Covert Affairs: Season 1, Episode 8

What Is and What Should Never Be (31 Aug. 2010)

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After Annie witnesses a suspicious purchase at an art auction, her follow-up brings a surprise visitor - Ben Mercer - back into her life.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Handsome Man - Russ Hilbun
Kent Staines ...
David Huband ...
Balding Man


After Annie witnesses a suspicious purchase at an art auction, her follow-up brings a surprise visitor - Ben Mercer - back into her life. Written by USA Publicity

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The episode is named after a song by Led Zeppelin. See more »


On the computer, when Annie is searching for information on Ben Mercer, there's an error message that reads "Acess is Denied". It should have said "Access". Also, the Communications check box reads "Comunications". See more »


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First episode seen... how Corny and unbelievable
9 June 2011 | by (Hollywood, California) – See all my reviews

This is the first episode I've watched of this show and just from it, I 'cannot' believe this got a second season, Wow!

Of course I'll give it a couple more episodes cause I like to be clearly fair yet...

The product placement stood out like a sore thumb for one. How egregious.

The main character is obviously supposed to be some talented agent or so, yet I find this character totally unbelievable in all aspects.

Her jumping from boat to boat was so 70's in unbelief. The whole art warehouse scene lacked any 'real' feel to it and again, so unbelievable. The security guards response in the warehouse was so flat and again, unbelievable. The reaction she and the FBI agent had when going out the door to find a security guard dead was so...(sorry) 'Unbelievable' You find a dead guard and you don't even look around, draw your weapon, take cover....? I mean, Come On!

This episode 'really' reminded me of a bad 70's style show with no realism, corny through and through. Seems they fixate on the leads good looking face and the rest of it... Eh, we need no smart, no substance, just a big white smile. Ugh!

I will give it 2 more episodes for a better evaluation however so far... so shallow, unreal and.... unbelievable.

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