"Love isn't supposed to be pain. Love is supposed to make you feel wonderful about yourself," Noah says. That might be the most poignant line in the history of this series.
Whitney throws that back in Noah's face, and calls him out for not doing that with Helen. "I never hit your mother," Noah says. "You may as well have," Whitney fires back. Noah says he doesn't think he's better than Furkat, but that Whitney is better than him. Seeing her defend Furkat kills him, because it means he failed in protecting her "from men" he says, then leaves a pregnant pause. "From men like me."
After Noah pleads some more, Whitney agrees to take a break from Furkat, and father and daughter agree to fly back to America together the next day. Noah gives Whitney his hotel room for the night, and heads off to Juliette's.
Juliette apologizes for her demeanor earlier and talks about her husband — the guilt she feels now for how she thought of their relationship, and how she handled it at the end. "I abandoned him when he was helpless," she says. Noah urges her not to put any of the weight of Etienne's death on her shoulders.
Noah escorts Whitney back to New York, and drops her off at Helen's. He tells her that he loves her, and she thanks him, but doesn't profess the same. Baby steps, people. Martin sees his dad outside, and comes out to invite him to go sledding with the kids the next day.
As Noah gets in a cab to leave, Helen comes to the window and they exchange waves. "Where we going, buddy?" the cab driver asks. Noah doesn't answer.
As a standalone episode, this was probably the best of the season. As it relates to the rest of the story that came before it, this finale left me scratching my head. We didn't see how Noah got better after his psychotic episodes, and I have issues with spending a finale episode with Juliette. She's a character worth getting to know, and she injects some much-needed life into the narrative possibilities for the show's future, but I think her point of view would have played better in next season's premiere.
Indeed, where are we going from here? Season 3 was the weakest of the series by far. I'm hoping for a quick return to Season 2's form.