The Affair Recap: Episode 4
“The Affair” Season 1 Episode 4 aired on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on Showtime. Noah and Alison spent the day in Brock Island together as a couple. Find out what happened in the recap below.
NOTE: While the series is usually told in two storylines, this week was a deviation to the format as Noah’s storyline continued to Alison’s.
The episode centered solely on Noah (Domininc West) and Alison (Ruth Wilson) as the two secret lovers decided to visit Brock Island, in part to do research for Noah’s book and in part to have their time together as a couple.
There is a brief sequence, however, showing the Detective Jeffries in the present timeline, talking separately to Noah and Alison at the police precinct. Curiously, even the detective has two stories. In Alison’s story (or memory), the detective was a devoted and loving husband of 25 years, while in Noah’s story (or memory), the detective was already divorced and barely saw his children.
Back in the Montauk timeline, the day trip had a lot of things going on. Noah and Alison spent the early part of the day riding the ferry, shopping for clothes and eventually having a tryst in the changing room like teenagers. They also talked about their past sexual experiences, had an argument, got mistaken for a married couple and consumated the day many times over in a hotel room.
The first fight they had, which happened in Noah’s storyline, made it look like it was Alison who wanted this relationship more and Noah really had other business being there on the island, such as the research for the novel he’s writing.
The other fight they had, which happened in Alison’s, was more serious and painful, with accusations being thrown at each other.
Noah’s memory of this day also presented a happier mood. When Alison was telling him about the story of the docks, which happens to be Alison’s favorite spot in the world, Noah remembers it with Alison wistfully telling him of her happy time as a child. The context of the shipwreck that Alison described included fantasies about Tiger Lilly and Peter Pan that sometimes, she would imagine a fantastic world beyond the mist calling out to her, believing it’s where Peter Pan lives.
In Alison’s memory, however, she told the story of the docks to Noah with a sad and morbid retelling of boats capsizing, with a child who drowned. Sometimes, she could still hear this child calling out to his mother.
The episode saw the lovers baring their soul to each other, which all happened in Alison’s storyline. Noah told her about his mother’s death, which affected most of his young life, while Alison finally admitted to Noah that the reason for her sadness and darkness is because she lost her son, Gabriel, two years ago. This soul-baring found them having something in common, that they both were still hurting for the loss of the people that mattered the most to them.
Alison: Cole has this tattoo on his back of the angel Gabriel and it's the first thing I see every fucking morning and I want to die.
Returning to the main land later that day, Alison told Noah that this would be the last time they would get together. He would not want to be associated with her, dealing with all her demons. But Noah protested, saying he would like to figure who she was for himself.
Noah: Nothing about you is easy. Whatever darkness you’re hiding, it’s written all over your fucking face and, you know what? I kinda like it.
In the end, Noah and Alison found themselves back in Montauk, on Alison’s marital bed — yes, the bed she shares with her husband Cole (Joshua Jackson) — having sex, once again, as Cole will not be home for a couple of nights.
That’s what happened on “The Affair” Season 1 Episode 4, which aired on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on Showtime. We’re hooked on the series here on Movie News Guide (MNG) so come back for more updates.
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