If there was any doubt in my mind that The Affair is the best show on television right now, this week’s episode “Shelter from the Storm” sealed the deal. Season 2, Episode 9 turned out to be a pivotal 45-55 minutes of nothing we expected but everything we needed.
So let’s start off at the top of the hour with Alison, she’s about to go into labour and the biggest storm to hit the city/Montauk area is upon them. First off, this was the first episode where we weren’t in anyone’s perspective. I’m assuming everything we see in this episode actually happened. They always play with time and perspective in The Affair, but with everything that was happening in this episode I don’t think cutting back to different perspectives would’ve suited the tempo. Instead of using individual perspectives, they used time and told the episode through the entire night of the storm. So Alison’s going into labour although she’s having a hard time accepting this because her baby daddy isn’t answering his dumb phone. Helen is reverting back to that crazy Helen we’ve been hearing about, she randomly runs into Dr.Ullah (Martin’s surgeon) and she ends up bringing him into her basement and they get it on, on the floor, while her kids are upstairs watching tv. This entire thing with Dr.Ullah was so weird, Helen didn’t get where he was coming from, I mean he describes his heart as a ‘muscular organ with four chambers’ so obvi this dude is emotionally f**** up, boy bye. But when he leaves he kisses her on her wrist which was super cute so maybe there’s hope. The kids don’t suspect a thing.
By 7:00 pm that same day Noah and ugh Eden (honestly her name though) pull up to a fancy producer’s house so Noah can do some schmoozing. Noah can’t find his phone in the car and Eden forces him to leave it behind, dumb b****. Real talk though Noah, you have a pregnant wife/girlfriend, a hurricane’s about to hit and you leave your phone in the car!? WTF?! On that alone Alison needs to re-evaluate her (maybe) baby daddy. Anyways, Noah meets the producer he’s all down to adapt his book into a film, (okay I really want to read that book now), Noah does some coke and then grinds all up on Eden. One of the butlers announces that the roads are officially closed so everyone is basically going to have a sleepover inside this mansion. And Eden, it wasn’t long ago, like last episode where you declared you don’t mix business and pleasure. But now you’re all like on Noah? Did the idea of J-Law playing Alison turn you on? Or maybe George Clooney playing Noah? (I love how they name dropped the entire time in this episode btw)
So Eden entices Noah by telling him there’s an empty guest bedroom upstairs and to meet her in 15 minutes, which should’ve been Noah’s warning. Like that b**** is so smelly she needs 15 minutes to prepare for your drunk ass? At this point Noah can’t even see straight. But that 15 minutes probably did better for Noah because he takes a stroll through the party, and I have to say here is where the episode really impressed me. The way they shot this episode, in particular, this scene, was so hypnotic but on the verge of like creepy. You wanted to see what sort of trouble Noah was going to get himself into, but his entire world is spinning and it’s making you almost nauseous, (who can’t relate to that, am I right people?) he’s just really messed up but when he sees this illuminated pool he’s totally intrigued. The camera moves from underwater to above water playing with sound and peoples naked butts. It was just a really cool sequence that has to be appreciated. So Noah swims along and he’s sort of trying to get out of his messed up state because he has the case of the spins, he keeps swimming and then he sees a hot tub with two girls making out. And right here I knew, that girl was too skinny to be anyone else. He climbs into the hot tub and is sort of like ‘can I get in there?’ and ‘maybe I’ll just sit and watch’ until the skinny girl turns around and it’s (gasp) Whitney!!! His daughter!! There’s screams and splashes of water and Noah immediately jumps out of the hot tub, somehow finds his clothes and races out to his car. Inside the car he’s all wet and freaking out and finally, this idiot, finally grabs his phone which wasn’t even that hard to find it was in the back seat floor – that’s usually where it is when it drops between the seats. He opens his phone and he sees like a million missed calls from Alison and several thousand texts from her declaring her state of ‘having this baby tonight’ So his immediate reaction is to yell the F word a hundred times and drive off. He didn’t even bother calling her to tell her he’s on his way!! Oh maybe there was no cell signal? But also it was only like 9:30 pm which is pretty freakin’ early for all those sinful things to be happening inside the mansion. But I guess when there’s a hurricane there’s not much else to do?
