The Affair Season 3 Episode 9 – This week’s episode includes perspectives from Helen and Noah, and both are motivated by the incredible guilt both characters have been holding on to. Helen is at rock bottom in the wake of Vik leaving. Noah’s guilt reaches further back into his past.
Review and recap The Affair Season 3 Episode 9
Helen must have a very flexible work arrangement. In the spur of the moment she packs up Martin, Trevor, and Stacey and heads out to Montauk. On the drive, they pass the road where Scotty Lockhart was killed, marked by the blue boat, but now a white cross has been added as well as other memorial items.
At the Butler residence, Margaret and Bruce ask “Where’s Vik?” – the very subject Helen is trying to forget. While unpacking in bedroom, she comes upon a photo of herself and Noah at college graduation. Montauk was the wrong place to go to try and get away from her problems. Which necessitates wine – Helen skips the wine glasses and opts for a tumbler.
The reconciliation of Margaret and Bruce has been a delightful angle in an otherwise grim third season – the Butlers have been going to counseling, Margaret is into yoga and meditation, and they installed a panic room in the house! I am really enjoying the enlightened Butlers version 2.0.
It’s Stacey Solloway, the youngest of the children, who busts Helen. She informs Margaret and Bruce, as well as Martin and Trevor, that Noah has been staying in the house. In the midst of the outrage all express about Helen letting Noah stay in the house, Helen inexplicably confesses that she was the one who hit Scotty Lockhart.
Bruce and Margaret pull her into the panic room to emphasize just how stupid it would be for her to confess to Cherry and to the authorities. The kids have already been traumatized by Noah’s incarceration – what would be the result if Helen ends up behind bars?
We get another take on Alison and Helen in the bar. From Helen’s perspective, Alison is less thoughtful and humble in her apology and explanation. Alison says something very interesting – she gave up on believing in cause and effect when Gabriel died, and felt that nothing she did mattered at all. That’s what made her attractive to Noah. Noah saw her recklessness as freedom.
Which brings us to Noah. Whew! What a hot mess. We are introduced to a John Gunther who is not at all like the character we’ve seen in previous episodes – a John Gunther who is a dutiful husband and a loving, gentle father of a special needs child.
It’s pretty much a certainty that Noah stabbed himself and has been hallucinating. We know he was stabbed because it is a reality in other characters’ perspectives. John Gunther on the other hand, has only appeared in Noah’s perspectives. Is he a sadistic monster? Probably not. What’s left is does he, in fact, exist?
A reasonable assumption is that during his stay in prison, there has been no one and nothing to distract Noah from himself and perhaps provided the perfect environment for long suppressed guilt to finally rise to the surface in a crazy and chaotic way.
Or could it be something else? Early on, Noah made a comment to Helen that his time in prison would be a sort of extended, no-frills writers retreat. Could it be that what we’ve been seeing in his perspective is his latest novel? (I’m leaning toward mental breakdown, but a new Solloway novel would be believable too.)
Other episodes of The Affair reviewed on TV Eskimo:
Season 3 – Episode 9 If You See John Gunther…
Season 3 – Episode 8 Living Amends
Season 3 – Episode 7 Jane Eyre the Musical
Season 3 – Episode 6 I Was In the Neighborhood…
Season 3 – Episode 5 Hot Tubs and Ferries
Season 3 – Episode 2
Season 3 – Episode 1
Characters and cast of The Affair Season 3 Episode 9 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)
Alison Bailey – Ruth Wilson (The Lone Ranger, Locke, Saving Mr. Banks, Luther, Jane Eyre)
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)
Bruce Butler – John Doman (Blue Valentine, Mystic River, The Wire, Gotham, Person of Interest, ER)
Margaret Butler – Kathleen Chalfant (The Laramie Project, Kinsey, Junior, Doubt, House of Cards, Rescue Me)