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TV Review: The Arrow's take on Bates Motel S2, Episode #7

Apr. 15, 2014by: The Arrow
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EPISODE 7: Presumed Innocent

CHECKING IN: Norma (Vera Farminga) shows up at her new job, Norman (Freddie Higmore) gets arrested for Cody's dad's death-tumble and Dylan (Max Therriot) gets more than he can handle in terms of Zane's (Michael Eklund) violent business moves!

THE ROOM: Let the boiling begin! The shit started to hit the fan in this week's Bates Motel on pretty much every level. Although we didn't get to spend much time with Norma at her new job (which I have feeling won't go as smooth as she'd hope being that everybody knows she didn't earn the gig, she was planted there) we did spend a lot of time with Norman, which to me made for some pretty powerful drama, jacked up in impact by some solid performances. Norman being grilled at the Police Station was genius, made all the more gripping by the fact that at the end of the kill, Norman is actually a nice guy, one with a problem, but a nice guy nonetheless. I don't think I've rooted this much for Norman in Season 2 thus far. I felt for the lad here. He's going through a lot and the turn of events/revelations that keep popping up are making his already complicated life even harder. If I were him, I'd just never leave my house. Eveytime he tries to have a "normal" life, it always back-fires. Poor basterd!

Norma also had her moments, namely her "talk" with Cody (Paloma Kwiatkowski) about keeping Norman's black-outs on the down low. That was a well shot and well acted scene! And I gotta be honest, even though Cody kind of got on my nereves, now that she's leaving (or is she) I'm somewhat gonna miss her. The yap session between Norman and Emma (Olivia Cooke) was touching (same goes for the one Emma had with Norma) while the confrontation between Norman and Norma at the end packed quite a punch! Norma loves her son, but she knows the monster he can be. It's obvious that at this point she doesn't trust him anymore. And on Norman's end, he just wants to know "what's wrong with him". When Norma put her foot down about that jive, I sat up with glee. Talk about a scene that had me by the balls!  Now that's superior drama!

Random thought: I found it odd that George (Michael Vartan) just surfaced at the Police station out of the freaking blue. I mean what's this dude's angle? A crush on Norma would be the obvious answer, but my gut tells me he's more. He reeks of "serial killer" if you ask me. Is that the way they're gonna go with him? End of thought. Back to business! Sheriff "King Shit" Romero (Nestor Carbonell) got more screen time on this round which was a delight for yours truly. I don't know what is about the character and Nestor Carbonell's low-key performance that appeals to me so much, I find it hard to put my kitchen knife on it, but everytime he's onscreen, the show gets better! His go at it with both Norman and Norma were captivating to witness, I am sure the dude's gonna do all kinds of cover ups down the road to protect Norman. Why? He's in love with Norma. We'll see...

As for Dylan (Max Therriott), he was still trying to keep a leash on Zane and as per one of the last scenes of the episode, it's not panning out. I dig that Zane knows that he knocked boots with his sister. Kind of upped the ante of that subplot (which is the least interesting one in the show for me) and muddled their relationship a tad. Hopefully that will result in further sparks flying! Speaking of last scenes, the ending of the show left us with quite the whopper! Yup, it was Norman's semen that was found in RIP Miss Watson. Hey ho! What do we do with that? In my opinion, yeah he nailed her, but I still don't think he killed her.

Presumed Innocent was a step up from the last episode which I felt was fairly flat. What trully stood out for me on this round for some reason is that Norma, Norman, Romero, Emma, and Dylan are all GOOD people, some of them have severe mental problems, but still good. That makes me root for them, even when they muck up or the Pine Bay bad luck curse falls upon them. And of course the superior performances by all surely help as well! With 3 episodes left to the season, we're on a downward spiral now, everything is gonna go to hell and I can't wait to see how "hot" it gets! Here's to next week's Bates Motel! Watch a preview of it HERE!

RANDOM THOUGHTS:  So what do you think, is this the last we've seen of Cody for the season? Forever?

You think Norma's brother will return by the end of the Season? I found it odd that they would inrtoduce him and get rid of him so quickly.

What's George's angle, like really? Help me out over here! As I said before: I'll put five bucks down that he's a serial killer. He's just too freaking nice... it's kind of creepy....

