agent or he was working with Henry or something. I just felt that fell flat. And Annie? To me, she looks like a high school cheerleader who is, as you say "way too excited" at being alone with Auggie, who to me is like a high school jock or college frat boy. To me, they're not in love with each other, they're in love with the IDEA of being with one another. So yes, their relationship to me is very juvenile and boring, a "teenage soap opera," as you call it. Plus I also find there are too many repeated storylines on this show: moles inside the CIA, lovers being killed, characters repeating dialogue and actions from other characters, etc. In the case of Auggie's secret, the "lost love" storyline has already happened - twice already! So how am I supposed to feel sorry for him when this has already happened twice? In regards to the writing, last season there were notorious plot holes, dropped storylines, and incomplete or not fully-developed storylines, that come the finale, I was like "Huh?" I hope the writing tightens up and gets better this year, because it's just not working for me so far - and that's sad after being a loyal fans for three years.
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We also didn't mind Auggie in the beginning but the more screen exposure he has the more annoying he becomes. CA needs to try & save itself and can the boring/no chemistry romance between Annie & Auggie.
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Loved what you said, I completely agree!
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I love Joan too(and Arthur cause he's her husband). I can't imagine the two of them apart - it's so good they're back together.
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I liked Arthur and Joan way back in "No Quarter" (Season 1 Ep4). They had a fun scene in their bedroom where Joan brought breakfast and the Sunday paper to Arthur. She had redacted the whole paper including the sports pages. They need some fun and intimate scenes like that again.
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You're not the only one, Berenice. I've always found Arthur and Joan to be the most compelling characters on the show. Annie and Auggie are OK, but I got into CA because of Arthur and Joan. (Although I admit I might be a little bit biased, since I've had a crush on PG for close to 30 years...)
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Ha! I got into it partially because SANDY COHEN WAS IN THE CIA but you know, I love the show as a whole too. Anyway, I find them really compelling as a couple, you know? They're relationship is really complex and much more interesting and deeper than any of Annie's (with the possible exception of Ben. That relationship was equally compelling and interesting) But Annie- Auggie? Cute, but meh.
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Another point about this keeping-secrets thing? When you're a spy, you keep secrets not only because someone tells you to, but also for real security reasons. If a person doesn't know a given secret, they can't reveal it under torture or they won't fail the polygraph test. I mean, that's the basic reason for classifying things. So Annie insisting on the full honesty policy, potentially, puts herself and everyone else in danger. She should know better, damn it.
I really miss the early Annie when she was half-way competent at her job... Or the Lena-period Annie, when she was a spy-HBIC, pretty much.
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The Lena period Annie was the best. And by that I mean the I-want-Lena's-blood-because-the-bitch-killed-my-spy-boyfriend-and-shot-me-and-then-tried-to-kill-me-again Annie. She had her reasons, but the girl was on fire!
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LOL, I think I've watched too much Burn Notice. :P
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Another episode featuring Dylan Taylor's Eric. Loved him angling for Auggie's job. He's the hardest working actor this summer with two shows airing. Until this season he's just been background on 'Covert' but after his fantastic work as 'O'Brien' the best cop in 5-Points on 'Copper' nice to see he's getting more work here.

They are 'Dave and Maddie' ing up this Augie/Annie relationship and it strains everything that was working on this show. Its ether corny or melodramatic and the writers need to fix it. Arther/Joan is written so much better.

