Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What I’m Watching: The Affair

The Affair: Season 1, Episode 5 (B+)

A return to the rest of the ensemble definitely proved productive in this episode since it showed us important and problematic components of both main characters’ home lives. I like that this episode continued in the format of presenting continuous stories rather than repeating the same events from a different perspective while still shaking it up by switching who gets to go first. What that permitted was the first of two shots of our protagonists waking up in bed with their actual spouse, starting with Allison feigning fatigue only to be caught getting dressed up by Cole only a few minutes later after she got out of bed the moment he left. Allison’s familial crisis was the arrival of her mother, whose effervescent attitude seems to annoy Allison greatly and doesn’t go over too well with Cole either. Athena was awfully quick to conclude that Allison and Noah were having an affair, and she’s not the only one. Running into Oscar while he was waiting for AAA was very unfortunate, and freaking out at him when he stopped by his home didn’t help the situation at all. Hearing what Whitney did is disconcerting, but not nearly as much as how the Butler family reacted to it, with Bruce immediately assuming that she must be after his money. Noah and Helen’s marriage is definitely deteriorating, and this didn’t help the situation at all.

In related news, this show has been picked up for a second season!

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