The Covert Affairs finale, “Letters Never Sent,” was a packed episode that will lead to a changed show going into the third season. I was nervous watching the finale after seeing the preview last week that focused on the Annie and Auggie relationship. I was pleasantly surprised that the preview hyped movement in their relationship more than actually occurred.
I know many viewers are clammering for Annie and Auggie to hook up, but I am not one of those many. I appreciate the special close friendship that these two share and don’t want this to become another show that forces their male and female leads into a romance. That’s not to say at some point I won’t change my mind and want them to get together, but at this point it just doesn’t work for me.
Auggie’s been a player. He’s been a flirt and hooked up with many chicks; that’s his thing. Just recently he started his first real relationship with Parker. I’m looking forward to seeing how that plays out. Auggie needs to let this relationship run its full course, perhaps, then he will be ready for another solid relationship with someone else, even Annie.
As shallow as Auggie’s relationships have been, Annie’s have been deep. She fell hard for Ben and then was quickly drawn to other men such as Eyal and Zavier. Her search for love has not been easy. When her sister mentioned that she glowed when talking to Auggie, it was natural for her to consider him as a romantic partner. Unfortunately, her sister’s words, her desire for love and the stress from killing someone pushed her towards Auggie. He was the convenient guy to fulfill her, whether real or not.
Unfortunately, when Annie needed him the most, he had other plans. His suggestion that she go to the Agency for help dealing with the killing when she really wanted his help was painful. I’m not sure it was meant that way, but that’s how it came across.
With Auggie off in Africa to find Parker, Annie will be left to sort out her feelings on her own. Ultimately, this is probably for the best. It will make her a stronger person and a better agent. And, perhaps she will find someone else to date. (Please not Ben!)
At least, Annie has the support of her sister again. Even though Danielle saw the danger first hand when Annie shot and killed someone, she now wants Annie to move back home. Given Danielle’s challenges ahead with her husband, she will need the support of her sister too. I’m looking forward to having them back together again. Though, I hope Annie keeps her safe house on the side.
While Annie got her family back, Jai destroyed his. The will he or won’t he turn in his father question was finally answered. Jai did the right thing by coming clean with what he knew about the Agency leak, but was unbelievably manipulative. He got rid of the “stink of nepotism,” but at what cost? He may be too smart for his own good. He failed the lie detector test to get the ball rolling, but then needed to gloat about his brilliant plan to Arthur. How stupid was that! Instead of keeping his mouth shut like he did with his initial plan, he basically said “game on” to Arthur. A surprise attack on Joan and Arthur would have been much easier. But, now with them on the offensive — look out Jai!
“Letters Never Sent” has provided the ground work for an intriguing third season. Annie has used a gun to kill someone changing her professionally. Danielle’s marital problems are clearer. Auggie has accepted that his life will not go back to his sighted days. Jai has put a plan in motion to further his career. And, Arthur and Joan’s marriage is stronger than ever, but they are being threatened at work. It’s going to be a long wait until summer to find out where these characters go next!
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