Covert Affairs Review: Unlucky in Lavender

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How do you come back after a thrilling episode such as "Glass Spider?" Covert Affairs knew exactly what to do.  

In "Suffragette City," the USA Network hit put the ball in Chris Gorham's court and simply let him do his thing. The results were fantastic.

We've seen Auggie get emotional before, but this might have been a whole new level. From the first moment he heard that his country thought that she was a traitor, he was as upset as we've ever seen. Auggie probably wouldn't have been more bothered if it were him in trouble with the department.

One of Their Own

And that's why we love Auggie - and the Auggie and Annie relationship. He wanted to do anything he could to help her, and that included listening to and then breaking into Lena's polygraph session. When she claimed she thought Annie might have had something to do with Jai's death, it was the last straw for Auggie, but I still can't believe he jeopardized himself like that.

But that is how much he cares for his friend. He lost control a little bit, but thankfully he was still thinking rationally enough to figure out Lena was behind everything. If she didn't have to pile on the perfume, or if she didn't lay on the "I'm here to help" bit so thick, maybe Auggie wouldn't have picked up on it.

Unfortunately for Lena, he did, and she's done for! Sure, she is covering most of her tracks now, and it probably take Auggie a while to figure out enough to be able to prove his theory, but it is only a matter of time before it all comes crumbling down for Lena.

We may have expected a Nina Myers-esque story from the very beginning, and Lena double-crossing Annie by shooting her and Simon at the end of last episode reminded us of Sarah Clarke's time on 24, but "Suffragette City" was the first time that it all felt eerily similar.

For all of the jokes I have made in the past, Clarke's character never really felt like Nina Myers until this entire hour. Quietly attempting to keep her cover, lurking in the shadows, being an absolute a-hole to the characters we love, it all felt a whole lot like that first season of 24 to those of us who watched it way back when. Like the outcome from that story line, I don't see Lena finishing this arc anything but in prison or dead.

Finally, we have to talk about the comatose elephant in the room. After taking shots to the chest at the end of last week's episode, Annie spent the majority of this hour asleep in a hospital bed trying to survive. Fortunately for us, we still got to see Piper Perabo's beautiful face thanks to some out of body experiences.

I'm usually not the biggest fan of episodes like this, but it worked for Covert Affairs because it remained marginalized. The show didn't make the entire hour about Annie's dreams. "Suffragette City" was anchored by Lena's betrayal and Auggie's emotion. Annie's adventures only added to the episode, which not only made those moments acceptable, they were also pretty enjoyable.

Whether it was Simon telling her to kill Blackbird at the diner Jai died outside of, Danielle and Joan questioning her reasons for joining the CIA on a polygraph machine, or Auggie and Annie sharing a hot and steamy kiss on the dance floor, I was hanging onto every moment even though they weren't really happening.

The kiss had some real weight behind it because just before that Auggie was telling a bed-ridden Annie that he was sorry for being closed off and distant since Barcelona. It was an extremely tender moment, and I hope to see more of that once Annie is up and about.

By the end of the hour Annie finally did wake up. She may have inadvertently been helped by Lena's attempt to murder her in the hospital, but that's beside the point. Annie's up and Lena's on the run after she got away from Joan and Auggie in the final minutes of "Suffragette City." Will they all go after her? Or will they just be happy to be safe and sound?

It should make for an interesting rest of the season. What do you all think? What was your favorite moment of this week's episode? How great was Auggie Anderson? And will they ever get redemption for what Lena did to them?


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


I wonder what the brand name of Lena's lavender scent was and if it's available for purchase?


Random question: what was up with the "I didn't even want the tuna melt" comment in the diner? Added to her distaste for Danielle's miso-crusted cod (revealed in the polygraph), we can deduce that...Annie really does not like seafood. Dun dun dun!


@Eloquacious: "What I don't understand is how, moving forward, she can expect to do the cut/ sexy spy routine with a giant SCAR on her chest. Presumably, the CIA has expert plastic surgeons on call, but still!" A good agent has amazing powers of recuperation. You'll see.


What I don't understand is how, moving forward, she can expect to do the cut/ sexy spy routine with a giant SCAR on her chest. Presumably, the CIA has expert plastic surgeons on call, but still!


Sarah Clark played an identical double agent names Nina on 24. The role was more of a clone than any kind of a stretch.


@Mitch - Nina? Who's Nina? We only have a Lena in this show.


Really? Nina, the great spy, the great undercover agent, drives her own car to murder someone and leaves it parked outside the house? The writers could have come up with SOMETHING better that would back Augie up on his conclusion.


Enjoyed the episode very much - Chris Gorham's directing, as well as his portrayal of Auggie, is excellent. Piper's acting continues to improve with each episode, and this is becoming one of my favorites shows...


Great episode, although I don't agree with how they handled the Lena case. I mean Lena planned this from the beginning, she was able to beat the polygraph and at the end she acted as a rookie. That's stupid.


A couple of the best moments in this week's episode - 1)when Auggie discovered the dead body and Lena was in the room and he sensed her. 2) when Auggie walked in Helen's office and said - it's Lena!! I was very excited and happy that she was quickly discovered as a double agent. I will miss seeing Simon on the show. The chemistry between Annie and him was explosive. I don't really care to see a Auggie and Annie love relationship. They should remain good friends. Can't wait for next week's show!!!

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Covert Affairs Season 3 Episode 9 Quotes

Annie Walker's no traitor. I don't care what evidence you have. It's wrong. I'm gonna do whatever I have to do to prove it.


I need you Annie. I never need anyone, but I need you.