Thursday, October 22, 2015

What I’m Watching: The Affair

The Affair: Season 2, Episode 3 (B+)

Sometimes, the events on this show speak loudly enough for themselves that the style of this show doesn’t even need to enhance it. That was very true for this plot-heavy hour, which didn’t present very different accounts from Noah and Alison but did showcase some truly interesting developments. Noah proposing to Alison was a bold and relatively careless move, but it’s clear that they do make each other very happy and that it’s not just a fleeting fling. Alison inventing the story of how they met was particularly impressive, and seemed out of character for her in a fascinating way. Hurricane Whitney showing up definitely put a damper on things, and as if she wasn’t rude enough to Alison in Noah’s perception of things, asking for Scotty’s number and then calling Alison a disappointing person sealed the deal in terms of her manipulative and bratty nature. Noah getting a $50,000 gift from Max felt a lot like him making up for his guilt for dating Helen, a fact that Noah is blissfully ignorant to at the point. Getting served by divorce papers makes his marriage seem like a done deal, but his case in the future, which finally we got to see with Richard Schiff’s lawyer, Noah, and Alison present, is obviously much more important and worrisome in the grand scheme of things. Alison’s walk and talk with Robert were very enlightening, and it’s so intriguing to hear her articulate how she feels. His advice was equally compelling and framed the idea of a second marriage in a mesmerizing light.

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