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Covert Affairs S04E16: "Trompe Le Monde"


"Trompe le monde" is French for "deceives the world," according to Google (IDK, I took Español), and it's also the last album the Pixies made before they broke up that one time—kinda like how Henry Wilcox broke up with maintaining a pulse. BYE FOREVER, HENRY. SEE U NEVER... except for maybe in the occasional flashback. Or in a miraculous (a.k.a. infuriating) resurrection because TV. Or in Annie Walker's sadface emo-girl PTSD nightmares because we're supposed to believe that deep down inside, Annie Walker is a sweet girl who just happens to have a badass job. 

Actually, I do believe that, which is why I didn't think Annie would actually waste Wilcox once she got the chance. Sure, Annie was all HBIC after Simon was snuffed last season, but that was kind of waved off as equal parts emotional trauma and an unfortunate side effect of being BFFs with Lena the Evil Feminist for half the season. Annie spent the first half of this season being the actual most irritating googly-eyed girlfriend ever, and I just didn't think she had the capability to pull off a potentially questionable in-the-field execution anymore. Or ever. My bad. 


I think most of us can agree (and if we can't, then we can't, and it's cool) that Season 4 of Covert Affairs proved itself to be a worthy successor to the uneven trainwreck of Season 3. Season 3 started out so great, with Jai's death reminding us that underneath the harmless appeal of the Spy Barbie Adventure Hour, what we have here is an actual spy show, where theoretically, our characters are in danger pretty much all the time and sometimes that danger catches up to them in the most unlikely of places. Jai's death; the subsequent rift between Annie, Joan, and the usual cadre of allies; and the whoooole messy, shady, occasionally WTF-y relationship with Simon began the process of ditching the Barbie Dream Spyplane and sort of rebranding Covert Affairs as a srs bsns drama. Season 3 started the process and came so, so close to getting there at various points in the season, but it was just so sloppy that it never quite got there. (Sry.)

Enter Season 4: Yeah. I think we got there. 


USA Network as a whole has been shifting the tone to darker or at the very least, more-mature-but-not-porn-mature programming, starting with Political Animals two summers ago and continuing with Graceland this past summer. It makes perfect sense that the shift would also extend to the ranks of the network's higher-performing shows, which can weather such change without alienating viewers. I mean, if Psych suddenly turned into a gritty crime drama, we'd have some issues, but White Collar could benefit from a little grit, and Covert Affairs has flourished after getting a few dings on the Barbie Spy Corvette. Maybe it's just the lingering sentiments from that lovely closing scene with Annie on the boat, heading back into her life after so long in the cold, but the writing felt a lot less constrained this season, as though the show had finally been given the freedom to be what it had always, deep down, wanted to be. 


The depth that was added to Covert Affairs' core characters this season will serve the series well into its fifth season and hopefully beyond. I mocked Walkerson a lot for acting like gross annoying teenagers whenever they were in the same room, but it was important for us to see that softer, dopier side of these two agents, especially as their situations forced them to toughen up as the season progressed. Arthur and Joan have never been more interesting than they are now, with the full dynamics of their relationship revealed, and their roles expanded beyond "hardass bosses with trust issues." Even Calder, upon introduction, was poised to become just another human obstacle for Team Annie, until he became not just a surprise ally, but an awesome one. Congrats on surviving the entire season, bro!

Henry Wilcox also underwent a quick and major change, falling from almost unparalleled power to a cockroach scurrying for cover in just a handful of episodes. I would have liked some more explanation as to why Henry was such an epic dickhead, but at the very least, his "scorpion" comment lent itself to the possibility that maybe Wilcox didn't need a valid reason for his actions. Maybe the dude was just awful. Sometimes, people just are


"Our relationships are what define us as spies" is what Annie said to Wilcox right before he traded her to the Chinese government for train tix (and probs a pack of smokes), and it was especially telling that despite Henry's taunt about Annie technically being dead, it was Annie who had the strong backing of her friends, coworkers, and her country—not Wilcox, despite his once-formidable presence. Annie Walker invests in her relationships and surrounds herself with flawed, but genuinely well-intentioned people, where Wilcox bought and sold allegiances like just another commodity. 

It's with a unified front and a clean slate that we close the book on Season 4 and look forward to Season 5 sometime next summer. With Wilcox off the table, theoretically, the possibilities are endless. We can go anywhere and do anything. What would you like to do? Where do you hope to see Annie when we catch up with her again?


