List of The Affair episodes
The Affair is an American television drama series created by Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi. The series premiered on Showtime on October 12, 2014. Its second season premiered on October 4, 2015. On December 9, 2015, the series was renewed for a third season, which debuted on November 20, 2016. On January 9, 2017, Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season, which premiered on June 17, 2018. The series has been renewed for a fifth and final season to debut on August 25, 2019.
As of August 19, 2018,[update] 42 episodes of The Affair have aired, concluding the fourth season.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||October 12, 2014||December 21, 2014|
|2||12||October 4, 2015||December 20, 2015|
|3||10||November 20, 2016||January 29, 2017|
|4||10||June 17, 2018||August 19, 2018|
|5||11||August 25, 2019||TBA|
Season 1 (2014)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||1||"101"||Mark Mylod||Story by : Sarah Treem & Hagai Levi |
Teleplay by : Sarah Treem
|October 6, 2014(online) |
October 12, 2014 (Showtime)
|Noah Solloway, his wife, Helen, and his four children, Whitney, Martin, Trevor and Stacey depart for Montauk, New York, on Long Island to spend another summer at the estate of Helen's wealthy parents. Noah is a New York City public school teacher and Williams College alumnus who has had one novel published, has been struggling to write a second, and is constantly berated and belittled by Helen's parents, the Butlers, for not being good enough. At a stop for lunch at the Montauk diner named "The Lobster Roll" the Solloway's encounter Alison Lockhart, serving as their waitress who assists with the their youngest when she begins choking. Noah is intrigued by Alison, who is upset by the incident, and offers her some restitution for her help, which she refuses. It is the birthday of Alison's now deceased son, Gabriel, and she is struggling through her day. Later that evening the two meet again by chance on the beach where Alison's extended family is gathered at a bonfire. Noah walks Alison back to her house where he remembers her as flirtatious, inviting him to join her in the outdoor shower as she undresses, which he declines. Alison remembers a casual, friendly conversation with an improper advance by Noah, the shower taking place after Noah has left. When Allison's husband, Cole, arrives back from the bonfire they fight over the differences in which the two are dealing with the death of Gabriel and end up having 'angry' sex on the car in the driveway, with Noah looking on having been drawn back by the shouting. Throughout the season, the memories of both Noah and Alison are periodically interrupted by a current day interview interrogation with Detective Jeffries (Victor Williams) investigating a mysterious death.|
|2||2||"102"||Jeffrey Reiner||Sarah Treem||October 19, 2014||0.512|
|The previous night's activities has Noah worked up and as the Butler estate readies for the annual summer party, Noah can't escape the allure of the mysterious Alison, who he remembers as "trouble". The Solloways become entangled with the Lockhart horse ranch during a trip to the farmer's market for flowers where Noah encounters Alison again selling homemade specialty jams with her sister-in-law. That evening, Alison is also waiting at the Butler's party and Noah takes the opportunity to pursue her further, getting her away for a private moment and discovering she is married as well. From Alison's perspective, as the day begins we get a glimpse of some mysterious activity the family is engaged in. Throughout her account, we learn more about the emotional debt owed to her husband's family through introspective reflection. She works the catering job for the Butlers to be around Noah and when he asks her if she wants to get out of there she goes along with him. They have a chat on the beach where he shares about his past and love for his wife, along with regrets, and they share a passionate kiss. A little more is revealed about the mysterious death being investigated at some point in the future through the interviews with Noah and Alison.|
|3||3||"103"||Jeffrey Reiner||Eric Overmyer||October 26, 2014||0.599|
|As the Solloway family is settling in for the summer Noah begins investigating and researching the history of Montauk, aided by Alison, as background for his book. The two are drawn further together while attempting to keep things simply friendly. Alison is revealed to be self-harming in response to her overwhelming emotions. And confrontation among the locals builds as Cole (Joshua Jackson) takes a stand against development progress proposed by Oscar (Darren Goldstein) in favor of preserving what makes Montauk special, revealing a storied history between Oscar's family and the Lockharts.|
|4||4||"104"||Jeffrey Reiner||Melanie Marnich||November 2, 2014||0.692|
|Noah and Alison escape on a day trip to remote Block Island in order to spend time together as Noah continues with research for his novel. As they tour highlights of the island they share more of themselves in conversation and become ever more intimate with each other. Noah remembering himself as an innocent, struggling under Alison's advancements, while Alison's memory is more serious and somber with the undertones of grieving and appreciation for Noah's attentive presence. After Noah receives an emergency call from home they have an argument and part ways, only to run into one another again in a souvenir shop. The two get a hotel room for the afternoon and take the last step towards being unfaithful, having sex with regrets, and arguing further when Alison is evasive afterwards. On the ferry back, Alison apologizes and tells Noah she is not the carefree soul he thinks she is, but rather, has a "dark" side (which Noah says he is attracted to), and they argue again. Back on land, as Noah drives Alison home, she tells him about the son she had who drowned two years ago, leaving her struggling with wanting to die. Their closeness deepens and they make love again that evening at Alison's house.|
