Now that Calder Michaels is the new head of the DPD, changes are underfoot. Annie and Auggie, still reeling from the fiasco with the Chens, are pulled into their new boss’s office and given their marching orders: Annie is to go to Vienna and make contact with international arms dealer Dion Stavros, and Auggie is to have no contact with her. He’s been removed as Annie’s handler, replaced by Calder himself. The news doesn’t please Auggie a bit, not only because he doesn’t relish the thought of being cut off from his girlfriend, but because it looks like Calder is Henry Wilcox’s latest puppet and CIA mole.
But for now Annie and Auggie have to keep up appearances with their new boss, so Annie travels to Vienna with a new cover in place; now that her Smithsonian days are behind her, she’ll be posing as a less-than-aboveboard importer/exporter, and trying to score work from Stavros. She smooth-talks her way into a meeting with the arms dealer, who offers her a job: find a buyer for his 25 missile launchers. But when the operative Calder sends to pose as the buyer proves too green, Annie finds herself on the wrong end of a gun. Good thing Auggie wasn’t quite ready to give up his job as handler, and has secretly sent in a buyer of his own to save the day: Teo Braga. Although Teo’s presence saves Annie’s cover, the loose cannon has an agenda of his own that could make Annie’s life a lot more complicated.
Meanwhile, Joan and Arthur – now back together – are trying to get a step ahead of Henry, and decide that it’s time to bring in reinforcements of their own.
- In breaking season four of Covert Affairs, we knew that Calder Michaels’ character was going to be a huge game changer. The flashforwards featured in #401 and here in #405 were specifically designed in order to introduce “The Sheriff” in an interesting, dynamic and fresh way. We wanted the audience to be able to wonder along with Annie and Auggie, “who is Calder Michaels and what are his true intentions?”
- One of the bigger decisions made when deciding to make Calder the new Head of the DPD was that the DPD’s layout should have a decidedly different look and feel than when Joan was in charge. We wanted to visually show the audience how different Annie and Auggie’s familiar stomping grounds would be under their new boss’ regime – so what was formerly the Screens Area, where operatives and their handlers were debriefed, transformed into Calder’s office.
- As our series has taken on a slightly darker tone this season, it made sense for us to find a new NOC that Annie might be working under. A black market importer/exporter allowed Annie the opportunity to build off her previously established NOC as a researcher at the Smithsonian and be involved in more edgy, high-stakes operations simultaneously.
- The Vienna State Opera gave us permission to film in the opera house itself. Our timing was generally good as the opera season had just come to a close for the year. The crew did, however, have to work around a Jazz festival and construction that was occurring concurrently at the location.
- The roads in central Vienna (old city) are small, often one way and offered plenty of pedestrian only access. It was generally faster for the production team to push equipment and walk between locations.
- Stavros’ apartment is real and overlooks Stephansplatz in the very heart of Vienna near some of the priciest real estate in Europe.
- The return of Teresa Hamilton at the end of the episode may come as a surprise to some fans. The character, portrayed by Michelle Ryan, hasn’t been seen since episode #401 when she met clandestinely with Arthur. Now she seems to be tailing Henry Wilcox… we’ll learn more about Teresa soon!