COVERT AFFAIRS “I Can’t Quit You Baby/When the Levee Breaks” Review

Covert Affairs "When the Levee Breaks" review

Last night COVERT AFFAIRS aired two episodes back to back as a two hour season finale. The first episode was called “I Can’t Quit You, Baby” and in it Annie is sent deep undercover as herself. Armed with basically nothing more than a regular cell phone, she goes in as a woman working for the Smithsonian who has a gambling problem. All so that she could get in trouble and get recruited by a group who uses people to smuggle goods into the US. It works, but along the way Annie discovers that the woman doing the recruiting is being used herself and then Annie makes it part of her job to help get the girl out of the mess.

My favorite bits…

Joan referring to Wilcox as a “dangerous old winbag”. LOL.

Auggie calling Annie a masochist for agreeing to host a field trip with 30 kids.

Anna Chlumsky as Vivian.

Auggie reaming the cover operations department for dropping the ball on Annie’s niece’s tour. That was all kinds of awesome.

Cracking up so hard at the sight of Auggie covered in kids. I should’ve known he was going to end up on kid duty after he protested it so much to Annie.

Really digging Annie’s wingtip shoes. So cool.

Jai blowing away the bad girl and saving the day. Whew.

Okay so the first episode, I’m sorry to say, was basically filler. It was funny, it was sweet, it had Auggie tackled by a bunch of 3rd graders, but not a whole heck of a lot happened.

But the second episode? Now that’s where things really kicked into high gear. Called “When the Levee Breaks”, it opens when Ben marches back into the arms of the CIA. Turns out that he originally walked out on the Agency after meeting Annie and realizing that some of the things he was doing were wrong. No longer wanting to endanger innocent people, he took it upon himself to systematically eliminate security threats that the agency was too hypocritical to address. A scientist he helped to relocate has been abducted and Ben is afraid that an arms dealer is behind it. Since the man’s knowledge could be used by said arms dealer to craft undetectable chemical IED’s (Improvised Explosive Device), the agency decides to send back into the field, this time with Annie as his handler.

Things of course don’t go as planned and Annie and Ben end up running for their lives through the streets of Sri Lanka. They hide out on same beach where they original fell in love and you can imagine what happens there. Jai (who was once Ben’s handler himself) goes in to save them, but when Ben is shot during the escape, we are left wondering whether Annie will lose him again, this time forever.

My favorite bits..

The way Ben just casually walked up to a gang of cops, complete with attack dogs, asking to come in from the cold.

Auggie going all protective on his friend when he found out where Annie was going and with whom, even going so far as to give her a special number to call if she got in trouble. Aw.

Loved the blindfolded conversation between Annie and Ben in the back of a fast moving car.

Ben bringing his contact a can of Pringles. Can’t blame the guy for wanting them, those suckers are yummy.

Jai showing up on the beach. Oh man, before that I was so sure they were done for. I was picturing kidnapping scenarios, torture – the whole nine yards.

Finding out that Arthur’s old boss was Liza’s contact at the agency. Whoa.

The super-intense fight between Ben, Jai, Annie and all the bad guys and completely freaking out when I saw Ben go over that edge. Then, just when I thought he was safe, Ben gets tagged getting into the chopper. Ahhh!!

Brilliant episode of Covert Affairs, leaving so much open for the next season. Did Ben survive? What will happen with Arthur now that we know that Wilcox is working with Liza? I can’t believe we have to wait until next summer to find out. Sigh.

What did you think of the episodes? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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