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Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Affair 4.7: Noah and Janelle

A superb Noah half hour on The Affair tonight - the second half hour in tonight's line-up.  As I think I've already mentioned in the reviews this season, Noah has really been at his best this year.  Compassionate, courageous, decisive, all the things you would want in a leading man.

And it was good to see Noah and Janelle finally consummate their flirtation.   For a variety of reasons, Janelle is the best woman for Noah that he's been involved with in lo these four seasons.  And that includes Helen - who, I've got to say, had another half-baked episode.   It's not Maura Tierney's fault.  The script is obliging her to do stupid things - including being nasty to Noah, who is trying to do the right thing for their kids.

Back to Noah: the resolution of his episode tonight was also outstanding, swerving from bringing Anton out to Princeton to getting the two into that car we saw at the beginning of the first few episodes.  In that car were Noah, Anton, and Cole - and they're looking for Alison.

Not to get too meta, but news was just announced a few days ago that there will be a fifth and final season of The Affair.  I was a little worried that, if this was the last season, Alison might not survive it.  Which would be a shame - she's the best character (with Noah moving up now to a close second).

So here are my predictions for what's left of this season:  Ben is the most likely reason for Alison's absence (though he seems a little too obvious to be such a major villain).  Of course, we don't yet know that Alison's missing is involuntary.   And back to Helen: I'd love to see Vic survive, but that's not likely.  What I do think is that Sierra will have his baby.   (Good name for a character - see The Plot to Save Socrates.)

And I'll be back next week with another review.

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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