Covert Affairs (2010–2014)
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Communication Breakdown 

Annie and Auggie work together in the field to obtain a code from a Russian hacker--a woman who also just so happens to be Auggie's ex-girlfriend.


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

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Episode complete credited cast:
Piper Perabo ... Annie Walker
Christopher Gorham ... Auggie Anderson
Kari Matchett ... Joan Campbell
Anne Dudek ... Danielle Brooks
Sendhil Ramamurthy ... Jai Wilcox
Liane Balaban ... Natasha Petrovna
Emmanuelle Vaugier ... Liza Hearn
Dylan Taylor ... Eric Barber
Tyler Kostyk Tyler Kostyk ... Karl the Hacker
Bart Bedford Bart Bedford ... Zack
Arnold Pinnock ... Rod Phillips (FBI)
Kristian Bruun ... Hungry Passenger
Melanie Peterson Melanie Peterson ... Businesswoman
Todd Dulmage Todd Dulmage ... Businessman
Adelaide Humphreys Adelaide Humphreys ... Katia


When communication systems throughout D.C. are shut down by a hacker, Auggie is put in the field to obtain the code for the CIA. But his excitement to be doing field work is tempered when he learns that the hacker responsible is Natasha Petrovna...who happens to be his ex-girlfriend. Written by USA Publicity

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Release Date:

24 August 2010 (USA) See more »

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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The episode is named after a song by Led Zeppelin. See more »


In Covert Affairs: Communication Breakdown the device used to scan the boarding passes is not a card scanning device but a graphic calculator (Ti-83) used in most schools. See more »


Auggie Anderson: [after bumping into a chair] Dude, a blind guy works here! Don't rearrange the furniture!
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Liane Belaban
28 November 2017 | by RavenGlamDVDCollectorSee all my reviews

This episode is more about Auggie, about his back-story; his past life, his current mission, and the reason for his "walk of shame" in the previous episode - which turns out to be Liza Hearn, the journalist with her sights set on the CIA.

Which means there is a whole lot less of my fave heroine in this one. Piper Perabo didn't exactly have a few afternoons off, but maybe a bit of a breather.

The show is so damn good that Christopher Gorham, who I think failed in POPULAR, is even a star in my eyes. Auggie is a very likable character, and I don't often mention good male performances, so...

Liane Belaban, as Auggie's former Russian girlfriend, with the anarchic outlook, really won me over, though. I even saw a whole lot of early Julia Roberts in her.

The suspenseful train sequence (you know the whole time something's about to happen) brought to mind another spy movie, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME. I'll just bet at least someone on the set thought about that one. Maybe all?

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