The Affair: Season 2 (Episode 3)

SPOILERS: Don’t read this review if you have not yet seen or don’t want to know details from the Showtime series The Affair.  

Did YOU catch that Cole was wearing a wedding ring when he met w/ Alison (in previous ep)?  A viewer (Charles Harkins) did, then wrote into the Afterbuzz TV  to point that out.  Whoa, good catch there!

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Love is NOT all you need, Noah & Alison keep learning!

Though he hid it from Helen, we know that Noah and Alison are living together (6 weeks or so) in the Hudson Valley cabin.  (Whoa, it’s WAY too early to get engaged!)  Noah learns some facts about Alison, including the almost drowning herself in S1 E8.  Several viewers have commented that Alison seems “so down” still; they imagined that she’d be happier; Alison Dean (Afterbuzz TV) replied that we will learn more about Alison in the near future (like more details re: her young son’s death). 

Part 1: Noah

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The issues, conflicts, and awkwardness of the Friedmans MUST be reminding Noah & Alison of difficulties of marriage.

In this version, Alison is the one (after an awkward pause) creates a story of how the couple met at the lunch w/ Robert and Yvonne.  Noah looks  (a bit) surprised by this, but quickly joins in.  Later on, he comments to Alison that “it was a bit unreal.” 

Whitney (surprise!) storms into the cabin.  She is majorly pissed-off, cursing loudly, and being nasty to BOTH Noah and Alison.  Then, she spies the engagement ring and blows up! 

Alison offers him the ring back, BUT it’s quite different in her version!  Noah think of Alison as someone who is stronger than she looks, so she is (usually) the active (coming on strong) person in the relationship.

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“I think she’s the most openly sensitive…” -Actress Julia Goldani Telles

Before Whitney leaves on the train, she says that she wants to come live w/ him full-time.  She complains about her mom and grandmother, referring to them as “witches.”  Yes, Whitney is a difficult teen girl, BUT the way she talks and her behavior are NOT so uncommon (in these modern times).

Noah has lunch w/ Max in NYC.  Max gives (few/vague) details about his new relationship (we know it’s Helen).  Then, Max gives him $50,000 (chump change for a guy like him).  Hmmm… what will Noah say when he learns re: Max and Helen?

Part 2: Alison

Yvonne is excited to learn that Noah and Alison are engaged, and she prattles on w/ questions. Noah mentions having 4 kids right away.  Alison is surprised to hear the “I think I’m done” (she wants kids, I’m pretty sure).  Noah notices the sad/disappointed look on her face, then says that they hadn’t discussed it.  Robert is embarrassed by Yvonne’s nosiness, so he takes her glass and pours the white wine out (LOVED this little bit, personally).

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Whitney is a complex kid… she can manipulate her elders well!

Whitney came to the mansion (NOT acting as obnoxious/outraged as in Noah’s version) while Noah and Yvonne were talking re: his new book.  The next morning, she makes coffee and eggs for Alison.  We learn that  her intent is get Scott’s number (“Because I’m in love with him!”)  She and Alison seem to get along.

Do you think we’re making a terrible mistake?  -Alison asks Noah re: their engagement

In her version, Alison is more meek and passive; she asks the above question.  In the background, we see Whitney having a cigarette.  Alison is (obviously) thinking of her (and Noah’s other kids).  Viewers have commented that HE has more to lose than Alison.

Alison and Robert go look for the rogue dog (Pete) and they have a GREAT conversation.  It seemed VERY “real” and “genuine,” as the Afterbuzz TV hosts commented.  I LOVE Robert!

PaleyFest NY: Red Carpet Interviews

Meet Comedian Said Durrah

Said Durrah (based in Washington, DC) was raised in Detroit, MI, and has performed ALL over the world.  He’s a proud Arab-American/Muslim whose mom is Palestinian and dad is Jordanian.  Check out his site (

2010 Big Brown Comedy Show (NYC)

2011 New York Arab Comedy Fest (Gotham Comedy Club, NYC)

George Washington University (DC) Students’ Event

Reading a poem at Busboys & Poets (DC)

The Affair: Season 2 (Episode 2)

SPOILERS: Don’t read this review if you have not yet seen or don’t want to know details from the Showtime series The Affair.  

I LOVED how Lem Gonsalves (Afterbuzz TV) compared this show to those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books we read as kids!

