It was originally scripted that Barber was to eat a bearclaw in the opening scene… Canadians, however, do not have bearclaws it turns out! Therefore, a different donut pastry was substituted. The more you know!
Liane Balaban returns in this episode as Natasha Petrovna, Auggie’s one time girlfriend who he was forced to break up with before she was arrested by the FBI (as documented in the Season 4 webisodes) and later reunited with, only to help extract her to Canada to escape another arrest attempt (in Season 1’s “Communication Breakdown”). Neither Natasha or Auggie have seen each other since the events of Season 1.
Rain was a particularly difficult problem to work around this episode. During the shooting range scene with Annie and Ivan, our hair and make-up teams were rushing back and forth to the actors to cover them with umbrellas from the harsh elements inbetween takes. We have the hardest working crew members in the business!
This episode also is the only the second time in Covert Affairs history that we’ve ever had to plan to shoot a scene at a later date based on bad weather -- Arthur and Caitlyn caught in a gunfight in Rimadi was completely rained out the first day they attempted to shoot the sequence.
The weapons utilized in this episode are recreations of the famous guns described -- no, that’s not a real 1916 Fedorov Avtomat (though it sure looks like one, right? TV magic!)
Mutliple locations in Paris during this episode of Covert Affairs are recreations of scenes from episodes past which have taken place in Paris (Season 2’s “Good Advices” and Season 3’s “Speed of Life” also feature Paris as Annie’s international destination)
When Natasha slaps Auggie toward the end of the episode -- that’s not a stage slap, that’s a full-on slap! And there were multiple takes! Christopher Gorham is the world’s biggest trooper and advocate of set-to-film slap authenticity!