Noah drives off like a freak who thinks he can drive, and obviously the roads are closed, but he’s Noah in a BMW so he thinks he can get through anything. He can’t, and gets stuck in this huge ditch of water and starts to cry. So this episode was obviously super metaphorical, maybe not obviously, but I will assume so. The storm coming is sort of like, it’s the point in the entire series where everyone’s s**t hits the fan. And hopefully, it’s the point where the next morning everyone’s made it through the storm and have found themselves on the other side, for a new beginning? I hope I got that right. But anyways, in that moment Noah’s sitting there and he’s crying like a little baby because he needs to get out of this situation. But also you realize he doesn’t even deserve to be there with Alison. Like this is where he put himself, he doesn’t deserve anything more. (And I came to this realization later on during the final scene with Alison)
Then we see Cole with his Latina lover inside Alison’s home and they too are waiting out the storm. Long story short because I want to get to the good part of this sequence. Cole walks over to a part of the wall where he drew how tall Gabriel was getting, and he goes on to tell Latina lover that he’ll do the same when they have kids of their own (also I didn’t realize how serious they were?) and then bombshell, Latina Lover tells Cole she can’t have kids and Cole lashes out by telling her his grandmother was right they have a family curse he’s never going to have a baby again. (I totally think Alison’s baby is Cole’s) Latina Lover has to leave, right after she gives Cole great words of advice. That the world doesn’t revolve around him and he’s such a drama queen sometimes. Bad things happen to everyone but you have to keep pushing forward and you have to keep living your life. So she leaves, and Cole decides to break into that ol’ moonshine and starts hallucinating, yay more creepy dream like sequences!
Shout out to the editor of this episode, and everyone else who worked on the production of this episode, it was absolutely amazing. This final end sequence of the episode had my anxiety peaking, and trust me, being stuck in a subway train while watching this episode is not a good idea. (A. because I was about to cry in public and B. it was so damn intense!!!)
The last four minutes of the episode was cutting back and forth between Cole inside the cabin and Alison giving birth alone, while the storm was at its peak. Inside the hospital room, Alison is refusing to let that baby come out and in doing so the baby’s heart beat was slowing down. The doctor was yelling at her like ‘bi*** yo baby’s comin’ out whether you like it or not, so open wide!’ and ugh birthing scenes are generally disturbing but this one was disturbing and super sad, yet exciting because you’re like is it Cole’s baby? I think just for how they edited back and forth it would be safe to assume Alison’s baby is Cole’s baby, not Noah’s. So anyways, it’s cutting back and forth and Cole is desperately trying to yank the part of the wall with Gabriel’s markings on it, and he’s trying so hard but it won’t come off. And he looks out and he sees Gabriel but it’s like a blurry figure because the rain’s coming down so hard on the windows. And he’s calling out for him ‘daddy, come to the water with me’ or something of that nature because I refuse to watch that scene ever again. And Cole just stays up against the window and he starts crying, and then he starts spreading all the moonshine over the house. All while Alison is pushing for that baby to come out but she’s crying to because she doesn’t want to do it alone. And I’m just like why didn’t you call Cole!?!
Inside the cabin you can hear Alison’s faded screams while Cole starts to set the cabin on fire, as Alison’s pushing the baby out the heart monitor sounds a little sketchy but you’re like okay I really trust this doctor and she seems nice so she’ll make sure everything is okay!?? And then the cabin’s up in flames and the baby’s out and Alison’s just crying and it doesn’t look like she’s dying to hold it just yet. BTW it’s a girl had they mentioned that?
The next morning, okay you can take a big breath now because the storm has passed! We are through on the other side people! Alison’s holding her beautiful baby, she’s got her hair did, and she’s just enjoying this peaceful moment with her daughter. And then the doctor comes in and tells her Noah finally made it (useless) and he wants to come in. But Alison tells her not yet, and you’re like take that Noah! It was such a beautiful moment like it’s ‘just the two of us’.
I think this has to be my favourite episode of the series. What did you guys think of the episode? Do you think the baby is Cole’s? Why isn’t Alison telling the truth?Follow @hollywd_heroine