|5||5||"105"||Carl Franklin||Kate Robin||November 9, 2014||0.673|
|Complications and obstacles abound for Alison and Noah with troublesome family matters, keeping the lovers apart for now, but seeking an escape beyond the love nest they have found in Alison's friend Phoebe's empty house while she is away on extended travel. Alison's estranged mother, Athena (Deirdre O'Connell), has shown up unexpectedly, meddling in the care of Alison's beloved grandmother and the relationship with her in-laws. And for Noah, it's the coming-of-age struggle of his oldest daughter, Whitney (Julia Goldani Telles), between right and wrong social behaviors complicated by the meddling of his in-laws and the disagreement with his wife, Helen, on how to manage it all.|
|6||6||"106"||Carl Franklin||Dan LeFranc||November 16, 2014||0.778|
|The episode opens with Noah's perspective on a night out at a Montauk restaurant/hotel party hangout named The End where he meets up with his best friend, Max (Josh Stamberg), who is struggling after the separation with his wife. Noah witnesses the exchange and use of drugs between Max and his cab driver, who he later recognizes as having an association with the Lockharts. Alison is present at the party and introduces herself to the pair, playfully toying with Max while Noah watches her smiling. After Max leaves the party late in the night the pair spend the rest of the night together in the hotel and in the morning discuss possible future plans. When Alison leaves in the morning on her bicycle Noah is curious as to where she is heading and follows her to the fishing docks where he observes her picking up a cooler from a boat after which she takes it to the taxi station. When Noah arrives home at 5:30 a.m. his wife is unsuspecting but she confronts him about their recent lack of intimacy and they make plans. Noah asks his daughter Whitney where "one might score some coke" to which she is appalled. When the Solloway family has lunch at "The Lobster Roll" and Max shows up Helen gets a suspicious wind about the previous night's activities. Noah asks Oscar for help with his book and witnesses an unsettling confrontation between one of the Lockhart brothers and Oscar, deepening his suspicions about Alison's involvement with drug dealing, after which he confronts her back at the ranch. In Alison's perspective, the activities of the day are in effort to support the ranch and she reveals again to Noah her lack of concern for her own welfare. Oscar realizes the connection between Alison and Noah and the Lockharts scramble to protect their illicit assets. Alison tells Noah she wants to start over with him but Noah is now reluctant.|
|7||7||"107"||Ryan Fleck||Kate Robin||November 23, 2014||0.877|
|Whitney's therapy sessions bring to light "issues" broiling within the family. For Noah, with the end of summer it is time for the family to return home to Brooklyn, but the kids resist having ingrained themselves in Montauk life over the summer, Martin with the Lockhart ranch and Whitney with her own secretive affairs. Tensions are running high all around as Oscar threatens blackmail to Noah about his affair with Alison and Helen's parents have their own drama. Back in Brooklyn, the family begins to settle in to normal life again, and Noah is happy to be home. He seeks help from Max regarding the blackmail and confides to him about an affair in which Noah tells him that "she threw herself at him". After a medical emergency, Noah also admits to Helen he had a "fling" over the summer, which crushes her. Disappointments are revealed in the anger that follows and the two attempt to repair their relationship, extinguishing the fire in Oscar's threat. For Alison, as the close of summer shuts Montauk down, the Lockhart family concerns heighten and Cherry, the family matriarch, confronts Alison about her selfishness. When Cole and his brother confront Oscar about his threat to them, offering peace, he tells them of Alison's betrayal. She escapes to the city, peeks in on Noah's life, and Cole offers her a chance for reconciliation between them. The current day police investigation deepens the suspicion on Noah.|
|8||8||"108"||Ryan Fleck||Dan LeFranc & Melanie Marnich||December 7, 2014||0.759|
Noah's perspective: Four months after the summer's end Noah and Helen are progressing through therapy and dealing with family life. Martin is struggling in his public school and wants to go to private school, which Noah cannot afford. Whitney is accused of having an eating disorder when Helen overhears her vomiting in the bathroom. In therapy, Helen is still struggling with the difficulties and distrust Noah's actions have caused and is reluctant to let Noah attend the Literary Festival event in Montauk where her father, Bruce (John Doman), is to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award as she needs to stay home for her burgeoning small store business, and be there for Whitney. After a difficult and honest discussion at the therapist's Helen agrees to let Noah prove himself and head to Montauk alone when he promises not to contact Alison. At the award dinner he sees Alison serving wine and tells her "he can't" to which she replies "I know". Bruce witnesses the exchange and tells Noah of his knowledge of the summer affair, also then disclosing his own infidelity and telling Noah how 'his muse' had made for his writing success and consequent short list for the Pulitzer Prize when he had channeled his feelings into his next book. When Alison receives an urgent phone call at the event regarding her grandmother and cannot get transportation Noah steps in to help her, and reflects on what Bruce had told him.