SPY NOTES

– Calder bringing Joan into the CIA sleepover to suss out the Wilcox supporters was like FIND THE WITCHES! BURN THEMMMM! At least it was to me. Sometimes my brain provides its own narration. Whatever. It keeps things interesting.

– Can we talk about what a BAMF Joan is, walkin' into the hospital like her labor is no big? Or the fact that Covert Affairs resisted the urge all season long to turn Joan's pregnancy into this big, tense, melodramatic THING and I love them forever for it? Here's a pile of brownie points, don't blow them all in one place. 

– Do you think there are any Wilcox loyalists left to stir things up, or did that loyalty end when the paychecks stopped? 

– Will you be back for Season 5? 

– Can we keep Calder? I want to keep Calder. PLEEEEEEZE?

– Thanks for reading! It's been fun! XOXO BYE. 


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AIRED ON 12/18/2014

Season 5 : Episode 16

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Man, I'm in withdrawal! Did anyone notice how the writers gave Henry a line about Teo? I have believed Teo's story to be over, that he was dead. But why bring Teo up in the finale, if Teo's story doesn't continue into season 5? I wonder if Teo has been on Henry's payroll for a while. Perhaps Teo being set up in Geneva was an act??? Maybe that was part of Teo's cover with Henry, to act like he was going to assassinate Henry in Geneva, setting up Annie to play heroine and stop him, then Annie would observe his "set up" of launching the missile. Henry let her go to "save him". How did Henry capture Teo to begin with, unless Teo was in on the plan?? Annie took him to the hospital and Henry may have helped him escape. Nevermind, Arthur not seeing the body, Arthur and Joan didn't give Teo a funeral! If Teo is alive and working for Henry, he could be set to take over Henry's organization and that will really devastate Arthur. Henry still wins, He took Arthur's son away. Teo's loyalty is to Henry, not Arthur (Just as Jai chose Arthur over Henry, his father, when he exposed Henry's treason, getting Henry arrested). In every crime organization, there is always someone willing to take over. Annie may have killed the Boss, but there has to be a new one emerging. Could it be Teo? If Teo is not part of Season 5, then I don't understand the reference to him in the finale. Why would the writers bring him up? He has been "dead" for 6+ episodes and no longer relevant, unless he comes back in season 5. If he went Dark, I think it was for Henry's purposes and not for the good of Annie et al and he could be the new antagonist for season 5. - See more at: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2013/11/covert-affairs-review-trompe-le-monde/comments-2.html#new_comment
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I always thought that Teo's death had been faked, for his protection from Henry. It would have been interesting to see him pop up at some point in the future, but alas the poor writing and boring story lines and the ridiculous pairing of Annie with Ryan McQuaid (Absolutely no chemistry between these two), killed off the show.
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Meh I thought this would be a series worth following, I only found out about it earlier this year (I dont watch TV) but I'm up to speed and seen every episode to date.
Season 3 was so poor. Season 4 had a chance to be worth it but the empty plot was covered with good action. I can write better...Henry was the perfect mastermind. Well connected and driven but all they did was give him access without reasoning.
A simple twist that could have been added to make his actions make sense, what if Henry found out the former Agent who killed Jai was released by Arthur? Arthur helps release this former operative with the intention of giving him new work but the operative wanted to payback the man who abondened him thus went for his son. Eventually Henry finds out and seeks revenge on Arthur with the whole Theo saga. Henry never discloses this reason until the final episode at gunpoint .
Annie thinks he is bluffing and pulls the trigger, she later checks for a pulse and personal effects. The "smoking gun" checks out. Arthur inderictly set the gears in motion for Jai's assassination, after all Jai was aiming for his wife's job. -Season ends.
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One last thing I would like to point out is the complete lack of consequence in the series...which was hailed as a plus. At the end of season 4 they said "this season Annie has escaped death 3 times blah blah blah" Seriously that shows the fake nature of the story. As others point out, she can escape with 4 guards yet is afraid when there are only 2? There are many instances she should have been killed or at least fatally wounded but she always comes out with just a scratch. Joan blackmailed to get the promotion and no consequence, viwers see her as a heroine. This is one of the reasons I dont watch TV, good brainwashing material. Moral degeneration's main source.
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Thanks for holidays and cable... I am doing the S4 marathon rewatch... Joan said it best- they are good liars and the CIA teaches them to be better, I will be back for s5 and hoping the are more bridges and more travel. Anne is a spy and is better out in the field not in DC. Auggie is best as the handler not the BF with relationship and anger problems. Calder is still on a learning curve but can learn a lot from Joan. Can't wait to see her running the show and Arthur as a stay at home dad. Need more intrigues and less goody goody... this is slowly getting to Jason Bourne and lovin it~
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Just watched the Mentalist finale and then this one, and decided that just about each episode of Covert Affairs is more exciting and interesting than an entire half-season of pursuing the end of Red John. Covert Affairs started as a case-of the week show and turned into something complex and awesome, and it is clever, heart-wrenching and heart-warming simultaneously. Just as I was beginning to warm up to Teo and just as Teo and Annie began to develop great chemistry and I began to develop a distaste for uppity, by-the-book Calder, Teo died, and Calder slowly, slooooowly started to be awesome. I think Calder has successfully replaced the void that Teo left when he died, and now I really appreciate Calder because he has proven himself to be logical, loyal, and trustworthy and to be honest, I wouldn't mind having the aftermath of the Auggie/Helen tryst lead to a breakup and something starting up between Annie and Calder.
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No mandatory pool of blood on the floor after Henry was shot.... wearing a vest maybe? Ready to re-surface in season 5? I hope not - although I enjoyed this storyline it went on long enough. Let's start S5 with a fresh new story.
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My first thought also was "VEST!! Why didn't she shoot him in the head!!!???" And I realized that might be too much for TV/too much for Annie's moral compass. Still, if I were Henry with a million enemies, I would have been wearing a vest for sure.
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Oh yes, please, lets keep Calder but make him head of the DPD - he doesn't have the knowledge to be DCS. That success against Henry wasn't because of Calder, it was because of Annie. He didn't come across as all that experienced an agent. Annie was way ahead of he and able to react in fractions of a second to change her plan (go to the police to get information and turn a high level MSS executive as a bonus while Calder just fumed) and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Auggie 'got it' instantly, Calder had to be told. That happened more than once. Calder was lost as soon as the plan went south, which it pretty much always did. He managed to get on a plane and escort the prisoner back to the right place, and he handled the slumber parties ... uh ... office politics fine after he got there, but in the field I wasn't very impressed with him compared to Auggie and Annie. What I'd like to see is Annie and Auggie turned loose on foreign terrorists plotting to stage a massive simultaneous terror attack against the US. It could take them all season with numerous wins and set backs, just like in real life before they foil it at the last minute. That would be a fun season, especially if they do it together with Calder trying hard to keep up and supporting them as much as he can.

