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The first season of USA's spy drama Covert Affairs premiered on July 13, 2010. Consisting of 13 episodes, the first season introduces actress Piper Perabo as Annie Walker, a young CIA trainee who is prematurely removed from training to work for the Central Intelligence Agency's Domestic Protection Division. Annie's cover is established as a worker for the Smithsonian Museum. Annie is guided through her new life as a spy by Auggie Anderson, a blind tech operative. Annie must learn to balance her new life as a spy with her relationship with her sister Danielle Brooks.

List of Season 1 episodes[]

# Season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
1 1 "Pilot"
"Welcome to the CIA"
Tim Matheson Matt Corman & Chris Ord July 13, 2010 (2010-07-13) CA101 4.88[9]
Annie Walker is a new CIA trainee agent who is unexpectedly sent out into the field because of her language skills (she can speak six different languages). Auggie Anderson, a blind agent is Annie's guide in her new life at the DPD (Domestic Protection Division) at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Her first mission is to retrieve information from a Russian spy at a hotel. As the exchange starts, the informant is killed and Annie makes it out of the room only to forget to retrieve the intel. She goes back for it but doesn't believe the person who died is who they say they are, so she investigates more only to get in trouble about protocol and using civilians to help on a case. Eventually the real spy emerges and almost kills Annie, but her romantic interest, Ben Mercer (Eion Bailey), whom she is searching for helps her by killing the spy. But she's not sure if she actually saw Ben, so she tells her boss, Joan Campbell about him. Joan dismisses it and assures her that another agent got there just in time to save Annie. However, Joan and her husband Arthur Campbell know who Ben Mercer is, but not what his intentions are. They decide to keep Annie in the field in hopes that Ben will reemerge from wherever he is hiding.
2 2 "Walter's Walk" Félix Alcalá Matt Corman & Chris Ord July 20, 2010 (2010-07-20) CA102 5.21[10][11]
Annie is assigned to "walk-in" duty where she meets a boy-genius and his mother. The boy has seemingly acquired real, viable intelligence that puts both him and his mother in danger. Annie is assigned to work on the case in conjunction with an MI-6 agent. While protecting the boy and his mother, she realizes that her supposed MI-6 partner is a double agent and is the one hunting down the boy.
3 3 "South Bound Suarez" John Kretchmer James Parriott July 27, 2010 (2010-07-27) CA103 4.83[12]
Annie must get close to a Venezuelan college exchange student (Michael Steger), whose sister (Lana Parrilla) is romantically involved with a ruthless government agent from his native country. Annie travels to Venezuela in order to convince the woman to help the CIA with their case. After agreeing to help Annie out, the Venezuelans are flown out of the country to protect them.
4 4 "No Quarter" Allan Kroeker Stephen Hootstein August 3, 2010 (2010-08-03) CA104 5.30[13]
When a routine exchange is compromised in Zurich, Annie finds herself on the run from the authorities. She then finds herself at odds with Eyal Lavin (Oded Fehr), a senior Mossad agent with whom she was supposed to be doing the exchange . . . and whom she only meets at the safe house after the failure. Eyal, whio is dismissive of young agents, develops a grudging respect for Annie's skills, as the two of them determine that another Mossad agent is trying to steal the information and frame them. Instead, they survive, complete the mission, and return home safely. Meanwhile, the CIA conducts an internal investigation to contain a leak within the agency, with Auggie under suspicion.
5 5 "In the Light" Jonathan Glassner Meredith Lavender & Marcie Ulin August 10, 2010 (2010-08-10) CA105 5.17[14]
The DPD receives information about a shipment linked to a weapons dealer, and sends Annie to enlist an ex-CIA operative (Eriq La Salle) with a grudge against the agency to stop the dealer before it's too late. Meanwhile, Annie's romance from two years earlier makes an appearance in an unexpected way.
6 6 "Houses of the Holy" Alex Chapple Dana Calvo August 17, 2010 (2010-08-17) CA106 5.36 [15]
Annie is tasked by the DPD to uncover a leak within the Senate, but as Annie begins to hunt for the truth, she finds there's more beneath the surface than once thought. Also, Auggie is brought in as a handler for the Special Ops unit he used to work under, and Annie suspects her sister's husband is cheating on Danielle (Anne Dudek).
7 7 "Communication Breakdown" Kate Woods Matthew Lau August 24, 2010 (2010-08-24) CA107 5.87[16]
A computer hacker (Liane Balaban) shuts down all the communication systems in the Washington D.C. area, and Auggie is tasked to get the code for the CIA. However, Auggie discovers that the hacker is actually his ex-girlfriend and he must stop her.
8 8 "What Is and What Should Never Be" Rod Hardy Brett Conrad August 31, 2010 (2010-08-31) CA108 5.26[17]
After Annie witnesses a suspicious purchase at an art auction during an investigation, her follow-up brings a surprise visitor, Ben Mercer, who briefly comes back into her life again.
9 9 "Fool in the Rain" Vincent Misiano Stephen Hootstein September 7, 2010 (2010-09-07) CA109 5.40[18]
An Iranian trade delegate (Mousa Kraish) who escaped his handlers during a trip to Toronto approaches the CIA to cut a deal. He is willing to hand over stolen intelligence in exchange for entry to the United States.
10 10 "I Can't Quit You Baby" Ken Girotti James Parriott September 14, 2010 (2010-09-14) CA110 4.59[19]
Annie has a new assignment to pose as a potential recruit for diamond smugglers in London and convince them to hire her. Meanwhile, Henry Wilcox (Gregory Itzin), the former CIA Director of the National Clandestine Service is invited back by Arthur and Joan to help on a mission, but it tests the chain of command.
11 11 "When the Levee Breaks" Allan Kroeker Matt Corman & Chris Ord September 14, 2010 (2010-09-14) CA111 5.23[19]
Ben Mercer walks into the CIA Headquarters and confronts Annie about her past and they travel back to Sri Lanka to work together on a mission to rescue an asset there. Meanwhile, it is revealed that journalist Liza Hearn's (Emmanuelle Vaugier) source is Henry Wilcox and Joan has been asked to replace Arthur as the DCS (Director of Clandestine Services).