Covert Affairs: Season 2, Episode 1

Begin the Begin (7 Jun. 2011)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama
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Ben disappears when he and Annie return to Washington, D.C.; Annie helps protect a Russian tennis player.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adelaide Humphreys ...
Avigail Humphreys ...
Alo Morozov (as James McGowen)
Yulia Petrauskas ...
Manager / Usher (CIA)


Ex Ben Mercer, who rescued Annie in Sri Lanka, is saved by her when an unlike foreign duo attacks him in a local hospital, and secretly meets Arthur. Auggie thoroughly checks if the break in at her home, from which nothing was stolen, is a security problem or just knavish mischief. Annie refuses to step back after a routine checkup if CIA Nadia Levandi, a tennis professional, requests help. She ends up realizing her Russian team boss Alo Morozov, regardless of his violent record, isn't the risk factor. Written by KGF Vissers

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I couldn't enjoy this episode because of its ignorance
5 January 2014 | by (Tallinn, Estonia) – See all my reviews

This episode was embarrassing to watch.

Firstly - Estonia has no promethium mines.

Secondly - there was no mysterious change after we went to Euro. It's simply another currency.

Thirdly - Estonian language is not even similar to Russian language. The Estonian accent is completely different from the Russian accent. These two languages have no similarities.

Fourthly - Those "Estonian" phrases used during the car chase were just some mumblings. After listening to them at least ten times I found not a single syllable that might have given any idea what she was yelling.

Whenever foreign characters/languages/countries are used in (American) movies I find it typical that not even a single research has been done while writing the script.

At least get the names right and don't use Russian names.

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