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5:26AM on 04/16/2014
Now this is more like it!! Definitely a solid episode that sets up the final three for season two quite nicely. We've finally trimmed off a lot of useless fat from the last three showings and have gotten back to the real star of the show, Norman!! We also needed some major drama in Dylan's storyline to make it a least a tad more interesting and the knockout during the Nick Ford raid was just that.
As for the DNA bombshell at the end, I know it seems too obvious that Norman was the one who did
Now this is more like it!! Definitely a solid episode that sets up the final three for season two quite nicely. We've finally trimmed off a lot of useless fat from the last three showings and have gotten back to the real star of the show, Norman!! We also needed some major drama in Dylan's storyline to make it a least a tad more interesting and the knockout during the Nick Ford raid was just that.
As for the DNA bombshell at the end, I know it seems too obvious that Norman was the one who did the lovely Ms. Watson in, but after he went into total ''mommy mode'' on Caleb a while back, his involvement in the death of Cody's dad, and the heavy focus on his blackouts, it wouldn't make much sense if he wasn't the killer IMO. Let's not forget the mysterious circumstances surrounding his father's death. At this point, you either have to believe Norman is a killer or has the worst luck in the world.
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3:53PM on 04/16/2014
To me it was always a given that Norman killed his dad, cause he was abusing Norma. But I still don't think he whacked Miss Watson. he had no reason to get angry with her, she got killed after he left IMO.
To me it was always a given that Norman killed his dad, cause he was abusing Norma. But I still don't think he whacked Miss Watson. he had no reason to get angry with her, she got killed after he left IMO.
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4:53PM on 04/15/2014

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Fantastic episode! This is minor but my favorite line was when Romero was asking Norma questions about Norman relating to what happened with Cody's father, and Norma yells out "You're going to patronize me over this? I've done your laundry!" The laundry he never asked or wanted her to do. So cute damn these two need to get together. I don't like that Michael Vartan character either. I think he's creepy and yes, too nice. I don't know what is motive is other than the crush, but I agree I'd
Fantastic episode! This is minor but my favorite line was when Romero was asking Norma questions about Norman relating to what happened with Cody's father, and Norma yells out "You're going to patronize me over this? I've done your laundry!" The laundry he never asked or wanted her to do. So cute damn these two need to get together. I don't like that Michael Vartan character either. I think he's creepy and yes, too nice. I don't know what is motive is other than the crush, but I agree I'd believe serial killer if that happens I won't be surprised. Especially in that town where all bad guys seem to go to congregate since Romero never actually arrests anybody!

I really felt for Norman through this episode and then the way it ended with his semen being found in Miss Watson. I think I agree that he didn't kill her but I'm not 100% convinced. It makes sense that her ex who was calling her did it but we may never know unless Norman gets his memory back.

I can't even comment on Dylan's storyline because I think it's so boring I find myself zoning out. I don't even care about that plotline with Zane and his sister and all those guys Dylan works with. He's such a favorite character of mine I wish they'd give him something better.

Norma's brother - I've thought it strange they introduced him and he disappeared so quickly as well. I think he'll be back and hopefully this season. He left too easily there's got to be more to his story. Cody - I don't know maybe she's gone like Bradley and never to return? They do this a lot, but then again I thought the Miss Watson storyline was over and it's not so who knows!
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5:31PM on 04/15/2014
Sorry this was so long. I get really excited discussing my favorite shows I tend to go overboard.
Sorry this was so long. I get really excited discussing my favorite shows I tend to go overboard.
5:51PM on 04/15/2014
Darn it, I totally forgot about the line "You're going to patronize me over this? I've done your laundry!", I laughed out loud while watching the episode. That was a great moment!

I hope that Caleb will resurface before the end of the season, it's a plotline I would like to see them explore further.
Darn it, I totally forgot about the line "You're going to patronize me over this? I've done your laundry!", I laughed out loud while watching the episode. That was a great moment!

I hope that Caleb will resurface before the end of the season, it's a plotline I would like to see them explore further.
7:10PM on 04/15/2014
I laughed when Norma said that too! I love that sexual tension/chemistry those two have and that was such a funny line.

I hope they bring Caleb back as well. I'd love to see more of that plot line and not just present day but I want to know more about what happened years ago. He left too suddenly and too easily, I really think he'll be back. Between the situation with Norma and him being Dylan's father, there's a lot of directions they could go with him.
I laughed when Norma said that too! I love that sexual tension/chemistry those two have and that was such a funny line.

I hope they bring Caleb back as well. I'd love to see more of that plot line and not just present day but I want to know more about what happened years ago. He left too suddenly and too easily, I really think he'll be back. Between the situation with Norma and him being Dylan's father, there's a lot of directions they could go with him.
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