Part 1: Alison

Who am I to you?  -Alison asks Noah

As Alison Dean (Afterbuzz TV) noted, Alison (Ruth Wilson) is uncertain of… everything, b/c their relationship is VERY new, their lives have changed dramatically, and they’re STILL married to other people.  Noah (Dominic West) is going into the city to handle the mediation, meet w/ Harry. etc.  But Alison (at this point) doesn’t have a life- she’s just reading and hanging out. 

I can tell you’re a country girl.  -Robert comments to Alison

Robert (Peter Friedman), the older writer at whose guest house they are staying, kindly offers her a ride into town. (FYI: This area is the Hudson Valley.)  He and Alison have a nice/friendly convo.  I thought he was just a VERY sweet/laid-back guy!  We find out that Robert prefers the country; his wife Yvonne (Joanna Gleason) prefers the city. 

What, he doesn’t have tools?  -Cole asks w/ slight disgust re: Noah

Cole (Joshua Jackson) comes to the house while Alison is out (guess they don’t have locks).  When she sees him, she’s surprised and a BIT scared.  Cole drove (a long way) to bring her some of her clothes.  Then, he offers to fix the toilet (yeah, that was awkward).

Yvonne comes over to invite Alison to tea later that afternoon.  She sees Cole, who has repaired the toilet, and asks is he’s single.  She has a niece who likes guys like him, she comments. Before he leaves, Cole gives the toy chest that belonged to their late son to Alison (awww…she is shaken up/close to tears).   

At tea, Alison admires the beautiful main house.  Robert, is was recently injured, hobbles in w/ his cane.  Yvonne gives him a sandwich to eat.  She comes off as more Type A than her husband; it turns out that she desperately needs a personal assistant.  Robert offers Alison this job; we learn that Yvonne runs a publishing house (cool, BUT a LOT of work).

When Noah comes home and learns about the job offer, he gets mad.  They are already staying in this house for free, so it’s TOO much to get money from them.  Alison is surprised/upset by his reaction.  A few moments later, they make up (yes, they are STILL hot/heavy)! 

Flash forward: Alison (w/ baby girl) goes to the Suffolk Co. courthouse and runs into Noah’s lawyer, Jon Gottlief (Richard Schiff- Toby from The West Wing).  She gets mad when she learns that Helen is paying for this guy. 

Part 2: Cole

Some people are just destined to fail.  -Bruce comments about Noah’s writing career

Bruce Butler (John Doman) gets in Cole’s cab (that’s his job since losing the ranch) and talks about his new life.  It turns out that he’s divorcing Margaret (NOT such a shock)!  He also talks about what’s been happening w/ his son-in-law (Noah).  Cole mostly listens quietly, but we know that he’s keenly interested.

After dropping Bruce at a house in Montauk (it’s NOT his place), Cole back the cab up and ALMOST hits a little boy (yikes)!  A pretty young woman grabs the boy just in time.  We learn that her name is named Luisa; she is the babysitter of the boy, not his mom.  So, how is this kid connected to Bruce?  Hmmm… we know that Bruce just got back from a vacay w/ his old flame from Michigan.  They are now together; she is quite a BIT younger than him (we know from S1).

Poor Cole!  He’s driving TOO much (24 hours), dealing w/ jerky/drunken passengers, and snorting coke (yikes).  Also, the Lockhart fam has disbanded (as we learn when Scotty comes by the taxi stand).

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Ruth Wilson as Alison and Joshua Jackson as Cole in The Affair (Season 2, Episode 2).  Photo: Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME

The meeting between the former couple is VERY different in this version.  Alison and Cole drink tea and talk calmly/pleasantly.  She lets him down easy, BUT then runs over to give him a LONG hug goodbye!

Flash forward: Cole meets Alison and her baby (named Joanie) for the first time.  The baby likes him (awww).  Inside the courtroom, the charges against Noah are read.  Jon says nothing, the bail is set at $500,000, and Noah is taken away.  The camera zooms in on Cole and stays there for a time- there is an intense expression on his face. OMG, do you think he killed Scotty!?

The Affair: Season 2 (Episode 1)

SPOILERS: Don’t read this review if you have not yet seen or don’t want to know details from the season premiere of the Showtime series The Affair.  

