Covert Affairs is back this week after having taken a backseat to the Olympics. I wish I could gush all over the episode but I have a bit of mixed feelings about it. This is mostly due to the fact that even though the entertainment factor was certainly there, I feel like we need to get some more information on the whole unresolved Jai issue. I had high hopes at the beginning of the season that the overarching storyline would get a little bit more screentime than it has. As it is, this episode was a bit of a filler episode after the dramatic one we had two weeks ago. And yes, it was all about exploring how you really feel!
So let’s get to that shall we?
Now, I don’t know about you guys but I kind of like Eyal Lavine and his arrogance! I may be biased since I absolutely adore Oded Fehr (ever since I saw him in The Mummy) and I like how the show pairs the seemingly reckless CIA with the practical-minded Mossad. Of course this pairing is no coincidence since Annie and Eyal have a longstanding history of prodding and poking each other about the various burdens of spy life and at this point Annie is in need of some serious Simon Fischer-esque guidance.
Well, Annie is back to working for Joan and the DPD. Her first mission meeting gives a bit of insight into just how much Annie has changed while working for Lena. She interrupts Joan during the briefing, offering her own opinions and interpretations (encouraged by Lena, not so much by Joan) and she seems more, I don’t know, arrogant? Self-assured? Reckless? Eager? In any case, those side glances she was getting from her colleagues were quite something! Nobody likes a know-it-all Annie!
Annie flies off to Jerusalem in a cute purple dress (I saw someone on Twitter wondering if Quinn Fabray had a hand in dressing Annie these days) and with Eyal’s help tries to figure out whether or not Dr. Isaac Reiss, the rocket scientist, is selling American technology to Iran. Turns out he’s just in love with the wrong woman, an Iranian spy.
Oh, how love hurts, but we’ll get to that in a minute!
During the mission, Annie discovers that Eyal has been asked to evaluate her well-being in the field – presumably a directive issued by Joan. She feels under-appreciated and betrayed and lost especially since she is still in touch with Simon even though Lena has expressly told her that there is no more work to be done in that area. All of this leads to Eyal opening up to Annie about his son, his ex-wife, and the difficulties he has in coping with the double life he leads. And instead Annie opens up a little bit about Simon.
Meanwhile, back in DC, Auggie is bailed out of jail by a very unhappy Arthur who sends him packing back to the DPD. And we all cheer because Annie and Auggie are working together again! Then Auggie is told to go to therapy to deal with his anger (read: Parker) issues or to take a permanent hike out of the CIA. This understandably makes Auggie super happy! And we all hate Parker even more! After beating the crap out of a punching bag at the gym, Auggie kind of realises that maybe, just maybe, he has some issues to deal with and feelings to work out so he decides to give therapy a proper try.
Anyone else love how the therapist seemed totally untouched by Auggies attempt at “misguided flirtation”? A woman Auggie Anderson can’t charm. Now there’s something unheard of!
And since everyone is sharing their feelings these days, well except for Annie and Auggie who don’t seem to share anything with each other anymore, Arthur decides to share his happy news about a possible promotion as ambassador to China with his wife. I’m not sure how exactly Arthur thought Joan would react to this but my dear man, you didn’t marry a push-over! And she doesn’t want to be your arm-candy! Which is fair enough if you ask me. Or maybe it’s not so much that as it is the possibility that Joan can get Arthur’s job at the CIA when he’s gone?
What we can learn from all of this is that love is complicated and painful. Happy, happy, joy, joy? Not so much.
Auggie still loves Parker but is angry about her inability to accept him as he is, Joan and Arthur seem to be at an impasse in their relationship and it can’t be a good sign that Arthur’s ex-wife, Gina, is all for China whereas Joan is not, and Annie is still keeping in touch with Simon.
The whole Annie and Simon thing is puzzling me a bit though. Is she still working a mission or does she really have genuine feelings for the guy? Even though it’s hinted at the end of the episode that Annie might be working as a double agent of sorts, I refuse to believe the show would go that way with Annie’s character. But it does look suspicious that she would contact him, asking to meet, just after she read the Mossad file on Simon, which Eyal supplied her with. I wonder what her end-game is. If Simon turns out to be the big bad, the one who is responsible for Jai getting killed (my money is still on Lena having something to do with that), then what will Annie do? This time the stakes are a bit higher than usual.
Now it’s time for you guys to process your feelings! Did you like the episode or did you get the same meh-feeling I got? Anyone else frustrated that we’re not getting more info on the Big Dipper tattoo mystery? Or are you all just sad because there was no shirtless Auggie, Eyal, or Simon in this episode?
Express yourselves people!
Next week: Annie gets into trouble in DC and Auggie goes for a walk with his therapist.