- Title: Covert Affairs – No. 13 Baby
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Having been outsmarted once again by Henry Wilcox (Gregory Itzin), Annie (Piper Perabo) returns to D.C. to meet with Calder (Hill Harper) and discuss their next move which includes Annie discovering the location of one of Henry’s safe houses. It’s a risky move that Calder doesn’t approve of, and he does his best to make sure Annie doesn’t take any more unnecessary risks like reaching out to Auggie (Christopher Gorham). The accidental destruction of said safe house nearly gets Calder and his team killed and forces Henry to redouble his efforts to find and kill Jessica Matthews.
In the episode’s B-story the isolated Auggie reconnects with Helen (Michelle Ryan) who also tracks Annie down to give her some advice not to stay dark too long if she wants her boyfriend back. Although Annie makes it through the episode alive and undiscovered, Helen isn’t so lucky as Wilcox uses Calder’s vague description of the woman and the sudden appearance of Helen to make an incorrect assumption that leads to the the not-so-dead spy’s very real murder. I like the twist of Helen going with Wilcox’s misconception to believe Helen to be Jessica Matthews, but I was surprised how quickly the show did away with a character whose continued existence created complications for everyone in Annie’s life.
As the episode comes to a close Annie comes close again to approaching Auggie weighed down not only by the guilt of her recent actions but also how those actions got Helen killed. With only three episodes left in the show’s Fourth Season the main characters now have even more reason to take Wilcox down, but despite what little Calder and Auggie were able to pull from the dead spy’s computer the group is still far from achieving their goal and the death of Helen leaves another man down.