Covert Affairs Review: Spy Friends

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Who doesn't love them some Eyal?  

That's right, Oded Fehr returned to Covert Affairs for a guest appearance in "This is Not America." His charm and obvious chemistry with Piper Perabo made the hour much more entertaining than it would have been without him.

There were a couple of really fun moments between Eyal and Annie, including what I like to call a game of "Good potential employer/Bad potential employer." Not only did that moment make for an interesting dynamic between them and their new target, Isaac, but it also showed the different layers to the relationship.

Annie in Israel

They're acquaintances. Sometimes they are partners. They've had some intimate moments. Early on in this mission it was announced that they are officially "friends." All of that could have made things extremely awkward when Eyal revealed that he was evaluating her for the department, but like the rock that she is, it didn't seem to faze Annie.

She kept on keeping on, as the two of them continued on the mission, and they even had time to watch a bit of Eyal's son's soccer practice. It showed her that he isn't just this free wheeling spy without a care in the world. Eyal has things, and people, holding him back as well. It's moments like that that probably make Annie feel better about being a spy and having such close relationships with folks.

After the mission is completed, following a couple of great chase scenes through the streets of Israel and one dude getting flat out demolished by a van, Eyal shares some documents with Annie. He wasn't supposed to, but he did so anyway.

The folder was filled with pictures of not only Simon, but also Annie WITH Simon. What was her first move after that? Of course to call Simon and ask "Can I see you?"

Thankfully, we were given that bridge to the main arc of this third season at the very end of the hour, because without it "This is Not America" was feeling very much like what we didn't want to see happen after the promising premiere. We were given a new mission, a guest star of the week and both Annie and Auggie were back working in the DPD.

The status quo has kind of returned, unfortunately, but on the bright side, it doesn't feel like things will stay here for very long. With Simon still on Annie's mind, Lena definitely still in the picture, Auggie in therapy and Arthur potentially heading to the Far East, it isn't the same ole same ole on Covert Affairs.

Auggie being in therapy could lend itself to some hilarious situations, and based on the fact that Daniella Alonso of Friday Night Lights and One Tree Hill is his therapist, he probably isn't done with treatment just yet. If we get at least one moment per episode where he does something as great as his grand entrance mentioning that Alonso's character shouldn't mistake his return for growth, we will be in for a treat.

Arthur's situation, on the other hand, could get dicey quickly. He revealed that he was on the short list for becoming the Ambassador to China, and he also found a job in the east for Joan. Wait... what? You started finding jobs for your wife without even telling her about the situation first?

Uh oh, Arthur. This may be the biggest pickle Peter Gallagher has found himself in since he Ryan Atwood punched out yet another local kid at some Newport Beach event.

With Arthur and Auggie facing new challenges, and Annie on her way back to getting mixed up with Simon again, interesting things seem to be ahead on Covert Affairs. What did you think of this hour's events? Was it one of your favorite episodes? Or did it fall a bit flat? And what was your favorite moment from "This is Not America?"


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AA, you totally read my mind and posted pretty much exactly what I was going to say! So other than mentioning that I, too, love me some Eyal (that man has enough charisma to charm every female agent in the CIA AND Mossad! He's just that yummy) and that I am worried about Arthur and Joan's relationship (I doubt she's ever going to want to leave the DPD and move to China), I will just say that I think that Annie's obsession with Simon, though he, too, is screamin' hot, is not going to end well. I also hope that Auggie and Annie will develop a relationship, because they are so darned adorable together as friends, they'd be truly great as lovers. Plus, it gives me an opportunity to drool over Chris Gorhamn whenever he's in a 'morning after' scene and without a shirt...sigh. He's just so gorgeous.


This felt like some sort of a bridge episode to me, but I couldn't tell you a bridge from what to what beyond before to next, whatever that turns out to be. The eye of the storm perhaps? I thought the writing was weaker in the episode. The actors got all they could out of it, but it just didn't have the pace and intensity of the previous three episodes this season. One example, unarmed Annie chasing an armed assailant whose already proven he's willing to shoot at people. Doesn't make a lot of sense. What was she going to do if she got close enough, distract him by getting shot while Eyal caught up? Not the best plan. The second time Eyal was chasing a lady but she wasn't brandishing a gun. Turns out she had a knife which made it a bit dicy till Annie turned up and knocked her out. But with Eyal's dossier, he should have been able to handle her easily. Oh well, it's TV. I get the feeling things will pick up next episode, and from about 7 on the summer season will ramp up big time. I suspect they are going to leave us dangling after 10 clawing at our screens for the beginning of the fall segment to begin. Supposedly there will be a couple more character deaths. As far as I can tell only Annie and Auggie are safe. It's still the best season of the series by a mile.


I agree where Ben his best friend was killed and he no where to be seen


It was mostly filler.


This may just be me but does anyone else wonder where Ben is? He's been MIA for an awfully long time.


Great episode although I don't see what's next. Simone, Eyal, who is going to be? I don't want to disappoint anybody but I've seen a video interview with Annie (Piper Perabo) and she's kind of telling what will happen in the future. Her relationship with Auggie is going to change. Can't post here the link but click my profile and there it is my blog about Covert Affairs. There can watch it.


LOVE me some Eyal! He and Annie have GREAT chemistry together - it's almost enough to make me want to change my shipper card from Annie/Auggie to Annie / Eyal! It would be awesome to see them pursue a relationship from around and across the world, etc.


This episode was a breath of fresh air. The opening scene between Arthur and Auggie in the jail cell was fabulous. A real father/son moment there. I half expected Arthur to say "I'm not mad...I'm disappointed." We don't really know too much about Auggie and Arthur together. The actors have great chemistry. It's nice to see some cracks in Auggie's armor. Annie and Eyal are magical together. They both exposed some vulnerabilities this week, and we got to see the less glamorous side of being a spy. Piper Perapo is growing by leaps and bounds as an actress is it's fun to watch her evolve. The scene in the hotel room where she slides down the wall under the window after learning her own agency is investigating her--- brava. Christopher Gorham knocks it out of the park, as usual. I didn't much care for the therapist. She seemed young and inexperienced. I worry Auggie will dance circles around her while she's still checking her Psych 101 PTSD check-list. Not enough scenes with Auggie/Annie, but what can you do. So, as Annie states in the top of the episode: We are putting the band back together? So it seems. That didn't take long. The arc was pretty short and the return to status quo has happened.


I like the concept of this show but I feel it's missing something I can't quite put my finger on. Why is it there's nothing about, if there is one, an investigation into Jai's death? Seems they would be working to find out who did that. Auggie starting therapy, hmmmmmmmm Annie calling Simon, well, who couldn't see that happening?


Good episode, although I was having a little Simon withdrawal. BUT that didn't last long with Eyal back! Love him & it's just something about him I like. I'm wondering what was that look after he called to Annie at the end(at the Airport) & she smiled, but then he said 'be careful' and her demeanor changed, like she was disappointed??
Anyways, Annie is one lucky gal to be caught up with all these handsome, charming guys. Now all we need is Ben back to add to the mix ;) Also, not sure what's Joan deal with Annie. Maybe I missed something?

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Covert Affairs Season 3 Episode 5 Quotes

You should see the other guy...I can't.


Annie: What about this job makes it perfect for you?
Eyal: Well I'm good with Americans.