August 10th, 2011
12:48 PM ET
It doesn't feel like a couple of months have passed since the new season of "Covert Affairs" began, but now the show will be off the air until the fall.
At least the producers gave us a summer finale to remember on Tuesday night.
When Annie had to help Chinese scientist Shen Yue (in an incredible, ultimately heartbreaking performance by Benedict Wong) defect, we watched them walk from a ballroom to a waiting van - all the while looking back to see if anyone was following them - in a tracking shot worthy of Brian DePalma.
Then we had the scene where Annie found out it was one of Shen's old friends (holding a letter opener at the time) who was poisoning him. Lots of intense scenes in this episode.
If that wasn't enough, Annie finally decided to read in her sister Danielle, something that has been brewing all season long. The fact that she couldn't do it at first but was convinced by Shen to come out with it was very well played. Danielle felt betrayed, and the reaction came off as very real.
The consequences of this will extend into the second half of the season, with Danielle asking Annie to move out.
Jai and Arthur also had memorable scenes, with Jai being relocated to Phoenix - then making a phone call to someone unknown - and Arthur basically threatening and assaulting a representative of the State Department in the men's room. He told him, in the most profane terms allowed on the USA network, not to mess with the CIA. At that point, it didn't matter what happened for the rest of the episode, because it belonged to Peter Gallagher.
But the episode also had many, many great scenes between Annie and Auggie (the best will-they-or-won't-they currently on TV) and Annie taking part in one of the best fight scenes of the series so far.
I'll admit, this second season has had its ups and downs, but "Covert Affairs" really brought its A game this time.
What do you think of the season so far? Will you tune in in the fall? And can you believe that Auggie's friend pulled a "Lando Calrissian" on him? Share your view below or on iReport.
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