Covert Affairs (2010–2014)
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What Is and What Should Never Be 

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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.


Rod Hardy


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Piper Perabo ... Annie Walker
Christopher Gorham ... Auggie Anderson
Kari Matchett ... Joan Campbell
Anne Dudek ... Danielle Brooks
Sendhil Ramamurthy ... Jai Wilcox
Peter Gallagher ... Arthur Campbell
Noam Jenkins ... Vincent Rossabi
Evan Sabba ... Michael Brooks
Eion Bailey ... Ben Mercer
Sienna Guillory ... Sophie Jacklin
Saad Siddiqui ... Proctor
James Thomas ... Handsome Man - Russ Hilbun
Kent Staines ... Auctioneer
David Huband ... Balding Man
Ho Chow ... Mick


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 »


Annie Walker: Don't play games with me.
Sophie Jacklin: I have no idea what you're talking about.
Annie Walker: Do you want me to mention Murat?
Sophie Jacklin: Maybe you should show me your other credentials now. FBI? Interpol? Well, you can't be CIA.
[reaches for drawer]
Annie Walker: What makes you say that?
Sophie Jacklin: 'Cause they would have sent someone else.
[levels gun at Annie]
Sophie Jacklin: So, tell me, Annie Walker... who the hell are you?
Annie Walker: I'm not here to arrest you, or kill you, or whatever you may think. Put the gun down.
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Can You Save Me
Written by Apple Trees & Tangerines
Performed by Apple Trees & Tangerines
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pin-up heroine CIA Barbie, yeah, but everything she is cracked up to be!
30 November 2017 | by RavenGlamDVDCollectorSee all my reviews

I notice that the only other reviewer here, filmfan777, up there in Hollywood, mind you, mutters darkly here that she doesn't think much about our heroine with the big white smile.

I beg to differ. A lot can be read between the lines of that review, and there are a considerable lot of people who aren't in the mood for a pretty thing running around on their TV-screens when they've had a bad day...

The show kicks up a notch with this episode. In the pilot, we saw the Sri Lankan love affair, and Ben Mercer, clearly far from being a rat who dumped Annie by leaving a note on her pillow, coming through to dramatically save Annie, down in the subway, from being executed by professional assassin Stas. Three episodes back, "In the Light", we saw him again, doing things his way, taking out the brain behind a missile smuggling operation, against CIA protocol.

In this episode, Ben is back in Annie's life. It seems that he sets up girls what he needs them to do. I haven't watched up ahead, but I don't like this guy (who is, in any case, the weak link in COVERT AFFAIRS, he looks kinda, well, certainly not the James Bond debonair type, more Mom's blue-eyed boy).

Absolutely noteworthy in this episode is the marvelous performance given by the stunning young actress, Sienna Guillory, who plays Sophie Jacklin, a total scene-stealer, AND bear in mind that almost all her scenes were with Piper Perabo, who is Grade-A Eye Candy Quality Export Class. Words fail me to describe this lovely vision. I'm gonna Google Sienna Guillory and buy damn well every show she's been in!!

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Release Date:

31 August 2010 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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