I'd also like to see more of the kick butt Annie. Her take down of the guy with the ugly looking brama bull size needle and his armed guard with her bare hands was awesome. Loved that and when she took out Hughes in the stair well. She's come a long ways since season 1.

They do some of the best gun stuff on TV. She didn't rack a shell into the chamber, she just moved the slide enough to make sure there was a round chambered - a good idea when a click instead of a bang could be the difference between life and death. Every time Annie has taken a shot it has been aimed. That explains why she doesn't miss. Arthur and Joan did it right as well. The exception to good gun stuff was when Calder used two guns. Nobody does that. It makes no sense at all. Getting a hit with either of them would be better luck than good judgement exactly when he needs to be sure to not hit Annie in the head or some unprotected place. That one scene was really underwhelming in that regard. Calder also tends to use big shiny stainless guns. Not the best plan if they need to be concealed or you don't want the enemy to notice them.

It was a really good season. The last six episodes were awesome. I really hope they continue to film in foreign countries. That makes the show both unique and realistic in ways none of the other shows can touch.
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I have said it before and I'll say it again; What was the point of chasing Wilcox all around the world and killing litteraly dozens of people to "get to him" when you end up just killing him anyway? They could've done that a multitude of times, starting even at the start of the season. Lame...

Let's hope they go either into more episodic storylines like they did season 1, or get an actually well-rounded villain next season.

