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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?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Terrie

Exactly, Does Simon know Annie is a spy??? I don't believe he does or he would not have went after her......perhaps I missed something...... Annie possibly going rogue???? There's already been incidents where she has....... Auggie was heartbreaking.......I think a lot of fans are wanting Auggie and Annie together......... What happens now that none of Annie's immediate family is in the scene?

Tanner1511

My heart broke for Auggie but it was inevitable (right???) bec Annie and Auggie are meant to be!! I cant read Simon and that is very annoying and frustrating. Does he for sure know that Annie is a spy? if so why come back, why risk everything for a girl you have known only 72 hours or so? I just dont understand the logic?

Danforcella

neojhun: With all due respect, I don't think I was "harping" on it at all. 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.

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nd admitted he "liked" Annie deeper than ever. Their personal relationship has grown immensely and was always supposed to be more important. The reason why Annie is now more integral to the CIA operation happened because her cover was blown.Simon was willing to sacrifice and give in to the fact she was probably a threat to him professionally . Annie and Simon's personal relationship is now key to the whole operation.
Also yes the whole episode was full of bitterness and sadness without much relief. But it clearly proves my previous TV Fanatic comment one how C.A. "really grown and a matured". C.A. is not the glitzy, polished, vapid drama like most US television it once was. This episode hurt (not a bad thing) but damn was its context deep making it hurt soo damn good. I guess Dan just wasn't mature enough to pick up on all the stimulus of how awesome this episode was.
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Yikes Dan missed the point and maybe needs to "grow up" to get a better grasp. The review kept harping on how "sent back to work at the DPD" was the end of the world for the new high flying Annie. The scene where Simon roll up in his car on Annie's walk to give in to "personal desires" was clever a foreshadowing, one natural to the essence of Covert Affairs (C.A.). Let Me Explain how
From the pilot a quote from Auggie "In fact the CIA highly encourages dating with in the agency". A quote that stuck with me because it shows how in C.A. spy life interferes and eventually seeps into personal lives. Because of the essence of C.A. dictates that Annie's spy relationships will be pulled into her personal life. The "blow the new stories up to get things back to normal so that fans don't get mad issue" does not even exist. Just because the self admitted bitch Lena had to throw Annie back DPD was solely a pragmatic Official Severance. But since Simon gave in and admitted he "liked" Annie deeper than ever. Their personal relationship has grown immensely and was always supposed to be more important. The reason why Annie is now more integral to the CIA operation happened because her cover was blown.
Simon was willing to sacrifice and give in to the fact she was probably a threat to him professionally . Annie and Simon's personal relationship is now key to the whole operation.
Also yes the whole episode was full of bitterness and sadness without much relief. But it clearly proves my previous TV Fanatic comment one how C.A. "really grown and a matured". C.A. is not the glitzy, polished, vapid drama like most US television it once was. This episode hurt (not a bad thing) but damn was its context deep making it hurt soo damn good. I guess Dan just wasn't mature enough to pick up on all the stimulus of how awesome this episode was.
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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.