Not Much of a Heroine
Heroes and heroines on television nowadays break the law or sleep with everyone. It’s the sign of the times we live in when the government becomes the enemy, television shows bring out heroes who buck the government or rogue cops who fight the lawless. But my problem is the hero or heroine who sleep with everyone.
Would it kill Hollywood to celebrate long-term relationships; people who wait for…
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Currently, I am watching Covert Affairs. The new season is a disappointment to me. I loved last season. Now it’s a soap opera with everyone sleeping with other people, the threat of an affair, an affair, and a super spy who can’t seem to have any long-term relationships. I’m falling less in love with this new season as I watch each episode. So I am hitting the kill switch on the recorder.
"everyone sleeping with other people"
"the threat of an affair"
"a super spy who can’t seem to have any long term relationships"
This is NOT THE FIRST TIME (or the second) we’ve had to have a talk on people slut shaming Annie, but taking it to the other characters on this show? Lord in Heaven, testing me this early in the morning… on a Friday… fine
First? Not everyone is sleeping with other people. Auggie isn’t sleeping with Annie because he found a new girlfriend. He found a woman he was interested in - or rather, a woman who was interested in him - and when she showed up at his apartment, he certainly didn’t say no.
[disclaimer: I recognize that this is coming from a religious blog and I’m not touching that with a ten-foot pole lest someone think I’m jumping on Jesus, which isn’t the case at all. I’m jumping on the idea that a woman (or a man!) isn’t capable of making her own decisions, one way or another, when it comes to her sexuality and how she chooses to use it).]
Hayley Price saw a man she thought was smart and attractive and she, being a smart and attractive person, thought, “Hey, we might have mutual interests outside the office that might include a bedroom.” Or a wall, in that first case, but whatever. As two, grown, consenting adults, that’s totally within their rights. Guess what, that happens in real life, too.
Second. The threat of an affair, I’m guessing, came from McQuaid’s second in command, EXCEPT… it didn’t. We’ve gone down that road before, certainly, with Arthur and Joan. Arthur’s even conceded his post at the CIA over a fake affair, but of all the people on this show, Joan and Arthur are the two most faithful. It’s a marriage, a true marriage, with ups and downs and and good showing of how things work in the real world, especially when it comes to working with your spouse.
You will not always like what they have to say and you will not always like what they do, but you move on. It’s not the end of your marriage. Both Joan and Arthur have toed the line when it comes to emotional cheating, but neither have crossed any real major lines and the fact that they’re still there, supporting each other, really is a testament to the writers and how the know that these two characters are in it for the long haul.
Third. An affair? Sure, Auggie did that when he was with Hayley and slept with Natasha - going so far as to actively entice Natasha to stay for a while and play Hayley for a fool because circumstances had changed since that first wall-banging episode. Auggie’s justifications can be seen as good or bad (Natasha and Hayley both think he’s a tool, so… bad), but in his mind, there were justifications for it for his friend.
Think about all the things you do for your very best friend in the entire world. Now put that on a global, National Security level, add some abs and boyish charm, and… you have Auggie. The point is, he’s a douchebag for cheating on them, he lost both of them, and there were real life consequences for it: Annie was exposed because Hayley was petty (because she’d said she’d sit on it for a while, then didn’t). This is also a thing that happens in the real world: consequences of having an affair. People find out, they leave. People find out, your job suffers, people around you suffer.
Four. A super spy who can’t seem to have any long term relationships.
And here I have to wonder if the person who has these complaints are new or if they mainlined the first few seasons, loved last season as they said, and now don’t like this season because of the lack of Annie/Auggie dynamic.
Look, I get it. There are some hardcore Annie/Auggie/Walkerson shippers out there. They feel like the show is missing something without their ship, but the show isn’t about the romance, it’s about the SHIP. Let me explain…
Annie and Auggie work well together, they always have. He always has her back. They always need to be together in some form or fashion. He IS her longest relationship on the show, but it’s not necessarily a romantic one. Annie and romance don’t work because with anyone else, she has to lie about what she’s doing all the time. With Auggie it doesn’t work because she holds back and he pushes too hard. In any other relationship, that could be fixed, but on a global scale, it’s too much.
But okay, Annie and having long term relationships:
When we first meet Annie, she’s come off a three week relationship with Ben Mercer. Love of her life. The sex “rocked” in her own words. In fact, this relationship meant SO MUCH to her that it influences her every decision for two years until she joins the CIA, and quite a few decisions for months after.
She meets Dr. Scott. Jai Wilcox. The chef. That kind of thing. But, you know, she was 28 (supposedly) when the show started, and life was good. She was a single, attractive woman and in a fantastic, jet-setting job. She just couldn’t tell anyone about it, which meant holding down a man at home was kind of difficult. Meeting a man on the job was impossible (don’t date foreigners!) and that left her with… well, the Agency.
Jai blew up in a car bomb…. and that’s S3. She meets Simon. She LOVED Simon. In fact, she loved Simon so much that she gave serious consideration to ditching everyone and everything and making a run for it. When she doesn’t, she gets two bullets in the chest, two plus weeks in a Russian prison, and then she’s back at home wondering what to do next.
In comes Auggie who’s JUST come off a broken engagement of his own. Insert S4. They make a go of it and things are interestingly awkward because Henry Wilcox shows up and Calder starts talking about how phone sex is ruining ops (which, to be honest, Auggie DOES get a little controlling) and by the end of it, everything is a wreck.
The point is this: Annie DOES have long term relationships, just not long enough to suit everyone. And what about just meeting people. We have no idea what she did from the ages of 18 and 28 (in terms of men). We know she met Ben. We know she tried to date here and there. We know she knows she can’t date Eyal. We know she almost ran off with Simon… and he was just an assignment, but a long term dating assignment nonetheless. She dated Auggie. And now she’s not dating anyone. She shared ONE KISS with McQuaid, all season long.
So, let’s not have any slut-shaming (unless someone wants to go after Hayley, in which case, seriously sit down). Annie’s a grown ass woman who can make her own grown ass choices.
There may be reasons to call this show a soap opera, but the sex lives (or lack thereof) of the characters isn’t one of them. Articles like this do a serious disservice to women in general, and I would rather have Annie be single so she can do her job than with anyone who holds her back for any reason.