“Covert Affairs” Season 5 Episode 9 “Spit on a Stranger” aired on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on USA Network. Just as CIA Agent Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) was about to start a new chapter in her life, life itself threw her a curveball, which led her to question all her gut instincts and intuition. In this episode, Annie resigned from the agency in order to investigate McQuaid Security CEO Ryan McQuaid (Nic Bishop). Read on to learn more about this episode.
After being suspended by the CIA in Episode 8 “Grounded” (air date: Aug. 12., 2014), Annie spent the night talking and relaxing in the company of Ryan. Before they were interrupted by a door bell, the two shared a tender kiss.
While Ryan was outside, Annie’s handler, Auggie Anderson (Christopher Gorham), called to tell her that their deceased informant, former CIA Agent Roger Bennet, was too smart to believe in conspiracy theories, even if the briefcase he was found with was filled with conspiracy papers. As Annie looked up, she noticed that Ryan was talking with the dog walker whom Roger had accused of following him before he died. However, when she asked Ryan what was that all about, he just told her that it was work related.
At Auggie’s flat, the pair looked at the security camera footage from the car accident that killed Roger. There, Annie spotted the dog walker walking away from the accident scene. Auggie wanted to loop their boss, Domestic Protection Division head Joan Campbell (Kari Matchett). Annie told him not to, and he reminded her that she was suspended.
Back at the agency, Annie handed her resignation to Joan. Confused and willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, Joan asked Annie if there was anything she needed to know. However, Annie said that her mind was made up.
Later that night, at a bar, Annie and Ryan met up. Straightforwardly, Annie asked Ryan if he could get her a job, especially as he had been persistent in the past to recruit her. Elated, he agreed.
Before entering the office on the first day at McQuaid Security, she stopped by Auggie’s flat,who informed her that the dog walker’s name was Allan Langer and that he had worked for McQuaid three years ago. He also handed her a device called salvage rabbit. All she needed to do was to stay within a meter from Ryan’s personal computer, and Auggie would be able gain access to the data that they need. However, since McQuaid Security has sophisticated encryption, it would take more than five minutes to hotsync the device. During that time, he should not use his computer, as he would be able to detect it right away.
At McQuaid Security, she was greeted by Ryan’s second in command, Caitlyn Cook (Perrey Reeves). She gave her some paperwork to do and some risk assessment assignments on some buildings. Their meeting is cut short, as Annie was called to a meeting — a surprise welcome celebration for her arrival at the company. There, Ryan praised her capabilities in the field, and fast tracked her status to a field operative. Over doughnuts and coffee, Arthur Campbell (Peter Gallagher), welcomed her aboard. Joan, who was suspicious about Annie’s resignation, confided her suspicions with her husband, and Arthur promised to watch out for Annie.
The next day, Annie managed to sneak in an appointment with Ryan so that she could hotsync the salvage rabbit device Auggie had given her. She questioned him on why she hadn’t been given an assignment yet and told him that her gut instincts were telling her that he was hiding something from her. He then decided to use his computer to find her an assignment, but since the syncing was not yet done, she spotted the alcohol he had brought back from Venezuela and shared a drink with him.
At Auggie’s, he told Annie that he had found a heavily encrypted file called “Flint.” In the file were profiles and records of some of McQuaid’s employees, including Allan Langer and Borz Altan. They discovered that Borz did not just work for him until four months ago but up to the Chicago bombing.
Back at Langley, the head of the Department of Clandestine Services, Calder Michaels (Harper Hill), asked Auggie if he had been involved in covering up Annie’s medical condition, as the Director of National Intelligence was starting to dig in to the matter. Calder, just like Joan, gave Auggie the benefit of the doubt and asked him to trust him, especially with what they all went through with Henry Wilcox (in Season 4). However, Auggie refused to say anything. Calder then informed him that he was opening an investigation in Auggie’s involvement in the matter and told him to turn over all the operatives and operations he was handling at the moment.
Calder also paid a visit to the hospital where Annie was treated after she sustained a concussion in Episode 4 “Silence Kit.” There, he was able to confirm that the medical records had been falsified.
At the office, Annie asked Arthur if she could use his high level clearance in order to search Allan Langer and Borz Altan in the McQuaid Security database. Just like his wife, Arthur gave Annie the opportunity to open to him, but she didn’t.
On her way back to her office, she was called by Ryan, who gave her her first assignment. While in his office, Ryan admitted that he liked her and wanted to come clean to her in order to gain her trust. He revealed that he sometimes used a group that does not work for him for some top secret missions. This group was an elite group, a black ops group, and he revealed that Borz Altan was part of this group, which was codenamed “Flint.”
Annie informed Auggie about this, and she told him that her gut instinct is telling her that it is not him. However, Auggie thought she was compromised, as he felt that she was thinking with her heart and not her head. However, Annie appealed to him to trust her, and he gave her one day to find proof.
This time, she reached out to Arthur, telling him that it also had to do with protecting Ryan, just in case. Arthur reached out to his contacts and discovered that a black ops group like that was in existence, and he managed to give her a physical address.
She followed the address to an abandoned bunker. There, she opened a metal trapdoor and walked down. However, she discovered that she was being followed by Caitlyn, who only followed her and did not know the existence of the bunker. As they went further down and in, they were attacked by two men. After a short fight, one man was shot dead, while the other got away.
They discovered an empty bunker in which something had been detonated at the center. They called Arthur regarding the discovery, who came as fast as he could.
They discovered what seemed to be an outline of a structure on the floor. After asking Caitlyn, it is discovered that Ryan often made mock ups of buildings or fortresses with regards to their missions, and that if he needed to test out a bomb, he would have detonated it. After walking around with fluorescent lamps, Annie realized that the outline that had left a mark on the bunker floor was an outline of the CIA Chicago facility. At long last, Annie decided to bring the matter to Langley.
Joan had the bomb material on the floor tested and had the results compared to the results of the material found in the Chicago bombing. It was a match. Calder then decided to have Ryan brought in and told Auggie that he would be running the McQuaid operation.
Annie went home to change into some clean clothes before meeting up with Auggie at a bar. However, Ryan arrived, telling her that he had been tipped off by a justice friend of his that he was being hunted down. Annie, determined to bring him in, confronted him at gunpoint. However, Ryan appealed to her, saying that he had been set up. He also told her that if her instincts tell her that he was guilty, then shoot him. Annie, however, could not do it.
At the bar, Auggie informed Annie that he had to go back in to Langley as Ryan was in the wind. He asked her if he had contacted her, but she lied and denied.
What do you think about this episode? Do you think Annie did the right thing in letting Ryan go and lying to Auggie about it? What will happen to Annie’s future now that she has resigned from the CIA? Who do you think is the traitor that orchestrated the Chicago bombing? Do you believe Ryan? Let us now what you think by posting your comments below.
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