Covert Affairs What Is and What Should Never Be S01E08 (USA)

Covert Affairs title card

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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Annie wakes up with a gun in her hand. She’s barefoot and there’s a body at her feet. She’s in federal custody. The same FBI man talks with Annie.

Joan poses as Annie’s lawyer. The FBI man knows that she’s from the CIA. This started 2 days ago. She attended an auction as part of her Smithsonian cover. She was here to watch the auction of a painting. Someone offers 10 million for ‘A Wild Scene’. It’s strange. The auction house won’t tell her who bought it.

Annie invited Jay to a BBQ at her house. Ben Mercer popped into her house. He marked the Cole painting at the auction. There’s more there. He says that this has to do with an arm’s dealer Murrat. Russ Hilbert, Murrat’s number two, uses the auctions for his dealings. The CIA wants to control the arm’s deal. Mercer wants to stop it. He says that the agency is using her to get to him. He wants her to go to see a woman at the auction house, or something like that.

At the office, Annie runs a search on Ben and is denied clearance. A search on Sophie Jacklin does the same thing. Jacklin is the woman at the auction house. Annie uses the passwords that Ben gave her. Jacklin pulls a gun on her. Ben was her contact at the Agency. The Russians are selling the plans to Murrat. Annie convinces her that she needs to come with her to Langley.

They try to escape, but Murrat’s men are here. They shoot a security guard and give chase. I think that Annie is still wearing Louboutin shoes. I’m not sure, but the red underside of the shoe is very distinctive. Annie is knocked out after she starts a fire in the warehouse. Jacklin managed to shoot one of their assailants. She is shot afterwards.

Annie doesn’t tell Joan the whole story about Murrat. The shooters were Turkish. Annie trying to lie, but Joan catches her.

Jay goes to Annie’s place. Auggie is running ops. Auggie finds that Annie was looking into Ben Mercer. Jay finds photos of Annie and Auggie. He makes a call to Joan.

Joan starts questioning her about Ben. Annie does the same.

We see that Annie is out of FBI custody. She told Joan everything. Joan tells her that Mercer went rogue. Joan doesn’t lie about why Annie was recruited. Joan doesn’t tell Annie anything.

Annie has to report to the FBI agent. She has to help him out. They find that the Cole painting was stolen. It was taken in the last 5 minutes. Another guard was killed. Annie is told to go home.

At home, she finds a message from Ben and goes to a boat. She finds the guy from the auction there. He’s Russ Hilborn. Wow, that was really stupid of Annie. She thought that she was meeting Ben. She is able to get rid of the two guys trying to kill her. Jay arrives with the feds.

Joan tells Arthur that they aren’t going to use Annie as bait anymore. Arthur says that as long as Annie is working for the Agency, Mercer will be keeping tabs on her.

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I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

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