EW Community TV Show Episode Guides and Recaps from EW's Community

'Covert Affairs' season finale recap: Trust your heart

Season 5 | Episode 16 | “Gold Soundz” | Aired Dec 18, 2014

The season finale of Covert Affairs is all about heart. It is a powerful muscle. With every beat, we are allowed to move another step, think another thought and exhale another breath. It’s also extremely volatile. It can easily be bruised if you let it. It can transition from steady to pounding in a matter of seconds. It can attack you. It can break you. You can follow it, or ignore it. It’s your choice.

Calder’s Heart
Stephanie is still unconscious in a hospital bed. Calder and a small entourage storm the Dog Walker’s hiding place. Revenge is a dish best served cold and Calder is the maître d’. Unfortunately, the Dog Walker escapes out the window, across the lawn. Not a single bullet makes contact. I guess it’s true what they say about serpentine running.

Belenko’s Heart
With three killer Russians on the loose, Belenko is happy to follow Annie and McQuaid around the streets of Buenos Aires. McQuaid wants to trade Belenko for safe passage back to America. Annie wants to keep him alive for the same reasons the Russians want him dead. She looks to McQuaid for assurance. Love makes him roll his eyes, smile and agree that Belenko stays. The plan? Use McQuaid’s universal key (so very 007), commandeer a vehicle and drive like hell to the U.S. Embassy. Guns up.

McQuaid’s Heart
McQuaid finds a car, and as the trio walks into the open, a gun fires from above. Annie shoots the car and it blows up. (That seemed particularly easy. Should I be concerned about my Camry?) The fire provides a smoke cloud, which removes the sniper’s advantage. Annie barks orders to the boys, instructing that everyone will be charging the building. No matter what happens, they are in this together. That’s when McQuaid proposes.

I’ll pause so you can read that last sentence again.

Covert AffairsAnnie: Are you serious?
McQuaid: Absolutely.

McQuaid storms up the stairs and takes the sniper out with one shot. They discover a walkie-talkie on the body. McQuaid thinks they should go shopping for the other two assassins. I think they need to pick a wedding date, but no one is listening to me.

Annie stands in the alley, McQuaid perches above, and Belenko is used as bait to draw the bad guys out. Just as Annie is about to shoot one, another fires from the opposite direction. Suddenly the Russians turn and run. It was a coordinated retreat. They must have radios. Guess who else runs? Belenko.

McQuaid chases Russians. Annie chases Belenko. As soon as she finds him, she drops to the ground, gasping for air while clutching her arm.

Joan’s Heart
Deputy DCI Joe waltzes into Calder’s office, reprimanding him for going out on a tactical mission to defend the honor of his girlfriend. Joan steps in, reminding Joe that Stephanie is the one who got the information about Belenko in the first place. It’s called leadership, and the DCI needs to back off. Calder looks impressed. Later, the DCI requests a meeting with Joan to commend her badassery and offer her a job. This should be fun now that Arthur has been asked to consider running for Senate.

The Dog Walker’s Heart
The Dog Walker kills a CIA guy and steals his identity. The way he waltzes right into the CIA with a fake badge makes me feel really safe. He asks Auggie to accompany him to Decker’s polygraph. When they walk in the interrogation room, Dog Walker pulls out a pen, tosses it onto the table and leaves. Smoke from the pen begins to fill the room. Decker and Auggie paw at the door and scream for help. As the Dog Walker finagles the electronic locks on the door, Calder rushes around the corner and shoots him dead. FINALLY!

Annie’s Heart
Annie wakes up from her episode on a couch. She asks Belenko why he didn’t kill her. With the Russians wanting him dead, she’s his only friend. A girl runs inside yelling that a man is coming. Annie points her gun at the door, and McQuaid walks in with total relief in his eyes.

Annie suggests they make their way to Recoleta Cemetery, because once upon a time, Auggie said he would leave a car there if she was ever in trouble. Auggie never disappoints. A man several yards away waves in front of an SUV and is immediately stabbed by a Russian. So close. It’s time to play hide-and-seek among the mausoleums.

The Russian with unfortunate jeans is the first to go down. Ryan easily snaps his neck. I didn’t have time to digest how hot it was, because shots fire and Belenko is hit in the leg. Annie grabs the wounded Belenko, and McQuaid goes after the last gunman. McQuaid pulls the pin from the bad guy’s grenade and tries to run away. The Russian grabs his leg and pulls him down. Annie screams. I scream. DO NOT KILL MCQUAID!

And the grenade goes off under the Russian with McQuaid on top of him. McQuaid looks up in surprise. Annie flings herself into his arms. I think for a moment, “That’s one weak grenade,” before rejoicing that McQuaid is still alive!

Auggie’s Heart
After everyone is back safe and sound, Auggie pays Annie a visit. He has news.

Covert AffairsI thought he was going to profess his love and Annie would have to make a decision between Auggie and McQuaid. That lasted two seconds.

He’s leaving the agency to travel the world with Natasha. Annie tells Auggie she is happy for him but he hears something in her voice. She confesses she has a lot of big decisions to make. There’s Joan’s new task force and adopting the McAnnie nickname to consider. He asks her to close her eyes, look inside, and feel her instincts.

It’s time she trusts her heart.

She opens her eyes, smiles, exhales, and utters the phrase, “Got it.”

Roll credits.

Please let there be a sixth season of Covert Affairs. I need to know if Annie wears a gun under her wedding dress.

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

You May Like