“Covert Affairs” has been hyping up the scene in the elevator between Annie (Piper Perabo) and Calder (Hill Harper) for some time now, but on “Here Comes Your Man,” which aired August 13, the stakes were raised even more. “Annie Walker is dead,” Calder says to someone on the phone in the opening moments. And then the show rewinds again, this time just six weeks.
Calder is in charge of the DPD on the USA Network drama, and Annie and Auggie (Christopher Gorham) know that Henry (Gregory Itzin) got him that gig. So why is Annie even willing to play Calder’s game? Why doesn’t she put up a fight when Calder becomes her handler as she tries to get an ‘in’ with a Spanish terrorist named Stavros in Vienna? It seems like a foolish move on her part, and a decision brushed aside with Annie claiming that she always knows what she’s doing.
Thankfully she has Auggie there “watching” out for her in his own way. In the case of “Here Comes Your Man,” Auggie recruits Teo (Manolo Cardona) to be Annie’s fake buyer. But Teo has his own mission, and he kills Stavros and his bodyguard. And then five of the missile launchers go missing, and Annie is blamed.
So what is going on really? What doesn’t Annie Walker know on “Covert Affairs” yet? And could she really possibly be dead in six weeks?
It seems hard to imagine. The USA Network spy drama isn’t "MI-5," where main character “spooks” were killed every other episode. Annie (and Auggie, in many ways) are the heart and soul of this show.
But if Annie doesn’t die, then why does Calder says she does? Here’s a theory: Calder isn’t really working for Henry. He has an investigation of his own. Again this is only a theory, but there were a few moments in “Here Comes Your Man” that lends some credibility to this idea. For one, Calder marches in, claiming he wants to shatter the old way of doing things. And later on, when Annie has returned safe and sound, Auggie says he thinks that Vienna was Calder's way of testing them, not only Annie, but Auggie too.
It doesn’t have to be Henry’s test. It can be Calder’s. And who knows? Teo is up to something too, and it’s anyone’s guess who is calling the shots on that “op.”
Then again, this could be reading into everything too much. Annie really might die on “Covert Affairs,” but here’s hoping not.
The USA Network spy drama airs on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. EDT.
© Elizabeth SanFilippo 2013
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