The WORST episodes of The Affair

Every episode of The Affair ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of The Affair!

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.

Last Updated: 12/25/2022Network:Showtime
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Episode 6
star
7.15
382 votes

#1 - Episode 6

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/29/2019

In Montauk for work, Joanie becomes acquainted with EJ. Together, they explore Joanie’s family history, leading her to question the cause of her mother's death. Rattled, she starts to make some self-destructive decisions.

Directors: Silas Howard
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Episode 2
star
7.22
419 votes

#2 - Episode 2

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/1/2019

Janelle struggles with her relationship and work, so turns to Carl for support. Production for Descent commences, and Sasha takes an interest in Helen. Helen takes her first steps towards acceptance.

Directors: Colin Bucksey
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Episode 7
star
7.26
1184 votes

#3 - Episode 7

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 1/8/2017

Helen gives Noah the help he needs - but at what cost? At his absolute weakest, Noah's world has never seemed more hostile or bewildering. A vital moment of release turns suddenly into something that can't be undone.

Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writer: Anya Epstein
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Episode 8
star
7.26
1056 votes

#4 - Episode 8

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/7/2014

Distracted by her burgeoning small business, Helen tasks Noah with representing the family at a literary award ceremony for her father, Bruce. A chance encounter with Alison and her grandmother leads to an uncomfortable truth.

Directors: Ryan Fleck
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Episode 1
star
7.27
1345 votes

#5 - Episode 1

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/20/2016

Haunted by recent hardship, Noah struggles to navigate the challenges of his old life while attempting to adapt to a new one. A new love interest isn't enough to overcome a sense of dread. Someone is watching him. Season premiere.

Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writer: Sarah Treem
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Episode 2
star
7.28
581 votes

#6 - Episode 2

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/24/2018

Cole tries to keep Alison’s behavior from ruining an important deal while Luisa’s legal status threatens their future. An encounter with a local surfer leads Cole to question if he’s the same person he used to be. Alison is saved by a handsome stranger.

Directors: Rodrigo García
Writer: Sarah Treem
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Episode 3
star
7.30
1274 votes

#7 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/26/2014

With his novel gaining traction, Noah turns to Alison to help him research the local culture - but their innocent tour of Montauk proves more dangerous than expected. Meanwhile, Cole takes a stand on behalf of his community, and Helen deals with business back in Brooklyn.

Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
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Episode 4
star
7.31
571 votes

#8 - Episode 4

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 7/8/2018

Alison and Ben dig into her past and begin confronting her fears. Cole’s relationship with Alison is jeopardizing his marriage to Luisa.

Directors: Rodrigo Garcia
Writer: Sarah Treem
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Episode 5
star
7.31
380 votes

#9 - Episode 5

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 9/22/2019

Sierra struggles to balance motherhood with her burgeoning acting career. Sierra’s mother visits uninvited. Helen works her first design gig and begins to focus on herself.

Directors: Eva Vives
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Episode 4
star
7.31
1191 votes

#10 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/2/2014

In order to spend time together apart from their families, Noah and Alison take a day trip to remote Block Island. But as the two grow closer, they quickly learn that intimacy can be a double-edged sword.

Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
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Episode 3
star
7.33
384 votes

#11 - Episode 3

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/8/2019

Sasha proposes adjustments to Noah’s script. Sasha’s relationship with Helen blossoms, and Noah takes notice. Bruce’s condition worsens. Joanie’s business trip leads to violent encounters.

Directors: Steve Fierberg
Writer: Itamar Moses
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Episode 2
star
7.33
1029 votes

#12 - Episode 2

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/11/2015

Alison's summer with Noah is interrupted by an unwelcome guest. Cole's self-destructive lifestyle causes everyone to become concerned.

Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writer: Sarah Treem
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Episode 3
star
7.34
1007 votes

#13 - Episode 3

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/18/2015

Noah's undying love for Alison leads to serious consequences. Alison discovers a surprising truth about how to sustain a marriage.

Writer: Alena Smith
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Episode 7
star
7.35
365 votes

#14 - Episode 7

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/6/2019

Noah and Whitney travel to Montauk to begin planning the wedding. Noah gets a concerning call. Armed with new information about her mother's death, Joanie confronts a stranger.

Directors: Steve Fierberg
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Episode 10
star
7.36
1173 votes

#15 - Episode 10

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/29/2017

Noah's visit to Paris provides Juliette with a distraction from unpleasant realities at home. A chance encounter offers Noah the possibility of healing a relationship in desperate need of repair. Season finale.

Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
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Episode 2
star
7.38
1550 votes

#16 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/19/2014

As the Butler estate readies for the annual summer party, Noah can't escape the allure of the mysterious Alison. She, meanwhile, bends under the emotional debt owed to her mother-in-law. But as aspects of their separate lives start to weave together, the two are forced to consider an inevitability.

Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writer: Sarah Treem
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Episode 5
star
7.38
1151 votes

#17 - Episode 5

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/9/2014

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.

Directors: Carl Franklin
Writer: Kate Robin
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Episode 7
star
7.39
553 votes

#18 - Episode 7

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/29/2018

Helen goes to Joshua Tree in search of meaning. Noah and Anton begin an adventure with high hopes until an ominous phone call alters their course.

Directors: Colin Bucksey
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Episode 8
star
7.40
1084 votes

#19 - Episode 8

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/15/2017

An unexpected cause to celebrate provokes a sobering realization in Alison. Soon after, a startling warning leaves her pondering the unthinkable. Cole's frustrations with Alison come to a head, revealing a radical truth.

Directors: John Dahl
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Episode 6
star
7.40
1223 votes

#20 - Episode 6

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/1/2017

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.

Writer: Alena Smith
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Episode 5
star
7.41
975 votes

#21 - Episode 5

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/1/2015

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.

Directors: Laura Innes
Writer: Sharr White
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Episode 1
star
7.41
1958 votes

#22 - Episode 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/12/2014

The emotional effects of an extramarital relationship are explored when a married schoolteacher begins an affair with a waitress on Long Island. In the opener, Noah Solloway and his family visit Long Island where he connects with a local waitress.

Directors: Mark Mylod
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Episode 1
star
7.41
613 votes

#23 - Episode 1

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/17/2018

Noah struggles to adjust to his new life after moving to Los Angeles to be closer to his kids. He attempts to reach a gifted but troubled student while under the stern eye of the school's principal. Helen finally discovers the source of her anxiety, only to be blindsided by a new catastrophe. Season premiere.

Directors: Mike Figgis
Writer: Sharr White
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Episode 1
star
7.41
444 votes

#24 - Episode 1

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/25/2019

Noah embarks on his journey with the Descent movie by getting acquainted with his star, Sasha Mann. Helen mourns a tragic event. Sierra welcomes a new arrival. Joanie struggles with an upcoming birthday.

Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writer: Sarah Treem
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Episode 3
star
7.42
561 votes

#25 - Episode 3

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/1/2018

Noah’s attempt to teach his students a lesson in civil duty spirals out of control. Helen can’t handle Vik’s decision and goes behind his back, only to find resistance everywhere she turns.

Directors: Colin Bucksey
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