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Covert Affairs: Season 1: Episode 8 -- 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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Original Air Date:
31 August 2010 (Season 1, Episode 8)
After Annie witnesses a suspicious purchase at an art auction, her follow-up brings a surprise visitor - Ben Mercer - back into her life. See more » | Full synopsis »
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First episode seen... how Corny and unbelievable See more (1 total) »


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Episode Crew
Directed by
Rod Hardy 
Writing credits
Matt Corman (created by) and
Chris Ord (created by)

Brett Conrad (written by)

Produced by
Gavin Barclay .... associate producer
David Bartis .... executive producer
Dana Calvo .... producer
Brett Conrad .... co-producer
Matt Corman .... co-executive producer
Jonathan Glassner .... co-executive producer
Stephen Hootstein .... supervising producer
Gene Klein .... producer
Meredith Lavender .... co-producer
Doug Liman .... executive producer
Chris Ord .... co-executive producer
James D. Parriott .... executive producer (as James Parriott)
Sean Ryerson .... producer
Marcie Ulin .... co-producer
Original Music by
Christopher Tyng 
Cinematography by
Jamie Barber (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Chris G. Willingham  (as Chris Willingham)
Casting by
Robin D. Cook 
Susie Farris 
Production Design by
Oleg M. Savytski  (as Oleg Savytski)
Art Direction by
Armando Sgrignuoli 
Set Decoration by
Liesl Deslauriers 
Costume Design by
Catherine Ashton 
Makeup Department
Patricia Medina .... hair stylist department head
Marie Nardella .... makeup artist department head
Production Management
Keith Patterson .... post-production supervisor
B.E. Sharp .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ani Baravyan .... second assistant director
Rico Gerussi .... first assistant director
Art Department
Peter Constantinides .... construction coordinator
Darrell Gasparini .... property master
Mauro Iacobelli .... key scenic
Jae Pak .... graphics designer
Pierre Bonhomme .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Vladislav Fyodorov .... first assistant art director (uncredited)
Rosanna Lagace .... art department apprentice (uncredited)
Jason Lunn .... leadman (uncredited)
Vincent Morin .... storyboard artist: opening sequence (uncredited)
Richelle Wilks .... second assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Sean Paul Armstrong .... boom operator
Vince Balunas .... dialogue editor
Jeff K. Brunello .... sound editor (as Jeff Brunello)
Daniel Colman .... sound editor
Alan Decker .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Goeb .... sound supervisor
Mark Linden .... re-recording mixer
Ao Loo .... production sound mixer
Doug Madick .... supervising foley artist
Miriam Cole .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
John Guentner .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Neil Trifunovich .... special effects supervisor (as Neil Trifunovich)
Mark Lawton .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Sophie Vertigan .... on set key (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Chevy Chen .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Chevy Chen .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
August Coleman .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Elan Dassani .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Rajeev Dassani .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Chris Faczek .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Brandon Flyte .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Nick Guth .... visual effects (uncredited)
Rick Ravenell .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Carrie L. Smith .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Mark Velazquez .... compositor (uncredited)
Ho Chow .... stunt performer
Kevin Rushton .... stunt coordinator
Jennifer Vey .... stunt double: Sienna Guillory (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rod Benjamin .... key grip
Roger Finlay .... "b" camera operator
Colin Hoult .... "a" camera operator
Gottfried Pflugbeil .... "a" camera first assistant
R. Scott Phillips .... key gaffer
Brian White .... "b" camera first assistant
Dave Erlichman .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Roisin McGilly .... background casting
Stacey Tenenbaum .... casting associate
Alicia Faucher .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alicia McNamara .... assistant costume designer (as Alicia Schlaepfer)
Editorial Department
Claire Conger .... post-production assistant
Jesse Korosi .... dailies producer
Michael D. Most .... colorist (as Mike Most)
David Michael Rodriguez .... post-production coordinator
Ann Trulove .... assistant editor
Lucas Hardy .... digital dailies (uncredited)
Kurt Tuffendsam .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Matt Graver .... assistant location manager
Karen Perez .... location manager
Music Department
Apple Trees & Tangerines .... theme by
Dan Raziel .... music editor
Stacy Wallen-McCarthy .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Doug Perry .... transportation coordinator
Mike Ryan .... transportation captain
Rohan Singh .... transportation
Marco Sousa .... picture car coordinator
Other crew
Lincoln D'Souza .... first assistant accountant
Robert Grenier .... technical consultant
Dan Hamamura .... script coordinator (as Daniel Hamamura)
Ronan Keane .... payroll accountant
Dixie Kesebi .... production assistant
Matthew Lau .... executive story editor
Mo Masi .... assistant to executive producers
Basil Person .... assistant production coordinator
Fiona Robinson .... assistant to producer
Daniela Saioni .... script supervisor
Catherine Sample .... production coordinator
Teri Spasov .... production accountant
Stuart Wall .... script coordinator
Cristina Wildzumas .... assistant to executive producers
Juan Aguirre .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Nicholas Glekas .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Netherlands:60 min (including commercials)
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Did You Know?

The episode is named after a song by Led Zeppelin.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Can You Save MeSee more »


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2 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
First episode seen... how Corny and unbelievable, 9 June 2011
Author: FilmFan777 from Hollywood, California

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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