And I too am definately up for some more Eyal, hopefully after Annie/Aggie breaks up.
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I'm right with you on the Annie/Auggie break up, and More Eyal please! Unfortunately they killed the show off with a boring season 5 end of story!
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Because they could not prove Henry orchestrated and funded the bombing attempt in Medalin and the helicopter bombing in Copenhagen as well as other stuff Henry did. Henry not only covered his tracks to protect himself, but he framed Teo, Arthur and Sana's fiance. Therefore Arthur is charged with Treason, etc. The laptop that Annie got in Geneva is the first of the intel she gathered in the last 6 episodes. But they still had to prove more, by bringing Henry in alive for interrogation. However, once they safely brought Oliver Lee in to the CIA, they had a witness. Right now he is the only witness because Braithwaite hung himself. With Oliver Lee alive in custody, Henry is no longer needed alive.
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I'm sure I'll return for the next season to, at least, have an informed knowledge of where the season is going and rather I would choose to invest any time into watching it.

Season four was definitely more interesting than season three. After season three I had almost decided to bid the show a bon voyage, but,in the end, it proved to be more entertaining than I thought it would be.

Because this is a USA network version of an "intense" spy drama, I recognize that much of the "suspense" and "drama" should be taken with tongue-in-cheek. But, in this finale, I had no clue what benefit Annie's "new plan" was to provide by her simply walking up to Henry Wilcox on the street and literally becoming his prisoner. The only thing she managed was to be traded to the Chinese. And, why did she allow herself to be taken so easily to the Chinese safe house when her only obstacles were Henry and the armed Chinese agent who was running down the stairs in front of her, with the unarmed Henry behind her??? She had no problem kicking every armed ass in the room when she escaped the Chinese safe house.

Finally, I know Joan and Arthur are staples on this show, but they are completely ineffectual to me. For two high level, seasoned, professional agents they always seem like they are four steps behind everyone else. If not for Auggie and Annie, Joan and Arthur would look like the Lucy and Ricky Ricardo of the spy world.

In my opinion, Joan should reinvent herself and present a more "I know what I'm doing so give me the ball" persona; Arthur should be retired; keep Calder, he was the best thing to come out of season four (next ti the death of the Henry Wilcox story line).
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I'll probably be back for season five, and I think Annie and Auggie have some of the best female-male chemistry on television--platonic chemistry, that is. Their "romance" is unbelievable drivel and a waste of time.

Things that should happen next season:

1. Get rid of the Annie/Auggie romance. It feels like incest.

2. Bring back Eyal. I don't care how or in what context, just have the guy return. He's arguably the best spy in the whole series, and he works well with the main duo.

3. Bring back Annie's sister (Danielle, if my memory serves me well). She wasn't too important, but it was nice to see Annie open up to a family member every once in a while, someone who can listen and respond honestly without possessing the CIA "taint."

4. Explain what the heck happened to Ben Mercer, who seemingly suffered a terrible case of Put on a Bus (unless I missed an explanation about his whereabouts).

5. Create a menacing, yet actually believable villain. I only bothered with the Henry Wilcox nonsense because Gregory Itzin's role as Charles Logan was one of the best aspects to 24. With the Wilcox character, the writers apparently tried to recreate the image of Logan, except it fell flat because the viewer never received a clear understanding of Wilcox's rationale, what made him tick, what changes the events of the season had on his temperament, and so forth. That was, perhaps, the biggest letdown of the season.
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I second more Eyal and more intel on Ben Mercer, is he still in love with Annie and tracking her every move? If so, creepy. If no, why did he give up so easily?
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If I remember correctly, Annie severed ties with Ben Mercer. She out grew him. There was a scene in their last episode together where she decided not to go away into the sunset with him. She sent him away. It was on an airport runway. I don't know the episode.
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Pity, because he was kind of cute and it was sort of hot the way he looked at her. But I like Annie and Eyal together! Pity she is too stupid to realise that he's the one, and goes after jerks like Simon Fischer, guys who cheat on her like Auggie, and guys with whom she has no chemistry at all like McQuaid

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Exactly. I could have sworn he had this borderline obsession with her.
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And he was the main mystery for like season 1 and half of 2 and then he just dropped off the face of D.C.
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Classic case of a "Put on a Bus."
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I too am very curious to know more about Ben Mercer.
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Ha ha, no, season 4 was the second train wrecking into the previous one. Season 4 felt like a knockoff of The Bourne Identity (the movie franchise, not the book which had little to do with it) only with an even less-believable protagonist and more ridiculous antagonist. It didn't really get darker, it just got dumber as it chased bigger deaths and James Bond castoff characters and plotlines.

