Covert Affairs Review: Movin' Out (Annie's Song)

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Unlike what I predicted last week, the Covert Affairs summer finale did NOT leave us with a cliffhanger. Instead, "World Leader Pretend" simply - and rightfully - shoved our sweet protagonist in a new direction.

Yes, Annie finally told her sister about the two-year old secret she had been keeping, but it was Danielle's reaction that was the most interesting development.

Summer Finale Photo

I know we are supposed to side with Annie because she's the main character, but it was hard not to be with Danielle every step of the way as she packed up her sister's boxes. If you're keeping it a secret to protect your sister, then why are you telling her two years later?

You either never bring her into the fold or you tell her right away. Does Annie no longer care about protecting Danielle? Or was her entire reasoning for keeping the secret a lie?

Sure, Danielle sort of apologizing for blowing up earlier made for a nice sentimental moment between the sisters, but she really should have continued to be furious. In the end, though, she's smart in sticking with her decision to kick Annie out of the house. How on Earth is it safe to be living in the same home as a CIA agent? And with two young kids? It's time to move on, Annie.

It will be nice to see Annie out on her own. I just hope this won't mean she loses the relationship she has with Danielle and the children. The space is necessary in order to keep them all safe, but too much space will prevent many of the most satisfying moments on the series.

While Danielle finally finding out took up most of my emotional energy, the mission of the week expended the rest of it. Shen, the Chinese scientist that Annie helped defect to the U.S., was great throughout. Even as he was suffering through an 80% death needle to the shoulder, he took the time to wish Annie good luck with her sister. What a stand-up guy.

The mission also filled up the necessary action sequence quota for a finale, beginning with the suspenseful extraction. As Annie and Shen made their way through the hotel, the kitchen, the back halls, and into the van, I thought something terrible was going to go down at every step of the way. Fortunately, they made it out unscathed. Unfortunately, the soup they ate much earlier was what ended up killing Shen.

And to end the episode, we were witnesses to a fantastic foot race through Chinatown, which finished with an all-out fist fight between Annie and the Big Bad of the week. Kudos to Annie for continuing to grow as a physical threat out in the field, as demonstrated here by besting the dude all by her lonesome. 

The summer finale also included Joan shipping Jai off to Arizona, Auggie's friend turning him in to the State Department, and Arthur taking care of business with his fists before popping a few breath mints. What more could you ask for?

So, that does it for this summer of Covert Affairs. Annie, Auggie, and the gang will return this winter with all new episodes of this second season. Be sure to return to TV Fanatic, where we will continue to bring you all the news, previews, and reviews on Covert Affairs.


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Great episode! I'm glad Annie broke up with Dr. Scott, she's really in love with Ben who is far more handsome, Besides, they have the same interests. The rest of the cast was awesome.


This was a good summer finale I was disappointed she broke off her relationship with Doctor Weiss! I wanted to see more of him not less and what is up with Jai? My mom and I were so disappointed it look like Jai might go the darkside like his father! They need to resolve the storyline of the Liza Hern leaks with his dad and the ending of this summer finale because Joan was giving him a transfer knowing he is not happy where he is at the DPD! My favorite moments was between Annie and Auggie they got much closer in this episode! HE stayed and sleep at the hospital while she was tested, the big hug moment, working together on finding out how the chinese scientist died she tried to help defect to the US and when they go to a Baseball game together. Now that Danielle kicked her out. She is going to need Auggie now more than ever! He will help her find a new place to live!


Maybe Jai knows somebody in the Deputy Director or Director's office? Those are probably the go-to guys if you need somebody to kick D/NCS Arthur Campbell's ass for allowing his wife to run her personal fief so wastefully. Really not fond of Joan. It's one thing to Siberia an incompetent employee. Doing the same to an officer who is more senior, more experienced, and more [i]competent[/i] than your wunderkind Annie? When all he wants is to be able to run an op or two, which is to say, do his [i]job[/i]? It's not like he's asking for much. That is just criminally wasteful. And really, "criminally wasteful" sums up what the writers have done with Jai in a nutshell. Here you have a South Asian character who isn't a sad stereotype (I'm looking at you, BBT's Raj or Franklin and Bash's Pindar), and what has he gotten to do this season? A simple black bag job, a honey pot, and punching a guy out, and that's [i]it[/i]. That's sad, writers. Just sad.


I got to agree Danielle sound kinda of selfish kinda of make you wonder if its her fault the hunsband left( I know it always the woman falut)


Good review of what was to me, the best written episode of the series to date by a huge margin. I liked most of the same parts. I especially liked that Annie took the bad guy down herself. Annie and Auggie appeared to grow a quantum closer in this episode. They have a delightful relationship with out the constrictions of romance, at least for now. Kudos to the writers and actors for creating that so well and building it slowely. OK, I can understand why she didn't tell Danielle to start with. She wasn't confident enough in her place or choice yet. She needed to grow first. Two years seems about right to me. I think two years into the career is probably about where one tells a sister like Danielle, or never tells her, but moving out is gong to happen anyway for a lot of resons, not least of which Annie is going on 30. I was a military vet, out of engineering school, living 2500 miles from home with two kids at that age. It's time. It's plausible for a character like Annie, but it's definitely the tipping point. I think the Jai/Henery/Liza thing is going to be a lot bigger for the rest of the season. Lots of possibilities. If details of the acting during the phone call matter, in other words if they were written in, it may be important that the call Jai made looked to me to be an internal call. He hit one button to make the call. Speed dial is common but if it was a darkside call I'd think he wouldn't make it from inside. It certainly wasn't to his Dad - he wouldn't have had to say "It's Jai" in that tone to his dad. If he is not going over to the dark side, my leading cadidates would be Arthur, Auggie, or Annie (probably not Joan). So if the detail matters, and it's an internal call, the list is limited because we just don't know any players the writers haven't placed on the stage. It could also have been to the General Counsel but that doesn't seem as likely. If he is going to join his Dad, which would be a huge dissapointment, it could have been anybody else other than Joan but not one of the first three. At this point the possibilities are wide open, the story could go in any number of really entertaining directions. To me that's a huge but maybe more subtle cliffhanger. At least we don't have to wait most of a year to find out what happens next.


I enjoyed this episode immensely. I think I understand Danielle's reaction, but what I hated to see was Annie breaking it off with Dr. Scott. I wanted more of him, not less.
My favorite parts were the two scenes with Arthur. The way he bolstered his wife, then went after the guy from State, it left me cheering. Well done. It was good to see Arthur on the offensive instead of defensive.
Is anyone else wondering if Jai will play the card he is holding with his dad and the reporter? Could he use it to stay in DC?


Arthur Campbell was absolutely epic the way he handled that jerk from State. Let me tell you, I was definitely cheering him on!


um, it's just a job, not her whole identity. she hasn't even been working there that long. who cares if she didn't tell danielle? CIA people would probably lie to their loved ones all the time. bit of an overreaction on danielle's part in my opinion. i don't tell my siblings heaps; it's not like they're spouses or something. and im sorry, but as if living with a cia agent is THAT dangerous; she's not james bond


Great episode love how this show continues to evolve. Also this ep had an audible "sh*t" in it, first time I've heard it on CA.

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Covert Affairs Season 2 Episode 10 Quotes

Annie: You have a friend everywhere.
Auggie: Friends come in handy at a time like this.
Annie: They sure do.

Secret is like a wall. It can protect, but it can isolate.