Covert Affairs Review: That's Persistence

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After last week's exciting romp with Eyal, "Hello Stranger" wasn't as overtly entertaining, but there was still plenty to enjoy out of this midseason hour of Covert Affairs.

First and foremost was Annie's persistence. She set her mind to the fact that Sayid was a certain way, and Annie Walker didn't stop until she proved it. The Yemen Prime Minister's Chief of Staff was steadfast on keeping Annie and the CIA out of his life, but the operative was able to chip away at him.

Annie in Yemen

Whether it was continuing to quote the article that she knew he wrote, and him denied having any part of, or finding enough time to make it so they were not actually strangers, Annie put in the work that eventually led to a phone call from the turned-asset to end the episode.

During Annie's mission, Joan told her to get out of town in order to remain safe, and she also came up short on providing safety for a potentially turned Sayid. Combine that with the fact that Annie figured Joan for the one who had Eyal profiling her, and you have one unhappy operative.

I don't know how I feel about Annie putting in for a transfer. On the one hand, I like the possibility of her working with Lena again and she seemed charmingly confident in her decision to leave in Joan's office. On the other, it kind of felt like she was just crying because she didn’t like her situation.

Joan, meanwhile, was nothing but kind to Annie upon her return. She wanted to have a heart to heart with girl, telling her to ask any questions she had about what happened. I felt bad for Joan when Annie basically said "Screw you, I'm jumping ship."

It's not like Joan doesn't have other things going on either. It's not fancy dinners and romantic walks on the beach for her and Arthur. The latter seems to be well on his way to the Chinese Ambassador position and it seems to be causing a rift in their marriage.  

Other than a cute "what if" game with Annie while she was making decisions in the field, Auggie was out of the main story this week. His own little adventure with the DPD therapist was nearly as exciting as everything that went on with Annie and Sayid.

Watching her don a blindfold to see what it is like for Auggie to walk the streets was awesome. Not only was it interesting to see him take the initiative in his therapy, but it led to an awfully revealing fact about his life.

At one point he couldn't handle it. Auggie got fed up and walked into traffic, hoping that the cars would finish the job that explosion failed to. That is some serious truth and honesty he shelled out to the shrink. Luckily for him - and for all of us fans - the cars were able to get out of his way in that moment.

Auggie has obviously grown since then, but I'm sure there are many more issues the man needs to work out. I, for one, can't wait to see him attempt to do that over the next couple of episodes.

What did you all think of "Hello Stranger?" Was it a let down after "This is Not America," or was it your favorite yet? What do you think about Annie putting in for a transfer? How about Auggie's field trip?


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Weak episode. Piper is irresistible to the eye, but her limited range could sink this show. Makes one appreciate Lauren Holley, who turned in a nuanced guest appearance, all the more.


Boring episode. The show needs more Auggie and less Annie.


I thought this was the weakest episode of the season so far.


I thought it was a good episode. Annie was trying to do some actual manipulating of people for information, the very thing the CIa is supposed to be doing. She had done her homework, correctly as it turns out, and managed to turn an assett inspite of all the rear end covering and politically correct posturing by Arthur and the state department. She got permission to go from Joan, but that was the end of the support from Joan. Arthur threw her under the buss in the name of personal gain, Joan wimped out following Arthur's lead, and Annie decided that wasn't what she signed up for. She want's to be a spy, she doesn't want to be manipulated for the gain of Arthur. I'm not surprised she asked for a transfer. I thought the whole Auggie/Shrink thing was lazy writer's way of giving Chris something to do rather than thinking through a story that would actively involve him in supporting Annie in the field.


Who does Kari Matchett's wardrobe!!? It must be in her contract that she gets to wear sleeveless cocktail dress while the rest of the cast wears business attire.


I like what Terrie said: this show has potential but it just keeps missing the mark. I can't quite put my finger on why. Auggie (and Christopher Gorham) is great. Joan is great. Joan's husband is great. But Annie? There's something amiss that makes this a DVR for when there's nothing else on show for me.


I was flummoxed by Annie asking for a transfer...I mean why, for heavens sake? She has a real supporter in Joan, and Auggie is always there for her, too. It just doesn't make any sense to me, unless she is looking for more glory for herself or trying to advance to a higher level in her career. Still, I think she could do that within the DPD, so this move makes little sense and smells of immaturity on her part. And what about Jai's death? Why isn't more being done in that area, especially by Annie who was his friend? I also loved the Auggie and therapist blindfolded part of the ep, that was just brilliant, but then, I am a huge Christopher Gorham fan, so I'd watch him read the phone book. All in all, not a great ep, showing Annie as an anti-heroine


As Augie and others keep bringing up the question of whether Annie is doing ok, I have to assume (unhappily) that this is plot development? Made for an episode so full of holes and Annie's ego that it was basically boring and a waste of an hour. The people in charge need to watch the first season and remember what gave this show potential. Otherwise, I'll be watching my DVD collection of The Man From UNCLE for spy entertainment during this hour


I totally agree. Annie was a total b!itch in this episode.


I will not be watching this train wreck again.

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