[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the November 20 episode of USA's "Covert Affairs."]
Tuesday night's "Covert Affairs" season finale finished off the strongest year yet for this addictive show.
After several episodes in a row where Annie had to be rescued by (a difficult to trust) Eyal, the tables were turned as he was captured by Khalid. She took some major risks in order to facilitate his rescue. Eyal said his final goodbye of the season to Annie, but they will meet again soon, I have no doubt.
[Heads up: This post contains spoilers for the premiere episode of "Covert Affairs." If you'd rather not know, stop reading now!]
"Covert Affairs'" wasted no time at all on Tuesday night's premiere as Annie was summoned on an otherwise uneventful Fourth of July to meet secretly with Jai.
Tuesday night's season finale of "Covert Affairs" was definitely one of the better episodes this season.
The idea of a spy mission going horribly wrong with an innocent family member along for the ride is certainly an intriguing one, and series creators Matt Corman and Chris Ord wisely chose this plot for the finale.
The way some of these scenes were shot – with Annie and her sister Danielle struggling to escape an assassin while vacationing in Sweden – certainly increased the suspense by putting you in their shoes.
Tuesday night's episode of "Covert Affairs" was a tour de force for Peter Gallagher, as Annie was entrusted by Joan to work with Arthur on a mission in Berlin (gotta say, I am digging the fact that Annie is traveling a lot more this season).
It wasn't too difficult to figure out that Joan actually wanted Annie to spy on Arthur, as he'd had a previous relationship (or at least flirtation) with Elsa, the asset that they were trying to get information from there. It turns out that Arthur was in Berlin in 1989 (for the fall of the Berlin wall, perhaps?).
We finally got to see Arthur out in the field, and he did not disappoint. Watching Arthur take part in a car chase was worth the price of admission.
Our little summer obsession is back in the fall.
"Covert Affairs" returned on Tuesday with an incredible chase in Venice - where Annie lost an important package - before jumping right into a new mission.
This one, involving a chef she's been flirtatious with who also has ties to a Basque separatist group, was one of the more interesting missions so far this season.
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.
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