Shady Lane

Last we saw Annie, she had finally defeated Henry Wilcox and was making her escape from Hong Kong. But following that ordeal she didn’t return triumphantly to Langley. Instead, she disappeared without a trace. 

But now, four months later, Annie is back on the grid and ready to jump in to work. Though Calder and Auggie suspect that there’s more Annie isn’t telling them about her mysterious four-month absence, when Annie’s former nemesis Khalid Ansari turns up on U.S. soil the CIA has no choice but to send Annie back into the field to find out why he’d take the risk of returning. Annie and her local CIA contact manage to track down a visibly scared Ansari, and though he’s shot before he can tell them much, they manage to find a connection between Ansari and two Chicago-based Crimean-American brothers named Borz and Mykola Altan. 

As Annie runs down the Altans in Chicago, Joan returns from maternity leave to find that she’s been passed over for the promotion to DCS in favor of Calder. That is, assuming Calder can get his personal affairs—which seem to involve a steamy relationship with a mystery woman—in order first. And while Joan heads back to her job running the DPD, Arthur mulls a new job offer from a former student named Ryan McQuaid who now runs a private security firm. 

As it turns out, Arthur isn’t the only one with a link to McQuaid. Borz Altan once worked for McQuaid Security, so Annie meets with the Navy SEAL-turned-CEO to see what he can tell her about his former employee. McQuaid doesn’t offer Annie much (besides a dinner invitation) but she soon figures out that the brothers are planning an imminent terror attack. Unfortunately, though Annie’s got Borz in her sights, she loses him when she suddenly collapses on the street. Evidently Annie has returned from her months away with a secret—one that could be life or death. 

Now, Annie must hide her medical condition from everyone at the CIA—Auggie included—as she scrambles to stop the Altans. And though she initially suspects that the Altans are targeting the Chicago Board of Trade, it soon becomes clear that the brothers’ plan is much bigger, and much more destructive, than anyone had imagined.

About Covert Affairs

USA’s critically acclaimed original series COVERT AFFAIRS stars Golden Globe nominee Piper Perabo as CIA operative Annie Walker, a skilled linguist and spy whose work takes her on top-secret missions around the globe. 

Several years ago, Annie was recruited fresh off The Farm to work in the Domestic Protection Division under Joan Campbell (Kari Matchett). But today, Annie is no longer a fresh-faced rookie. Season Four saw her going head-to-head with her toughest adversary yet: the nefarious former Department of Clandestine Services, Henry Wilcox. Grieving the death of his son Jai and convinced Arthur Campbell (Peter Gallagher) was to blame, Henry was determined to take down the Campbells—and anyone else who got in his way. Annie ultimately managed to put a stop to Henry once and for all by faking her death, going dark, and pursuing him by any means necessary. But the battle cost her dearly, and meant sacrificing not just her relationship with Auggie (Christopher Gorham), but a part of herself. 

Season Five picks up several months after the team took down Henry in Hong Kong. Auggie is back at the DPD, Arthur is offered a job in the private sector working for McQuaid Security, and Joan is returning from maternity leave to find that she’s been passed over for the job of DCS in favor of Calder (Hill Harper). And after mysteriously going off the grid for months, Annie has resurfaced, anxious to get back to work at the CIA and harboring a secret that could jeopardize everything. Sent to Chicago to investigate a purported terror plot, she soon discovers that the threat is very real, and much greater than anyone has anticipated, and finds herself swept into an international mission that will take her from Venezuela to Latvia to France and many points in between. Along the way, she’ll continue to cross paths with Arthur’s new boss Ryan McQuaid (Nic Bishop), a charismatic Navy SEAL-turned-CEO with his own ties to the terrorist—and his own secrets.

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