Thursday, October 17, 2019

What I’m Watching: The Affair

The Affair: Season 5, Episode 8 (B-)

With just three hours left in this show’s run, I’m continuing to doubt the point. Is it that, so many years after ruining his relationship with Helen, Noah is going to return to build a life with her again. It’s easy to feel sympathetic for Noah after watching the horrific Sasha act like a spoiled, bratty child who just wanted all the attention to be on him when it was Helen’s birthday. Recognizing Sierra’s mother when she showed up showed even more what kind of person he was, and Helen would be smart to be rid of him since he’s hardly what she needs at this point in her life. Noah showing up with the perfect gesture at the end of her perspective was the only saving grace, demonstrating how he was there for her in exactly the way that she needed without even knowing it. His life is imploding for many reasons, namely his promiscuous past and the fact that he responds to every allegation of wrongdoing by snapping that it couldn’t possibly have happened. We saw a few familiar faces from “The West Wing” in the form of Janel Moloney’s Ariel and Richard Schiff’s Jon, in addition to Tracie Thoms’ Joyce and Stephen Kunken’s Harry, and all seemed to agree that Noah was never doing the right thing when it came to dealing with what he had done. Confronting Eden was never going to work, and shrinking back into obscurity (or, as the show’s opening theme would suggest, sinking back into the ocean) would probably be his best bet since nothing good is likely to come in the near – or far – future.

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