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Covert Affairs Review: Not an Island

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Annie headed out to find Borz, but she wasn't the only one. Ryan McQuaid was in pursuit too.

Covert Affairs Season 5 Episode 2 felt more like a transitional episode than one that had any real answers. It provided the first look at how Annie and McQuaid would work together or not while they both pursued Borz.

It was satisfying to see Annie back on the job again traveling to Venezuela on a mission. I'm a fan of the look and feel of Covert Affairs when the episodes are filmed on location. There was an intimacy to the hour following Annie on her quest that allowed me, as a viewer, to be right there with her.

Annie's health may be a problem for her, but she still has her wit. While she didn't trust McQuaid enough to work with him directly, she definitely saw value in his methods and took advantage of them. After he was able to get information out of Imam Shaib that she wasn't, Annie planted her phone on his vehicle.

Auggie tracked the signal and led Annie right to Borz where she ran into McQuaid and his men at the same time. What happened next showed the different methods used by McQuaid and Annie. While she went for the identity of Borz's contact, McQuaid was more conservative and didn't risk it. In the end, they both ended up in handcuffs and she had a lead.

McQuaid may not have been offering Annie a job in Covert Affairs Season 5 Episode 1, but after seeing her in action he tried to recruit her. Of course, Annie being the strong, independent and loyal CIA Officer that she is declined his offer. I was surprised, but then again not that surprised, that he left her behind. It would have been a good offering to help set her free, though that's not his style.

Annie didn't need his help though. She had her good looks and charm to sell herself as a desperate American in Venezuela for breast implant surgery. Piper Perabo is awesome at selling Annie's covers, so I wish we'd get to see her do it more often. In addition to the cover, she did get to showcase Annie's language skills, which is impeccable. 

By the end of the hour, Annie and McQuaid had developed a captivating chemistry together that's built out of independence and respect. Annie didn't want to work with him and didn't trust him with Borz, yet she let him in on her secret heart trouble. I've enjoyed watching Annie work with Auggie, Eyal, and others before, but none of her other partners have had quite the same engaging dynamic with her.

McQuaid's definitely remains a man of mystery. He had his one hour with Borz without revealing anything about it to Annie. Despite his secrecy, he earned Annie's trust at least temporarily since they are bringing Borz back together. Of course, that could be part of her plot to uncover McQuaid's real interest in Borz.

I'm loving this pair! At this point, the relationship between Annie and Auggie is business only. She hasn't revealed her medical condition to him and she lied to him as her handler. He's not going to take kindly to that deceit should he ever find out, plus he's certainly not waiting around for her.  Auggie's back to his womanizing days and sleeping with the enemy.

Any ideas about what McQuaid wanted to know from Borz? Is Arthur going to get himself in trouble by working with him? 

What kind of relationship do you want to see between Annie and Ryan?

 

Review

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Didine34790

she played the unsuspecting canadian to the military guy. And, I loved that episode, especially all the close ups of the Renault car xD I must admit I squealed when I saw the Logo !! lol

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Loved this episode. I like the interaction between Annie and McQuaid. For a guy who can well afford "paying" for it......................like Caulder, he is pursuing Annie, which no amount of money can buy her. She is a challenge for him. Which makes him want her even more. She is still trying to sort through and decide what is next for her. He knows her secret and will keep it..................he has not told her his secret, but over the season they will be revealed to her. Would like to see them in the "glamour" side of their world, as they pursue new opportunities!

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I'm glad the romance with Auggie and Annie is over. I want them to be friendly again and fun loving, not courteous, which seems to strict, but no romance must be involved. Auggie has gone back to his sl***ty ways. lol. I think that's how he is and how he should stay. Leave Annie alone to meet dark and handsome strangers/CIA agents along the way, and then go back to Auggie as a fun friend and her handler. I don't think Arthur is going to have trouble with McQuaid. I think he's going to have trouble with McQuaid's second in command - that woman! Joan better watch out for her man! lol. I'm not seeing any romantic liaison between McQuaid and Annie though, but time will tell.

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Story is slow, inconsistent; crazy sudden relationship shifting makes no sense, glamour and charm of early seasons are gone - it's like a different show but one without a coherent base. Mcquaid is not a very interesting character for some reason. The fall started with the weird story line in season 4. Either bring back the spirit of the first 3 seasons or cancel it.Yawn.

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@ Carolyn

He was the same guy in Body of Proof with Dana Delaney, and in the same way they had no chemistry either. Spoiler ahead for that show in case you plan to watch it ........... By the time they killed him off in the end, the show was almost done. They brought it back for one more season but they had also replaced some of the other actors and people got fed up and moved on.