Anyway, this was a deus ex machina of a season finale where almost nothing mattered because after all the times of getting Henry in their sights, the good guys finally just kill him like they always meant to. Henry never learns anything, never shows his personal validation for his choices, he just spouts platitudes and shoots lasers at Mr Bond's crotch while twirling his mustache. Henry has been a downhill character since day one, since he was the ousted CIA chief, and he's been shedding depth ever since, which is good because Annie has also shed all character depth in place of this silly plotline.

Henry as the scorpion on the frog's back was such an insult, he's arguing this stuff is just his nature, but real people aren't like that, real people are the heroes of their own stories and at no point did I believe Henry Wilcox was plausible, so his downfall was pointless once we got to him saving Annie in firefights.

Ugh, and Annie, her big plan was to get in trouble and... um... trip and fall into success.

I likely won't be back for season 5, but I can't say never with the promise of ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN NOW and next summer looking so dull in tv.

Calder is a cheap character, but he's earned his stripes, you can keep him.
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Good ending! gives me goose bumps when Auggie said "Annie Walker needs our help. Let's bring her in!"
Couple spy notes:

1) Not checking Henry's body is a major blunder. Or is it a precursor for resurrecting Henry? She should have gone for his phone. His phone will give up 90% of his contacts and she doesn't bother to check???

2) why does everyone work for Wilcox? That idiot DCS Braithwaite, Biana, and etc. Are people that easily bought? How many double spies have the Russians bought in the cold war, with their wealth of a nation? a little too unrealistic.

3) they call henry the biggest traitor in agency history. Really? He was not even CIA when he committed his acts.

4) Some plots could be polished but the characters remain strong. Annie, Auggie, Calder, Joan, Arthur. I will be watching next summer because these strong characters.

5) has anyone noticed they already had Annie in a coat in flats? I think she has slightly shorter leg complexion than average. That's why they have her on heels all the time. If not possible, a coat covers it up.

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Season 5 better feature more Eyal. That's all I have to say!
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I didn't like Wilcox story due to the grief/revenge part, which was really heavy for me and made no sense. However, it did give for a great second part of the season, when his reasons for framing everyone did not matter anymore, and it was all about catching him. I was really proud of the show in these few past episodes... This is becoming a real spy show! Next season we will get the opening titles with jazz music, you will see :)
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made no sense to me either, when we see how he treated Jai at the start.
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I didn't like the grief revenge part either. Henry hated Arthur from the very first episode of Season 1. Arthur had Henry's old job and Henry always wanted it back. That is why he leaked CIA info to the media in season 1, the get Arthur fired. But Jai exposed Henry and he was arrested. To me the grief was just a new excuse, Henry has wanted to get rid of Arthur for a long time.
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Seasons 1 and 2 were a real spy show, seasons 3 and 4 were spy movie cliches stacked on top of each other. Henry's grief/revenge plot was indeed exceptionally heavy nonsense. Maybe next season we'll get no titles at all, just a 3-frame flash of the letters "CA".
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season 1 and 2 were the real spy show!? It was fun, but that was Barbie goes Spy in a pink box! I loved it, though. 3 and 4 it got less and less Barbie, as MaryAnn more or less said. And I think there is a big difference between the words "cliche" and "genre".
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Perhaps you have a James Bond movie idea of what spying is, but when Annie wasn't running around with a gun torturing, when she was just trying to learn intel and turn assets and counter foreign espionage, when she had a real life and then a clandestine job instead of the other way around, that was what being a spy was. The "spy movie genre" is dumb and old and not even what James Bond was supposed to be about in the first place. All that bombast got in the way of this show - you think George HW Bush shot and killed people on a regular basis when he was the DCI? Of course not, he was a politician because that's what the job entailed, and that's what Joan and Arthur used to be: politicians.
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I find this show pure James Bond-movie style the last season, ridiculously so.
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Oh no, James Bond is like spy Barbie but for boys. The reason why I like the changes in Covert Affairs is because the show is less James-Bond-y now. Piper Perabo will never be as credible as a serious spy as Keri Russell in The Americans. But I enjoy them trying to make her be more of what she is supposed to be. There is more action now, and both the part in Russia last season and the second part of this season have been very good in terms of spy action. I do despise, however, that whole stupid idea of Wilcox being in grief for his son. That sucks big time.
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Maybe Henry was wearing a bullet proof vest? Annie did not even check for a gun, pulse or anything else. I liked the suspense when she walked over him. I was not able to see the show Thursday night. It is great that we can see it online http://www.usanetwork.com/videos
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Blood flew out of the chest wounds, if they claim it's a vest they'd be cheating. She should have headshotted him after he was down, and as mentioned in other comments, she should have taken his phone for contents.
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Glad to see the season end, but it seemed too neat. Heck, shoot Henry in an alley and no one bothers to go look. And it might have made for a great next season to have Annie start off in a Chinese prison, after a bit of interrogation. Anyway, back again next year...
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Just no. Her starting in a Chinese prison...Russia much? And she will unrealistically escape as usual lol. No please.
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CA seemed to be getting a bit darker this season, so maybe they could pull off a prison arc. But, yeah, maybe it is just safer to bring her home on a yacht. So, what countries don't know she's a spy yet? Maybe she'll end up operating out of Easter Island. The beach there is nice enough. Great empanadas.
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There are no Wilcox loyalists, for all the reasons.
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Nice Jayne pic. It's from Jaynestown, right?
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He was hiding, because he didn't know he was the hero of Canton yet.
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Agreed. "Wilcox loyalist" is an oxymoron.
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I'm glad they wrapped things up neatly for the season, although it might have been fun to leave Annie trapped in Hong Kong and make her extraction a big season opener.

