In “Covert Affairs” Season 1, Episode 3 “South Bound Suarez,” Annie Walker is asked to do something that she seems very well-equipped to do, which is to vamp an impressionable and strapping Venezuelan student named Diego eight years her junior.
Spoilers surely follow.
It seems that Diego has a sister back home in Caracas named Julia, a bank manager, who is helping her lover Victor Ponce, a corrupt government official, skim money from the profits of American oil companies. This is not unusual in Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, but the sums are awfully large and are finding their ways into the bank accounts of some serious bad people, like FARC and Hamas. Doubtless Ponce is doing this on behalf of Chavez, even though El Jefe’s name is never mentioned in the episode.
Annie convinces Diego that big sis is in big trouble, and that the Company can help, by having Julia insert some trace codes to the transactions and then spiriting them both away from Venezuela to the safety of the witness protection program. By the way, Auggie is watching (in a manner of speaking) over the meet. Who would suspect a blind man of being a spy?
Annie’s job is to convey Diego back to Caracas and hand him over to the station agent, who would perform the mission of convincing Julia to turn on her boyfriend. Naturally, complications ensue.
First, Lopez, the station agent, is missing. He is later found dead, in several pieces.
Next, Julia is seriously in love with Victor Ponce, and cannot imagine how he could be any more than a petty, corrupt official.
Finally, Ponce has made Annie, which makes her fast driving skills a life saver. Annie Walker really needs to get a license to kill and a gun, though, if she is to keep doing this.
By the way, Annie’s cover as a Smithsonian buyer out to acquire a letter written by James Monroe to Simon Bolivar would not wash in the real world. There is no way in hell that Hugo Chavez, who worships Simon Bolivar, would ever let such an item out of the country, and certainly not to an American.
The mission is accomplished with the usual series of near-death experiences. But then there is an epilogue of sorts back in Washington, when Victor follows Julia back. Julia is so besotted that she really thinks that Ponce has forgiven her. She is dissuaded from this notion when one of Victor’s henchmen tries to reenact one of the last scenes from “The Godfather” with a garrote from the back seat of a car. Fortunately there is a company man nearby with both a gun and a license to kill.
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