The Affair - Season 2, Episode 5 - Rotten Tomatoes


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Episode Info

Alison is thrown by an unpleasant shift in behavior from her Hudson Valley hosts and furious with Noah after a chance discovery about his new book. Meanwhile, Cole rejects Scotty's plan to make money for the family and enjoys an unexpected connection with someone new; and Scotty catches Cole in a situation best kept secret.


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Critic reviews for 5

I guess, based on this episode, we could call The Affair a romance. But like, the grossest romance possible. A romance between this weird orbit of people who have no business together.

November 6, 2015 | Full Review…
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Helen's blunt assessment of her now ex-husband - provided for Alison's benefit - is full of barbs, but this is the line that lingers with me: "And then you become the enemy, just because you know who he is."

November 2, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The rich dialogue is still the best reason to check the show out every week, and this episode was no exception to that rule.

November 2, 2015 | Full Review…

The scene of Alison stopping in the mirror on her way out of the cabin to look intently at herself, trying to determine what other people see when they look at her, is brilliant.

November 2, 2015 | Rating: 4.3/5 | Full Review…

But just as we've already established that Noah's relationship with Helen will always be complicated, so will Alison's relationship with Cole.

November 2, 2015 | Full Review…

The other half of the episode was devoted to Cole, and it was refreshingly low-key and straightforward.

November 2, 2015 | Full Review…

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