Alison's perspective: It is a festive holiday time dinner at the Lockharts and the discussion revolves around the money that will be shared with the sale of the ranch and Cole tries to keep the dreams grounded. Alison and Cole's relationship appears to have healed and they have been trying unsuccessfully to have another baby. When Alison's mother, Athena, calls to inform her that her grandmother has had a heart attack they argue over the course of her care and Alison is resentful over her mother's long term absence turned daughterly concern when Alison has had the burden of legal proxy for her health decisions. Later in the day, when Alison discovers the catering job she had agreed to is for Bruce Butler's award she tries to duck out but her boss asks that she keep her commitment. Stationed at the coat check, she spots Noah and he later approaches her and tells her "It's good to see you". They share a smoke outside, he tells her she is beautiful, she shares she is trying to get pregnant, and as he is leaving to return to the party Alison receives the phone call which opens the door for Noah's assistance. At the hospital, Alison argues with her mother over whether to sign a DNR order. Noah returns to her and helps her through her decision. Whilst initially keeping his distance he provides more support after Alison's grandmother passes and Athena escapes once again. Later, when he drives her home to the ranch, they declare their love for one another as she exits the car. Inside the house, she finds a trunk with her son's keepsakes has been placed in her room and she floods with emotion as she goes through them.
Flashforwards: Detective Jeffries attends a book reading by Noah for his new best seller titled Descent, and attends a memorial service for Scott Lockhart where a future Alison is looking worried. As he pieces together his investigation, he travels to The End restaurant and hotel where he finds Noah's cancelled booking and inquires about a car repair service.
|9||9||"109"||Jeffrey Reiner||Story by : Dan LeFranc |
Teleplay by : Melanie Marnich & Kate Robin
|December 14, 2014||0.837|
Alison's perspective: Alison travels to spend time with Noah in the city and they end up at Noah's family home, having sex in Helen and Noah's bed. He tells Alison he is thinking of getting a studio apartment where she can stay and he can write to finish his book. While she is in the kitchen she finds a positive pregnancy test in the waste basket and thinks Helen is pregnant. Afterwards, when she goes with Noah to look at a small apartment Alison gets angry at Noah's talk of long-term timing and flees back to Montauk. She is drinking heavily in a bar when a celebratory Oscar encounters her and she invites him to have sex. The next morning, under a hangover and with regrets, she tells Oscar she won't be in Montauk long as they are going to sell the ranch. He tells her that in his search to get something against the Lockharts he discovered the ranch is so heavy in refinance debt it is not worth anything. She doesn't believe him, he shows her the public records, and she goes to confront Cherry. Alison insists Cherry tell her children the truth but she threatens to tell Cole about her affair, then blames Gabriel's death on Alison because of her pride and accuses her of being "hateful" despite everything they have done for her. Alison is thrown into despair and seriously self-harms herself, requiring a doctor's care. When he tries to find out what is going on with her she asks him to tell her what happened when Gabriel died and we learn the events and cause of his death. Afterwards, despite the doctor repeatedly telling her it wasn't her fault she considers suicide by drowning in the ocean but is stopped when she thinks she hears Gabe's voice calling to her and she goes to his grave site to thank him. When Alison tells Cole about the ranch and that he needs to talk to his mother he doesn't believe her. She tells Cole she has to leave, or she will die, and she doesn't want to die. At the train station, Cole catches up with Alison, tells her she was right about the mortgage, and wants them to leave Montauk together.
