The Best Episodes of The Affair

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2018

At once deeply observed and intriguingly elusive, The Affair explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship. Noah is a New York City schoolteacher and novelist who is happily married, but resents his dependence on his wealthy father-in-law. Alison is a young waitress trying to piece her life and marriage back together in the wake of a tragedy. Set in Montauk at the end of Long Island, the provocative drama unfolds separately from both the male and female perspectives, using the distinct memory biases of both to tell the story.

Episode 12

#1 - Episode 12

Season 2 - Episode 12

Events set in motion long ago come to their conclusion. Alison is honest with Noah -- and herself. A dispute between Cole and Scotty is followed by tragedy. Meanwhile, a turn in Noah's trial results in a shocking event.

star 8.11
1,037 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Sarah Treem
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Episode 10

#2 - Episode 10

Season 4 - Episode 10

Noah and Anton visit Yale where Noah encounters an old friend. An immensely difficult day forces Cole and Luisa to reexamine their relationship. Helen gets a new perspective on life.

star 8.08
403 votes
Writers: Jaquén Castellanos, Katie Robbins , Sarah Treem
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Episode 9

#3 - Episode 9

Season 4 - Episode 9

Ben finally confesses the truth to Alison. But is it too late for their relationship?

star 8.00
434 votes
Directors: Sam Gold
Writers: Sarah Treem
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Episode 8

#4 - Episode 8

Season 4 - Episode 8

A hopeful epiphany leads Cole on a journey to a horrific discovery. Noah questions his role in tragic events.

star 7.99
469 votes
Directors: Michael Engler
Writers: Itamar Moses, Sharr White
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Episode 5

#5 - Episode 5

Season 4 - Episode 5

Vik decides it’s time he started living for himself. Cole meets Nan, an old friend of his father, who sends him on a journey to exorcise the ghosts of his past.

star 7.86
464 votes
Directors: Jessica Yu
Writers: David Henry Hwang, Sharr White
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Episode 9

#6 - Episode 9

Season 1 - Episode 9

A revelation about their daughter Whitney makes Noah and Helen realize their troubled marriage is directly affecting their children. Bending under remorse, Alison spirals towards a reckoning.

star 7.84
978 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Melanie Marnich, Kate Robin, Dan LeFranc
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Episode 10

#7 - Episode 10

Season 1 - Episode 10

The disappearance of Whitney spurs Helen to scrutinize Noah and his relationship with Alison and her family. Cole searches for answers at Lockhart Ranch. Meanwhile, Detective Jeffries makes significant progress on his case.

star 7.78
974 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Sarah Treem
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Episode 9

#8 - Episode 9

Season 2 - Episode 9

Alison weathers a momentous journey alone. Helen receives unexpected attention from a sexy yet exasperating source. Noah faces a terrible reckoning. An array of challenges pushes Cole to the very edge.

star 7.71
982 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: David Henry Hwang, Alena Smith
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Episode 11

#9 - Episode 11

Season 2 - Episode 11

Cole and Luisa take a serious step forward. Meanwhile, a series of revelations cause Noah to reconsider everything he thought he knew about Alison - and a momentous decision Alison makes may just end their relationship.

star 7.70
978 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Abe Sylvia, Sharr White
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Episode 7

#10 - Episode 7

Season 1 - Episode 7

With summer coming to an end, the Solloways are returning to Brooklyn - a welcome relief for Noah following recent revelations. Meanwhile, Cole is forced to confront Alison when the Lockhart side business hits too close to home. And Helen and Noah grapple with the results of an unexpected emergency.

star 7.64
977 votes
Directors: Ryan Fleck
Writers: Kate Robin
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Episode 7

#11 - Episode 7

Season 2 - Episode 7

Alison's mother raises concerns about her and Noah's new lifestyle. Alison confronts Noah about his book. Cole lashes out at Luisa and is further alienated from his family in the wake of startling revelations.

star 7.64
988 votes
Writers: Abe Sylvia
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Episode 10

#12 - Episode 10

Season 2 - Episode 10

Noah grapples with essential questions. Alison begins to doubt a recent ambition, and renewed interactions with the Lockhart brothers force her to consider a harrowing possibility.

