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The maxim of the USA Network is that characters are welcome. The cable channel's original programming is predicated upon the philosophy that the leads in a series are the reason that viewers will remain engaged. Covert Affairs carefully follows this tenet. Covert Affairs is an espionage thriller focused upon an impossibly likable character named Annie Walker. The protagonist is a recent graduate of the CIA who is guided into the role of active agent with a fictional government agency called Domestic Protection Division. A master linguist fluent in seven languages and counting, Annie's combination of disarmingly youthful looks and expert training make her the perfect choice for international spying.

The Domestic Protection Division is run by Joan Campbell, Walker's direct superior. Joan's husband, Arthur Campbell, is the Director of the National Clandestine Service. Between the two Campbells, there is a constant onslaught of dangerous missions for Annie. Some are matters of national security while others involve sustaining diplomatic relationships with foreign countries. At times, Arthur and Joan even behave surreptitiously with one another, placing Annie squarely in the middle of their political conflicts.

Fortunately, Annie has help within her department. Co-worker and confidant Auggie Anderson is a military intelligence expert who was blinded during a military skirmish in Iraq. Since the incident, Auggie has mastered a series of audio cues that enable him to maintain his track record of excellence. A heroically retired member of Special Forces, Auggie is the breakout character on Covert Affairs. Rather than marginalize the blind man due to his disability, he is instead celebrated for developing a remarkable skill set that a person with eyesight could never acquire. Annie and Auggie have become closer each season with the two of them inevitably heading toward a future coupling.

The conceit of Covert Affairs is that Annie must hide her identity from her sister, Danielle. Given that they live together, this subterfuge plays havoc with Annie's familial relationship. Eventually, Danielle unearths the truth about Annie's secret life, which causes a schism between the sisters. Annie attempts to shield Danielle from the dangerous people with whom she interacts through work yet this drives a further wedge between the two sisters.

Every aspect of Annie's life is clandestine in some way, which reinforces the title of the show, Covert Affairs. This is a spy thriller where friends and enemies are oftentimes difficult to differentiate.

5 Seasons, 75 Episodes
July 13, 2010
Cast: Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett, Peter Gallagher
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  • With assassins pursuing them, Annie and McQuaid struggle to escape Argentina; Belenko's final plan is set into motion.

  • Annie and McQuaid's relationship becomes more serious during their search for Belenko's next target; Calder gets into trouble while searching for the truth. Meanwhile, Joan believes that keeping Belenko alive is in the best interest of the CIA.

  • With no options remaining, Annie and McQuaid sneak into Russian Territory to search for Belenko.

  • Energized by a shocking revelation, Annie teams up with a new ally to bring Belenko's bad behavior to justice. McQuaid and Joan head into the field while Calder enlists Sydney to make a dangerous gamble.

  • Annie hunts for a rogue chemist in Germany after Auggie uncovers an unexpected connection with the recent attacks on American soil. Suspicious questions about Joan's time in the Balkans rise to the surface during an unplanned polygraph.

  • Annie travels her way towards Istanbul where she wants to apprehend Belenko.

  • Against Auggie's wishes, Annie accompanies McQuaid with a difficult mission. Hayley is determined to discover the truth before destruction in America.

  • Annie goes on an undercover mission without the help of the CIA.

  • Annie and Auggie investigate a conspiracy theory about the attack that was carried out against the CIA. Joan and Calder are faced with a dilemma.

  • Annie and McQuaid search for an off-grid ex-CIA agent in Azerbaijan. Auggie makes a shocking discovery about an old friend. Calder questions Joan.

  • Annie visits the Russian Embassy while undercover in Paris. Auggie balances her relationships. Joan discovers the details of Arthur's latest business trip.

  • Auggie's past with a potential asset causes problems. Joan tries to set Calder up.

  • Annie is involved in a stakeout. The CIA discover an insider may have leaked intel.

  • McQuaid and Annie must work together in order to get out of Venezuela.

  • Annie considers teaming up with Ryan McQuaid in an effort to catch a terrorist in Venezuela. Auggie is questioned by the NCTC.

  • Annie is running out of time to stop a terrorist attack. Arthur considers moving into the private sector.

  • In the fourth season finale, Calder wonders who he can trust when he returns to the United States with good news. Elsewhere, Annie and Auggie focus on bringing Henry to justice.

  • Annie, Auggie and Calder embark on an unauthorized mission to Hong Kong with intentions to apprehend Henry's courier. Meanwhile, Joan and Arthur expose a traitor who's been hiding in plain sight.

  • Annie heads to New York after receiving new intelligence. With Arthur's court date just around the corner, Joan finds a solid lead.

  • Henry seeks help from his only ally within Langley -Calder. Joan divulges information during her deposition that upsets Arthur. An old flame reveals she still holds a torch for Auggie.

  • Despite his apprehension, Auggie decides to work with Calder on an alternate method to destroy Henry. Joan questions Auggie about this alliance.

  • Annie begins her first deep cover operation completely alone. Meanwhile, Auggie, Joan, Arthur and the rest of the CIA manage the consequences of Annie's "death."

  • Annie battles Calder after trying to take down Henry.

  • A stunning revelation lands Annie in Copenhagen where she must prevent Teo from committing a terrible act. Auggie discovers where Calder's allegiances lie. Arthur enlists Bianca Manning, DC's top defense lawyer, to preserve the Campbell name.

  • Annie asks Teo to betray one of his own in an effort to neutralize Henry; Calder's true colors are exposed after Joan makes a shocking choice; and Auggie gets into trouble.

  • Annie meets her match when she is paired up with a seasoned operative during a mission to stop the illegal sale of deadly weapons; circumstances force Auggie to deal with past demons; Calder's suspicions of Annie continue to increase.

  • Annie tries to cover her tracks. Elsewhere, Henry presents Annie with a major opportunity.

  • With a new glamorous NOC in place, Annie goes undercover in Vienna, forcing her to sever all ties with Auggie. Joan and Arthur decide it's time to bring in reinforcements.

  • Annie is back in Colombia and must determine Teo Braga's loyalties in order to thwart a potential act of terrorism. Joan begins a round of interviews that could significantly change things up in her career with the CIA.

  • After a bombshell revelation shakes up the CIA, Annie and Auggie team up with Arthur in an attempt to expose Henry's hidden agenda. Joan finds a personal moment to confide in Annie.

  • In the fourth season premiere, Annie struggles to balance her personal and professional lives.

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Episode 'Covert Affairs' Season 2, Episode 1 - 'Begin The Begin' Recap

We join the second season of "Covert Affairs" on a Guam beach, where 28-year-old CIA trainee Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) walks into the surf in a bikini. Off and on, we flash to Annie running alongside a stretcher-bound Ben Mercer (Eion Bailey) as he?s wheeled from a chopper to an ambulance, having been severely wounded. After a swim, she saunters up to Ben in a wheelchair, kisses him gently, and wheels him back toward a Naval hospital. Enter the gun-toting assassins.

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