Noah's perspective: After having sex in his marital bed, Noah tidies away evidence of his betrayal, and in the process finds a positive pregnancy test in the kitchen waste basket. When he later confronts Helen about it, she is surprised, tells him it is not hers, and determines it must be Whitney's, who confirms her pregnancy but that she has an abortion planned for the next day at the clinic. She will not disclose who the father is so while Helen schedules a D&C for Whitney at her doctor's office, Noah goes to the clinic Whitney had scheduled with to see if someone shows up for her, which turns out to be Scott Lockhart and Noah attacks him. Noah goes to see his friend Max to confide in him, and Max tries to talk some sense into Noah. But Noah tells Helen he has not been with the family the way he should and doesn't want their family life any longer as he loves another and wants to plan to separate so he can be with Alison. In Helen's anger as she is throwing clothes at him to pack and leave the house she discovers a left behind piece of Alison's intimate clothing, and consequently learns of the tryst in their mutual bed. Noah calls Alison to tell her "he" has left Helen and that he is coming to her, taking the train to Montauk. He arrives at the moment Alison and Cole are standing on the platform. Alison looks at them both and boards the train alone.
|10||10||"110"||Jeffrey Reiner||Sarah Treem||December 21, 2014||0.951|
Noah's perspective: Noah is in a tiny studio apartment, and enjoying a tailspin of random sexual encounters as a single man without care. His behavior lands him in a disorderly conduct suspension from his teaching job following an inappropriate sexual liaison with a coworker. While serving his suspension in a New York City Department of Education rubber room, he spends his time wisely and completes the first draft of his book. His editor considers the book "extraordinary" and suggests it is worth up to half a million dollars in advanced payment with a bidding war. After Helen's mother hires a private investigator to look into Noah and finds CCTV coverage of Noah attacking Scott Lockhart at the clinic, Helen unexpectedly invites Noah back as she "hates her life without him". Noah returns to the family home and we witness the confrontation with Whitney over her past summer relationship with Scott, for which Helen wants to press charges for statutory rape as Whitney was under age, and Whitney pushes back at them. Later that night, Noah receives contact from Alison informing him Whitney is at the Lockhart house in Montauk. The next morning as Noah and Helen prepare to go to Montauk to retrieve their wayward daughter an ugly argument ensues with Helen's mother in the family kitchen with the kids putting a stop to it. Upon arrival at the Lockhart ranch they are greeted by Alison, and Cherry tries to talk them out of pressing formal charges. Tensions are high between all present and when Scott comes down the stairs as the Solloways are leaving Noah again attacks him. Cole stops the attack with gunfire, Alison and Helen look on at the standoff between Noah and Cole. In the current day investigation into Scotty Lockhart's suspicious death, Noah tells Detective Jeffries he didn't kill Scotty. and conspires with the Montauk mechanic who had fixed a flat tire for him over the summer.
Alison's perspective: Alison's time away has been spent at a spiritual retreat with her mother, Athena, and her new partner. Upon her return to Montauk she visits the now present Phoebe and confesses her summer's involvement. Alison learns the Lockharts have lost the ranch and gets the cold shoulder from her sister-in-law for having walked out on the family. When she returns to her house she finds Cole there and the two discuss what should happen going forward, Alison telling Cole she can't live with him any more because of the loss of Gabriel, but she does offer him her house as he loves it and she tells him he should end up with something he loves. They are called to the ranch where the family is assembled and learn from Whitney that her parents intend to have Scotty prosecuted for his involvement with her and Alison is forced to make contact with Noah. When Noah and Helen arrive at the ranch, this recollection of the confrontation has an angry Cole pulling a gun on Noah in the kitchen for his transgressions with Alison. Cole threatens suicide but is talked down by Alison referencing the responsibility they have to Gabriel. When Helen takes Whitney to leave Noah does not go with them but rather envelops Alison in his arms. The flashforwards to the current day investigation reveal the Montauk mechanic was wearing a wire when he met with Noah and Detective Jeffries has found the recording of Noah attacking Scott in the clinic. The season closes with Alison and Noah in a stylish New York City apartment where it appears they are living together with their baby daughter. As they discuss the plans for the next day, they are interrupted by Detective Jeffries, who places Noah under arrest for the murder of Scott Lockhart, and Alison promises to get him out of it, ending with a closeup of Alison's face in a look of determination.