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Three of the fundamental things that make stories compelling are conflict, protagonist’s who must win that conflict to reach their goals, and flaws that the protagonist must overcome to win the conflict. The same in many ways apply to antagonists. So what is McQuaid’s goal? What is the conflict that he’s dealing with? Even more important, what’s his flaw? He has one, probably a big one, but we don’t see it yet. Is he a protagonist or antagonist? So far he’s financially successful beyond most people’s wildest dreams. Billionaire. Big company, fancy office building, employees who do his every bidding with out question. He’s lived an adventurous life in harms way as both a special forces soldier and a private contractor and has his health and apparently his sanity. On the surface he’s an adrenaline junky paid to have fun by the government. He confers immunity on himself with a big wallet and liberal use of bribes? Or so we are supposed to believe. He appears to have tremendous faith in his bank account as a form of financial Kevlar. So far it's worked. What happens when, inevitably, it doesn't? We haven’t seen it yet but I’d be surprised if he didn’t have a drop dead gorgeous woman, or two, someplace. I think Annie sees some of what I’m mentioning. It’s what has her keep him at arms length; it might be the seed of her distrust. It’s what had her say to Auggie, “He isn’t like us. He isn’t wired like we are.” Or something like that. So what’s his goal? What drives him? If it’s only the adrenaline rush, I’m seriously disappointed in the character. He was pretty quick to allow secrets as normal. His remark to Annie near the end of the second episode just before they drove off with Alton in the trunk gave that away. So what’s his real goal? What is he hiding? Why did he bring Arthur into his company? Really why did he do that. Arthur has both tremendous credentials and a truck load of baggage. Probably most people of Arthur’s background have a lot of baggage but what is it that makes Arthur valuable to McQuaid? I don’t think it’s growing his company financially. He’s already beyond the top tier of companies like his. He has more money than he can spend, but more importantly, while he regards money as an extremely useful tool, he isn’t using it to keep score like most financial people do. Which leads me to wonder what McQuaid uses as a measure of success? What does he want? What’s his hidden enemy that hasn’t been revealed to us? I don’t know if the show creators built this in on purpose or if it’s just a coincidence and the character is really shallow, but if they did, this season could be quite a ride. I don’t see any similar questions about McQuaid’s second in command ... yet. We haven’t seen enough of her to know where or how she fits in. That will be revealed over the next few episodes. We don’t know her background either. It could be impressive, or not. It does occur to me that while he has the connections Henry didn’t have, so far at least, his help are all mercenaries. The guys that follow him around are glorified body guards - like Henry's were. That would be a red flag to Annie. They aren’t CIA class operatives. They do his bidding, exactly. They do it for the money. So far they are all yes men. We don’t know if his #2 is a yes woman (in the same sense as a yes man, not related to sex). He said he paid more than the other companies in the same business but that might be because he is insecure and needs to buy allegiance that people don’t give him otherwise. On the surface he’s a lot more likable guy than Henry was. Henry was evil. I don’t think McQuaid is evil, but I think he has a dark secret and some fundamental insecurities that will be revealed and make his character one we can either love or hate. Hopefully sooner because that would make the season even more compelling. His fundamental tool of compulsion, money, won’t work on either Arthur or Annie. Especially Annie. Arthur's vulnerability used to be power, now it's family. Will McQuaid get in trouble and need rescuing in more ways than one? Will Annie be the one who overcomes her issues, maybe even being fired from the CIA because of her secret health problem, and come to his rescue? They end up saving each other? Annie and Auggie work together off book to save him because they have a mutual goal that so far hasn’t been revealed? Eyal has a role in it? There are a lot of possibilities. I like the new season a lot. I think, if they are able to follow up on it, they can significantly raise their game.

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Martinelli

I see a great chemistry between Annie and McQuaid but I'm not sure McQuaid can be trusted. I loved Annie with Auggie but that relationship was really complicated. On the other hand don"t like this woman Auggie is sleeping with. He"s in love with Annie anyway.

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well sure doesn't take Auggie long to get undressed for a woman!!!! Wondering what the deal is with Arthur taking this new job..I see a problem..Love how Annie can speak all these these languages..so talented..and we found out about her condition

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well sure doesn't take Auggie long to get undressed for a woman!!!! Wondering what the deal is with Arthur taking this new job..I see a problem..Love how Annie can speak all these these languages..so talented..and we found out about her condition

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I realize that some time has passed since Annie went dark, but I'm having a hard time stomaching this all-business relationship between Annie and Auggie. To just all of the sudden(at least this is how it feels as the viewer) act like the beginning days of only handler/operative, as if this great love between them never existed? It's really hard to buy. I'm not saying I want them together right now, but it just seems strange to me.

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@ AM

I think they knew it was a mistake and just want to forget about it

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Covert Affairs Season 5 Episode 2 Quotes

Annie: You want to call off your dogs?
McQuaid: Down boys

No man or woman is an island.

McQuaid
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