Part 1: Noah

We see that Harry (the editor) and Noah (Dominic West) talk re: his book.  Harry doesn’t like the ending; it needs to be more exciting. 

Margaret is pissed off when Noah comes to pick-up his clothes and a few other belongings.  They scream and fight w/ each other.  Hey, after all, he cheated on her little girl!  Martin (who we know is moody and highly sensitive from S1) is in therapy- w/o Noah knowing!  Trevor, who is playing hooky from drama camp (hey, that sounds cool), punches Noah on the steps of the brownstone after hearing the true story.  Poor kid (just LOVE his acting)! 

That mediator was NUTS (hope there aren’t real lawyers like this)!  Helen (Maura Tierney) is stunned when she learns that Noah received a $400,000 advance on his second novel.  He lies about living w/ Alison.  The only thing Helen wants is that Alison NOT be near their kids, she tells Noah before getting in the cab.

Noah comes home to… Alison (Ruth Wilson)!  (MANY viewers were pleased w/ this payoff, finally.)  They are living in a small/cute guesthouse while Noah finishes his book.  They have dinner out on the deck and dance. 

Part 2: Helen

From an interview a few weeks back, I KNEW that we would see Helen’s viewpoint this season!  In this ep, the biggest surprise (to MOST of us, I’m sure) was Max… w/ Helen!  He is SO into her- in love, BUT Helen is conflicted (cries in the shower).  They are old pals, BUT I think she ended up w/ him b/c she was lonely.  Hmmm… could there be more? 

Later at the charity dinner, Helen is genuinely surprised to see Max at her mother’s table.  Whoa, it’s a REAL date, NOT just a hook-up!  And mama obviously approves of Max (from her comments).  Max explains how he was in love w/ nature/the outdoors, worked at a conservation nonprofit for a bit, BUT realized that he wanted a different life.  Helen is the one that got away, and Max is VERY pleased to get a second chance.   

Whoa, the mediation scene is SO different in this account- clothes, how they were seated, and tone!

Watch the episode here!


The Knick: Season 1 (Episodes 6-10)

SPOILERS: Don’t read this review if you have not yet seen or don’t want to know details from the Cinemax series The Knick.  

Episode 6

Whoa, the health inspector says they are looking for “Typhoid Mary!”  She is a cook that has (unfortunately) come into contact w/ many people in the city.   After that scene, Cornelia and Algernon have a nice chat (they were tight- growing up in the same household.)  Hmmm… I wonder if this is just a brother-sister vibe?  I doubt it, seeing a few of the S2 promos.

Awww, Lilian died!  Dr. G tried to save her, but couldn’t. How will this affect him and his wife?

Bertie and Elkins are out on a date, strolling arm in arm, and chatting. They are having a good time.  Both express their admiration for Dr. T.  Elkins says that being close to such work as “intoxicating.” 

Barrow is amazed by the x-ray machine; he says the x-ray is “like looking into his soul” (LOL- bet it’s a pretty dirty one)!

Dr. G’s wife won’t accept that their baby is dead.  Harriet offers a solution- maybe she can take care of the baby girl that was recently left at the doorstep of her orphanage. It could ease some “melancholia” (depression). 

Dr. T and Bertie perform (successfully, this time) the surgery that Dr. Christensen had tried so many times.  Dr. T gives part of the credit to Bertie; the young man is VERY happy/proud. 

Later that night, Dr. T discovers the secret clinic that Dr. E has created.  He is pissed off, but then he sees the advancement that Dr. E came up w/ re: hernias.  (The “colored folks” hold jobs that cause hernias a LOT, Dr. E adds.)  “This is good… This is more than good,” Dr. T comments w/ admiration.

Typhoid Mary was found and captured, thanks in part to Cornelia.  She is congratulated by her father, fiance, and even his father.  Ewww, what was up w/ that (super-creepy) scene w/ Cornelia and her soon-to-be father-in-law!?  Is she going to be in danger if she joins that family?  She better break off that engagement!  I thought that something horrible was going to happen!

Episode 7

A mob attacks the hospital after the death of a policeman who was trying to break up a street fight between a black man and a white man (he had insulted the black man’s lady by assuming she was a pro).  A few of the staff has to move out the Negro patients- fast.  While they’re downstairs, they (of course) pass through Dr. E’s clinic.  Cornelia is VERY impressed; Barrow is astonished/angry.  Dr. E says he purchased most of the equipment- didn’t steal.  Dr. T says he stole the obstetric equipment (we know he and Bertie experimented on the Chinese pros in the previous ep). 