Season 2 (2015)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|11||1||"201"||Jeffrey Reiner||Sarah Treem||September 25, 2015(online) |
October 4, 2015 (Showtime)
|Season 2 begins with Noah and Helen attempting to conduct amicable divorce proceedings, but complications bring about inescapable conflict. Meanwhile, surprising developments in Helen's life lead to unexpected emotions.|
|12||2||"202"||Jeffrey Reiner||Sarah Treem||October 5, 2015(online) |
October 11, 2015 (Showtime)
|Alison's summer with Noah is interrupted by an unwelcome guest. Meanwhile, Cole's self-destructive lifestyle causes everyone to become concerned.|
|13||3||"203"||Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck||Alena Smith||October 18, 2015||0.648|
|Noah's love leads to serious consequences; Alison discovers a surprising truth.|
|14||4||"204"||John Dahl||Anya Epstein||October 25, 2015||0.869|
|Helen makes an innocent mistake that leads to outrageous consequences. Meanwhile, a court order leads to a dire setback for Noah and Alison.|
|15||5||"205"||Laura Innes||Sharr White||November 1, 2015||0.859|
|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.|
|16||6||"206"||Jeffrey Reiner||David Henry Hwang||November 8, 2015||0.891|
|A medical emergency with Martin casts Helen and Noah's litigation process in a new light; Helen makes a long-overdue decision; Noah is surprised when Alison wants to stay with her mother at the Sousanna Institute and realizes that the dynamics of their relationship have shifted, which leads to some troublesome discoveries.|
|17||7||"207"||Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck||Abe Sylvia||November 15, 2015||0.787|
|Alison's mother raises concerns about Noah and Alison's new lifestyle; Alison confronts Noah about his revealing new book over Thanksgiving dinner; Cole lashes out at Luisa and is further alienated from his family in the wake of startling revelations.|
|18||8||"208"||Laura Innes||Sharr White||November 22, 2015||0.844|
|Helen is bewildered by Whitney's future plans; Helen surprises Noah with a difficult admission; Noah faces increased temptations when his fame escalates.|
|19||9||"209"||Jeffrey Reiner||David Henry Hwang & Alena Smith||November 29, 2015||0.916|
|Alison weathers a momentous journey alone; Helen receives unexpected attention from a sexy but exasperating source; Noah faces a terrible reckoning; Cole is pushed to the edge by an array of challenges.|
|20||10||"210"||Scott Winant||Anya Epstein||December 6, 2015||0.833|
|Noah grapples with some essential questions. Meanwhile, Alison begins to doubt a recent ambition, and renewed interactions with the Lockhart brothers force her to consider a harrowing possibility.|
|21||11||"211"||Michael Slovis||Story by : Abe Sylvia |
Teleplay by : Abe Sylvia & Sharr White
|December 13, 2015||0.989|
|A series of revelations rattle Noah; Alison makes a momentous decision.|
|22||12||"212"||Jeffrey Reiner||Sarah Treem||December 20, 2015||1.111|
|Season 2 ends as events set in motion long ago come to their conclusion. A startling admission causes Noah to withdraw from his new life. Meanwhile, Alison is honest with Noah and herself; a dispute between Cole and Scotty is followed by tragedy; and a turn in Noah's trial results in a shocking event.|
Season 3 (2016–17)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|23||1||"301"||Jeffrey Reiner||Sarah Treem||November 11, 2016(online) |
November 20, 2016 (Showtime)
|It's 3 years later and Noah is now a professor at a university. His father has just died and he is coming to terms with what has happened to him in the past 3 years through a series of flashbacks.|
|24||2||"302"||John Dahl||Anya Epstein||November 21, 2016(online) |
November 27, 2016 (Showtime)
|One year earlier: after a stern request from Noah leaves Helen devastated, various pressures cause Helen and Vik to reexamine their relationship. Alison returns to Montauk after a crisis only to have her worst fears realized.|
|25||3||"303"||Jeffrey Reiner||David Henry Hwang||December 4, 2016||0.662|
|Juliette finds Noah an alluring prospect, but a terrifying event shatters all hope of an easy affair.|
|26||4||"304"||John Dahl||Stuart Zicherman||December 11, 2016||0.666|
|Cole finds himself in a difficult situation. Alison looks to reconnect with her daughter.|
|27||5||"305"||Jeffrey Reiner||Sharr White||December 18, 2016||0.724|
|Alison is motivated to spend a day with Noah on Block Island for an unusual reason. The excursion results in a profound connection, but Noah is left wistful and the problems he was escaping return with shocking force.|
|28||6||"306"||Agnieszka Holland||Alena Smith||January 1, 2017||0.480|
|Compelled to return to a place he's spent his life trying to escape, Noah attempts to repair his relationship with Martin.|
|29||7||"307"||Jeffrey Reiner||Anya Epstein||January 8, 2017||0.654|
|Helen gives Noah the help he needs, but at what cost? A vital moment of release becomes something that can't be undone.|
|30||8||"308"||John Dahl||Stuart Zicherman||January 15, 2017||0.612|
|An unexpected cause to celebrate provokes a sobering realization in Alison. Soon after, a startling warning leaves her pondering the unthinkable.|
|31||9||"309"||John Dahl ("Helen")|
Jeffrey Reiner ("Noah")
|Sarah Sutherland & Sarah Treem||January 22, 2017||0.793|
|Helen brings to light some home truths to her family while Noah realises things are not always what they seem|
|32||10||"310"||Jeffrey Reiner||Story by : Sharr White |
Teleplay by : Sarah Treem & Sharr White
|January 29, 2017||0.725|
|In Paris, Juliette's husband suddenly wakes up. Meanwhile, Noah sees a poster for the gallery for Furkat's exhibition.|
Season 4 (2018)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|33||1||"401"||Mike Figgis||Sharr White||June 17, 2018||0.477|
Flashforward: In Montauk, Noah meets with Cole to talk about a missing person.
