Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Affair” season 5 episode 8: “You Can’t Just Invent Reality”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s The Affair season 5 episode 8, I realized that “life is short,” but how should that impact our decisions in the here and now?  Should we hold grudges for past mistakes or should we attempt to keep an open mind and heart…even when we have been burned before?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In tonight’s episode, “508,” Helen celebrates her birthday, but ends up dealing with a lot of drama during the festivities.  Meanwhile, Noah spirals out of control when he finds out more about the accusations against him.  My top 5 moments from The Affair season 5 episode 8 are:


“She said you’re a genius.”

Part one of the episode follows Helen, as she interviews for a dream job and earns the position.  Go Helen!  Helen is finally doing something for herself here and I was so proud of her.  We also learn that it is her birthday, but she doesn’t seem to like celebrating all that much, but perhaps all she really needs is lasagna with a candle in it rather than a big production, but I’m not really sure that Sasha Mann knows how to be low key and thoughtful.


“It’s about control.”

Helen receives a message on social media from Sasha’s fiancée’s daughter, Christiana, and agrees to meet her for lunch.  Christiana explains that Sasha is keeping her own money from her and asks Helen to try and help her reach him.  She tells Helen that it’s not about the money…it’s about Sasha maintaining control over his image and I think Helen is finally seeing some more signs of this.

When Sasha shows up with balloons to surprise Helen, he expects her to just drop what she is doing and is very rude to her daughter.  It doesn’t look like he’s the one for Helen and I feel like she is about to discover even more about his character.


“She’s amazing.”

During Helen’s part of the episode, we also catch up with Sierra and find out that child protective services is now investigating her after the car accident with baby Eddie.  Helen attempts to intervene and recognizes that Sierra needs help, selflessly offering her a place to stay and talking to the child protective services rep on her behalf.

When Sierra’s mother shows up, Sasha tells Helen to stay out of it, but Helen sticks up for Sierra, refusing to just sit by and let her go to some institution.  Sierra is constantly put down by her mother, but she does have a moment when she stands up to her.

She tells her mother that Helen is amazing and that she loves her kids even when they make mistakes.  Even though Sierra and Helen have a complicated relationship, Helen has clearly been a positive and supportive influence on her life.  I was really proud of Sierra here and I’m hoping that everything will work out for her.


“She can’t accuse me if I did nothing wrong…”

Part two of the episode is from Noah’s perspective.  Noah is counseled by the legal team and is instructed not to say anything else to the reporter from Vanity Fair.  Only Noah refuses to listen to the advice and decides to go see the reporter anyway to clear up his statement.

After Noah explains that he and Eden had a consensual flirtation, Petra continues to ask him questions and shares information on his former student’s book, which also accuses Noah, giving him a very bad reputation.

Things are not looking good for Noah right now, but he walks out of the office when Petra decides to ask him how he felt about Alison’s suicide, suggesting that his depiction of her in his book could have led her to this.


“Walk away right now.”

Even though I’m not a fan of Eden, I was saying the same thing to Noah again and again on my television.  Noah meets up with his former lawyer and learns he is in a real mess now, but he decides to track Eden down to clear everything up, even though he is told to do the exact opposite.  Noah shows up at a book event and confronts Eden.  Eden tells Noah that she is not afraid of him anymore and Noah is shocked by what is happening.

At the end of the episode, Noah comes by to wish Helen a happy birthday, but when Helen gets a call from Petra, it’s clear that things are only going to get worse for Noah.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The Affair below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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