Covert Affairs When the Levee Breaks S01E11 (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 is wearing her Louboutin shoes again. Some guy is getting a lifetime intelligence award.

Some bad dudes go after some professor in Hong Kong. They mention Ben Mercer.

Joan comes to get Annie. Ben Mercer walks up to a barrage of guns and surrenders himself. The accent of the soldiers is German, or something like that.

Ben Mercer is in CIA custody. He was supposed to provide a chemist to an arm’s dealer. He was being run by Jay Wilcox. He met Annie Walker and during that time, he decided to give the professor a new life. That’s when he went rogue. Annie is told to leave. They are getting into matters above her clearance level. Arthur goes to see Ben. He says that Anton Sabine abducted by Felix Artigas. He was taken to Sri Lanka to develop chemical weapons, undetectable by normal means. He needs Agency resources to stop this.

Arthur wants Annie to go to Sri Lanka. Arthur is told that Liza is going to write damming article on something. They go to Sri Lanka to meet a Tamil warlord.

Arthur wants Auggie to talk with Liza again. The article that Liza is writing will put missions in jeopardy. Joan is told of this article and that she will have to step into Arthur’s shoes if he leaves.

Jay goes to see his dad. Wilcox knew Ben Mercer. He also tells Jay to create some space between himself and Arthur.

In Columbo, Ben and Annie meet with Lonestar at some Buddhist Temple. He gives them some info in exchange for some Pringles and $50K. He is poisoned by the tea. They leave. They make their escape on a motorcycle. Ben pays for it with a wad of cash. They outrun and outsmart their pursuers.

Auggie meets with Liza. He apologizes and gets 72 hours.

Annie and Ben are hiding out in the place where they spent time before. They sort of rekindle their relationship. Jay finds them the next morning. They have a raid scheduled for the arm’s dealer’s biggest mansion in Bali, Indonesia. They find nothing.

Auggie learns from Liza that Arthur played him. The article was about Arthur.

Liza has been talking with Wilcox. She’s his stooge.

Joan was approached by the vetting committee for the DCS job. She wants to fight back so that they can both still work here.

Annie and Jay lose Ben. They find out where Artigas is hiding his operation. They find Ben making some deal with Artigas to move the professor. They try and stop him. Jay has got his kill orders for Ben Mercer from Arthur and Joan. Artigas falls off the building. Ben is saved by Annie. A helicopter arrives to ferry the team away. Ben is shot in the back while trying to get away.

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Author: range

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

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