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Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Affair 4.5: B'shert



A powerful, unusual, altogether brilliant episode 4.5 of The Affair tonight.  For starters, it had a half hour just about Vik.  But even more significant for the history and arc of the series, it had an episode of Cole, giving him back-to-back episodes this week and last.

Let's start with Cole.  The denouement of his half hour is that he realizes it's Alison he's always loved, still loves, and wants to be with again.  We the audience of course have always known this.  But the way Cole discovers this was a page right out of Mad Men, and what going to California meant to and did to Don Draper.

Amy Irving put in a great performance as Cole's father's (Gabriel's) lover.  Her Nan is quiet, soulful, wise, and beautiful.  I could live without the California mysticism verging on voodoo, but her story of love lost was a masterfully tragic gem.   She thought for years that her exorcism plan - a strategy to get Gabriel to get over her - had worked.   But she finds out the two were permanently b'shert - destined to always want and love each other.

Cole coming back to New York with a clear love and desire for Alison should shake things up there nicely.  Cole will now be on a collision course with Ben.  And I predict ... well, I predict Alison will get back with Cole.  But that's just a prediction.   Significantly - though I can't say exactly significant of what - this episode had no flashforward prelude with the search for the missing Alison.

But back to California, Vik's story was a wrenching, heart-in-your-throat episode in itself.  Helen doesn't want to raise a child alone, so she torpedos Vik's plan to get pregnant.  He winds up buying a Porsche - presumably to give to his father - that serves as the vehicle for sex with his next-door-neighbor in her house.  Will she end up bearing the grandchild Vik wants for his parents?  It's a sad story, whatever happens.

Sad but full of tinder - in the old and new senses - for subsequent episodes, for which I'll be back with reviews.


And see also The Affair 3.1: Sneak Preview Review ... The Affair 3.2: Sneak Preview Review: Right Minds ... The Affair 3.3: Who Attached Noah? ... The Affair 3.4: The Same Endings in Montauk ... The Affair 3.5: Blocked Love ... The Affair 3.6: The Wound ... The Affair 3.7: The White Shirt ... The Affair 3.8: The "Miserable Hero" ... The Affair 3.9: A Sliver of Clarity ... The Affair 3.10: Taking Paris

And see also The Affair 2.1: Advances ... The Affair 2.2: Loving a Writer ... The Affair 2.3: The Half-Wolf ... The Affair 2.4: Helen at Distraction ... The Affair 2.5: Golden Cole ... The Affair 2.6: The End (of Noah's Novel) ... The Affair 2.7: Stunner ... The Affair 2.8: The Reading, the Review, the Prize ...The Affair 2.9: Nameless Hurricane ... The Affair 2.10: Meets In Treatment ... The Affair 2.11: Alison and Cole in Business ... The Affair Season 2 Finale: No One's Fault



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