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Season 5 | Episode 11 | “Trigger Point” | Aired Nov 6, 2014

It’s been nine weeks since the Covert Affairs summer finale. I can barely remember what I ate for dinner last week, let alone what went down on our favorite spy show back in August. Thankfully, there was a mini-recap prior to the episode.

The CIA found out about Annie’s heart condition and stuck her with a desk job. She responded by turning in her resignation before working with manly McQuaid. Auggie is irritated that Annie is becoming too reckless. McQuaid is framed for the Chicago bombing. Annie helps him realize that his number-two gal, Caitlyn, is actually evil. We knew this all along. Annie and McQuaid hook up, kill some bad guys in their post-coital bliss, and use context clues to figure out another bomb is about to blow. Annie takes care of the small problem, while McQuaid takes care of evil Caitlyn. She shoots him in his perfect abdomen. We all gasp in horror. Annie discovers that evil Caitlyn is working for a new bad guy named Belenko. Annie tries to confront the evil one just as Belenko shoots Caitlyn. Twice.

Are you with me? Good. Here we go.

Annie steps into McQuaid’s hospital room. He’s standing there, buttoning up his shirt. It was a huge party foul to not show him actually putting on the shirt, but I’ll let it slide since we are roughly 90 seconds into the episode. McQuaid kisses Annie, tells her he loves her, and asks her what she’s doing for the rest of her life?

Calm down, people. It was a dream. No, not that kind of dream. McQuaid is still hot unconscious. Arthur walks in and hands Annie a calendar. Caitlyn had a scheduled meet tomorrow in Istanbul with a fella who goes by the code name Q. Pack your Luis Vuitton—we’re headed to Turkey.

Annie isn’t the only one trying to connect Belenko to the Chicago and D.C. bombings. Auggie meets his buddy Tony, who works for the State Department, to try to get some intel on Belenko’s whereabouts. Tony isn’t willing to play. Across town, Calder is working his own angle. He called his favorite call girl, Sydney, to schedule a date with a member of the Russian Embassy who may know what Belenko is up to. All she has to do is press a special covert phone up to the Russian’s phone, and technology will do the rest. Sydney is in for a price. A call girl’s gotta do what a call girl’s gotta do. She delivers without any issues.

Annie camps out at an outdoor cafe. While on the phone with Arthur, she notices a man with a briefcase. Annie attaches a gadget to her phone, takes a picture of the man, and sends it to Arthur so he can identify the guy. Arthur immediately recognizes him as ex-FSB.

Covert AffairsAnother portly gentleman shows up, and Annie uses her techy camera gadget to send Arthur another photo. He is a Syrian arms dealer with a last name that begins with Q. This has to be the guy. Annie pulls out another handy device that allows her to hear what the two guys are talking about across the street. I’m not sure what they said because I was too busy wondering when Annie became James Bond. Will her head scarf serve as a parachute later?

Duffel bags are shoved in the trunk of a car, and Arthur is convinced that following Q, instead of the bags, will lead Annie to Belenko. She tails him to a bathhouse and pulls a gun on him when he is most vulnerable—naked under a towel. She demands that he call the duffel bag driver to come back and pick him up. Just as he begins to spill the beans about Belenko, the door busts open and a man shoots Q in the head.

Why, hello there, Eyal! I’ve missed you so.

Eyal grabs Annie by the elbow and ushers her through a sea of dead bodies, out the back door, and down the street. Man, I love this guy! Annie is annoyed that Eyal killed her one lead to Belenko. Eyal is equally annoyed. This guy was responsible for several attacks in Tel Aviv. Mission accomplished, in his opinion.

Eyal: I find it interesting that we are looking for the exact same guy, at the exact same time, in the exact same place.

He shoots Annie that playful, flirtatious smile. I melt. He insists they leave immediately. Annie isn’t going anywhere. Eyal rolls his eyes, knowing he won’t leave her alone.

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Annie asks a million questions about Q. Eyal jokingly reprimands Langley for sending Annie out into the field with so little preparation. She tells him that she walked. A compassionate Eyal leads Annie to the place where Q was staying. They find the car, but the duffel bags are gone. So they case the joint, stealthily moving room by room. Annie finds a dead guy on the roof, while Eyal finds a fist in his face and a kick in his crotch. He and Annie chase after a strange woman before she roof-hops to freedom.

When Annie’s phone rings, Eyal is surprised to see her face fall. She explains that a colleague has been rushed to surgery due to complications of a gunshot wound.

Eyal: A colleague?
Annie: A friend. Belenko is responsible. That’s why I’m really here.

Eyal puts a loving hand on her shoulder just as Auggie calls. Apparently his friend Tony had a change of heart. Belenko has just landed in Turkey. Annie and Eyal head to the hotel and park right out front in broad daylight. The concierge calmly walks to the car and tells Annie that Belenko would like to see her. Annie smiles, ready to play a game of cat and mouse.

Belenko pours her a glass of coffee and lectures her on life-saving etiquette. He’s been reading up on her. He knows about Annie’s heart condition and that she has been suspended from the CIA.

Annie: I read about you too. Do you know what I found? Nothing.

But here’s what Annie does know: Belenko is responsible for the attacks in Chicago and D.C. She knows that his buy went south with Q, and she knows about his relationship with Caitlyn. Annie stares him down, reaches into her bag, and pulls out the necklace she pinched from Caitlyn’s dead body.

Annie: Do you recognize this? It’s the wedding ring you gave her. That’s what she said in her dying breath.

Covert AffairsBelenko cradles the delicate band in the palm of his trembling hand, smiles, and dumps the necklace into Annie’s cup. That’s totally going to kill her Turkish coffee buzz. Not to mention his blatant disregard for the recently deceased. Belenko summons his goons to escort Ms. Walker out the back so he can escape through the front, where his car and duffel bags are patiently waiting.

To no one’s surprise, Eyal comes to Annie’s rescue in the dark corners of the hotel. They make their way outside just in time to see a caravan of cars pulling away. Annie hops onto a motorcycle (as we all would) and chases them down with Eyal close behind. A conveniently parked truck hinders the driver from outrunning Annie. When she approaches the car, the guy pulls a gun. Annie shoots him dead. The duffels are not in the trunk.

A defeated Annie plasters on a brave face and thanks Eyal, once again, for saving her life. He tells her he looks forward to these encounters with Annie. At this point, my insides are churning. Will Eyal kiss Annie? (I hope so/not!) Will she kiss him back? (Sure/NO!) What will this do to McQuaid? (He’s so hot!) Before my emotions choose a side, Eyal encourages Annie to talk to “this person” so he knows how she feels. Annie and I are both shocked. Eyal explains that he and his ex-wife are giving it another go. And so should Annie. She sheepishly smiles and gives him a hug.

He looked like his heart was breaking. If I had to guess, I’d say he made the whole story up. There was pain in his eyes.

Back in the States, Annie arrives just in time as McQuaid wakes up. She promises a groggy McQuaid that the bad guy won’t get away next time. While getting coffee, she is distracted by a shouting match in the hall. She finds Auggie arguing with an orderly.

Bad news. Their friend Tony is dead. Belenko mentioned that Annie Walker had harassed him in Istanbul. He was livid that someone apparently shared his itinerary. Tony confessed and was fired. Now he’s dead.

Belenko’s body count continues to rise. Who will be next?

Covert Affairs, rated TV-14, airs Tuesdays at 10/9C on USA Network.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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