Covert Affairs Review: Mall, Rat

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At the end of "Glass Spider," Annie Walker went back and forth on one of the most difficult decisions of her life, and then she was shot in the chest by a woman who has been integral in her decision-making for the better part of this season.

Sarah Clarke... you got us again! Maybe everyone and their brother saw this coming - heck, I even mentioned it in my review of the season three premiere because of Clarke's past as dirty 24 agent Nina Myers - but Lena was so good to Annie that I didn't predict it to ever end like this.

Will Annie Bring in Simon?

A couple shots to the chest?  Sure, Lena came in and took out Simon. That I get, but taking out her own quasi-protégé while she's at it? I was stunned. And I was absolutely devastated. What did she have in that file that she gave to Arthur?!?What other than Annie's love for Simon could be so incriminating?  Unless it's made up information, which will make me hate Lena even more!

If intensive care or a coma is where Annie is heading in the near future, it's a shame, because Piper Perabo was fantastic in "Glass Spider." Before Annie was lit up like a Christmas tree, she made that tough decision to leave everything behind and run away with Simon. Then she changed her mind and decided to head back into the DPD.

Watching her toil with that decision was exhilarating. I know the entire series is about Annie being a spy, but Perabo was so good in those moments that I continued to wonder what the girl was actually going to do. I bought it hook, line and sinker that she truly wanted to get the heck out of dodge and live a whole new life with Simon.

The Annie and Simon dynamic has been great all season long, and it will be missed if the latter is dead from his shots to the chest. It's funny how the guest player is most surely gone while the leading actress is certainly not going to die from what seemed like very similar injuries.

Luckily, we'll probably never lose the Annie and Auggie relationship, which is still just as great. Because she had been keeping her best friend out of the loop on all of the Simon business, this hour was filled with plenty of emotional words, silences, and glances. When he found out that she destroyed the microphone, and simply asked her if she loved Simon, my allergies really started to act up. It was just more powerful stuff from the dynamic duo of Chris Gorham and Perabo.

"Glass Spider" was extremely tense overall. Between the initial mission at Jai's safe house, the meet at the mall and Annie's final rendezvous with Simon, I was on the edge of my seat through the majority of the hour.

That's when Covert Affairs is clicking on all cylinders. When the tension and emotion are both so high that your heart feels like it's going to beat out of your chest... that's great television. I got there tonight. Did you?

Since they still don't know who was behind Jai's murder, Lena went rogue, and Annie may or may not be in both health and professional trouble, there should be plenty to enjoy next week on Covert Affairs. How can we wait seven whole days?


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I was shocked too. After the episode I was just standing speechless. I didn't see this coming. I knew Simon is not going to be in this for long but to be shot by Lena, and Annie with him ... that's something I did not see coming. I was hoping that Simon is going to disappear and resurface next season, but I guess that's never going to happen. I hate Lena.


the song at the and is called the "blower's daughter" and this version is done by scala & kolacny brothers.


OMG X 3! This episode just blew me away, and I was shocked that Anne got shot at the end by Lena, though I have never really liked Lena to begin with, I just did NOT see this coming at all. I was stunned and I cried even harder, though I was already weepy from what was happening earlier in the episode. My lord, how are the writers going to keep Anne from Lena trying to finish her off in the hospital? Or will she wake up with no memory of the whole thing? I sincerely hope that Anne and Auggie get together, because they have such incredible chemistry, but I also hope that the two of them find out that Lena is a mole and take her down! I bet she killed Jai!


So bummed about Simon getting shot and the writers saying he is dead. His storyline with Annie was the best of the show so far and had converted me from an occasional watcher to one waiting for the next episode. I rewatched the first few episodes of 'Coupling' and am amazed by Richard Coyle's range. From playing the Kramer on Coupling, to transforming into the sexy, tough guy with a heart on Covert Affairs! Kudos. I hope USA brings him back in some shape or form. He is a star!
One of the earlier comments gave me pause about a possibility I hadn't thought of: while like most others I had interpreted Lena checking Simon's pulse as a way to make sure that he was dead, it now occurs to me that she might have been trying to make sure he was alive. I could buy her being the long lost sister or a former lover Simon never committed to.


Does anyone know where I can purchase the blue camp shirt Annie wore in the Glass Spider epidode or who it is manufactured by?


Has it crossed anyone's mind that maybe Arthur is in on the whole thing with Lena?


My theory is that Lena is actually Simon's sister. It seemed odd when he mentioned her out of the blue in Cuba, and I think the writers put that in as a hint. Also noticed Simon appeared to recognize her as he tried to shield Annie. This may be due to her also being an FSB agent, but I think the story line goes deeper... as it should.


The song is called 'The Blower's Daughter' and while I can't say what ensemble did the version in the show,the original was by James Blunt and was featured in the movie "Closer".


OMG myheart was in my mouth...DOES ANYONE KNOW WHO SANG THE LAST SONG...CANT TAKE MY EYES OFF HER? cant find it anywhere and it soooo heartwrenching...btw...Annie cant die....I noticed she wore the same shirt and suit as when they went after the mole...she had taken a chest "bullet protection vest" from the squad before they chased him down...just watched it again as a acting from entire cast Ive seen in a long time on stil my heart!


I wonder how much of Annie's love for Simon was real and how much was her justifying having slept with him. Kind of like the women who date guys who rape them to make the violation ok.

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Covert Affairs Season 3 Episode 8 Quotes

Annie, bring me back a Cinnabon.


Auggie: On a scale of 1 to 10, how big a deal is this?
Arthur: Knowing Jai, 12.