My biggest beef was that Annie smacked the crap out of the two HK police in the safehouse, but found no opportunity to take out the ONE guard with Wilcox during their entire trip there?

Joan walking to the hospital while in labor? have any of the writers even known someone who was in labor? And walking there; are you kidding me? The pain is excruciating, and a taxi ride is definitely worth the money in this situation.

Finally, HWIC, HBIC; using a lot of acronyms (especially things that never needed to be acronyms ITFP) is not the equivalent of a large vocabulary. I'm not impressed, but rather infuriated. I have to waste time looking this absurdity up and waste memory space in my brain that could be reserved for any number of pieces of more useful information, such as wise sayings of Confucius, mathematical formulae, or, I don't know, real words. Granted, tv.com is not the New Yorker of television writing, but it's not a text message network for HS girls either. Can we tone it down, please?
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I agree with a lot of your post, but Joan is a CIA operative trained to endure torture.
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So she seeks out excruciating pain by not calling a taxi?
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I always interpreted the conversation Joan had with the OB/GYN in episode 14, as Joan asking to schedule an induction, so she would have the baby a few days before the trial began, which is what she really wanted. Most Doctors would agree to that. In episode 16, I assumed she drove to the hospital and was walking from the parking lot. Arthur wasn't available to drive her and she is to independent to ask a Co-worker to drive her. She did not appear in much distress. I doubt she was in full labor in the scene outside the hospital, which confirms to me that she was arriving for a planned induction.
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Point is received, but not all labors are the same, some women handle it fairly easily without that much pain. Joan didn't seem to be excessively struggling at the time. It's obvious it was planned out, perhaps she drove to the hospital and parked far away, there are a few explanations possible. It was a clumsy scene to make the audience question it though.
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I'm aware that labor is different for different people, particularly for those who have given birth recently and have not had the birth canal fully contract, but I could never see it being so pain (let alone risk) free that the mother wouldn't take every precaution and seek out every form of assistance available (especially for her age and being that this is her first delivery). I agree also that it's preposterous that she walked all the way to the hospital in labor, but it does seem like the scene was set up to make her appear like a BAMF at the cost of realism and, realistically, the safety of the baby.
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That explains how she could have stayed through this season.
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Huge fan, and liked the ending, but was a little annoyed by:

-Annie's being hunted by MSS and Hong Kong police and it never occurs to her to disguise herself? It's bad enough being a tall American woman but for gosh sake and least put on a scarf and different clothes!

-How can she not check his pulse after shooting him? Or better yet, a third shot to the head?

-She's barely making it out of Hong Kong and just hangs out in the stern and then the bow of the boat like she's on a joy ride? Go below!

