“The Affair” Season 1 Episode 7 aired on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on Showtime. Summer was done and Noah and Alison have to deal with the consequences of their affair. Read on to find out what happened in the recap below.
NOTE: As the series is told in two storylines, the recap will be divided into Noah’s Story and Alison’s Story.
Noah (Dominic West) was with his wife Helen (Maura Tierney), their daughter Whitney (Julia Goldani Telles) and Whitney’s therapist for a session. Whitney spoke up and told her parents that one of the reasons why she was acting up was because she felt pressured by her mother, who was Miss Perfect. She also said that she was aware her parents were having issues in their marriage and suspected that her mom was having an affair with their Uncle Max. The therapist advised that Noah and Helen also seek out a marriage counselor when they get back to Brooklyn.
In the car later, Noah suggested that instead of waiting to return to Brooklyn on Sunday, they should just go back home today. They immediately set to pack their stuff when they got to the Butler's mansion, but Whitney was not up for it. Meanwhile, Martin, their son, asked if someone could drive him over to the Lockhart’s ranch to say goodbye. Because the girls were going to be packing, Noah had no choice but to bring him.
At the Lockharts, Cole (Joshua Jackson) was really nice to Martin and invited him back next summer. He also mentioned to Noah that the young boy seemed to be seeking some attention, to which Noah only smiled and agreed. He briefly saw Alison (Ruth Wilson) at the ranch, and they both acted distant. Noah, however, looked uncomfortable.
When the boys got back to the Butlers, Helen’s parents were fighting rather loudly. Apparently, there was an article about Helen’s dad on Vanity Fair that alluded to his books being written by his wife, not him, and this pissed him off. It was a very awkward situation. Expensive vases were being broken.
Noah excused himself, saying he would be getting gas. But he stopped by the lobster shack where Alison worked to leave a note on her bike’s basket. Oscar (Darren Goldstein) saw Noah and set out to blackmail him. He threatened to tell Noah’s wife about Alison but will shut up for $10,000.
Noah: I don’t have that kind of money.
Oscar: Yeah? Well, I think you can get it. How about I’ll give you a week and then I’ll tell her?
Later, the Solloways were already back in Brooklyn, and that night, the couple tried to have sex on their marital bed. Noah couldn’t get it up and said he may have been tired from the trip. The truth was Noah couldn’t get Oscar’s threat out of his mind. So the next day, he sought his best friend Max to ask for the ten grand. Thankfully, Max is a generous friend, but he told Noah that whatever happens, he should not be telling Helen about his affair.
While jogging the next morning, Noah had a slight emergency and dropped to the ground. Later, he’s in the hospital, where a doctor told him he had a panic attack. Helen was with him, and she realized that all through summer, her husband must have been so stressed staying at her parents. But Noah was given to his conscience. He confessed to his wife he had an affair. She didn’t know how to process it. She wanted to throw up.
The two got back home from the hospital where they were happily greeted by their kids. Noah spotted something at the window that made him want to close the curtains.
Later, in the privacy of their bedroom, the couple fought. Noah kept apologizing to Helen for this very, very stupid thing he did to her. He was feeling weak and pressured with his book.
Noah: You just see me as potential unfulfilled. You’re waiting for the guy you married to happen.
Helen: Only because you are.
Later, as Helen was asleep, Noah received a text from Oscar. But he called him up to tell him that he told his wife already, and then Noah tore the $10,000 cheque.
— The Affair (@SHO_TheAffair) November 24, 2014
Alison was at the ranch trying to fix the fences, Cole saw her and told her that they need to replace everything, but Alison said that it may only take some painting over. It’s a good metaphor for whatever is happening to their marriage.
Later, Alison found her husband talking to Noah, as Martin said his goodbyes to the people at the ranch. She overheard Cole telling Noah to keep an eye on Martin, who seemed to be seeking attention. It’s the same conversation in Noah’s memory, but in Alison’s recollection, he was rather defensive. Cole introduced his wife to Noah and the two shook hands, pretending they did not know each other.
Next, Alison was at the shack to get her final check from Oscar. But wouldn’t you know it, he said there was no more check for her. So she stole some pies and dropped it on her bike’s basket. She headed to the Lockharts and gave the pies to her mother-in-law. Cole and his brothers were discussing how to deal with Oscar in the other room.
When she returned to the kitchen, her mother-in-law was acting strangely. Turned out, there was a note attached to the pie box, and she asked her who Noah was. Alison’s mother-in-law burned the note right in front of her. She looked like she wanted to be swallowed by the ground right there and then. She was told to never tell Cole about the affair. When Alison said she was going back home, her mother-in-law ordered her to have dinner with the whole family. She was uncomfortable the whole time.
Later that night, Alison, Cole and Scottie went to Oscar’s house. They agreed they would just apologize to him personally to settle everything, which Cole did. He was a real gentleman. It should have worked out alright but here came Scottie who just had to punch Oscar on his belly. In retaliation, Oscar taunted Cole. Did he know how Alison knew about him calling the cops?
Cole: She saw you call the cops.
Oscar: No, she didn’t. She wasn’t even there. You know who was there? The guy she’s f—ing.
The ride back home was silent, and when Cole and Alison got to their house, he only wanted to know who the guy was. Alison decided that maybe she should leave for a while. So she headed to Brooklyn and stayed with a friend. She felt free and was actually happy. Her friend and her smoked pot.
Later, her friend was looking up Noah and his wife on the internet. She found their home address and his wife’s store. She convinced Alison they should check it out. At Helen’s store, she was immediately recognized by Noah’s wife, who thanked her for saving her daughter’s life the very first time they saw each other (in Episode 1, air date: Oct. 12, 2014).
After the brief encounter with Helen, Alison decided to walk around the city and got to the street where the Solloways live. From the window, she saw Noah, who also saw her. He closed the drapes on her, which also happened in Noah’s version of the story.
When she got back to her friend’s apartment, Cole was there. He told her the stash of cocaine they buried was gone. Did her lover take it? He pressed on with his identity, until Alison finally revealed it was Martin’s dad.
They took a walk around the city, and Cole became increasingly emotional. He wanted to barf and felt that maybe Alison had the affair because of him. Or that it was their son’s way of telling them that they should no longer be together, as their son was no longer with them. Alison felt gutted her husband was feeling all these. She apologized and comforted him.
They returned to Montauk but had to drop by the hospital first. One of Cole’s brothers was beaten up by the drug dealers. Apparently, he was the one who took the stash and attempted to return it to the source. He was going to be in the hospital for a month at least. Cole was decided — they were selling the ranch.
When Cole and Alison got back to their house, it looked like they made up and would survive the aftermath of the affair, as he proposed that they should try for another baby, to which Alison agreed.
— The Affair (@SHO_TheAffair) November 24, 2014
And that’s the recap for “The Affair” Season 1 Episode 7, which aired on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on Showtime. Check out the highlight to the episode in this video below.
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