star 7.64
974 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Anya Epstein
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Episode 6

#13 - Episode 6

Season 2 - Episode 6

A medical emergency casts Helen and Noah's litigation process in a new light, causing Helen to make a long overdue decision. The dynamic of Noah and Alison's relationship shifts as troublesome discoveries are made.

star 7.63
965 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: David Henry Hwang
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Episode 9

#14 - Episode 9

Season 3 - Episode 9

Helen's escape to Montauk exacerbates her guilt and hastens an identity crisis: should the truth finally come out? Noah's world collapses, leaving him to process something horrific.

star 7.58
1,221 votes
Writers: Sarah Sutherland, Sarah Treem
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Episode 4

#15 - Episode 4

Season 3 - Episode 4

Cole is put in an increasingly impossible situation by Alison's return to his life. Alison must contend with Luisa while attempting to reconnect with her daughter. Simultaneously, a dangerous passion threatens to wreck everything.

star 7.55
1,364 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Stuart Zicherman
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Episode 1

#16 - Episode 1

Season 2 - Episode 1

Noah and Helen attempt to conduct amicable divorce proceedings. Surprising developments in Helen's life lead to unexpected emotions.

star 7.55
1,114 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Sarah Treem
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Episode 8

#17 - Episode 8

Season 2 - Episode 8

On the college campus where they first met, Helen is amazed to see Noah in a new role, and bewildered by Whitney's future plans. Meanwhile, Noah is in danger of spinning out of control as his fame and related temptations escalate.

star 7.54
979 votes
Directors: Laura Innes
Writers: Sharr White
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Episode 4

#18 - Episode 4

Season 2 - Episode 4

Helen makes an innocent mistake that leads to outrageous consequences. A court order leads to a dire setback for Noah and Alison.

star 7.53
994 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Anya Epstein
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Episode 6

#19 - Episode 6

Season 1 - Episode 6

After Noah spends a night out with his best friend Max, he discovers there's more to Alison than he's been led to believe. At home, his wife Helen hopes to make the most of the family's time in Montauk. Meanwhile, Alison and her husband Cole work to keep the Lockharts from danger.

star 7.53
1,017 votes
Directors: Carl Franklin
Writers: Dan LeFranc
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Episode 5

#20 - Episode 5

Season 3 - Episode 5

Alison is motivated to spend a memorable day with Noah on Block Island for an unusual reason. Noah is left wistful by their profound connection, until the problems from which he was escaping return with a shocking force.

star 7.51
1,341 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Sharr White
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Episode 5

#21 - Episode 5

Season 2 - Episode 5

Alison is thrown by a shift in behavior from her hosts, and furious with Noah after a chance discovery. Cole rejects Scotty's plan to make money - but not before Scotty catches him in a situation best kept secret.

star 7.50
1,005 votes
Directors: Laura Innes
Writers: Sharr White
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Episode 5

#22 - Episode 5

Season 1 - Episode 5

As passions flare behind closed doors, Alison and Noah are forced to confront new obstacles at home. Alison gets a surprise visit from her estranged mother, Athena, while Noah struggles with the behavior of his daughter, Whitney.

star 7.50
1,039 votes
Directors: Carl Franklin
Writers: Kate Robin
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Episode 6

#23 - Episode 6

Season 4 - Episode 6

Noah supports Anton in a decision about his future which puts Janelle in a complicated spot with her ex-husband. Alison makes a surprising discovery about her father, and another about Ben that eventually leads her back to Noah.

star 7.49
445 votes
Directors: Stacie Passon
Writers: Lydia Diamond, Sarah Sutherland
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Episode 3

#24 - Episode 3

Season 3 - Episode 3

Running from secrets she left behind in Paris, Juliette finds Noah an alluring prospect. But a terrifying event shatters all hope of an easy affair. Meanwhile, Noah must fight like never before to make sense of what just occurred.

star 7.49
1,377 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: David Henry Hwang
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Episode 6

#25 - Episode 6

Season 3 - Episode 6

An unexplained absence sends Helen on a journey of increasingly troublesome discoveries. Compelled to return to a place he's spent his life trying to escape, Noah attempts to repair his relationship with Martin.

star 7.48
1,313 votes
Writers: Alena Smith
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