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Covert Affairs “Loving the Alien” 

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I got so nervous for Annie that I had to pause my DVR. I never do that. Ever. I’m usually a little more even keeled when it goes to my TV watching, but I guess I was invested. And I’ve been very invested in Annie and Simon almost since the beginning. I know he’s done very bad things in the past and he’s doing very bad things in the present, but will being with Annie change his future? We know what Sarah Clarke‘s Lena Smith thinks.

It’s always interesting to watch a spy get entangled in a seduction mission. They seem to go in with their eyes open and their minds on the mission, but would we really love these characters as much if they could keep it all professional? I don’t think so. I mean, I know I shouldn’t like Richard Coyle‘s Simon Fischer and yet I do. I know I shouldn’t be enjoying Annie’s interactions with him as much as I am. But I like these two together and I want to see if loving Annie will really change him.

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On the diplomacy front, it was interesting to see Arthur completely lose his cool. I mean, he kissed that job opportunity goodbye in spectacular fashion. And even though we know Joan wasn’t thrilled about the possibility of leaving her post at the DPD, it was great to see her support Arthur. And he didn’t even have to ask. I really like these two (especially when they’re getting along) and I’m glad Arthur is refocused.

Leave it to Auggie to get Gregory Itzin‘s Henry Wilcox to give up some information he’d been saving for a rainy day. And I like that Auggie refused to promise him anything for that information. It’s nice to see Henry Wilcox sacrifice something for his dead son. Maybe we’ll find out how Simon is connected to the case Jai was worked when he was killed. Or at least we’ll make some progress.

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The only thing lacking from the episode was quality Annie/Auggie time, but I actually liked that. It’s different now that they haven’t really been there for each other and it’s clearly taking a toll. I want Auggie to talk to Annie about Parker. I want Annie to tell Auggie about Simon. I want this relationship repaired, but I think it’s important for them to be out of synch right now so we can enjoy it that much more when things go back to normal for these two. They’ll get there.

Bonus: How about Nestor Serrano‘s Hector in this episode? That man knows how to menace and he scared the bejesus out of me. I know Annie’s not going anywhere, but I was still very, very concerned for her.

Covert Affairs airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on USA Network.

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