Thursday, October 29, 2015

What I’m Watching: The Affair

The Affair: Season 2, Episode 4 (B+)

It’s reassuring to know that there’s more than enough drama in the present that this episode didn’t even need to flash forward to the future until the very end. Instead, we got Richard Schiff chewing as much scenery as possible screaming at the judge about Noah and his paramour, not anywhere close to defending Noah but instead viciously prosecuting him as Helen’s divorce attorney. His argument about the whole brownstone backfired in a big way with the judge, and that coupled with the realization that she couldn’t move forward as fast as she wanted with Max sent her spiraling. The fact that everyone agreed that this is the one time she screwed up only further emphasized the degree to which she plummeted, getting drunk and stoned, running out in the middle of a haircut, parking in a handicapped space, hitting a car, and then hitting a cop before being arrested. Noah’s reaction was not out of control, and it turns out that he can’t handle as much as he thinks he can. As if his father, played by Mark Margolis from “Breaking Bad,” wasn’t enough of a sore sight, Jennifer Esposito’s Nina said what he didn’t want to hear about how he really wasn’t capable of raising four kids by himself. Martin’s stomach pain made their night in the motel miserable, but Alison showing up was a nice ending. Unfortunately, our brief trip to the future was a grounding reminder that all does not end well, and Noah standing trial in the Hamptons is inarguably bad news.

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