Helen (Maura Tierney) and Noah (Dominic West) are definitionally hot messes. I don’t even know where to start. Let’s start from the beginning of the episode as all things should.
From Helen’s perspective:
Helen is in denial that she has followed in the footsteps of her mother, pining over a man who has designated her as his second choice. Ugh. Who wants to live that life? Helen is in her early 50s judging her mother for taking her father back after he left her for another woman. Their justification for reconciliation is that she knows him. Ugh. I am not Helen, so I think it’s OK for me to judge. But for her? Nuh-uh. She is her mother! She is still in love with Noah, a man who also left her for another woman, and not only is she still in love with him, she is chasing the hell out of him in hopes that he will “come to his senses” and get back with her. What kind of prescription drugs do you need to be on to achieve this sort of delusion?
It turns out that Helen is aware that she is attracted to men who she can fix. Insert Noah here. I’m sure this awareness was achieved through hours of counseling since childhood. Keep in mind that she is the resident rich kid in this show, so this isn’t far-fetched. What’s interesting is that she doesn’t conclude that her attraction to these kinds of men is a problem. She’s just like, “Well, this is who I am, and this is who I’m going to be.” Huh? You’re in your early 50s. Evolution is a must.
While she is in La La land about Noah, she has a fine ass man living with her who wants to give her the world, and she’s just like “meh”. She cheats on him with a guy she just knows is still in love with her. After they do it, she asks him questions about Noah. He comes to his senses and throws her out of his place. Serves her right. Not only is she obsessed with Noah, she is using men around her as fillers for what she doesn’t have with him. She is clearly unraveling because of a man. Wasn’t she supposed to go through that phase in her 20s?
There is one good thing about her obsession. She may be the only one who has solved the mystery behind who stabbed Noah.
From Noah’s perspective:
Did I mention Noah is a hot mess, too? Yeah.
I think the episode attempted to make me feel sorry for Noah after he reveals that he assisted his mother in her suicide by writing her goodbye note. I felt sorry for 2 seconds, and then I realized, nah, he is still an asshole. He’s always been. Maybe since he was a kid. I don’t know. I just know that this man has wreaked havoc on a lot of households because of his unbelievable selfishness. And he continues to do so, at least with Alison (Ruth Wilson) in the previous episode. He tries very hard to be a good dad when his son Martin (Jake Siciliano) visits him. That was lovely to see, but again, he’s a jerk.
But even he doesn’t deserve what’s happening to him. Because Helen can’t seem to function without this man in her eye-line, she drives to Pennsylvania to…I don’t even know, but she finds him in the lake trying to save “Martin” from drowning. It’s clearly an apparition Noah sees. Helen witnesses this, and the screen fades to black.
This may sound insensitive, but I’m sure Helen is in heaven because of this. Now, she’s got a reason to re-insert herself into Noah’s life. Here comes Dr. Helen ready to fix Noah.
Season 3, Episode 6 (S03E06)
The Affair airs Sunday at 9PM on Showtime
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