Covert Affairs Review: The Champagne Boom

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Covert Affairs returned tonight after a long hiatus, and while "The Wake-Up Bomb" introduced some new concepts for the series, it didn't disappoint those of us that were eager to welcome Annie, Auggie and the rest of the DPD back into our lives.

The first difference was that Annie no longer lives with her sister. Viewers might have as much trouble adjusting to Annie on her own as this gorgeous spy had. It was easy to tell that she enjoyed coming home to a warm reception from Danielle and her family, and it was great to watch our heroine receive that love on a semi-nightly basis.

Annie Walker in Action

Those days are gone. Not only has Danielle kicked Annie out, but she spent the majority of this episode acting like a complete jerk to her sister. Thankfully, by the end of the hour, Danielle caved, and actually allowed Annie to take her time removing her stuff from the guest house.

As Jane noticed, this situation took its toll on Annie. She wasn't being herself, which is understandable considering the sibling feud and mission failure.

That's the other thing that was different about "The Wake-Up Bomb." We don't witness Annie failing all that often, so it was refreshing to see a different set of circumstances surrounding her here. Annie took all of Joan's actions throughout the episode as negative reactions to Annie's screw up, but of course it was just Annie reading way too far into things.

Annie is always too hard on herself, and she'll have to learn that even she makes mistakes sometimes... even though, let's face it, that doesn't often seem to be the case.

Still, there was plenty going on that should have seemed very familiar to us, which is always nice. First of all, Annie had a thing for a guy. What's new? The only problem? This time that the guy turned out to be a terrorist. Or suspected terrorist at least.

Xavier was a great character. I wished he had just turned out to be an easy romantic endeavor. He was much more likable than most of the guys she's been involved with throughout the series.

What else are we used to on Covert Affairs? Annie saving the day! Unlike her failed mission in the teaser, our favorite CIA operative put all the pieces together in the nick of time to save herself and Xavier from getting blown to bits by the latter's terrorist brother.

The final piece of familiar material was Jai being off on his own attempting to maneuver his way to the top. He seems to have finally perfected his craft, as we witnessed him trick his dad into pulling the necessary strings to get him promoted. This is a story, and a character, in whom I have yet to get interested. I could have cared less what Jai was up to. Perhaps that's just me.

"The Wake-Up Bomb" was a very nice return for Covert Affairs, even though it lacked in Auggie screen time and any appearance by Peter Gallagher. What did you all think of the episode? What was your favorite development?


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Who's "Jane"?


i love annie. through her eyes,the whole cia world opens up. and piper knocks herself out(literally) to play the role. i think the venice bit was a field trial. joan seemed proud of annie. it's auggie i don't trust. like him but why has he always been there for annie? joan certainly didn't assign him as field guide. mingus? quickest way to establish trust is to find common ground. many other clues s1. liza would never hit on someone without a reason. his comment s1 E5: "putting career advancement before personal life". NEVER making a pass
at annie. my mother wouldn't be safe from that guy. oh well...have to wait for "yoda" levine for some clarity.


Annie annoys me so much, but I love the show! I enjoy the characters except for stupid Annie who can't do anything correctly. She ruins a lot of things. I do not know why she is so valuable to the CIA. I am unsure of where they are going with Jai. I love him but they are making him bad. Auggie was amazing as always. Why does Annie need to live with her sister? She is being a bit of a baby, in my opinion (which doesn't mean much).


question? in venice,why wasn't annie killed by that dark haired,left handed assassin? she had the intel. joan took that failure calmly. good episode but along with the safe house,maybe she'll get an alias and rid of that red car.


Annie wasn't a very good agent this episode. I don't care much for Jai but I like his development this episode.


More Jai.. please.. I love his character!
I wish there was more Annie&Jai Scenes!


Less jai, more auggie!!!!!


I thought it was a great episode and it wasn't enough Auggie/Annie moments I hope they do more in the next 5 episodes and it was good we got to see more of Jai to figure out what is his plan on what to do about the leaks, his father and what other agendas he has up his sleeve? I'm looking forward to the next 5 episodes to find out! I just hope his character doesn't go bad like his father! I hope next episode more Auggie screen time not enough in last night's episode!


Enjoyable episode, but agree not enough Auggie screen time. I could easily do without Jai - hate to think of him protecting our country! Loved the scene with Annie & Auggie after the explosion and especially Auggie's peek-a-boo!


I don't care about Jai either, and I was so hoping he go fired when he was packing up his desk. Poor Joan. Jai is going to be a thorn in her side, no doubt.

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Covert Affairs Season 2 Episode 11 Quotes

Annie: How do you always know it's me?
Auggie: Some people call it a sixth sense. I like to call it a fifth, but that's just me.

Auggie: You have some place to stay?
Annie: You mean besides Joan's dog house?