-Finally, a complaint with the whole season: Bring back the theme song!
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She didn't have time to change. She was however running through outdoor markets and a residential area with clothes hanging on a line. I kept saying out loud, "grab a scarf, ditch the coat". She can steal a burner phone but not a scarf? The creators have said they never really explored disguises until she went dark and the hair change was more a metaphor than a disguise. Disguises are just not part of the creators vision I guess. I'm interested to see if Season 5 incorporates disguises because Annie is burned as a covert spy. MSS has a picture of the American CIA agent. Geneva is looking for Jessica Mathews for murder. However, in TV land they may just gloss over that.
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in a way I thought about that too. but I guess in some ways it makes sense becuase I don't think annie was really concerned with them finding her until the end with the farry, but more abotu killing henry. and she was in such a hurry the whole part I understand not taking the time to try and change anything. and I don't necessarily think the ride was fun for her. I would be traumatized and in shock that its all over, and she admitted she didn't know who annie was anymore so I might be nervous to go back. cant wait to see what season 5 brings us too and the problems annie face. I doubt my biggest question which is how annie will tell Danielle she is still alive will be answered in the new season btu i hope soo.
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About the disguise...I kept thinking that too (at least steal a jacket, i understand a baseball hat might be hard to come by) or that was the only time I would have been for her going back to blonde (but if she didn't stay brunette!).
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me too, me too - I was thinking "change your coat and get a pair of scissors, girl!"
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I am so glad that Henry is dead while I would of liked to see him in brought in to answer for his crimes he really needed to die! LOL! I hope Walkerson can get back together again or at least still be able to work together :) I really want Annie to come in from the cold I cannot wait to see how she is able to integrate into her new/old life. It was pretty cool that Calder was made interim DCS I hope he sticks around his character really grew on me over the course of this 4th Season, he may be a stickler for protocol but you can't deny that he gets the job done! I hope that Arthur is cleared and if Joan is able to be let back into the CIA. I want Annie Auggie & Calder to work together again they make a awesome trio! I also wanna see Eyal Lavin again he is such a great asset & friend to Annie & Co! It seems that Teo maybe alive I hope that is cleared up come the 5th Season as well! I loved Teo's character too! BRING ON SEASON 5 Baby!
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Heck, that was a quick pregnancy. I wish I would have been on Covert Affairs instead of having to carry all my kids for the full nine months. Other than that it was ok, I'm just happy Annie wore flats, not heels.
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i too loved the non-stilleto heels. i had problems with annie's 'disguise' being just dyed hair---would have made a lot more sense if she'd cut it short [and finding perabo a wig sholdnt have been much of a problem. but overall i loved the season. i don't undersatnd the hints of breaking annie and auggie up--they are so tender toward each other, such obvious 'soul mates'--and they were too deeply in love to turn back to good buddies. so i hope all that was just to keep us hanging. i think they'd always be tempestuous in ways, given their personalities and their work. given that auggie thought he was cheating on annie with helen, that he'd told her several times he loved her, i don't see how we can see them as 'ex'. just a couple of lovers who need to talk things out. we'll see....
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This story took 9 months of in-universe time, it just didn't feel like it because they cheaped out several times jumping ahead with little notice. Annie spent over a month with Henry's ex-wife before even revealing her identity.
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Perfect season's final!

1. Our "supersmart superspy" became a cold blooded killer. Annie I'm so proud of you! Stay brunette, please.

2. Rot in Hell Henry! I loved how Annie killed that bastard. He deserved every second of it.

3. Calder is alive - and he's coming back in season 5! YAY!!!

4. Joan gave birth to a baby. Awww :)

5. Henry's lackey hang himself.

Annie is coming home and all is well :) I loved season 4 and I'm looking forward for season 5 - it will be a LONG WAIT. I'll miss you, Covert Affairs.

Thanks for season 4 reviews, MaryAnn!
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It was a good episode, though maybe a bit slow as far as action was concerned : I couldn't wait for Annie to start kicking butts ! That master-torture-chinese-spy did underestimate her, not even caring to bind her or anything : I guess he had not heard of Sidney Bristow ! ;-) However, I think this finale was less about action than about psychological suspense : how will Annie get back from the dark side ? I like her better as a brunette, so never mind going blonde again ; but she has been haunted for the last 5 or 6 episodes (good looking, good acting), now she has executed a man, no less (even though Henry deserved it of course, it would have saved Annie's moral intergrity if he had had a gun or a detonator in his hand...). The phone calls with Auggie and Joan strike an optimistic note, but they also underline how far she has gone from such homely normality...
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in a way thats wat im thinking because I feel like this is really going to effect her in season in the past shes went through pain and torture but going through this is different. and I know what you mean about kicking butts, we were half way into the show and im like bring on the action.
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Loved it! Finally a happy ending for as far that it's possible.

