Nov 13, 2011


If you aren’t a fan of the USA Network television series Covert Affairs, now is your chance. Covert Affairs debuted the second half of its season with six new episodes premiering November 1st. And if you haven’t been watching, I’d use the holidays to get caught up!

Covert Affairs is a modern day spy story featuring Piper Perabo who stars as “Annie” Walker, a young CIA agent. Annie is sent out into the field to work at the CIA’s Domestic Protection Division. Annie’s cover story is that she works in Acquisitions at the Smithsonian Museum. In addition to English, Annie speaks seven languages fluently…which comes in handy when you’re a spy! Christopher Gorham plays August “Auggie” Anderson, a CIA military intelligence officer who was blinded while on a mission in Iraq. He is Annie’s mentor and growing friend. The chemistry between these two actors is obvious and while their relationship is strictly platonic that could change in the future.

The rest of the talented cast includes Kari Matchett as Joan Campbell, Annie’s supervisor- a senior officer who heads the CIA’s Domestic Protection Division (DPD). Peter Gallagher plays Arthur Campbell, Joan Campbell’s husband and the CIA Director of the National Clandestine Service. Anne Dudek plays Danielle Brooks, Annie’s older sister and Sendhil Ramamerthy plays Jai Wilcox, a CIA officer assigned to the DPD. Jai’s family has a long history with the CIA and his father, was the former Director of the National Clandestine Service.

The  Season 2 Finale (Episode 11: THe Wake Up Bomb) opens up in Venice, Italy. Annie is still trying to reconnect with her estranged sister while performing an op in Venice. You quickly become engaged with both the beauty of Venice and the story. The mood changes very quickly when her contact is assassinated and the package he handed her is snatched during a foot chase through the narrow streets of Venice.

Back in the USA, Annie is feeling down about the turn of events in Venice and her estrangement with her sister. Annie finds herself in a Spanish restaurant chatting with a handsome chef named Xavier. It just so happens, that Xavier and his brother, who was just released from a Spanish prison have connections to a Basque terrorist group. The Spanish embassy is near the restaurant and the CIA is concerned that Xavier and his brother might be planning a terrorist attack or the kidnapping of a diplomat at the embassy.

Annie is assigned to stay close to Xavier and find out what him and his brother are up to. As it turns out, Xavier is not involved in his brother’s terrorist plot. However, Xavier’s brother under the impression that Xavier gave him up to the Spaniards, plants a bomb in his restaurant, blowing it up and almost blowing up Xavier and Annie at the same time. As part of his escape plan the brother snatches Annie, but in a happy ending she is eventually rescued by Xavier. The episode ends with Xavier picking through the ruins of his restaurant and Annie still feeling lonely and unfulfilled.

But who knows, my spy senses tell me we just might see a return engagement for Xavier sometime in the near future.