Kind of funny Annie reacting to fact that Augie was her boss when in fact they all work for EP Piper Perabo.
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Annie's reaction to her relationship woes are very uncharacteristic of what one would expect of a spy. To me that shows that she is still very wet behind the ears when it comes to the spy game. It's my understanding that this is the basic premise of Covert Affairs, to show the beginning of a spy's career and it's subsequent progress. With only a few seasons in, Annie is not going to be on the same level as a seasoned spy like Michael Westen(Burn Notice). Also I remember it being said (on this show or some other) that the CIA prefers that agents date within the agency, for reasons I'm sure most can guess. When you're a spy, your dating pool is limited anyway. Annie needs to learn how to navigate the in-agency dating thing the way Joan and Arthur have, which is why the relationship parallels-as uncomfortable as they are- are necessary to their story. Now I'm not trying to defend the writing for Covert Affairs, because this show disappoints me more than it doesn't. However, the perspective that I've shared it what keeps the disappointment at a minimum for me.
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I find that this season, the showrunners are trying to make the show (to an extent) like it was in season one - it's like the last two seasons never happened, and Annie's starting out all over again as a rookie spy. And as for that inter-agency dating rule - just because you're encouraged to date within the agency, doesn't mean you SHOULD. Judging from this show alone, it's very difficult to maintain a relationship when you're a spy, especially one that's a field operative (and rightly so), and it almost always never works out; and to me, the goal of trying to balance life as a spy while being in a relationship hasn't worked out. So I really don't understand why Annie has to be involved in a relationship all the time. Is she really that insecure? I think she should focus on work for a while; and when she's had enough of the spy game, she needs to settle down with a real man and move on to the next chapter in her life. But that's just me.
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I think the love stories are written in just for the female viewers. Personally, I could take it our leave it, especially if the writers would put more effort into the intrigue that should be found in a show about spies.
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Okay, I promise I won't post anything else after this (unless it's a response)! But when the season first started, I thought that Joan looked pregnant before she even announced it, which made me think that actress herself might have been pregnant in reality. So I imbd'd her, and sure enough, she had her first child this past June at the age of 43.
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I've never watched a CW show but I'm guessing they must be something like this. I guess it's ok for a show named Covert Affairs to be about workplace romances but that's not how it started. I never would've stuck around if it was. It's becoming pretty much unwatchable now and the dialogue is even worse. I really hope there's a breakup around the corner.
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Yes please. Let A & A go back to being friends. I can't watch this "High School Musical" type relationship anymore. It's just too painful.
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Agreed, Hamsterdam and twodales.
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Good episode. I'm not seeing the comparison to the CW shows that you are (Thank God!!), but their no-secrets clause to their relationship given they work for the CIA is a little heavy-handed to me. Sorry but work will definitely interfere with their relationship some, whether or not Auggie is Annie's boss, which is unfortunate this time. Just ask Joan and Arthur, who by the way, i have never seen as a sad and bitter couple. To me, they're just being strict and honest. They've had stumbles, of course, but not to the point to see them as being sad and bitter. I actually like their relationship.

I actually did like the case of the week this week cause it did come back to Auggie and Annie, whose relationship I am for. It was practically like looking in the mirror.

Henry Wilcox is as deceiving and dirty as ever executing that couple the way he did, and recovering the evidence against him. But to put Calder in as the new head of DPD?!! Wow!!! Now I'll have to keep a mindful eye on him too, which is unfortunate cause I like the guy. He could cause some major drama if he really is Wicox's boy, which at this point I'm inclined to believe.
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COVERT AFFAIRS is the most recent series removed from DVR/Favorites/to Watch lists. Spies? I am down to hoping for the 4-part SAM HUNTER.
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I hope the show explains why Henry blames Arthur for Jai's death. Jai was killed by a hitman hired by Lena -- a hitman who was created by Henry (by Henry's own admission). How was that Arthur's fault? Am I the only one who's missing something here?
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Because Arthur assigned Jai to find Lena/whoever?
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You call it a teenage romance; I'd call it at middle-school level. How unrealistic to expect absolute truth from Auggie when the whole agency knows she can't be trusted to do her job professionally. Annie is TV's nod to Max Smart as the worst agent with her stupid need not to follow the directions of her bosses or disregard advice from fellow agents/friends who have years more experience in the field. (And yes, I know that's the whole point of the show, but it would be nice if once a year at least she learned something new that affected how she does her job).

The thing that makes her the worst agent in the world is her promise she could keep the Chinese couple safe when she already knew there is a mole/s in the agency.
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Your spelling literally hurts my eyes. Defiantly is a word. It means to do something with defiance. In a defying way. The word you are looking for is definitely. Something that is definite. You can be definitely defiant. You can be defiantly definite. They are completely different words. Why am I banging on about this? Because you did it twice. Your misspelling of "desperately" as "despereatly" would have been forgivable, but using the entire wrong word twice just isn't. It wastes peoples' time when your sentence becomes unintelligible and incoherent, and then people have to reread the sentence and guess WTF you were actually trying to say, and apparently it induces headaches. Have I been sufficiently mean enough that you will remember this every time you type the letters "def" and then spell the word you meant to? I hope so. If not, feel free to respond and I'll be much much meaner.
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1. I wanted to write: "Annie sleeps with her new Boss and she doesn't like it". However, since Auggie was demoted it's no longer vaild.

