Covert Affairs Recap: Embassy Row

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
Covert Affairs Recap: Embassy Row

“Covert Affairs” Season 5 Episode 6 “Embassy Row” aired on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on USA Network.  In this episode, CIA Agent Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) went undercover at the Russian Embassy as part of her mission to get close to ex-FSB turned banker Ivan Kravec in order to determine if he had a role in the Chicago bombings. Annie’s handler, tech genius Auggie Anderson (Christopher Gorham), made a difficult decision when it comes to his loyalty and love life, while Calder Michaels (Hill Harper) uncovered some information about the lady in his life. Read on to learn more about the episode.

All was not well in the Campbell household as Joan Campbell (Kari Matchett) and Arthur Campbell (Peter Gallagher) dealt with the consequences of having one spouse in the CIA, while the other was not.  In the last few moments of Episode 5 “Elevate me Later” (air date July 22, 2014), we saw how relationships and trust played an important role between partners. Annie and Auggie’s relationships hit a rough patch, which was quickly smoothened out by an apology, an admission and an ex-girlfriend showing up at Auggie Anderson’s door.  “Embassy Row” continued the theme and brought it to a whole new level.


Instead of encouraging words, Auggie found himself being warned by Annie to be careful of Natasha Petrovna (Liane Balaban), Auggie’s old flame and genius hacker, who helped them out in the previous episode and showed up in front of Auggie’s door, despite being on the FBI’s watch list. She also reminded him of the complications that this rekindled relationship would bring, especially as he was seeing Hayley Price (Amy Jo Johnson) before he reunited with Natasha.

The two were called to Langley as it was discovered that Ivan Kravec might be closing a deal that night. Despite the fact that she had drugged Kravec after their last date, they met at a cafe, where he offered to buy the guns that her client would have bought from her in her undercover persona as Martine Miller, Browning Guns Sales Representative. He then invited her to a cocktail dinner at the Russian Embassy. However, stepping onto Russian soil would be dangerous for Annie as she had been thrown into a Russian prison in Season 3 after she shot the CIA agent turned double agent for the FSB, Lena Smith (Sarah Clarke). Fortunately, Annie narrowly avoided detection as Auggie and his team decided to crash the FSB system, which would ensure her safety.

During the party, Annie found herself the target of Kravec’s ex-girlfriend and FSB Agent Tatiana Starkov (Magdalena Alexander). Annie manuevered them away from her, only to run into Ryan McQuaid (Nic Bishop). Fortunately, Annie’s cover was kept intact, as they informed Kravec that they had met months ago due to work. Later, McQuaid revealed that he was there to close a deal to purchase Russian attack carriers for the American government. However, Annie refused to open up to him.

After a close encounter with Starkov, Annie was drugged by Kravec himself, who revealed that he had realized that Annie was a CIA after she had drugged him during their date. McQuaid reappeared as a drugged Annie walked out the door, leaving a knocked out Kravec inside the room. However, after she fainted in his arms, he wasn’t able to move her out as Kravec had woken up. Knowing that he still had some time before she was transferred to the Moscow prison, McQuaid decided to intercept Kravec before he handed Annie off to the FSB.

McQuaid arrived just in time, and a shootout broke out, with McQuaid chasing after Kravec and Annie. She managed to break lose for a while but was tackled to the street by the much stronger Kravec who proceeded to dunk her head into a river.

Just as Annie felt that she could not breathe anymore, McQuaid shot him in the back, which rendered Kravec unconscious. The CIA sweep team transferred him to a holding facility in America where he will be interrogated by Joan and her team.

Later that morning, McQuaid revealed to Annie that he went after Borz Altan to discover if Borz knew who the mole within McQuaid’s company was. Despite this, Annie continued to refuse his trust, help and protection.

He then told her that he was the same way when he started in the Navy years ago but later learned to trust his colleagues because that is the way things are truly done. Knowing that she would be safe under McQuaid’s watchful eye, she finally allowed herself to get some much-needed sleep.

Back in DC, Auggie decided to keep on seeing Hayley as she had warned him to stay away from Annie. She had just begun investigating Annie, and the months prior to her reappearance in the United States seemed suspicious. This decision came after he consulted with Joan about the matter, as he realized that keeping Hayley close would allow them to warn Annie if the situation becomes dire. As for Natasha, he continued to reassure her that not breaking up with Hayley was just a precaution so that she would not be discovered by Hayley or the FBI, as Natasha is also a wanted fugitive.


On the Campbell front, Joan asked Auggie for to look into where Peter had gone on his business trip for McQuaid, as he had hurt his shoulder. Joan confronted him about the incident, and both of them revealed that they were not used to having one spouse outside the CIA. However, Joan cleverly found a way around it, as Arthur was the McQuaid representative that was sent to help Joan out with the interrogation that she will be conducting on Kravec.

Meanwhile, Calder and Laura from the General Counsel’s office seemed to be hitting it off well with each other, as they had to prepare together for the deposition in the DNI’s current investigation of the Chicago bombing. As they looked through some random names in a list, Calder discovered the driver’s license of the call girl he was seeing. Her name wasn’t Sidney, but Stephanie Banks. He confronted her about this and asked for her trust and discretion. She reassured him that she was all those things and more. Because of this, he decided to break things off with Laura, who had asked him in the elevator if he wanted to go out with her that Sunday.

What do you think about this episode? Which pair do you like best? Whose relationship do you think will work? What do you think of Auggie’s decision? Let us know by posting your comments below!

And that’s it for the “Covert Affairs” Season 5 Episode 6 “Embassy Row” recap. For more recaps and updates on “Covert Affairs” and other television shows, follow Movie News Guide (MNG).

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