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Covert Affairs S05E10: "Sensitive Euro Man"

Annie's gut was right again.

During Tuesday's midseason finale of Covert Affairs, we learned that McQuaid was framed for the Chicago bombing by his righthand (wo)man—and confidante after his wife died—Caitlyn, who planted a GPS tracker in McQuaid's laptop.

After hitting the sheets floor in his house, Annie and McQuaid lured Caitlyn's goons there and killed them. The thugs been carrying a blueprint of the Beaudmont Hotel, where a peace treaty signing was scheduled to take place—and which McQuaid Security had been hired to protect. Believing Caitlyn would bomb the hotel, Annie warned Auggie, who was pissed since he'd insisted to Hayley earlier in the episode that he didn't believe Annie was working with McQuaid. He subsequently told Annie he was done lying for her.

When a hotel sweep came up clean, McQuaid confronted Caitlyn in a hotel bathroom and she shot him. It turned out that Caitlyn had been working with Aleksandre Belenko, a diplomat from Georgia who organized the treaty signing, and they were bombing the motorcade. Annie, with some help from Hayley, evacuated the scene before Caitlyn detonated the bomb. Then Annie and Caitlyn squeezed in a quick alleyway tussle before Belenko shot Caitlyn dead as she threatened Annie, "You'll never stop us."

The problem, of course, is that nobody would believe Annie's claims that Belenko was bad news without proof. In the closing minutes, as Annie watched news coverage of Belenko's statement on the motorcade bombing from McQuaid's hospital room, Belenko made a call to "move forward as discussed in Istanbul" because he wants to "finish what I started."

Meanwhile, Sydney is back in Calder's life after he sought her out her Russian Embassy connections after Joan's contact came up cold.

So what is Belenko up to? Will Annie and Auggie's relationship ever be the same? Is she going to date McQuaid? We caught up with executive producers Matt Corman and Chris Ord for some hints as to what's ahead. 

Caitlyn is behind Chicago! Had that always been the plan? Was there ever a version or idea that McQuaid would be?

Matt Corman: That was always the plan. We wanted to play with McQuaid's allegiances and we wanted the audience to question McQuaid and put McQuaid through a thorough vetting process, just the way Annie does. But in the same respect, we always intended Caitlyn to be a co-conspirator of the Chicago event and more.

What is the scope of the conspiracy that she and Belekno are part of, since he wants to "move forward" in Istanbul and "finish what [he] started"?

Corman: The scope is both vast and also intimate. I think what fans will really enjoy is, they'll see this plot really affects our key, core characters in a way that is going to hopefully be surprising and it will definitely be exciting. It hews back to our characters in a very intimate way.

Will the final six episodes of the season just deal with taking Belenko down, or will there be other arcs?

Chris Ord: It will deal with all of it. [Laughs]

Corman: Shawn Doyle has been fantastic. He's in several episodes going forward.

Ord: You see [Annie] staring daggers at Belenko in the end. She certainly knows what her mission is going to be. The size of this conspiracy that Matt is alluding to is going to affect all our characters in ways you'd expect and in a lot of ways you wouldn't expect. We platformed in the finale that Calder's going to hopefully be working with Sydney going forward, making her operational. That will challenge and deepen their relationship. There's a lot that's going to happen with Auggie … that we don't want to spoil, but suffice it to say, there's a ton of story that he's going to contend with.

Does Belenko have ties to the Russian Embassy and Roger's intel files?

Corman: I think it's safe to say there's a Russian connection.

Annie's become so self-reliant that, in some ways, she doesn't need the DPD anymore. Where does she stand with them now that she works for McQuaid?

Corman: Right now she's still out of the fold. I think you're right, she's grown as an operative, but I also would argue that there's a part of her that has the DPD in her DNA, whether she wants to admit it or not. The folks that are regulars are a proxy family for her. She was able to do stuff, like at the end of Season 4, in the dark, but that was no picnic. I think that took a real toll on her. She's moved on, but I think she recognizes that that's her family of sorts.

Betrayal was a major theme in the episode, with the big one being Annie and Auggie. She shut him out again and he said he's done lying for her. What will their relationship be like going forward? Is he going to stick to his word? Is she going to try to make amends?

Corman: I think it's both. Their relationship is the bedrock of the show. They've been through some very difficult times together, but what's great about Annie and Auggie is they keep working on it. They need one another, they love one another in a way that's deeper than just mere romance at this point. They're always going to be interacting. They have a lot to figure out, but they're going to be trying to do that.

At the beginning of the season, you said that the theme was, "Can you keep your personal and professional lives separate?" Is Annie going to reevaluate that after sleeping with McQuaid? Are they going to be together?

Ord: Thanks for reminding us! [Laughs] That has been the core thesis of not only the season, but of the show, really, when you think about it. You can't choose when you fall for a person, so it's definitely a complication, but something Annie likes. It'll be a big part of what's on her mind, which will evolve … and lead to some big decisions at the end of the season.

What about Auggie? He went from two girlfriends at once to zero. Will he have a love interest in the second part of the season?

Ord: Yes, but not in the same way we saw in the summer.

What can you share about Kenny Johnson's character beyond that fact that he's a former op?

Corman: He's great. He's somebody who will orbit into Auggie's story. Beyond that, we don't want to give away too much.

What else can you tease about the remaining episodes? Have you planned out how the season ends?

Corman: Yes. We're always refining stuff, but we have a game plan. … It's a real roller-coaster ride. It intimately deals with Auggie and his backstory. There are going to be a lot of twists and turns in the back six that I think fans of the show will really appreciate and enjoy. It's quite a thrill ride. We're going to Istanbul and Argentina.

What did you think of Covert Affairs' summer finale?

Additional reporting by Kate Stanhope.

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AIRED ON 12/18/2014

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while I really like the show, it baffles me that Annie keeps wearing high heeled shoes that are completely impractical. who keeps making her do this as it is so implausible !!!
I think the show is much better now than in first season. Anyway dont know what they could do to make it better but i have no ideas to put it better, or better i have one idea:

Keep bringing us amazing action scenes in different world locations, because thats why i watch this ;)
so im guessing the ring around caitland's neck was her husband that she secretly married
I had stopped watching the show but this arc is at least... entertaining. I'll keep watching and see what happens.
If Annie doesn't go back to the CIA she could create her own agency by recruiting her past hookups. There's Auggie, Ben Mercer (Season 1), Simon Fischer, Dead Jai (he could be a ghost, ghost make great spies), the guy from the Mummy, and the new guy,
Simon is dead.
the Agency's name is Annies Boobs
Annie's Man-gels?
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