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Covert Affairs Review: California, Here She Comes

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Who had episode four in the TV Fanatic pool for when Annie would be back working for the DPD? I sure didn't, but after getting the boot from Lena for apparently botching the Simon mission, that's exactly where Annie ends up in "Speed of Life."

This isn't setting the reset button, though. When I was worried that Covert Affairs might send all the stories back to the status quo too soon after the season premiere, I wasn't imagining this. This we can work with.

Annie's Unexpected Visitor

Annie was sent back to work at the DPD, but since Simon came back for her by the end of the hour, and she accepted his profession of "like," the situation is still very fluid. She might just go rogue at this point. Lena might HAVE to bring her back into the fold if she's spending just as much time with Simon as she was before.

Either way, this isn't the usual "blow the new stories up to get things back to normal so that fans don't get mad" issue. This was just one wrinkle in this season's longer running plot  Lena wasn't happy with Annie's performance so she had to drop her. Whether that sticks or not depends heavily on what happens after Annie leaves with Simon in that car.

While Annie's time with Simon took up most of the action during "Speed of Life," it was Auggie's story that pulled at the heart strings of us all. Seriously, Parker?!?! You're doing him like that?!?! I guess I could see this coming, but how dare she?!?! This is Auggie we're talking about!

Obviously she couldn't handle the new situation, and maybe she was right in that they weren't a good fit for each other, but that didn't make it any easier to watch happen. He was crushed.

Luckily for us, a depressed and distraught Auggie is just as entertaining as every other version of this character we have seen to date. Between him being snarky at Annie on the phone with "call me when your schedule clears up," and smashing a bottle of beer of Clark's head, Auggie was a joyous depressed drunk.

The hour was full of sad stories, however, because we also had to endure what might have been the last tender moment between Annie and her sister for a long time. Danielle is indeed moving to California. Anne Dudek was never utilized perfectly on Covert Affairs, so maybe it's for the best.

It's going to be difficult to match great moments like Annie and Danielle sharing that tub of ice cream with a spatula from this point forward.

Others will have to step up. I could use a lot more from Arthur and Joan, that's for sure. Maybe the two will be featured in the near future. What do you all think? Without Danielle and Jai, who needs to come into the limelight a bit more?

What did you think of "Speed of Life?" Are you happy with where the stories are going? Did Parker make the correct decision? And what do you think is next for Annie Walker?

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Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Simon knows Anne is a spy... he is a better spy than she is. Which is why he cleverly manipulated the switch without Anne getting a wind of it...I'd say it was a masterpiece and a clear giveaway. He has brought her back into his life because he clearly wants something. Anne was better off with Eyal. I believe that they have a better chemistry as well. Never liked Simon...but then perhaps that was the intention of the makers all along. Auggie's episode was heartbreaking ... but good riddance to Parker, if she couldn't see what a gem of a person Auggie is!

Martinelli

If he didn't know Annie is CIA he's the worst spy ever, which I don't believe. My guess is that he knew exactly the CIA is watching him, he knew who Annie is and played her all along so he'd be sure she's not getting in his way and not getting hurt either. He's mixed business with pleasure which was great for us but let's not forget the green car that was following them. Keep your enemy close, that was his motto. He seems to care for Annie but I'm sure he'd break her neck in one second if he has to. Eyal is better for her and they have great chemistry. I agree but at the moment I don't think she can jump out from Simone's bed and sleep with Eyal. She cares for Auggie but I don't know what to say.

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Of course,Simon knows she is a spy. He knows, she knows. Eyal is better for her and they have great chemistry. Simon is not a nice person and has caused death to innocents. I don't think their chemistry is anything like Annie and Eyal's.
Yeah, Simon is sexy, but he is very bad news for Annie and she is blindly not looking at what he really is.. a master spy and not always on the good side. Ready for her to get back to her old unit and have more on our regular cast. Lena was great and how it ended I did not like. She would have been a good one to keep for side stories.

Martinelli

@Excited Fan - I agree, Simon is absolutely amazing. I love this guy and the show as well. I like the Mossad guy too but I'd prefer Simon, he's sooo hot :) I hope Jay is not dead and out of the picture. I know, most of the times he's been a jerk but I like him. Poor Auggie, I hope he'll be back on his feet soon. I don't understand Parker at all ... to leave Auggie like that. I hope she never comes back. It's hard to wait 2 weeks till the next epi :(

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This was a brillant episode because of Christopher Gorham’s performance as a devastated, distraught, heartbroken Auggie losing the woman that he love so much. I really felt bad for Auggie in this episode. The story caught more of my attention then Annie’s failed mission on Simon. This was a brillant episode because of Christopher Gorham’s performance as a devastated, distraught, heartbroken Auggie losing the woman that he love so much. I really felt bad for Auggie in this episode. The story caught more of my attention then Annie’s failed mission on Simon.

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And poor Devin Kelly for having to suffer through that thankless role. Don't worry, Devin Kelly. You still have a fan in me from The Chicago Code. Maybe you'll land a decent role next time. And Sarah Clarke too. Lena Smith could have been a complex, compelling, nuanced character. Instead, the hack writers make her one dimensional and whack us with the "Hate me" nerf bat like it's going out of style. I still remember her from 24 and Life. Given half decent material she could utterly rock the role.

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Covert Affairs isn't "glitzy, vapid, and polished"? Wow. News to me. It's reassuring, at least, that astoundingly terrible tradecraft isn't solely Annie's domain. The writers just can't write tradecraft worth a damn, which is very problematic considering that this is a spy show. I'm surprised so many people are so worked out about Annie's love life. It's pretty sad, really. Annie has bigger things to worry about than who she's banging. For example, actually being a halfway competent field officer. God, what do I have to do to get an American Tara Chace around here? (Hands up with you got the reference.)

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Most of us knew that Parker was uncomfortable with Auggie being a CIA agent. He should have told her that little bit of information before he proposed. I don't think she is the wonderful girl that he believes she is. Who does that?! Watching her leave, was really hard for me. She was not willing to give any time to the relationship and perhaps work beyond this wrinkle. Good riddance Parker. There appears to be an unspoken attraction between Auggie and Annie. I believe a union between the two of them would fizzle and lose my interest really fast. Lastly, I'm digging Simon and Annie being together. Simon is so handsome and sexy. But, if this show continues to be true to its storyline, something is going to go wrong. There will be no fairytale ending - whether it be that Simon disappears into thin air or Annie turns him into the authorities. I got the feeling that Simon knows Annie is a spy. I'll be on the edge of my seat with this one!

Covert Affairs Season 3 Episode 4 Quotes

I'm used to making jokes at my own expense. It's nice to have someone else around to help with the heavy lifting.

Auggie

Simon: You ever consider taking the metro?
Annie: I like to be in control.

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