All season long, “Covert Affairs” fans waited with baited breath to discover if Calder Michaels (Hill Harper) really shot Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) in an elevator as she searched for proof against Henry Wilcox (Gregory Itzin). On the summer finale -- “Levitate Me” that aired September 17 -- they finally got their answer.
Every moment of the USA Network summer finale was heart pounding, from Joan (Kari Matchett) fainting in her office after being fired, to Auggie (Christopher Gorham) punching Henry when he showed his face in the CIA office. But this episode completely belonged to Annie Walker and her pursuit of the truth.
To the CIA, Annie’s now a fugitive and a possible accomplice to Teo, a terrorist and Arthur’s son. And people like Senator Claire Peterson and Henry aren’t helping matters. They seem to want to take Annie down at every turn, and why wouldn’t they? They’re trying to protect themselves and put their sins on other people. As the Senator said though, “Sooner or later everyone has to pay for their sins.”
But what side does Calder fall on during "Covert Affairs" "Levitate Me"? Auggie wants to believe he’ll give Annie a chance, but he’s not ready to trust him with the operation that Annie is working on. But Auggie should believe Calder when he says, “whether you like it or not, I’m Annie’s best friend right now.”
That sentiment becomes even more apparent in Germany, where Calder is in charge of the rapid deployment team. While Annie fares well on her own at first -- between stealing phones, clothes, and even cars to stay off the grid -- it’s clear she needs help after a “Special Ops” guy shoots and kills Calder’s friend and fellow agent Gary. Of course, everyone -- including Henry, now a consultant for the CIA -- blames Annie. She’s labeled a rogue operative, and the CIA is prepared to do anything to take her down, except, surprisingly, Calder.
“It’s time to strike back and it’s time to end this,” Annie tells Auggie before she calls Calder for a meeting.
Back at the beginning of “Covert Affairs” season four, Calder said to Annie that he could be a friend, enemy, or just a spy at the same agency. Now, with her life and career on the line, Annie realizes it’s finally time she tried a new relationship with him.
“The only way you’re leaving Frankfurt is with me or in a body bag,” Calder says. That’s exactly what Annie is counting on. And that right there is the clue to how the whole elevator scene plays out.
The dance between Annie and Calder is beautifully orchestrated, from Annie’s last letter to her sister, to her wrenching phone call with Auggie in the elevator, to the thrilling final moments when Calder waits for her on the 32nd floor of Commerce Bank. The guns are drawn, bullets fly, and Annie goes down. Auggie is heartbroken. There’s a collective gasp in the CIA headquarters. Henry thinks he’s achieved a victory.
But what Henry doesn’t realize is that it’s all a choreographed play, complete with Eyal (Oded Fehr) as a paramedic, as random as that appearance might be. Annie is Annie Walker no longer. She gets the Mossad file on Sandra Wilcox, and she’s riding off into the dark, working on her own and off the grid. Things are changing in the life of Annie Walker, and things are getting darker and grittier -- and that’s not just referring to her hair.
“Covert Affairs” returns in four weeks to USA Network.
© Elizabeth SanFilippo 2013
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