Welcome to Fourth of July celebrations at Langley. Apparently even spies like to celebrate the big occasion with red velvet cupcakes, thanks to well-Louboutin-heeled spy Annie Walker (Piper Perabo), with a little help from her big sister Danielle (Anne Dudek).
Season 3 kicks off to an explosive start – literally. As a result of this high-ranking operative’s shocking mishap, the Domestic Protection Division (DPD) headed by Joan (Kari Matchett) undergoes some major changes that she has no control of.
Cue Annie’s new boss, Lena Smith (Sarah Clarke), a star CIA operative who believes that Annie has been underutilized at DPD and is quick with the flattery and encouragement. She does not believe that operatives, especially with Annie’s talents and skills, should be stuck at a desk and encourages them to be out on the field.
Lena assigns Annie to a high-security case investigating a man named Simon Fisher (Richard Coyle) – Russian-born, Cambridge-educated venture capitalist whose mother took him around the world as a child after his father died. The CIA believes his mother to have been a KGB agent and that Simon was born to be a spy. He is suspected of multiple murders and is deemed to be an extremely dangerous man.
Where danger goes, Annie follows. Under the cover of being a Smithsonian employee, Annie travels to Marrakech to “bump into” Simon. It is rare for Simon to meet someone who has travelled as extensively as he has and the two find themselves bonding over coffee (Moroccan blend, perhaps?) comparing stamps in their passports.
As if challenging Lena’s assertion that the CIA has double standards in how they treat their male and female operatives (for example, male operatives are encouraged to sleep with their assets in order to gain information), Annie takes her assignment to the next level, mixing a bit of business with pleasure. Without her friend and confidante Auggie (Christopher Gorham) whispering in her ear to guide her, Annie must rely on her new boss to get her through this assignment safely but can she trust Lena (especially since Sarah Clarke played such a traitorous counter-intelligence agent in 24)?
Covert Affairs returns to USA Network on Tuesday, July 10th at 10/9c and stars Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett, Peter Gallagher, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Anne Dudek.
Guest stars: Sarah Clarke, Richard Coyle