Covert Affairs Season 5 Review “False Skorpion”

Covert Affairs Season 5 Episode 2 False Skorpion (1)

The second episode gave us Annie and McQuaid chasing after Borz in Venezuela, Auggie hooking up with the Pink Ranger, and Joan looking like she wants to kill Mrs. Ari from Entourage even though they haven’t met yet. All in a days work on Covert Affairs!

Let’s start with Annie and McQuaid (I’m going to stick with his last name instead of Ryan- it sounds cooler). We didn’t see much of him last week in this new role, and I was leery of what I saw. McQuaid seemed too slick, too arrogant. He’s still too slick and too arrogant, but also loads of fun. Nic Bishop was fine on Body of Proof yet never had the chance to really let loose because he wasn’t the “comedic” one on the show. If “False Skorpion” is an indication, I’m going to enjoy him quite a lot here. He also had a great rapport with Piper Perabo throughout the whole episode, the scene with them being handcuffed and him offering her a job the highpoint. Like I mentioned last week, Perabo has a likability that works well which I think helps her in connecting with her costars. Maybe that’s why the showrunners always feel the need to pair Annie up with someone romantically. Perabo has had excellent chemistry with Eion Bailey, Christopher Gorham, Oded Fehr, and now Nic Bishop. I’m not a fan of it plot-wise (let the woman be single for once), but I never feel like Perabo or Annie are stretching in making a connection with these men.

Speaking of Annie always been paired with someone we also have that same issue with Auggie. The likability that I referred to with Perabo also applies to Christopher Gorham in spades. Let’s just say I adored him on Ugly Betty. There is something so honest, sincere, and sweet about him that it doesn’t surprise me that all these women would be fawning over him. That being said, they don’t have to. If Annie is going to have McQuaid, I really don’t need Auggie to have Hayley (Amy Jo Johnson). They even had a similar “first meeting/let’s one up each other” encounter that Annie and McQuaid did. Granted, their relationship progressed a whole lot quicker than Annie and McQuaid’s. It makes me wonder if there is something Hayley’s hiding. She interviews Auggie about Annie’s involvement in the Chicago bombing, coincidentally runs into him at a bar, and then gets him into bed. We’ll see.

Finally, we also had the introduction of Perrey Reeves as Caitlyn Cook, McQuaid’s number 2. I cannot wait for Joan to meet her. As soon as Cook walked into Arthur’s office, I knew trouble would happen. Reeves was brilliant as Mrs. Ari on Entourage and can play that fine line of “I like her/I hate her” very well. I’m definitely on Joan’s side in this matter but look forward to watching Reeves.

Looks like we’re still in South America next week with Annie and McQuaid attempting to move a captured Borz out of the country. I hope that car ride in the trunk was uncomfortable for him.

More Thoughts After Going Back for My Christian Louboutin:

– McQuaid knows of Annie’s heart condition now. This will no doubt create tension down the road when Auggie finally learns of the condition only to learn McQuaid knew of it first.

– Yellow Ranger for the win: I was an avid watcher of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers back in the day but probably one of the few girls on the planet who did not like the Pink Ranger. Couldn’t stand her. So if it seems like I think Johnson’s Hayley is secret bad guy, that’s why (though I did enjoy her in Susie Q).

– I knew Annie was going to use the excuse of plastic surgery for going to Venezuela to the police officer. That just makes me sad how commonplace that is.

– Dang, McQuaid’s office facility was boss. Can I work there?

– Auggie drinking at a bar by himself? I don’t buy it (and not because he’s blind).

– Eyal Watch: not yet (this will be a weekly bit until he finally shows up)