Next to the amazing soundtracks, what always suprised me is that Covert Affairs alway shoots in the real locations/countries. And is the only show where scenes in a car are actually in a car driving instead of in a studio with fake/lame backgroundig like the rest of the tv shows on the air.

Can't wait till the next season!
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I don't think they always did as much travel in the first few seasons. But definite exotic location shoots in 4 and 5. Which I agree is much better than the sometimes obvious green screen or stock skyline shots they used to use. But during this season I could still spot their Toronto home base here and there. At times they've used Montreal to provide European architecture, but they really went abroad this season! Looking forward to next season too!
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She shot him ... that's my girl.
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I am going to go 50/50 on this one and hope next season improves. I thought they were going to end it with Annie captured and leave a cliffhanger. That would have been it for me. What I liked, although it took forever and had me almost screaming at my TV, was that Annie finally hit a few people and escaped, something I thought she should have done not long after she got in the car with Henry.
I was also yelling at the TV when she was following him through the streets of Hong Kong. I thought she was going to try and capture him and I was going "'Just shoot him!". And she did ,which made me feel a whole lot better about this show, as I thought maybe the writers were putting down the opium pipe and returning to reality. They had one more hallucination at the dock and then things starting winding down.
This last show also really showed me what has been bugging me all season ,but I couldn't put my finger on it ,and that is the cinematography. The weird long shots and scenes with no dialogue, shots fading or fuzzing out and just the pacing of it all is off. I am wondering if they got new directors or are letting the actors direct and edit (usually a mistake for a show).
I like where they left the show although this last season was horrible. Annie and Auggie are semi together as they have been for 2 seasons now and Joan and Arthur are in a good place with a new baby, Which might make it hard to compete with Calder for the DCS job. Annie will either have to stay dead or try to revive her identity,which includes telling her sister.
I will give next season a try and see what happens. Hopefully they will hire a new writing staff and get back to more of a Jason Bourne type feel as they did when she was in Russia.
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i actully thought seach season improves more and more. I love the suspense and action. and I feel like they do it in the perfect order to the point where things flow and they try to make it realistic. I feel like auggie and annies relationship is so much more complicated now than it has been in the past becuase annie doesn't really know who she is anymore. I like how the fading and stuff happens becuse through the motions and the pictures I have a chance to collect my thoughts and see yhe big picture, idk jsut my opinion. I think the first 2 seasons sucked but i think they've been getting better ever since then.
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I see a definite change in both writing style and filming this season; and I personally just don't like it. I really liked where they hit their stride mid 3rd season and then it just started nose-diving from there. I don't hate the show; I just think it could be so much better.
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Episode was okay. It left us no cliffhangers to make us want to tune in in July, but it did wrap everything up nicely, too nicely. Annie killed Henry?? I know he deserved it, but it was too easy of a wrap up to such a big bad. They should have crippled his network of allies and cronies and set him adrift in the wind. Henry is sure to have just as many enemies that would do worse to him than just shoot him in the heart.

Annie can no longer go to Hong Kong or China. The cops and MSS have her picture. She is burned there. Where else has she been made? If she keeps getting made, then she will have to go to a desk job.

Season 4 is a wrap, what is next for Annie? Who can be the new big bad now that Henry is dead?

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Annie is burned in China and Russia, and allied countries to both. Definitely in Israel. Maybe in Denmark and Sweden as well. She is also known in Germany. Every place they've put out a wanted notice on her with a picture or she's been introduced to a member of their intelligence service.

I definitely like her better with dark hair.
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Spycraft is about leaving no traces. Just saying...
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That was pretty damn great. That's the kind of edge-of-your-seat espionage stuff that this show really excels at. I was really worried about Annie getting out of China.
Annie finally got to kill Henry. YAY!! I'm gonna miss Gregory Itzin though. Henry was a vile evil bastard but Itzin is such a fantastic actor. He really made it easy to hate Henry but he really did deserve to die.
That felt a whole lot like a series finale though. Everything was wrapped up neatly with no cliffhangers. It's gonna be interesting to see where they go from here.
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Well done Annie. To me, she gave Henry the proper sendoff he deserved. Good riddance to backstabbing rubbish. Seeing Covert Affairs take a turn for the dark side has been fun to me this season.

I'm also happy for Calder getting that interim head of DPD job. He very much earned it as Annie and Auggie's best team player. Definitely looking forward to season 5.
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