2. Annie's Red Jetta has a new windscreen! Yay!

3. Arthur and Joan are back together - finally!

4. I'm 100 % sure Wilcox will get a major "lead poisoning" at the season's final.

5. Poor Chinese people

6. I don't care Cover Affairs is a serious show now - I want my Girl Power opening song back!

7. Am I the only girl here whose shipping Auggie - Annie - Theo triangle?

8. Calder is definitely Wilcox's man.
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1. I thought the same thing at first - Annie sleeping with the boss, WAY wrong move. But that doesn't matter now.

6. I don't understand WHAT they're trying to do with the show this season - are they trying to make it about the big, bad, dark world of espionage, or are they trying to make it into an overly-dramatic soap opera? If it's the first option, then it's not working, especially not with a fluffy high school-type romance with Annie and Auggie, and Annie acting the way she is.

7. Love triangles are so cliche and boring, at least to me. I hope they don't fall into THAT cliche route of storytelling - the Annie/Auggie thing is already too cliche for me.
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You know what? I like that triangle as well.
I'm not sure about Calder, though...
Aaaaaaaaand I WANT THE OPENING THEME BACK TOO.
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Ugh, no triangles. Triangles are overrepresented on television. It's racist. I mean, geometrist.
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Yeah but maybe if there's a third person to create tension, Annie will stop batting her eyelashes at Auggie everytime she sees him.
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Bring back Eyal. He and Annie had real chemistry.
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Oops, removed my reply. Calder is possible I guess.

I thought you meant the older white guy that kept jumping down their throat with "You're all reckless, I'm going to tattle on Auggie because I'm angry at Joan" bit. Too obvious to be an enemy.

But Calder? Tough call: he's mysterious enough to be good OR bad.
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Still not sure about Calder. He seems more the "I'm only in it for me" type. Braithwaite is definitely Wilcox's man, though.
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Why not have Calder be in it for his own benefi?. It's realistic and a source of tension. It makes for a good story.
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Yeap, I got the same vibe from both.
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Nah, I think Braithwaite is just a jackass.
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I completely agree with all of the above arguments from Mary-Anne. I want to point out one other thing; Annie is becoming predictable, which is death for both a spy and a character on a TV show. Every time someone tells her not to do something, she goes right out and does it. Hey, Annie, don't grab that live power line! Zap!
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Why do you spell MaryAnn's name wrong instead of going to the top of the page and seeing how she spells it? I'm honestly curious, because so many people do it. Is it general laziness, or did you think you knew how to spell it so you didn't look it up, or do you figure al variations of a name apply to every individual, or is there a fourth option that hasn't occurred to me?
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Because I am a lazy b*&^%$#, and when I touch type it is just stream of consciousness and that is how I would spell it. But, let me point out, a name is used to signify a particular person and everyone on this site knows who I mean.Question is, why do you care? I could understand and might apologize if she was upset, but who are you?
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Didn't say I was upset. Noticed a pattern and was curious. You've satisfied my curiosity. Thanks.
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Annie is so high school!! What happened to her? She was so cool during the first season. Also, when they said Auggie was being replaced, I soooo wanted it to be Eyal. I know that it's not possible but it would have been a very interesting development.
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Annie & Eyal are a great team and I love the banter and sexual tension between them.
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Annie and Eyal are really wonderful together. To me, they're the ultimate spy duo (at least not when she makes bad or reckless decisions that nearly get him or her killed!). Plus, I find they have great, strong, believable chemistry. It would be nice for their friendship to develop more and have them be end game.
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Totally agree about Annie whining too much but I also think that Auggie has been wayyyy too protective of Annie which has gotten quite annoying. I dreaded them hooking up and I'm now hating them being in a relationship. I used to love seeing them together on screen or communicating via com, but now I can't stand them.
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I so agree with everything you have stated here!
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Painful to watch. This really could be a CW show in another few episodes if they keep this up.

I'm also tempted to find some old episodes of Strip Mall just to see Gregory Itzin in something -- anything -- where he isn't a world class dick. He was so enjoyable as the happy-go-lucky Russian porn producer.
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Yep, he's been type-cast now. He's so good at being bad, that he can never be anything else. My favorite of his bad guys was the traitorous president on 24.
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Is that what that was? They were making such a big deal about it I thought they were building suspense while giving us tiny clues that I was missing. I thought it was going to be someone British, or someone else we new would drive a Jaguar for some reason I'd forgotten. When product placement starts misleading me about what is going on in the show that's gone too far.
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For a moment that didn't make sense when I actually thought about it, I thought it'd be Teo, cause Jaguar , Puma, Big cat, something... (I said it didn't make sense when I thought it through)
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No kidding, that was like the most anti-climatic scene ever. If it was just a quick scene that showed him driving up, it wouldn't have been so bad, but they dragged the scene out for so long I assumed it would be a bigger reveal.
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So how long can Arthur or more specifically Joan resist telling Henry that Jai was coming around to being an actual good guy.
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Meh, there are different ways to look at the whole relationship thing.