Six weeks earlier: Noah has moved to Los Angeles, to be closer to Helen and the kids, who have moved with Vik. Noah is an English teacher at a charter school in Compton. Noah shows special interest in one of his students, Anton. Helen is having a hard time adjusting to life in Los Angeles, and keeps imagining earthquakes happening. She sees a therapist for her anxiety. Noah goes to dinner with Helen, Vik, Trevor and Stacey, and he finds out his son might be gay. In private, Helen tells Noah that they should see less of each other, as she believes he is the reason for her anxiety. Back at home, when getting ready for bed, Vik collapses in the bathroom and Helen rushes to him.
|34||2||"402"||Rodrigo García||Sarah Treem||June 24, 2018||0.457|
Flashforward: Noah and Cole sit in a vehicle and are joined by Anton.
In Montauk, Cole has a business meeting with investors about franchising the Lobster Roll; and Alison shows up late to the meeting, angering Cole. Cole and Luisa go to dinner with the investors, and Alison misses the dinner completely. Luisa expresses her frustration to Cole about her dependence on him because she's not a legal U.S. citizen. At work, Alison counsels a grieving mother who has lost her child. Alison meets Ben, a former Marine employeed by the Veterans Health Administration. Later, Alison is angrily confronted in her office by the grieving mother's husband who chokes her, but Ben hears the commotion and rushes in and saves Alison. The husband is then taken by the police. Alison and Ben go for coffee where he discusses his PTSD and that he's in AA. The next day, Alison gets a call from Ben, who asks her out.
|35||3||"403"||Colin Bucksey||Katie Robbins||July 1, 2018||0.559|
Flashforward: Noah, Cole and Anton are driving in Philadelphia looking for a missing Alison. They learn that Ben was last person she spoke to.
At the school, Noah brings up Anton at a faculty meeting calling him "brilliant" but expresses concerns about him and his home life. Noah later learns that Anton is the son of the principal, Jenelle Wilson. Noah later apologizes to Jenelle about the comments he made. In the classroom, Noah and the students discuss their next assignment: reading The Waste Land. Anton expresses his objection to reading it because it's not relevant to them and suggests different authors. Noah tells his students that they have collectively more power than they think, and this sparks an impromptu walkout led by Anton, with the rest of the school following suit. The police show up and Noah becomes the main person the media speaks with, where he calls the walkout school sanctioned. Some of the teachers go to a bar afterward, and Jenelle shows up. Noah speaks with Jenelle about disciplinary practices. In the parking lot, Noah kisses Jenelle. Helen and Vik learn he has late stage pancreatic cancer and does not want treatment for it. Vik is being honored at a gala, and Helen breaks her promise by telling Vik's mother about his condition. Vik tells Helen that his parents sacrificed everything for his success. Vik's last wish is to have a baby with Helen.
|36||4||"404"||Rodrigo García||Sarah Treem||July 8, 2018||0.470|
Flashforward: Cole speaks with Detective Jeffries over the phone about Alison missing.
Alison goes to a work conference about EMDR therapy and meets Ben there. They use the EMDR techniques on each other and Alison mentions her fear of water, but not her son's death. Alison and Ben rent a boat and go onto the ocean as a form of immersion therapy. On the boat, Alison opens up and tells Ben about her son's death, as well as her past addiction to self-injury and her suicide attempt. The two kiss but stop themselves from going further. Alison then plunges into the water, before swimming back up. Ben dives in and they float on the water together. At a Alcoholics Anonymous meeting Cole goes to, Ben is also present and speaks about a unnamed woman who he recently met that he is attracted to (Alison), but mentions that he also has a wife and kids. Luisa wants Alison to renounce her custody of Joanie, so she could be her legal guardian, which would help her with her immigration issues. Cole refuses to ask Alison to do this. Cole meets with his mother and seeks advice about marriage. When picking up Joanie from Alison, he runs into Ben who has arrived for a date with Alison. Cole confronts Ben about him having a wife, but Ben declares his marriage is over and promises he'll tell Alison himself. Cole goes home and finds Luisa has packed up and ready to leave him as she believes Cole still loves Alison. Cole then suggests that he leave instead and go on a walkabout (which his father went on, told by his mother) to help fix their marriage.
