Last night’s Covert Affairs episode was aptly named “Speed of Life.” Everyone was on the move and a shit-load of things happened that upset everyone’s balance! Simon’s remark about how “we’re all spinning plates; one’s bound to drop from time to time,” therefore seems very appropriate to describe this episode.
First things first: Annie and Simon met in the city of lovers, Paris, and instead of dining on some delicious croissants they opted for running up and down the stairs in Montmartre. Let me tell ya, I’ve lived in Paris and climbing those stairs up to the Sacre Coeur church will make your calves cry, so kudos to Annie and Simon for hardly breaking a sweat while running up! And, so sorry, but no way they weren’t pestered by the annoying street vendors who continually hover by the stairs trying to sell you ugly bracelets. I kind of wish they had been ’cause I know those guys would have gotten some serious ass-whooping from Annie. But I digress…
So just how many plates were successfully dropped last night?
In a seemingly superfluous sub-plot (unless this investigation into Arthur/Jai actually becomes interesting at some point), Joan has to take a polygraph that seems to be mostly focused on the relationship between Arthur and Jai. She’s forced to admit that they weren’t exactly always the best of buddies and maybe this will prove to be disadvantageous to Arthur in the long run? We’ll see…or so I hope.
Auggie, oh poor sweet Auggie, dropped what seemed to be a whole set of plates on the floor. Parker, who seems to have left Eritrea and the Peace Corps behind after last week’s snafu and moved in with Auggie in DC, struggled with trust issues and the fact that Auggie couldn’t tell her anything about his day at the office. And she decided to just pack up and leave instead of actually facing her issues like a grown-up. And then she left the suitcase in the middle of the floor so the blind guy would walk into it when he got home. Some serious minus points Ms Parker!
As much as I hate seeing Auggie all sad and mopey, I really just want Parker permanently gone at this point!
And I lied. Seeing Auggie in a state of despair actually makes for some rather compelling television. It was super heartbreaking to see him attack his shirts and being so upset that he couldn’t really make his way around his apartment without bumping into things. I bet he cursed his blindness something fierce at that point. Then he went and drowned his sorrows in bottles and bottles of beer like a normal dude, finishing off by attacking a (dick) guy (who believes in treating everyone equally, disabled or not, hurray?) and breaking one of the beer bottles on the dude’s head. The police were not amused. And I imagine Arthur and Joan won’t be either…
At the same time Annie was struggling to maintain all her spinning plates. Her day got a lot more complicated when Simon decided to show up in DC, not just to see her but also to get hold of some substrates he had someone steal for him. All of a sudden Annie had to juggle her sister packing and leaving, Auggie trying to reach out to her, Lena being pissed at her, and the FBI guy, Vincent, blaming her for Simon getting away with the substrates. Rough day, no?
In the end, Annie says goodbye to Danielle (and her old life I guess) and is sent packing back to the DPD because Lena doesn’t need her anymore since she’s certain Annie’s cover with Simon has been blown. I think we can all agree that Simon definitely suspected Annie of being something other than just a hot blond he met on vacation. He wouldn’t have made it so easy for her to access his electronic devices otherwise, not to mention those blessed German passports.
I’m interested in seeing how Annie and Simon’s relationship will develop now that they’ve kind of established that they both have secrets. It doesn’t seem like Simon is the bad guy but then again we don’t really know that much about him yet. We don’t even know what he wanted with those substrates.
In any case, I hope some of this drama will lead to some more information about the thing that we all want to know more about, the Ursa Minor tattoo! Yes, it has been confirmed, it is indeed Ursa Minor. And apparently the tattoo reminds Simon of a “bright star” in his life. Hmmm. The plot thickens? What does it all mean people?!? I need more answers!
The last plate of the evening to get the drop was Annie and Auggie’s friendship. She wasn’t there when he needed her and he wasn’t there when she needed him. This is bound to put some double crimp in their relationship. Maybe their friendship can be somewhat re-established though since Annie is now back to working for Joan.
Some random remarks: how awesome was it that Annie got a fully furnished, looks-like-it’s-lived-in, apartment in under two hours, courtesy of Lena? Did anyone else notice those gorgeous red heels Annie was sporting in Paris? And how cute was the Britishness of
Richard Coyle Simon when he used the words “knickers”?
Last, but not least, so-long Danielle and thanks for all the ice-cream. Good riddance! I’m gonna miss the ice-cream though, it’s been a great extra on this show. Danielle on the other hand can stay in California.
Next week there’s no Covert Affairs (everyone make a sad face) but in two weeks we follow Annie to Israel where she once again meets up with the wonderfully sassy and arrogant Mossad spy, Eyal Lavine. This means Oded Fehr will be back on our screens! I don’t know about you guys but I’m happy to wait two weeks for that!