Firstly, I agree with most of the reviewer's thoughts. This isn't working at a regular job: this is a job where you must keep secrets or else lose your job and/or be held for treason. There will be times that operatives will have to keep information from each other, even if it's between handler and field-agent.

Even though Augie's promotion wasn't a state-secret, it wasn't his place to say / it WAS Joan's. And even with a regular job, there are times where that is going to have to conflict with personal plans + relationships; it sucks but that's just life.

That all being said: Annie's general theme isn't that far off... she doesn't want the job to come between her and Augie. Unfortunately saying "We can't have secrets" is kind of silly in their job; it should just be a plain "We can't let work-life affect our personal-life, when we punch out for the day let's not let the work-day-issues mess up date night" Assuming the blunder wasn't Annie being beaten in an enemy prison and escaping by the skin of her teeth and dealing with PTSD.
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I was super annoyed with Annie this episode. She was like this girlfriend from hell. For crap's sake, she's a spy! Keeping secrets, living in secret and, occasionally, dying by them is, like, the basic line in job description. Plus, I'm surprised that Auggie wasn't more pissed at her for defying him, like, minutes after he became the boss. I know she was never very good at following orders but this episode it was particularly blatant and very nearly blew up in her face.
As an aside - Joan really *does* look good in that office. :D
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The relationship stuff was too much this time. It was the whole show. I couldn't watch around it. I'm choosing to believe them deciding to always tell the truth ends any reason to discuss their relationship again.
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So the secret was really no different than Ben and he basically being the reason Annie joined the CIA in the first place. This really seemed to be an episode where the writers were like we had this way better idea for this season over the summer than what we ended up with but damnit we have to wrap that up somehow. I know we will introduce our good new idea with the wrap up! And we will rush through some early relationship issues with Annie and Auggie so they will be solid because that is important for our cool new idea.
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So, Henry Wilcox confirmed my suspicions, he blames Arthur for Jai's death and is out for revenge, "a son for a son." Evil. Just evil. I also think he's out for the heads of Auggie, Annie, and Joan. And either he has moles all over the place or he has all of Langley bugged. He knows every freaking thing that goes on or is said. He's like some omniscient devil. I'm also even more convinced that Calder Michaels is working for Henry. While it seemed that Auggie and Annie were having a rough patch, he fessed up to what's had him on edge. So going forward, I expect they will become closer, especially now that Auggie won't be her boss. I'm still not clear on what Teo's deal is. Whose side is he on?
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I don't know if Henry really has Annie in his cross-hairs-of-death. He acknowledged that Annie was (kind of) his son's friend and was literally THERE FOR HIM right before he died. Plus And she was just a field agent: sure she worked FOR the traitor for a couple of weeks but she was ultimately responsible for taking her out. Sure he's USING her, and probably doesn't mind if she dies or gets fired or whatever during his revenge. But I doubt he's targetting her like Arthur and Joan.

Arthur and Joan? I GUESS I see where he's coming from: two heads of the CIA missed the CIA traitor and allowed her to work there for years, ultimately resulting in his son's death. Heck Joan used to WORK WITH the traitor on the field. I don't agree Henry's desires but there's at least SOME logic to it.

BUT!!! The traitor ALSO worked under Henry since he was in charge of the CIA until not-that-long-ago. So if he holds THEM accountable then he should feel accountable as well.

Auggie? Hard to say: I don't know why he would be in Henry's cross-hairs except as collateral damage for taking out Arthur due to Auggie training his son. As far as I can tell, Auggie was always too low-level and didn't interact with the traitor.
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Yes. I agree with all of this analysis. I believe the others are in Henry's cross-hairs simply because of their proximity and/or what they mean to Arthur.
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Surely the CIA sweeps for bugs. So, if he has all of Langley bugged, he also has moles to pull them out and put them back (or on the sweep team). So, it's 100% certain that he has moles.
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