The Affair Season 3 Episode 7 – After Helen finds Noah standing zombie-like in the lake, she brings him back to Brooklyn, much to the displeasure of Vik. Noah admits to taking seven to ten Vicodin pills a day because of the pain in his shoulder. Episode 7 views the day’s events from both Helen’s and Noah’s perspective.
Review and recap The Affair Season 3 Episode 7
Helen still has feelings for Noah. We’ve seen glimpses of her attachment ever since he was released from prison. In Episode 7 Helen brings Noah home and ultimately loses Vik and the respect of Whitney.
Helen sets Noah up in the basement apartment – once occupied by Vik. She calls Nina only to get her voicemail, and begins her message by saying what rough shape Noah is in and then, after some rambling, signs off with “I think he will be OK.” No one in their right mind would come to that conclusion.
Noah has one thing on his mind: securing more Vicodin. Helen has the audacity to ask Vik to examine Noah. In Helen’s version, he drops his irritation (justified irritation given that Noah refers to him as “Dr. Ooh-la-la”) and gives Noah a perfunctory exam. He looks at the infection, notes the rash, and ultimately decides to prescribe an antibiotic. Noah reacts like any focused, soon-to-be-Jonesing addict, demanding to know what kind of doctor would refuse to replenish his Vicodin when he is clearly in need?
Vik points out to Helen the obvious – Noah is addicted, he’s an ex-con, the person who stabbed him may still be after him and by having him in the house, Helen has put the children at risk – physically. There is the whole other matter of the unhealed emotional wounds that have come as a result of the affair with Alison, the separation/divorce, the accident, and his imprisonment.
I have to say, while Vik may have his faults (keep in mind he bought one of Furkat’s vagina photographs), he seems to be the only one who cares about the Solloway children. Poor Trevor tries to tell his mother about his role in Jane Eyre The Musical and Helen is detached and distracted. From the moment Helen put Noah in the basement, you just knew that it would be too much for Vik – too much for any responsible adult.
But the highlight of the episode belongs to…drumroll…Furkat. Hurray! The return of Furkat!
Whitney upsets Helen’s day of nursing Noah by returning home and attempting to look in the basement for a tent. (“Furkat camps?”)
It’s obvious that Nina’s gotten into Helen’s head. I believe that Helen believes that she did/does know Noah. She’s defended him staunchly – particularly her parent’s criticism of him and more recently when Whitney’s criticized Noah. But she didn’t know that Noah was having an affair. She doesn’t know the true reason why Noah confessed to the crime. In the disturbing final sex scene between Helen and Noah, there is a chorus of Helen saying “I know you” to which Noah responds “You don’t know me.” What’s confusing about this is that it’s part of Noah’s narrative – and he doesn’t know about the conversation with Nina. Does this make Noah’s account a more reliable account? I don’t know. It’s hard to go that far.
Noah’s account includes flashbacks to prison and the abuse he took from John Gunther. Gunther taunts him with a cheeseburger. Watching the scene made me crave a cheeseburger. I can only imagine what torture that would be after almost three years of institutional gruel. When Gunther moves from food taunts to psychological taunts – it’s clear he knows far more about Noah than would be normal. Which makes me wonder if Gunther is a creation of Noah’s broken mind…except that…
Noah has Helen stop at Gunther’s Hunting and Fishing (for all your live bait, rifle, knife and home-made beef jerky needs) on their way out of town and talks to Gunther’s mother (Lois Smith – who gave a wonderful performance in an episode of The Americans ‘Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?’). We discover John has been married for 16 years and rarely visits his hometown. And, interestingly, like Noah, was anxious to leave town for good once he was done with high school.
Furkat also gives Noah a tongue-lashing pointing to the sordid details, “…the waitress, the publicist, the party, the hot tub – what is wrong with you?” Except in Furkat’s case, it’s very likely that Whitney shared these details with him.
Even Noah is clued into his own iffy mental state and asks Vik if the infection could be causing hallucinations. The big question – is John Gunther really stalking Noah? John Gunther may be a real person, but may simply be the persona or mask of Noah’s own demons.
As unlikable as the characters are, there is no denying the excellent performances of the actors. Omar Metwally gave Vik all kinds of layers in this episode. And, per usual, Maura Tierney and Dominic West knocked it out of the park.
Hard to believe there are only three episodes left and I am very interested to see where the primary quartet of Noah, Helen, Alison and Cole end up.
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Characters and cast of The Affair Season 3 Episode 7 include:
Noah Solloway – Dominic West (300, The Wire, Chicago, John Carter, The Square, The Hour, Hannibal Rising, 28 Days)
Helen Solloway – Maura Tierney (ER, Liar Liar, NewsRadio, Insomnia, The Good Wife, Rescue Me, Primal Fear)
Dr. Vik Ullah – Omar Metwally (Munich, Non-Stop, Rendition, Mr. Robot, The Slap, Complete Unknown)
Whitney Solloway – Julia Golden Telles (Bunheads, Any Other Friday, Nurse Jackie)
Trevor Solloway – Jadon Sand (The Lego Movie, Frozen, Jake and the Never Land Pirates)
Martin Solloway – Jake Siciliano (Shame, The Taking of Pelham 123, Solitary Man)
Gunther – Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, Texas Rising, Bedazzled, The Quiet American)
Furkat – Jonathan Cake (First Knight, Diamond Girl, Out of the Ashes, Doll & Em)