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:

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 5 episode 1: “Who am I now?”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  “May we meet again.”  I am beyond excited for the return of one of my absolute favorite shows on television right now: The 100. While the CW typically has The 100 premiere mid-season, it seemed like we had to wait extra long this year for the season premiere, but the wait is finally over.  If you have not yet watched this brilliant and addicting show, I highly recommend that you binge-watch it on Netflix as soon as possible.  It’s reminds me of a mix between Lost and Lord of the Flies with some teen angst and drama sprinkled in.  At the end of season 4, “Praimfaya” was about to arrive, which is otherwise known as the “Death Wave.”  While many of our favorite characters made it to an underground bunker for shelter, Clarke and her friends were running out of time and hatched a plan to launch themselves back into space.  Only Clarke was not able to get on the rocket in time and it launched without her.  While it seemed like Clarke had sacrificed herself to save her friends and was about to die from radiation exposure, the night blood injected into her veins kicked into high gear, healing her from the damage.

So now that you’re all caught up, let’s begin with season 5.   Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s season premiere episode, “Eden,” we learn about Clarke’s journey on her own beginning 42 days after “Praimfaya” has struck.  Clarke is alone and desperately trying to survive, but it seems like the odds are against her.  After failing to reach her mother in the bunker, Clarke decides to try and find some sort of life still existing, but her faith is tested over and over again.  Meanwhile, Bellamy and the others have been living on “The Ark” up in space, but have been trying to get back to earth and realize that they are not alone up there after spotting another ship.  My top 5 moments from The 100 season 5 episode 1 are:

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“I’ve been by myself now for two months but this is the first time I feel alone.”

42 days after “Praimfaya” struck, we finally get to see Clarke who has miraculously survived.  Her first thought is to try and reach the bunker so she can be reunited with her mother, but she finds that it is buried so far beneath the surface, that she would never be able to get to it.  Clarke decides to journey out across the earth, desperately hoping to find some sign of life still present.  Clarke is barely able to rest, as every moment is focused on surviving.  Clarke proves to be very resourceful as her survival skills are put to the test, but the loneliness and emptiness inside her begins to creep in.  Clarke tries talking to Bellamy and her friends on “The Ark” on a radio, knowing full well that they will never hear her, but it’s the only thing she has left to cling to.

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“Who am I now?”

Clarke begins to lose hope after she collapses in a barren field, waking up to a bird picking at her body.  She begs the bird to show her where it lives, but it flies away from her, leaving her alone once again.  Clarke hits her breaking point and screams out, “You think you can kill me?  Have at it…I’ve lost everything.  I’ve got nothing left.”  Up until this point, Clarke has buried her fear and loneliness as much as possible, but it has all come screaming to the surface now, refusing to let go.  Clarke’s emotions overwhelm her, as the harsh reality that she may die alone sets in.  Clarke picks up her gun and begins to make the conscious decision to end her life and this misery, when the bird suddenly circles around her again.  Clarke’s faith is healed, even if just for a moment, but it’s enough to get her up and running after it.  Clarke discovers a beautiful valley filled with lush trees and vegetation.  It’s like the “Death Wave” had missed it entirely.  Clarke thanks the bird and then mechanically kills it, as the survivor in her is back and ready to stay strong.

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Life on “The Ark.”

About 6 years after “Praimfaya,” we finally get to see Bellamy and the others up on “The Ark.”  While it seems like everyone is alive and well, drama is never too far behind.  After all, these few characters have been trapped with one another for quite some time.  We learn that Murphy and Emori are no longer together and Bellamy is now with Echo, which has Bellarke fans everywhere screaming with disapproval.  That absolutely includes me.  While many things have changed, these characters have worked together as a team as much as possible and spot the green on the earth, which inspires the hope that it is survivable once again.  After they spot another ship and a transport ship, they realize that they have the opportunity to get back down to earth.  While we know that it’s only a matter of time before they reach earth again and reunite with Clarke, they have been living in a bubble for quite some time now, sheltered from society.  Will they be able to adapt to life on earth again?  How will Bellamy react once he sees that Clarke is alive?

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The last two people on earth.

After discovering the valley, Clarke finds another survivor.  She is just a child, but has clearly only survived because of her own night blood.   The girl doesn’t trust Clarke and she traps her and wounds her, fleeing from her in fear.  Clarke doesn’t give up on her, however; and even keeps her sense of humor intact when she says, “Last two people on earth and one of them happens to be the child from hell.”  Clarke sketches a picture of the little girl and leaves it for her, which is the first step toward gaining her trust.  When we flash to 6 years later, Clarke is living with the little girl, Madi and the two are inseparable.  They have a mother-daughter like bond and Clarke has even taught her how to speak in English.  While they wonder if anyone will ever come back, Clarke shares all of her past stories with Madi and tells her about her family, friends, and love.  The two appear to have a precious and beautiful bond that cannot be broken.  Their simple and quiet life is interrupted, however; when a “prisoner ship” lands by the valley.

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New arrivals to earth.

After the prisoner ship lands, new characters emerge who also spotted the green from space and took a chance that it was their own version of “Eden.”  One of the new characters is played by the beautiful and brilliant Ivana Milicevic from Banshee.  While the other prisoners seem to be just going with the flow, she appears to be smart and aware of her surroundings, which could make her an ally or a dangerous new threat.  Friend or foe?  While we are not sure just yet, Clarke is not about to take any chances.  After Madi shoots one of the prisoners to protect Clarke, Madi begs Clarke to spare the other one’s life since he tried to help her.  Clarke tells her that “there are no good guys” and ends his life without a moment’s hesitation.  Meanwhile, we get a quick glimpse at Octavia in the bunker, ruling some kind of underground fight club, which reminds us that these new prisoners are not the only people on the ground that Clarke needs to worry about.  While we will need to wait for everyone to be reunited, it’s clear that this season will be jam-packed with drama, adventure, and edge of your seat moments.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The 100 in the comments section below.  Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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