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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The story starts in Toronto. Iranian delegates are at a hotel. One of the delegates does a runner. He is trying to get to America.
Joan is talking to Annie about the note that Ben Mercer left for her. She had it analyzed by the lab. Annie is obsessing about work.
At home, Annie is in a bath when her sister needs help with her husband. She wants her to go on a road trip. Her husband cancelled their 10th wedding anniversary because he has to play golf with his new boss. She wants to go.
Auggie is talking with Liza, the reporter. She’s trying to pump him for info.
Arthur and Joan are in couple’s counselling. What they discuss is above the CIA therapist’s pay level. They talk about the Iranian guy who’s trying to defect. Arthur wants to send Annie to vet him.
Annie has arrived with her sister at Niagara Falls. They are on the Canadian side. Auggie calls Annie. She agrees to meet the guy. The guy is full of strange ideas. Annie has to vet him. He wants to defect.
Joan talks with Annie. She has to fax the documents over. For this, she actually has to buy a fax and use the secure line in her mobile phone. Wouldn’t it have been easier to just take photos with her camera of the documents?
Annie keeps remembering the time she spent with Ben Mercer. Rahimi goes sightseeing with Danielle.
Joan tells Annie that they want to send Rahimi back to Iran as an asset. She wants Annie to make this happen. Rahimi does another runner.
Arthur finds out about Auggie and Liza. He tells Arthur that he has been trying to run an op on her. This morning, Liza asked him if he knew anything about the Albion Group. Arthur says that they can work with that. They plan on baiting her with it. He will tell Liza a story. It will take her months to track this down.
Danielle says that she called Rahimi’s old flame for him. He was in an arranged marriage. His old flame remarried and recently got a divorce. She is coming to see Rahimi in an hour.
Joan learns that Auggie has been called in by the DCS. Auggie gives Liza the fake intel. If she comes crying foul tomorrow, they know who they leak is. Only 17 people in the world know what exactly the Albion Group is.
Rahimi meets with Rudy, but it’s Iranian security. Joan tells Annie to keep away, but she goes after him anyway. She manages to save him from the Iranians. Rahimi gets into relocation. Rudy’s phones were tapped, that’s how they found him.
Annie discovers that Michael came up to surprise her. Annie gives them some privacy.
Liza comes to see Auggie the next day. They’ve got a better handle on who the leak is. Annie realizes that Jay was in Sri Lanka and talking with Ben Mercer.
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