When they come to the Negro hospital in “Little Africa,” there is a doctor there, Moses, attended Harvard (like Dr. E)  Cornelia helps out- she’s no shrinking violet (and she even brings up a funny childhood moment she shared w/ Dr. E.) 

Later that night, Cornelia and Algernon go back to check on the damage at The Knick.  They’re surprised to find that the secret clinic is intact.  Cornelia compliments him on ALL he’s accomplished.  Then she admits that she was SO scared for him.  They share a long, passionate kiss (whoa, BIT of a surprise there)!  Then he bends her over one of the examining tables.  I’m going to say that those two have been IN LOVE for a LONG time! 

Dr. T walks Nurse Elkins home, she invites him in, then even into her room.  Her roommate is not home this night.  She asks for help to take off her uniform (was NOT surprised by her boldness there).  They spend the night together.

Episode 8

We see John’s bedroom- he and Lucy Elkins lying in bed; she feels guilty about sleeping w/ him (w/o marriage).  He tells her that here and now is all there is.  We learn that his father was devout, but also a drunk and mean.  If she wants to be w/ him, then that’s all that matters.

“We need cocaine to exist!”  Dr. T tells Bertie while he’s trying to ask Elkins out on another date (LOL- that young’un doesn’t realize that she’s NOT interested anymore!)  Cocaine is not available- the VERY little out there has already been claimed. 

We learn that Drs. T and E have published a paper together which will be presented at the Metropolitan Surgical Society.  (Of course, Dr. E can’t go.)  Dr. T notices that there is something different about Dr. E (that’s love, we know). 

Before the presentation, Dr. T injects himself w/ cocaine.  A Jewish doctor presents after Dr. T- he is impressed w/ this man’s work. (We know that the Jews have a separate hospital.)  Bertie’s father is at this event (ugh, what a jerk)!  He says that his son “worships” Dr. T, but he wants a different life for Bertie.  Dr. T says he has invested a LOT into Bertie, and that he has “talent.”  (That’s good to hear!)

Dr. G’s wife is freaked out when he and Harriet bring the new baby girl over, understandably.  Dr. G eventually calms her, explaining that this child needs them.  (Awww, he cares so much already!)

Cornelia heads off to the hotel where Dr. G lives; she insists that Jesse go home (b/c she’ll be working late).  At the hotel, they joke a bit, then Algernon seriously: “Aren’t you scared about what we’re doing?”  She’s only scared that “I won’t be able to stop.”  (Yowza, it’s gotten hot!  But I’m kinda scared for them.)

During a consultation, Dr. T gets mad when asked if he’s OK by Dr. E.  Seems like MANY people have been asking him that lately. 

Barrow continues asking around for money, going to a bigwig, then to the head of an Orthodox church. 

Poor Bertie-  he tells his father he’s in love w/ a nurse at his job!  His father, who suggests he work w/ that talented Jewish doctor from the seminar, seems happy about that.  (Isn’t that how it goes sometimes though?  The guy that is seen as suitable to marry isn’t the one that a gal wants in her heart!)

We see Typhoid Mary being questioned in court in 2 separate scenes.  She may not have symptoms, but still have the disease; Bertie tries to explain this to the judge, but he lets Mary out of prison.  The inspector, Cornelia, and Bertie are greatly disappointed. 

Dr. T has to leave the operating room- he doesn’t look well.  (Uh oh, that’s NOT a good sign!)  Elkins tries to go after him, but is needed to bring supplies.  (I think that gal is going to get her heart broken, sooner or later.) 

At Woo’s, Dr. T asks for 3 bowls of opium (that’s a LOT apparently).  Woo is also indebted to him, we learn.  In his sleep, Dr. T dreams of the moment when he discovered Jules dead.  But the weird thing- he sees himself through Jules’ eyes!  (Is HE getting close to death?  Yikes!)

Episode 9

Dr. T breaks into a pharmacy… and gets caught!  Barrow and Capt. Robertson come to talk to the police, then give bribes to get the tall, dark, and destructive man out. Whoa, the financier knew about Dr. T’s addiction all along!  Barrow suspected it, but didn’t want to believe such a thing. 