|37||5||"405"||Jessica Yu||Story by : David Henry Hwang |
Teleplay by : David Henry Hwang & Sharr White
|July 15, 2018||0.538|
|Vik talks to his parents about his life insurance and the money that will go to them when he dies, but his mother can't bear to talk about it. Vik has a hard day at work when he has to tell the parents of a young girl that she may have liver cancer. At the fertility clinic, Vik and Helen learn the injections aren't working, because Helen hasn't been taking them. Helen tells Vik she can't have a child without Vik being there. Vik then impulse-buys an expensive Porsche and goes for a joy ride with his neighbor Sierra. Back at her house, Vik tells her he has cancer and confesses his feelings about it. The two then have sex. Cole travels to Morro Bay, California for his walkabout. He tracks down the maker of his father's surfboard, Nan, a woman who owns an art gallery and had a relationship with his father. Cole is invited to Nan's, who's hosting a social gathering of bohemians, where he meets Nan's protégé Delphine. Nan and Delphine perform a "ritual", in an attempt to help Cole get over and let go of Alison. However, at the end of it, he realizes that his marriage with Luisa is over and that he still loves Alison.|
|38||6||"406"||Stacie Passon||Lydia Diamond & Sarah Sutherland||July 22, 2018||0.483|
|Noah goes to pick up Trevor for a concert, but Trevor screams at Noah telling him he doesn't want to go and to leave them alone. Noah then goes to Janelle's to talk about Anton's application letter to Princeton University. Janelle explains that Anton's father (and her ex-husband), Carl, went to Harvard but left because of how he was treated, due to him being black. According to Janelle, Anton is now afraid of doing well, because of his father's experience. Noah gets a phone call and discovers Alison is in jail. In Montauk, Alison gets a mysterious phone call and goes to the home of a man, who introduces himself as her biological father, James. He explains to Alison that he had an affair with her mother when she was their nanny. James then asks Alison for a kidney, for a transplant, but she decides to leave. Before she leaves, he reveals he was the one who saved her from drowning when she was a child. Alison goes home and confronts her mother Athena about the situation. Athena tells Alison that James raped her and they weren't in love as he previously claimed. Alison then goes to the VA center to see Ben, and discovers a woman in his office, who she originally assumes is his secretary, but soon realizes it's his wife; Alison quickly leaves. Alison decides to use Noah's travel gift card and flies to Los Angeles. On the plane ride, she falls asleep on the shoulder of a man sitting next to her. They two begin talking and the man makes a sexual advance on her and Alison throws a drink on him, causing a commotion in the plane and Alison accidentally knocks over the older woman sitting next to her. Alison is arrested and Noah picks her up. On the car ride, Alison has a panic attack, and Noah takes her to Helen and Vik's. Alison and Helen talk, where Alison talks about how she doesn't like how men treat her, Helen responds by telling her to change the narrative and not be a "victim". Helen concludes by telling her, "if you want to change your life, you have to do it now."|
|39||7||"407"||Colin Bucksey||Story by : Jaquén Castellanos & Sarah Sutherland |
Teleplay by : Lydia Diamond & Sarah Sutherland
|July 29, 2018||0.544|
|After purchasing a pregnancy test at a grocery store, Helen informs Vik she is not pregnant. He curtly tells her that she is probably entering menopause. Helen runs into her neighbor Sierra, and decides to join her at a "moon circle" retreat at Joshua Tree. At the retreat, Helen meets Sierra's guru, Gael, and other women in attendance. Over dinner, Gael asks the women to write down their fears on a piece of paper. Gael reads the fears aloud, and when Helen imparts knowing advice on motherhood, Gael is impressed and transfers over the title of guru to Helen. Back at their yurt, Sierra tells Helen she likes to sleep with married men because they appear more secure. Then, Sierra and Helen have sex. On their way to a rowdy house party where there is a sensory deprivation tank, Helen tells Sierra to "lay off" married because the affair harms too many people. Later inside the tank, Helen panics. She decides to leave Joshua Tree, drive home, and tell Vik she doesn't want him to die. Back to Noah, he yells at Helen after a fight with Trevor. Helen tells Noah that Vik has cancer and to give the family space. Noah goes back to his home to find Anton in his kitchen. Anton tells Noah, and later Janelle at her place, that he is thinking of joining the Marines. Carl stops by, surprised to see Noah there, and hears about Anton's plan. They all have a heated conversation about whether Anton ought to visit Princeton before he makes a final decision. Noah and Janelle have sex at Noah's place. Later, Noah is flying with Anton to New York but they miss their connection flight. Noah gets a call from Cole who tells him that Alison is missing. Cole comes to the airport and picks up Anton and Noah.|
