Thursday, November 20, 2014

What I’m Watching: The Affair

The Affair: Season 1, Episode 6 (B+)

This episode brought in a wholly new plotline that put the central affair on the backburner, throwing it all into question as Noah discovered something surprising about Allison. I wouldn’t have pictured her as a drug dealer, and the way in which she responded to Noah confronting her in both his account and hers of the conversation demonstrated a sense of having accepted it as a necessary evil. Reconsidering that decision later by suggesting to Cole that maybe they should get out of the drug business and sell the farm didn’t go over well, and tensions in that marriage have now gone from uncomfortable to full-on uncommunicative. Helen’s request to Noah to revive their sex life was honest and reasonable, and if only Noah hadn’t let the sour taste of realizing that Allison wasn’t the woman she thought he was inspire him to come home and take the romance out of their lovemaking by acting aggressively and prematurely. Their friendly visitor dropped another hint that Noah is lying to his wife, confirming that he continued the party without him, and it can’t be long before she truly knows that something is going on. Allison driving Martin home after he spent the night on the farm was an instance of this illicit relationship being at risk of being way too out in the open, though it’s hard to top the reckless idiocy of the two of them sneaking into a bathroom together with his daughter in the stall right next door.

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