Note: If you haven't seen last night's episode of Covert Affairs (3.16, “Lady Stardust”), read no further. (Seriously! You'll thank us later.)
In the interest of full disclosure, this was my first episode of Covert Affairs. Still, when I heard about the possibility of big shippy doings on the season finale, I had to have a look. All I knew about Annie and Auggie were that she was a CIA agent, he was in special ops, and between all the espionage and derring do, these two reportedly were doing a slow burn on the relationship thing. Would the season finale turn this slow burn into fireworks or would it go down in flames?
Annie, brave and resourceful, finds herself in Amsterdam and in the midst of a dilemma, so she does what any self respecting heroine would do. She consults her soulmate. No matter that she’s in Amsterdam and he’s in Iraq, because the connection appears to be that strong. Annie leaves a voicemail detailing her options and thanks Auggie for letting her talk things out. She’s made her decision, and it’s back to work. Soon enough, she walks into a darkened room, and surprise, Auggie, sitting there in the dark, or as he puts it, just sitting. A man who’s sure of himself enough to fit such comments into everyday conversation and answers a voicemail by showing up in person to surprise the woman he loves, when she needs his guidance the most? Hot. I fell for Auggie right there, and found myself hoping Annie would as well.
What sealed the deal was twofold: his unflagging support of Annie and the words he uses to express it. They may be making a mistake, he tells her as they go off to tangle with the bad guys, but at least they’ll make it together. Then if that weren’t enough, he equates going into battle with blowing out a birthday candle. Don’t overthink, but concentrate on a positive outcome or something you want or love. Romance fans, you know where this is going.
As they sail down a canal, Auggie asks Annie if there are tulips. She says there aren’t, but Auggie decides he’s going to imagine there are. That’s one of the benefits of being blind; he can imagine things to look however he wants them. Someday, he’ll tell Annie what she looks like. Swoon.
Since Auggie’s words play such a large part in the chemistry between these two, it’s an interesting twist that, when Auggie finally gets up the nerve to have the conversation he’s been wanting to have with Annie for a long time, there are very few words past “There’s nothing certain for people like us.” Instead, he slides his hands around Annie’s waist, up her arms, cups her face, and then…and then…the kiss. The Kiss. It gets capital letters because what Auggie most wants to say to Annie has no need for words, but comes straight from the heart.
She’s glad they’re having this conversation, Annie confesses, and it’s my bet Annie/Auggie shippers are, too. Other longtime viewers, however, may take a different view. Mossad agent Eyal certainly seems to think he and Annie might have a future together. What do you think, romance fans? Should these friends become lovers?
Anna C. Bowling considers writing historical romance the best way to travel through time and make the voices in her head pay rent. She welcomes visitors to her blog, Typing with Wet Nails and to follow her at Twitter.