'Covert Affairs': The safe house around the corner


"Covert Affairs" began the second half of its second season with some changes in the air. Annie has moved out of Danielle's house and hit a rough patch at work. Jai is threatening to spill his guts to Congress.The slightly down mood at the start suits the show pretty well, actually. We're not so naive to think this signals a sea change for the show -- and after all, plenty of people like it just the way it is -- but the incremental steps "The Wake-Up Bomb" took felt like the right ones at this stage of the show. The mission of the week kind of goes nowhere, but the stuff around the margins worked.After a botched assignment in Venice (shot on location, which is cool and all, but a trip to Italy just for three minutes at the start of the show? Hope there's more to come later in the season), Annie gets orders...



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