In “Covert Affairs,” Season 2, Episode 8, “Welcome to the Occupation,” Annie is interrupted on her free climbing weekend with her doctor sweetie by an apparent gang of eco terrorists who take the board of an oil company hostage in Mexico City. Spoilers surely follow.
Sadly, it can be surmised right away that something else is up. The terrorists seem to be too well-trained and professional to be tree-hugging lunatics. They also only demand money. More anon.
In the meantime, Annie, Joan, and Arthur’s blunt instrument, Ben Mercer, infiltrate as the TV news crew terrorist leader Delgado demands to “bring their message to the world.” Joan is taking a personal interest because one of her old friends has infiltrated the board of the oil company and is now under the guns of the terrorists.
The subplot, by the way, is Jai’s evil father leaking information to the media, doubtless as yet another attempt to bring Arthur down. He gives Jai a far more subtle version of the “together we can rule the universe, as father and son” speech. Jai is not buying, smart fellow that he is.
In Mexico City there are a few tense moments, as Delgado is a great fan of the eco-oriented network our group is using as a cover and does not recall Annie being an on-air personality. Fortunately the CIA is quite thorough in these matters and has uploaded at least one special report from our correspondent Annie Walker from the site of some toxic spill or another.
Very soon Annie surmises that Delgado and his “terrorists” are not eco-terrorists at all, just as most people have from the beginning. Their ranting about “American imperialism” and “the oppressed farmers” is somewhat perfunctory. Also, real eco-terrorists would have other demands besides money, such as stop drilling in Mexico, invest money in solar and wind, and so on. Delgado also seems to have an intimate knowledge of the oil company’s business practices and personalities, including just how much the hostage insurance fund will pay out.
Also, one is pretty sure that colt Delgado is waving around is from later than the Mexican-American War of the 1840s. Maybe someone in Gen. Pershing’s expedition carried it.
In any case, Joan and her friend prove that four gun-toting killers are no match for two CIA babes who know how to whip up martial arts. Annie and Ben use free climbing skills to start the elevators and then take out Delgado and his silent partner, a senior VP of the company. As they said in “Die Hard,” they were nothing but common thieves.
Finally, Annie decided that the reliable doctor makes a better lover than the unreliable CIA operative. Once again her good judgment wins the day.
Source: Covert Affairs, Welcome to the Occupation, TV.Rage