Covert Affairs (2010–2014)
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Pilot 

New CIA recruit Annie Walker is brought in to retrieve secrets from a Russian spy seeking asylum, but he is assassinated by a sniper before the exchange can be finished.

Director:

Tim Matheson

Writers:

Matt Corman (created by), Chris Ord (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Piper Perabo ... Annie Walker
Christopher Gorham ... Auggie Anderson
Kari Matchett ... Joan Campbell
Eric Lively ... Conrad Sheehan III
Anne Dudek ... Danielle Brooks
Peter Gallagher ... Arthur Campbell
Eion Bailey ... Ben Mercer
Emmanuelle Vaugier ... Liza Hearn
George Tchortov ... Stas
Alex Karzis ... Fake Stas
Noam Jenkins ... Vincent Rossabi
Niluge Eleek De Mel Niluge Eleek De Mel ... Sri Lankan Kid
Ennis Esmer ... Polygrapher
Joshua Peace ... Ethan
Kelley Grando Kelley Grando ... Sheila Calhoun
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Storyline

Annie Walker is removed from the CIA training school and thrust into the inner sanctum of the Agency for what appears to be their need of her exceptional linguistic skills, but there may be something or someone from her past that her CIA bosses are really after. At the agency, she meets Auggie Anderson, a CIA military intelligence agent, blinded while on assignment, who quickly becomes her friend and confidant; Arthur Campbell, the CIA's formidable director of Clandestine Services; and her new boss Joan, who happens to be married to Arthur. Annie meanwhile lives with her older sister Danielle, a married mother of two, whom she keeps a very large secret. Written by USA Publicity

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Sinhalese

Release Date:

13 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

"Kiisu" means "kitten" in Estonian, but it's a fairly common word and its usage isn't regionally limited as Dr. Mark Ramsay claims. However, it's true that a Russian probably wouldn't have used it, also because it's not the most common way to say "cat" in Estonian, as Dr. Ramsay correctly notes. The most common word for "cat" is "kass". See more »

Goofs

Annie is involved in a car chase, during which she follows a car under a freeway. During the sequence she has to mount the sidewalk in her car. A series of planks of wood, painted black, are arranger on the road up to the edge of the curb to allow the car to mount the pavement. Without them the cars limited clearance would mean that it wouldn't have otherwise managed it. See more »

Quotes

Annie Walker: Where do I fit in?
Joan Campbell: You've been assigned as Stas' handler. You'll go to the hotel room where we have him, wait for his call, and... bring this.
[hands over device]
Annie Walker: A BlackBerry?
Auggie Anderson: That is a dedicated two-way encoded transponder that only looks like a BlackBerry. He has one, you have one.
Joan Campbell: You hot-synch the devices in the room. He gets the bank codes for his payment, and you get the intel. And that's it. Don't have a drink with him. Don't sleep with him.
Annie Walker: You think I'd sleep with him?
Joan Campbell: I think he'd ...
[...]
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Connections

References Casablanca (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Can You Save Me
(uncredited)
Written by Apple Trees & Tangerines
Performed by Apple Trees & Tangerines
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piping-hot Piper
19 October 2017 | by RavenGlamDVDCollectorSee all my reviews

I'm absolutely in awe of this girl. I saw COYOTE UGLY and it was one of my favorite movies, which led me to obtain SLAP HER, SHE'S FRENCH and eventually LOST AND DELIRIOUS, which was a major-big monumental hit with me. I've been collecting the series COVERT AFFAIRS for some time now, and finally completed it last week. Only started watching yesterday: this, the pilot episode.

Imagine, it is something like just more than a decade after COYOTE UGLY and this beautiful girl still looks every bit the dream that she was back then. Let me just tell you, in that smart outfit of hers, black skirt, pristine white shirt, jacket and high heels, she is the classiest young lady one could ever hope to encounter.

Now, I know what you're all thinking, it's just The Raven again going ga-ga over a delicate-featured girl, but besides that, the show is really worth watching. There are only two other reviewers here, and the one is highly opinionated regarding the inferiority of this offering to James Bond action scenes. Hey, stay-at-homers, whatcha expect from TV, a 3D supernova in your living room? What you got here, take it from a South African who hasn't watched TV in years because the local version is (insert nasty word), is a damned good load of thrills and spills with a beautiful heroine, YOU ARE JUST LUCKY. As for the other reviewer making snide comments about Piper and her character, ooh real live dime-a-dozen two- bit hater. Did make valid comments about "blind" Auggie, though.

The harrowing "under fire" hotel scene was spot- on, the car chase sequence was well done (except that her car afterwards should have shown some damage) and that on foot pursuit through the hotel (whatever) kitchen was a winner that made me think of the classic scene in THE PRESIDIO, only, of course, there is the added appeal here of this super-smart girl.

And to those who didn't like the ending: I liked it that she lost her fight. It made it realistic. A slight girl like that, with such small hands, and that tiny frame, against much, much bigger adversary, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT? So, she had to be rescued. She remains the far smarter heroine. And brave to take on a stronger foe. Come on, that super-heroine stuff, that black belt cat-girl, that's not real.

Recommended for all. James Bond is at the theaters, though. But Jane Bond here is quite great.


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