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World Leader Pretend(#CA210)
First Aired: August 9, 2011
Writer: Matt Corman & Chris Ord
Director: Kate Woods
Guest Starring: Benedict Wong,Ben Lawson,Nelson Lee,

David Andrews,Mimi Kuzyk,Ennis Esmer, David Petrie,Tim Progosh,Michael Chan (II), Matt Baram

Previous Episode: Sad Professor
Next Episode: The Wake Up Bomb


While Annie runs an extraction mission of a Chinese scientist she's been corresponding with who is willing to defect, she runs into complications and is forced to make a difficult choice when they both seem to have been poisoned with polonium. A friend of the scientist at the Asian Cultural Organization is the prime suspect when Annie discovers he may be a spy for the PLA special forces. Meanwhile, Joan transfers Jai to a new division in Arizona, and after two years, Annie finally tells Danielle her CIA secret, leading her sister to distrust her and ask Annie to move out.


Main characters[]

Piper Perabo as Annie Walker

Christopher Gorham as Auggie Anderson

Kari Matchett as Joan Campbell

Anne Dudek as Danielle Brooks

Peter Gallagher as Arthur Campbell

Recurring characters and Guest Cast[]

Benedict Wong as Shen Yue

Nelson Lee as Xi Peng

Ben Lawson as Dr. Scott Weiss

David Andrews as Steve Barr

Adelaide Humphreys as Katia Brooks

Avigail Humphreys as Chloe Brooks

Mimi Kuzyk as Nurse Jan

Ennis Esmer as Polygrapher

David Petrie as American Man

Tim Progosh as Doctor

Michael Chan as Chinese Security Guard

Matt Baram as Dan Marshall


This episode's title originated from the song World Leader Pretend, originally sung by REM.