Everyone is lying on Showtime’s “The Affair.” That’s the general consensus, especially after Sunday’s Season 2, episode 10. The show kicks off in the present with Noah Solloway (Dominic West) and Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson) on their way to Noah’s trial for the death of Scotty Lockhart (Colin Donnell).
As Noah’s driver pulls up to the courthouse, they are surrounded by a large group of media and fans. Noah’s lawyer, Jon Gottlief (Richard Schiff), tells him not to make eye contact with anyone and not to speak to the media. As Noah is looking out at the crowd, he spots Helen Lockhart (Maura Tierney) with her boyfriend Dr. Vic (Omar Metwally). The episode then switches gears to Alison and Noah’s perspectives.
Noah’s point of view focuses solely on the author at a meeting with a couples counselor named Marilyn (Cynthia Nixon). Alison is supposed to be at the meeting too, but she’s running late and won’t answer Noah’s phone call. At first, Noah decides he’s going to skip the session and go see a movie, but eventually he stays. During the meeting, Noah hands Marilyn an envelope and tells her that he was hoping they could talk about it. In the envelope are his divorce papers, letting him know that his marriage to Helen is officially over.
Noah explains to Marilyn that he hasn’t shown the papers to Alison yet because he wants to be certain that they are ready to move forward with their relationship. He’s also not sure how Alison will react to the news that he’s now officially divorced. As Marilyn is talking to Noah about his hesitation with showing Alison the papers, he blurts out that he catches Alison staring at him a lot whenever he’s with their 1-year-old daughter Joanie. Noah explains that it’s almost like she’s trying to figure something out or maybe she’s judging him. Noah then admits that he’s been desperately trying to make it up to Alison ever since he missed the birth of their daughter.
Marilyn tells Noah that it isn’t the first time he’s felt like the women in his life have all judged him and points out that he’s said in the past that Helen and his daughter Whitney (Julia Goldani Telles) have looked at him the same way. Noah then decides to drop a bombshell and tells Marilyn that he wants to sleep with one of his students. He says that the girl has made it clear she wants to sleep with him. Noah also mentions that he almost cheated on Alison with his publicist Eden (Brooke Lyons) at a party.
When the counselor praises Noah for stopping himself from cheating, he explains that the only reason he didn’t sleep with Eden was that he got freaked out when he saw his daughter at the party making out with a girl. Noah said it was in that moment that he “woke up” and knew he needed to leave the party and go home to Alison. As recapped in last week’s episode 9, Noah never made it to Alison, who was in labor at the hospital, because of a bad storm.
Noah and Marilyn then start to talk about Noah’s difficult childhood. The usually closed-off author reveals that his father never cheated on his mother but he was a lousy husband and dad. Noah says his dad checked out of the marriage with his mom after she got really sick, so Noah and his sister were forced to care for her until she died.
Noah gets upset because he feels like his father is looked at as a hero because he was faithful, while he is seen as a villain. Noah also starts talking about a new book he’s working on which is loosely based on Omar Bradley, a World War 2 hero who is viewed as a good man but cheated on his wife.
After Noah’s perspective, the show goes back into the present and viewers see Noah’s lawyer arguing that his client may not have been responsible for the hit-and-run. Jon tells the jury that Scotty was a drug dealer and had a lot of enemies. The lawyer ends his defense by saying that Noah is a good man who is incapable of murder.
In Alison’s perspective, she’s seen studying hard for her classes while taking care of her daughter Joanie. In the beginning scene, Alison gets up early in the morning to put Joanie back to bed and then returns to her studying. The next morning, Alison tells her college professor that she wants to drop the class because it’s too much for her to handle.
After class, as Alison is walking up to her apartment building, she runs into Scotty. Scotty wants to go up to her apartment to talk, but Alison tells him that her daughter might be sleeping and she doesn’t want to disturb her. The two sit down on a bench and Scotty tells her that he wants to buy the Lobster Roll with her and turn it into a nightclub. Alison starts laughing at the idea, but Scotty gets upset. Alison becomes a little unnerved and tells Scotty that she doesn’t want to go into business with him. She’s also concerned that he may be using drugs and tells him that he doesn’t look good.
Scotty brushes off her concerns and tells Alison that he will be doing a lot better if she helps him buy the Lobster Roll. Alison still isn’t interested, and he angrily tells her that she has to help him because he knows she has the cash to do it. Scotty tells Alison that he knows how much money she got for selling her house, and he also says Noah owes the Lockhart family some of the money he made from his book "Descent" because it exploited them.
Alison and Scotty are interrupted by Alison’s nanny walking up the street towards them with baby Joanie. Scotty tells Alison that her daughter is beautiful and the nanny says that she thinks Joanie looks a lot like her dad. Scotty agrees and walks away. As previously recapped, it’s believed that Scotty may be the father of Alison’s baby and not her ex Cole Lockhart (Joshua Jackson) or Noah.
In the next scene viewers find out why Alison missed her meeting with Noah and Marilyn: She was secretly meeting up with Cole. While sitting at a bar, Cole tells Alison that he’s engaged to Luisa (Catalina Sandino Moreno). He also wants to know why she wanted to talk to him. It looks like Alison has something important to tell him, but instead she tells Cole about her run-in with Scotty.
Cole bluntly tells his ex-wife that he doesn’t care about his brother’s problems anymore, but he does express some interest when Alison tells him that Scotty wanted to hurry up and buy the Lobster Roll because it’s in foreclosure. Before Alison leaves, Cole introduces her to Luisa.
When Alison arrives at home, Noah is already there and she lies and tells him that she missed the meeting with the counselor because she was at school. Noah also lies and tells Alison that he left the counseling session early and went to see a movie by himself. He also tells her that he doesn’t think they need the therapy sessions anymore.
Back in the present again, Noah’s lawyer gets the DNA results from the baby’s pacifier Helen dropped off in last week’s episode. The results aren’t revealed, but whatever is on the paper makes Jon mutter, “My oh my oh my.”