AVClub: If The Affair was like most other television shows, “203” would be a perfectly adequate transitional episode; the kind of episode needed in order to advance the story but necessarily all that compelling on its own. This third episode of season two certainly has all the marks of a transitional episode, focusing on situations and plot points that don’t resonate immediately but seem destined to be building to something in the future. The trouble with The Affair doing an episode that feels transitional is that it isn’t like most other television shows. The dual perspective nature requires each half of the narrative to have a sort of payoff, whether it be emotional or plot-based, otherwise the time spent on that perspective can feel strangely wasted. This is exactly what happens in the case of the Noah half of “203,” and the whole episode suffers as a result.