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The Affair - S01 E09

Drama
 

A revelation about their daughter Whitney makes Noah and Helen realize their troubled marriage is directly affecting their children. Bending under remorse, Alison spirals towards a reckoning.

 
Episode Title: Episode 9
Airs: 2014-12-14 at 10:00 pm
  • Vicki Hyman

    The premiere episode is riveting--the best pilot I've seen this fall. (That admittedly is not saying much.)

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It’s a series about the complications of life, relationships and especially perspective. It’s also the most innovative new TV series of 2014, especially from its fractured approach to storytelling.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    The Affair might be an exercise in literary gamesmanship if the acting and writing weren't so strong, or the setting so evocative.... Engrossing.

    Newsday Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    As much as the script, Reiner’s direction makes both stories seem oxymoronically unique and distinct at the same time. The performances are extraordinary, as they must be to complete the process of retelling a seemingly similar story.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The acting is extraordinary.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Genevieve Valentine

    The Affair is both quietly unsettling and impossible to look away from.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    The first episode, at least, is terrific, with a distinct, involving tone, and it does very right by its leads.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    It's a terrific idea lyrically written and perfectly cast.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    The show’s alchemy stems from its skillful use of smartly cast actors whose poker-faced sincerity makes us take whatever version of this story we happen to be hearing as gospel.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    As unnerving as it is erotic, The Affair promises to be a show to remember.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    There aren’t many series at the moment quite like it or as good. It is as subtle and intrusive as “In Treatment” was on HBO, with some of the suspense and narrative feints that made “True Detective,” also on HBO, so addictive.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Though the treatment of the younger characters is a bit heavy-handed, the four main adults are beautifully drawn and played.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Robert Rorke

    The Affair is told from two points of view, Noah’s and then Alison’s, and memory being the imperfect mechanism that it is, their versions of the story don’t match, in tantalizing ways.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    The Affair for now has done its job by tantalizingly baiting its hook. The solid performances by its four principals further heighten both the drama and the expectations.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    The pilot (the only episode made available to critics at press time) has some difficult scenes, including an act of marital rape (or something like it), yet the acting is strong and the story is compulsively intriguing. The first thing you want from The Affair is to see where it leads.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    As was the case with the controversial "In Treatment," those with no patience for self-analysis or a psychologically minded view of relationships may find The Affair slow going. But the mystery element should keep even impatient viewers guessing.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    Aside from a few off-key moments, based on the instantly compelling performances, and the novelty of the his-and-hers storytelling, The Affair has an appeal that may be hard to resist.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    It’s a lot to ask, and I worry that the show’s structure will define the program more than the characters within it or the themes explored by it. Having said that, there’s just as much reason for hope that this will be the next great cable drama. Most notably, the cast clicks.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    The Affair is a great first date that has the makings of a great series: pleasurable, provocative, insightful, and with the promise of sexiness.

    Slate Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    The script by Sarah Treem, the show’s co-creator with Hagai Levi, can be murky. Then again, Noah and Alison are telling their stories to a detective, apparently in the aftermath of a major event or crime. It will be a jaded viewer indeed who can resist coming back for more after the first episode ends.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    The Affair looks to be a bit more cerebral than some of Showtime’s other star shows. That makes it no less compelling.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    The Affair is subtle, smart and an intelligent examination of the way in which we are all the unreliable narrators of our own lives.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    [A] captivating, slow-burn emotional mystery.

    Time Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Striking the right balance with such a character-driven construct can be perilous, but with the casting and initial tone, The Affair appears well ahead of the game, to the point where many will find further attendance compulsory.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    The Affair leans heavily on the performances of a strong cast, which includes Philadelphia's John Doman ("The Wire," "Gotham") in a recurring role as Noah's obnoxious father-in-law. I'm not yet entirely sold on the story, but I'm certainly curious.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Bruce Miller

    Reiner keeps the interest level high but The Affair requires much more buy-in than the pilot cares to offer.

    Sioux City Journal Full Review
  • Diane Garrett

    The “Rashomon”-style storytelling elevates the series from being just another conventional story about a middle-aged affair. But, that can't completely make up for overwrought moments in the opening episode.... But the biggest problem for The Affair is that neither Noah nor Alison is particularly appealing.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Zach Hollwedel

    It is hard to find a suitable middle ground, when neither protagonist wants to implicate him/herself. That--this puzzle of what really happened--might be the genius of the show, but it's also frequently its great frustration. If audiences aren't fully engaged while watching Noah's point of view, then having to rewatch everything a second time around from Alison's perspective will be painful.

    Under The Radar Full Review