TV Club: The Affair bounces back by skipping forward

What makes a good man? What makes a great one? And is it possible to be both at the same time? These are the questions Noah is wrestling with following his descent to rock bottom in the previous episode, and what are retroactively framed as the questions he has been wrestling with since first beginning his affair with Alison. But is Noah’s self-reflectiveness enough to bring his story full circle?

After the extreme melodrama of the hurricane episode, The Affair wisely calms things down by doing something completely out of character: Spending the entire first half of the episode with Noah talking to his couples’ therapist, one-on-one. It’s a clever setup that allows the show to dispatch with both a large amount of exposition (it’s been a year since the last episode’s fateful hurricane) and a large amount of implied character development. The conversation goes in …

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