Covert Affairs (2010–2014)
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In the Light 

Annie is given the difficult task of asking a reclusive ex-operative for assistance as the agency tries to track down an African arms dealer who is trying to enter the United States.


Jonathan Glassner


Matt Corman (created by), Chris Ord (created by) | 4 more credits »

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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 (credit only)
Sendhil Ramamurthy ... Jai Wilcox
Peter Gallagher ... Arthur Campbell
Eion Bailey ... Ben Mercer
Eriq La Salle ... Christopher McAuley
Gregory Itzin ... Henry Wilcox
Moses Nyarko ... Ahmad
Conrad Coates ... Hasaan
Miranda Edwards ... Millie
Graham Abbey ... Devon Jordan
Elie Gemael ... Captain
Sean Francis Sean Francis ... Sadiq Misa


When the DPD gets word of an incoming shipment from Sudanese arms dealer Hasaan Waleed, Annie is sent to enlist Christopher McAuley, a former CIA operative who may hold the key to finding Hasaan. However, there are others showing an interest in the case, including former Director of Clandestine Services Henry Wilcox, and, for reasons unknown, Ben Mercer, the mysterious love of Annie's life. Written by USA Publicity

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Canada | USA



Release Date:

10 August 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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The episode is named after a song by Led Zeppelin. See more »


Ben Mercer: [Annie's memory from two years ago] Take the end, wrap it around the main line three times.
Annie Walker: Where did you learn about fly-fishing?
Ben Mercer: Summers... in Montana with my cousins.
Annie Walker: [smiling, resting her head on his shoulder] I spent summers on a military base.
Ben Mercer: A military brat?
Annie Walker: When I finished school, I wanted to just pick a place and go there because I wanted to. Not because my father was stationed there. I wanted to make my own choices for once. Be the master of my own destiny.
Annie Walker: That sounds pretty...
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pretty Piper
16 November 2017 | by RavenGlamDVDCollectorSee all my reviews

America's most beautiful operative must stop three surface-to-air missile launchers from being smuggled into the country from Khartoum. She must enlist the help of a former CIA expert on African matters, McAuley, who turns out to disillusioned by the covert organization's way of bringing in information by working with a man who murdered his beloved. And mysterious Ben Mercer, Annie's old flame, has a score to settle as well.

Another winning performance in similar vein to what has gone before in the series. There just needs to be some big threat, some unsolved major crisis running through all these episodes, something that would truly ignite the plot. Full marks to Piper Perabo, Barbie-cum-laude CIA junior special operative super-super-cute. Others are brimming in the plot, Christopher Gorham is surprisingly good (who'd have thought?) and Kari Matchett too, but whatever they paid the Piper, worth every dime, 'cause this young lady's the whole show!

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