Covert Affairs I Can’t Quit You Baby S01E10 (USA)

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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 comes home late. Danielle asks Annie to host a field trip at the Smithsonian in two days.

Some guy is going through customs at JFK and does a runner when rough diamonds from Angola are discovered in some medical case. Wilcox wants to be involved or something like that.

Annie organizes the field trip. Annie has a tooth problem and isn’t going to see a dentist.

The dude has been back and forth at least 20 times. Each time he was probably carrying rough diamonds. Someone at the London embassy is involved, because his medical packages were always cleared in advance. He’s not talking.

Annie is asked to go to London and she’s told that she can’t refuse. Wrigley’s expeditor at the embassy is Vivian Long. Annie’s cover will allow her to be turned and used by these people.

Annie is in London. Long picks her up. She’s a terrible driver. Annie’s cover includes a bad gambling addiction. Jay is working as backup.

Annie is talking with Auggie. She’s got to go undercover now.

Wilcox goes to see Arthur. He’s an obnoxious asshole.

Wrigley is starting to break down. Jay is looking into Vivian with help of the London CIA desk. They get shot at by some woman. She escapes.

Wilcox realizes that in the transcripts, he never asks about his wife. They find a photo of Patricia Wrigley. She’s not the type to marry a pharmacist.

Patricia is the woman who ran away from the warehouse. Meanwhile, Annie and Vivian go gambling. Patricia is there. Annie’s cell phone and hotel key get lifted. They check her work phone and rifle through her hotel room.

Auggie matched the prints from the warehouse to Patricia, Wrigley’s wife’s prints. Annie wins at craps. She won $30K. This wasn’t according to plan. She has to lose it all and get into debt by $8K. Vivian offers to hook her up with her smuggling contacts. They would pay off her debt.

Patricia is Alara Komen, an ex-Turkish spy that became a merc. It turns out that Turnbull, some guy that Vivian knows, turned her. She got in too deep and now can’t stop.

Annie meets with Alara. It looks like Vivian won’t be much use to Alara anymore. From the way that Alara is talking, she might be getting rid of her. Annie’s niece calls her. Auggie was the person who gave the class of 3rd graders the tour. Annie tries to reach Vivian. Annie calls the office with the encrypted phone. She says that they are going to rid of Vivian. Wilcox doesn’t want to save Vivian because it will tip their hand. It makes some kind of sense. Arthur stands his ground and says that Wilcox should leave.

Vivian arrives at the warehouse. Her last errand included getting Patricia a US passport. Annie took a cab to the warehouse. It was a trap. They catch her. Alara knew that she spoke Turkish. She could see it in her eyes. Jay and some embassy spooks are on sight. There is gunfire. Viv and Annie manage to get away. They are cornered by Alara on the outside. Annie uses her body to shield Viv. Jay shoots Alara.

Wilcox is kicked out. Henry is back in bed with his wife, finally.

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

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