Lucy comes to Dr. T’s house, worried and wanting to help. He’s going through withdrawal- acting paranoid and feeling that there are bedbugs on his skin.  And we already know re: his energy and hallucinations.

Dr. T is in the papers- even Collier knows what’s going on!  He offers to get some coke (or any other drug); Barrow can’t believe his ears. 

Back at the hospital, some of the staff are talking re: Dr. T’s arrest and addiction.  Dr. E says that he showed ALL the signs.

Whoa, Cornelia is pregnant! Algernon kisses her and says that he wants to keep the child.  She says that she would, too (but he’s a colored man, he finishes). We can tell that he’s VERY disappointed/upset. She asks if there is any other way, but he tells her that surgery is the only option. 

Lucy goes to see Woo and asks about getting cocaine.  (This gal is in deep now!)  He propositions her after complimenting her “dainty” foot.  Eww!

Harriet is upset b/c Grace is now also dead, like Lilian.  She wonders how Everett will cope.  Cornelia mentions faith, but the nun says “faith isn’t always a comfort.”  (Yes, religious folk can have doubts, too!)  

Lucy lies to John, saying that she got coke by selling her bike (she didn’t).  She also sneaked into the Jewish hospital (called “German Hospital”) and stole more coke. (She’s in VERY deep!)

Eleanor is taken away (in a straightjacket) to the insane asylum.  Dr. G helps by providing the cloth doused w/ chloroform.

Episode 10

Awww, such a tough ep, esp. the scene where Algernon tells Cornelia: “I can’t kill my own child.”  She gets a ride from Cleary (MANY of her class have needed his help); she is surprised when she sees Harriet. They are friends, but never revealed these things to each other.  Algernon broke up w/ Cornelia (saying “our affair was a mistake”) before her bridal shower/luncheon.  She is in tears; she meant that having the abortion was a mistake.

Poor Eleanor has had her teeth removed, Dr. G is shocked to see.  The doctor at the asylum says it’s common practice.  (Ouch!) 

Dr. Zindberg comes to observe at The Knick- this makes Dr. T mad (and also jealous).  Later, Dr. T says he’ll devote himself to research; Dr. E will take the lead in surgeries.  Dr. T asks Bertie to spy on Zindberg for him. 

Barrow wants to get introduced to Woo; he wants to kills Collier b/c he owes the man $10,000.  Dr. T says that Woo is not the type of man one wants to get involved w/ (thinks he can’t die).

It turns out that the generous Dr. Z DOES want to collaborate w/ Dr. T, he tells Bertie in his office.  He’s getting close to finding a way to do blood transfusions, he reveals. 

Barrow goes (alone) to see Woo, saying that Dr. T wants Collier dead. (Whoa, this guy has SOME nerve!) 

“I don’t care what you like.  I need to work,” Dr. T tells Nurse Elkins when she comments on the effects of his drug use.  Dr. E tells her not to give the coke to him, but she says the alternative is worse. 

The night before the wedding, Cornelia’s brother (Philip) reveals that their father has NOT been making good business decisions lately.  Philip has been living/working in San Francisco; he has also traveled the world and hunted.  He’s NOT keen on this marriage.

Cornelia has a sleepless night.  Algernon gets ready for her wedding, but we can see that he’s upset. While Cornelia gets married in the church, Algernon boxes w/ a big man out on the street.  He eventually gets knocked out!

After the ceremony, a frantic Lucy finds Bertie, then begs him to help John.  The young doc gets angry, shouting: “I don’t have to do anything!” 

We see Dr. T and he nurse next in another doctor’s office.  He has seen many such coke addicts recently, esp. wealthy women. 

The board decides to move The Knick uptown (in that time, this meant any area above 14th St).  We know that Dr. G has fallen out w/ Dr. T, who himself is no good now.  And the only one w/ skills (Dr. E) is a black man. 

Dr. T has killed a young girl (transfusion gone wrong)- OMG, what can happen next!?  He’s taken by Elkins and Bertie to a private hospital that specializes in the treatment of cocaine addiction.  “Time to start getting better,” a doctor calmly tells him as he gets into a bed.  The camera closes up on a bottle marked “heroine.”