|40||8||"408"||Michael Engler||Story by : Itamar Moses & Sharr White |
Teleplay by : Itamar Moses
|August 5, 2018||0.507|
|Cole travels from California to Milwaukee hoping to find Alison at a conference she was suppose to be attending. However, he is told that she has not arrived and it's the third day of the conference. Cole finds Ben at the conference and Cole asks him about Alison. Ben says they broke up after he told Alison he had a wife. Cole gets a call from Noah and they talk about Alison's disappearance. Cole drives to Chicago and picks up Noah and Anton at the airport. Athena calls Cole and tells him about Alison's biological father James contacting her. They travel to East Hampton to talk with James. While with James, they get a call from Athena with the news that Alison is dead, from an apparent suicide by drowning. Cole and Noah then go to ID her body. Back in Montauk, they meet with Detective Jeffries at the location where they found Alison's body and he confirms it was a suicide and that Ben had an alibi. Cole, still believing she did not commit suicide, goes to Ben's work and confronts him. Ben chastises both Cole and Noah for the reasons why Alison was so messed up. Outside, Cole attacks Noah, with Cole angry at Noah for not doing more to help Alison when he was with her in Los Angeles, when she clearly needed it.|
|41||9||"409"||Sam Gold||Sarah Treem||August 12, 2018||0.595|
|The episode presents two different versions of events during an encounter between Alison and Ben at Alison's house in Montauk. In the first version, Ben visits Alison after she returns from Los Angeles and confesses to her that he is married, but Alison already knows. Ben has left his wife and wants to be with her. But, Alison doesn't want to repeat her past mistakes. Ben explains that his PTSD, which was caused by killing a teenager who he thought had a live RPG, put strain on his marriage and he developed a drinking problem. Alison tells Ben the whole truth about her son's death. The two then make-up and have sex. In the second version, much of the same events happen, except Ben is more angry, lies about having a wife, and scolds her for going to Los Angeles. Ben begins to drink and wants to reconcile with Alison, but she wants him to leave. Alison then mentions his wife, which triggers him. Ben blames Alison for seducing him and they fight, which results in Ben throwing her head-first into a cabinet, where she cracks her head and bleeds. Ben then carries Alison's body and throws her into the ocean.|
|42||10||"410"||Rodrigo García||Story by : Jaquén Castellanos & Katie Robbins |
Teleplay by : Katie Robbins & Sarah Treem
|August 19, 2018||0.564|
|At Princeton, Noah and Anton go to a creative writing seminar. Noah catches up with an old friend, Ariel, who is a professor there. After encouragement from Anton, Noah leaves for Alison's funeral. On the way to the church, Cole is told by Luisa that Athena has moved the service to the beach, infuriating Cole. At the service, Cole confronts Athena about Alison being cremated instead of being buried alongside their son Gabriel. Cole believes this type of service is not what Alison would have wanted. Cole angrily stares at Ben during the service. While Alison's urn is being passed around to the mourners to say goodbye, when it's Cole's turn, he takes it and runs. Cole goes to the gravesite for his son with Alison's urn. Cole falls asleep and is awoken by his mother Cherry who comforts him. Cole eventually returns home to Luisa, and they mutually agree that their relationship is over. However, Cole offers to stay married so Luisa can become a U.S. citizen and Joanie's legal guardian. The following morning, Cole takes Joanie on a road trip so they can properly mourn Alison. Two weeks later, Vik is in the hospital with an infection. Helen returns home to find Whitney and her boyfriend there, by surprise, who has returned for Thanksgiving. Helen tells Whitney about Vik's cancer. Vik falls into septic shock and Helen, joined by Sierra, go the hospital. Sierra reveals to Helen that she is pregnant with Vik's child. Helen storms outside and is joined by Noah where they talk. To Helen's surprise, Noah is able to comfort her. Helen wonders if she ever really loved Vik and if their relationship was a matter of convenience. Helen returns to Vik's room where he has recovered and she comforts him. He expresses regret over not seeking treatment and realizes he will be dead soon and is not prepared for it. Helen finds Sierra and tells her now is the time to tell Vik that she is carrying his baby, hoping the news will bring him some comfort. The season ends with her walking up to the roof of the hospital to reflect on everything.|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|43||1||"501"||Colin Bucksey||Sarah Treem||August 25, 2019||TBD|
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