“There’s only one thing to do and that’s be they way I am, and jump back into the ocean…” – Fiona Apple
The Affair (season 1, episode 9). – Photo: SHOWTIME
Can’t mistake from these promo scenes for the second-to-last episode of The Affair on Showtime that Alison (Ruth Wilson) has come to some kind of reckoning.
Noah (Dominic West) was spot on when described to Det. Jefferies (Victor Williams) his impression of Alison upon first meeting her–that she was the “saddest girl in the world.” Her baby accidently drowned two years ago and she just cannot get past it. Being with her strong, silent, closed-down husband, Cole (Joshua Jackson), has helped not one whit. She cannot fully recover enough to move forward all by herself. The distraction of her affair with Noah can’t erase the pain and her family issues prevent her from leaving, so she makes a choice (see above).
The Affair | Next on Episode 9 | Season 1
Noah and Helen face a revelation. Alison spirals towards a reckoning.
Starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson.
The Affair – Episode 9 Synopsis
A revelation about their daughter Whitney ( Julia Goldani-Telles) makes Noah (Dominic West) and Helen (Maura Tierney) realize their troubled marriage is directly affecting their children. Bending under remorse, Alison (Ruth Wilson) spirals towards a reckoning.
The Affair | ‘Our Starter Apartment’ Official Clip | Season 1 Episode 9
Noah proposes that he gets a second apartment for him and Alison.
Clues. Clues. Clues! But you must look fast!
The Affair | ‘I Can’t Live Without Her’ Official Clip | Season 1
Noah wants to tell Helen about his affair.
Starring Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson.
Noah goes to visit his best friend Max (Josh Stamberg), because he is contemplating telling wife Helen (Maura Tierney) about the affair. In essence, Max, who has been in a similar situation, counsels that whatever you do, do not tell Helen–it will be disastrous. Stay with your family, end the affair and go on with your life. Noah says he “can’t live” without his lover Alison; Max tells him, Yes. You. Can.
It’s often seemed to me that Noah was behaving like a spoiled, selfish child, but never more so than in the clip above. He’s a dumbass. There was nothing unfixable in his marriage other than he is a man-child who has allowed himself to trade in his honor for free summers on Montauk, a Brooklyn home and private-school education for his kids–all courtesy of his parents-in-law, who made life too easy for him and Helen for too long. If Noah had just grown a pair long ago, he could have set boundaries that would have taken off the chains that bind him–and allowed him the dignity and self-direction that he so desperately craves. I see him as a failure at life.
Obviously, everyone has a part to play, a responsibility, but in “the affair” aspect of this story, I hold Noah as culpable as I do Cole, Alison’s husband, who is utterly emotionally unavailable to her when she needs it most.