USA Network’s Covert Affairs blew viewers away last week by felling Simon with a flurry of bullets and putting a couple in Annie Walker herself, all from the silenced pistol of CIA legend/double agent Lena Smith.
But this Tuesday at 10/9c, it’s Auggie’s turn to reel from the shooting.
Racing to the hospital and learning of Annie’s grave condition “is a really big moment for him. The first thing [he experiences] is shock,” Christopher Gorham tells TVLine. From there, the onetime Special Forces captain “almost goes into soldier mode, into battle mode. The emotions get cut off – ‘What’s the situation? How do we deal with this immediately?’”
And then? “And then it just rocks his world,” Gorham previews. “It just rocks his world.” Especially once Lena’s masterful plan to cover her tracks and frame comatose Annie as the treasonous mole is set in motion.
Suffice it to say, no one calls Auggie’s best friend a traitor.
“He’s furious. He’s overwhelmed and worried [to begin with], and then he finds out they’ve requisitioned her phone records? It just sets him off,” Gorham says. “He smells a rat right off the bat.” (Perhaps literally….)
Though Auggie strongly challenges the charges being made against Annie — and as industrious as he is for a sightless spook — there is only so much he can accomplish in his campaign to get at the truth. So he turns to Joan, who regardless of her own faith in Annie must face the mountain of (manufactured) evidence coupled with the suggestion that she pulled Walker off the Farm too soon.
“There’s a really nice moment, which I talked about with [the showrunners], where Joan says, ‘Do you trust me?’ And in the first version of that, the answer was different,” Gorham shares. “In that moment he feels so alone that he reluctantly accepts not only that he needs help, but he finds relief that he’s got help, and it’s coming from someone he does trust.” That said, “It takes a moment to get there.”
While Auggie engages in fancy footwork to chisel away at the cover-up, comatose Annie floats through numerous “dream” scenarios — some quite harrowing, but one of which pours her into a red dress and into the arms of dance partner Auggie. The waltz that follows contains an encrypted message to the series’ fans.
“It’s creatively fun to be freed up for a week to do some things that you can’t normally do,” Gorham observes. “It’s also nice to play what’s in her subconscious and give fans of that potential couple a moment that they’ve been wanting, but without the commitment of having to go there on the real show. It’s a really nice moment.”
Gorham spoke with TVLine in between a string of New York City promotional appearances that he somehow sandwiched in between his work on the set in Toronto, where this week he’s directing for the first time, the 13th episode of Covert Affairs‘ third season. The episode he was handed revolves around CIA drones and involves a set piece populated by 260 extras, a chase scene, a fight sequence and a stunt work.
“We usually shoot our episode in eight days. But being that I’m a first-time director, they only gave me seven,” Gorham reports with a laugh. “Really nice!”