Happy Sunday TV fans! After watching Showtime’s The Affair, I realized that life can be messy and unpredictable. Sometimes the big moments all happen at once and sometimes we don’t even see them coming. We can’t ever truly prepare ourselves for these moments, but it’s important to remember that we are lucky to be alive as Noah said and that each new day can bring a glimmer of hope that things can get better. It may take time and our pain and grief may never fade away entirely, but it’s important to keep fighting and surviving for those around us. Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet. In tonight’s episode, “410,” Noah tries to distract himself from his own grief by staying with Anton at Princeton, but he quickly realizes that there is somewhere else he needs to be. Meanwhile, Cole has an extremely difficult time at Alison’s funeral and Helen tries to juggle her daughter’s return along with some shocking news from Sierra, all while Vik’s illness takes a turn for the worst. My top 5 moments from The Affair season 4 episode 10 season finale are:
“You shouldn’t be here.”
Part one of the episode is from Noah’s perspective and he is still with Anton at Princeton. Noah catches up with an old friend from school and he sits in on her writing class. The students are beyond excited to meet Noah and tell him that he is the reason why they became writers and Noah explains that writing characters is all about listening to people. Anton has truly perfected this difficult task when he reads his piece about a character that is a contradiction and describes Noah. He starts out talking about how Noah is an inspiration and someone who truly wants to teach and be there for his students, but things take an unexpected turn when he then says, “He believes in my future…also he’s fucking my mother.” Noah is upset at Anton and asks him why he would do that after all he has done for him. Anton has certainly reached his full potential, but we know that Noah has a difficult time taking a good look in the mirror sometimes. While he was initially upset with Anton’s words, he quickly realizes where Anton is coming from and appreciates when he says that he is sorry about Alison. Noah is asked a few times what he is doing there and he finally realizes that it’s time to leave and deal with what has happened to Alison. Anton thanks Noah for everything he has done for him and I have to say that it’s about time Noah has had a true connection with someone. He may have trouble finding happiness with the women in his life, but he believed in Anton and helped him get on the right path.
“Can you please stop calling me Helen?”
“Surprise!” Whitney is back with her boyfriend and is ready to stir things up per usual. Helen is very happy to see her daughter, but she has been dealing with a lot of stress and Vik has been in the hospital because of an infection. Helen does her best to tell Whitney about everything, but Whitney makes everything about her, proving that she hasn’t really changed very much since we last saw her. Whitney attacks her mother and says, “I have my shit together, why can’t you?” As if this moment wasn’t already chaotic enough, Sierra stops by with a “white butterfly,” and tells Helen that she needs to talk to her. The phone then rings and Vik’s mother tells Helen that Vik is not doing well, as the whirlwind of stress escalates even further. It’s understandable that Helen is having a difficult time coping with all of this at once and she manages to keep her dry sense of humor through it all, making me cheer for her that much more.
“How could you of all people be gone?”
In part two, we see everything from Cole’s perspective, as he prepares for Alison’s funeral. We do get to hear Noah’s words about Alison at the service which are very moving and heartbreaking. Noah says, “You were magic, you were light…you were wild, you were brave. You made me see the world with new eyes…with wonder.” Noah’s words were so romantic and moving. While Cole has a difficult time finding the words, Noah paints a beautiful picture of Alison Bailey. We see several old characters at the service like Oscar and Jane and even Ben makes a surprise guest appearance. While this was very unsettling for me, Noah’s words really impacted me and I think he was able to speak for Cole as well, who is more about action rather than words. We all grieve in our own way, but Alison was truly someone special and she will be missed by everyone.
“I was too late. I am always too late.”
During the funeral for Alison, Cole is very upset with Athena, knowing that Alison would truly hate the idea of her ashes being scattered into the ocean. When it is Cole’s time to speak, he grabs the urn and runs away from everyone and everything. He ends up at Gabriel’s grave and sits there for quite a while. Noah goes to speak to him and tries to remind him that he is not the only one who loved her and that this moment was important for Athena. Later on, Cherry goes to see her son and Cole confides in her that he was coming back for Alison, but that he was too late, which is beyond heartbreaking. Cherry lost her own husband to suicide and tries to explain that life is very messy and that she understands the desire to want to take control, but that we can’t always do so in every situation. Cherry explains that it takes time, but the pain may never truly disappear. However, she talks about Cole being a survivor and a fighter and more importantly, being there for Joanie. Cole and Luisa recognize that their relationship is over, but Cole wants to keep their marriage intact on paper so that she can get her citizenship and because she is an important person in Joanie’s life. While I’m not sure if this will go according to plan, Cole takes the time to take Joanie on a road trip away from everything. When he talks about death, he explains that people believe in different things and Joanie asks him what he believes. In a touching moment, Cole explains to his daughter that whenever she misses her mother, all she has to do is think about her and she will always be with her. This moment is truly important, as Cole takes his mother’s advice, understanding that there is no easy fix to this situation, but his purpose now is to be there for his daughter no matter what.
“We are just so lucky to be alive.”
Part three of the episode is from Helen’s perspective. After being shut out of the hospital room for not having a visitor’s pass, Helen finds out that Sierra is pregnant with Vik’s baby and is beyond shocked. Helen needs a moment away from everyone and confides in Noah. Helen tells Noah that she doesn’t know if she truly loves Vik the way she is supposed to; especially since it is not the way she loved Noah. The two continue to confide in each other about Alison and Vik and how they ended up where they are now. When Helen explains that she thinks she is broken and that Vik deserves better, Noah refuses to let her say this about herself. While he starts out telling Helen that she is snobby and overbearing, the compliment soon emerges when he says, “I don’t know anyone who’s tougher than you.” Helen is touched by this and Noah takes it a step further when he says that if he was dying, he would want Helen by his side. Helen and Noah have come so far and have had so many ups and downs, but this moment was truly something significant for me. Through it all, these two are still connected and have a bond and friendship that surpasses everything. While it may not be right for the two of them to be together romantically anymore, it’s clear that they both still care about one another very much. Noah’s words to Helen clearly help her, as she goes to see Vik and simply whispers to him over and over again, “I love you.” Helen knows that this is what Vik needs to hear, especially since he began breaking down that he should have listened to her about treatment and that he is not ready to die. Helen courageously goes to get Sierra in the waiting room and says, “Tell him now.” Helen understands that this is something that could truly help Vik, proving to be someone who is selfless and caring. The end of the episode reveals Helen walking up on the rooftop of the building, staring out at the sun and the city. While I was initially confused and anxious about this scene, I took it as Helen finally opening her eyes and embracing a new day and a life full of possibilities, truly connecting with the concept that she is lucky to be alive. There are still so many open doors left to explore in this series and I am beyond excited to see the conclusion in season 5. 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!
Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl
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