Following the success of Burn Notice, USA is trying another espionage-based series. While I didn’t expect much, I was pleasantly surprised by this show. Granted, Piper Perabo helps, and while she doesn’t look like a 20-year old anymore, she looks young enough to fit the bill for the title character. I find it surprising that a young CIA trainee would be put directly into the field. Also, it’s my understanding that on domestic issues, the FBI runs the show, not the CIA. The CIA has the operational directive of anything out of the US. I am unsure that it’s legal for the CIA to run a domestic operation, but I could be wrong.
Warning: spoilers ahead
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A young woman is being having a polygraph for her admittance into the CIA. He asks her about her previous lover. She is doing her training and in the middle, she is pulled out to get on a case that requires her language skills. She speaks 6 languages. Whatever.
There is a meeting with the DCS, Director of Clandestine Services at Langley. The girl gets her ID and sworn in as an agent.
Annie Walker meets her boss. She’s been recruited to act as a handler for Stas, an assassin/mobster turned FSB (Russian Intelligence). She has also been asked to be on this case because she can pass as a call girl and she also speaks Russian. She made a friend in Augie, the blind guy leading her around. She’s working at the Domestic Affairs Bureau, or some shit like that. Totally made up IMHO.
She is paged and goes to the suite. This would never happen IRL. Sending in an untrained agent with no field experience to meet a killer. She meets him and hot-syncs her PDA with his. He’s shot by a sniper from another building. She makes it out alive and is extracted by the bellhop. She left the PDA on the scene. She wants to go back for it, but the FBI and the cops are on the scene. The boss okays it.
The actress reminds me of Jennifer Garner. She plays a dumb blonde and goes to talk with the agent in charge. She does the swipe and gets back to the Agency. The intel has no value. After spending time with her new colleagues, someone starts following her. She is able to reverse the tail on them. She crashes her car and heads home. Her family is having dinner. Her sister fixed her up with some boring guy.
Arthur meets with a reporter. She has some leaks from the CIA.
Annie asks her old Russian about a word that Spas used. It was kitten in Estonian, from a few specific villages. She goes to work and gets hauled in for involving a civilian. Her boss dismisses her. Augie tells her that the Agency likes people who take the initiative. She needs his help. They go to the morgue.
Annie thinks that Spas is still alive. The dead guy was a dupe who used the wrong accent. Stas was a Moscovite. They check the body. It has got no tattoos, so the DB is not Stas. They get caught by the feds. They get released because the fed’s boss’ boss called. Annie’s boss realizes that her husband isn’t having an affair. The Director of National Intelligence wants to see him. Another article is going to be published. The reporter has got a lot of sources inside the Agency.
The boss says that Stas is not Stas. Stas was shooting Stas. His ploy was to become deceased so that no one was looking for him and he could kill a Russian journalist in DC. He’s still working for the FSB. They foil the assassination attempt. Annie spots Stas. She’s seen him before at the hotel. She runs after him. He grabs her at the subway. He’s about to execute her, when she disarms him. He is choking her. Her old lover comes by and kills him. He then gets on a train.
There is a cover up. Her lover wasn’t there. Joan says that another agent killed Stas. Ben Mercer is the killer. Annie was brought in because of him. Joan and Arthur talk strategy. As soon as the girl was brought in, he resurfaced. Ben Mercer is some kind of intelligence agent or something.
Ben is watching her home. He was following her in the BMW. Piper Perabo is pretty hot as Annie.