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TV Review: The Arrow's take on Bates Motel S2, Episode #8

Apr. 22, 2014by: The Arrow
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EPISODE 8: Meltdown

CHECKING IN: Norma (Vera Farminga) struggles with Norman acting like a douche with her, finds out the truth about Nick Ford and takes her relationship with George (Michael Vartan) further. Dylan (Max Thieriot) is trying to clean up nut-job Zane's (Michael Eklund) mess while Sheriff "King Shit" Romero (Nestor Carbonell) attempts to get answers from Norman (Freddie Highmore) as to Miss Watson's murder.

THE ROOM: I had the same problem with last night's Bates Motel episode as I had with the last Game of Thrones; it felt too short in length. And in a way that is a compliment. At this point, I am so involved in the situations and the characters that when the end credits rolled, I yelled out "Come on! Already!?" I wanted more! WIth only two episodes left to go in Season 2, the volume was cranked up to DRAMA OVERLOAD here and I relished every second of it.

The plot line that left the most impression on me had to me Norman's passive/aggressive demeanor as to how he treated his mother (BTW Freddie Highmore was outstanding here - he's becoming Psycho scary). Now that there is conflict between the two, it really brought to surface just how F*CKED UP their relationship is. I had a couple of "yuck" moments while watching this episode being that mother and son acted more like disgruntled lovers than...well... a mother and son (right down to Norma using George to try to make Norman jealous). They were physically and emotionally way too close for comfort. The cherry on the top was that after being shunned by her son, Norma ran off to George and had sex with him as either some form of revenge on Norman or to gap the void that Norman just left her with. Either way...all kinds of wrong right there! On that the scene in question resulted in the funniest line from the episode, I am paraphrasing here: George and Norma are undressing and making out. George says: "I've been wanting to do this for a long time." Norma answers: "Well do it already." I freaking spit out my Kool-Aid on that one. Classic Norma! Oh how I love thee! 

Sheriff "King Shit" Romero (Nestor Carbonell) also got to own in this episode as he tried to get to the bottom of Miss Watson's murder by grilling Norman and tried to keep the potential drug war under control. Romero has his hands full now of late; his town is falling apart and so is his favorite family unit. I loved Romero's mix of caring and cut-throat attitude. On one end he had no problem telling a deputy that he'll ruin her career if she doesn't keep her mouth shut about Norman's sperm samples. And on the other, he attempts to act as father figure to Norman, wanting the truth out of him as opposed to having to book him or rat him ot to Momma. That made for a mucho gripping dynamic!

Moreover, Norman's little talk with Nick "epic mustache" Ford was a tad telling if you paid attention. Now all signs lead to Norman having killed Miss Watson. I still don't believe it as this show likes to f*ck with our expectations. But it's not looking good as to my theory on it. We'll see. Even the drug war subplot sported more momentum here and by result became more interesting. Dylan's (Max Thieriot) swift tete a tete with Romero and then Nick Ford (who is becoming more frightening as the episodes roll on) made for some compelling drama. It was swell that via Nick Ford's connection with Norma, Dylan's story-line finally got intertwined with the rest. Dylan's line to Ford: "If you ever come close to my mother again,I'll kill you" had me grinning from ear to ear. Thieriot meant that shit! It was about freaking time that they returned Dylan to the Bates circus. Hopefully now the character will have more of an impact on the whole as opposed to having his solo and ho-hum story.

Lastly; I dug the way they seem to be going about it with the Zane character. I don't think that dude will last for much longer. He's this season's Abernathy methinks. Any drawbacks? Not really. I guess my sole complaint would have to be the cliffhanger we were left with. I wasn't surprised it happened; I'm just not 100% sure if I like that turn of events or not. I guess the two outstanding episode will answer that one for me sooner than later. On the whole, It was another engaging, well acted and topsy-turvy stay at Bates Motel! This was a well rounded episode! Kudos! You can watch a preview of the next one HERE!

RANDOM THOUGHTS:  Now that Norma has slept with creepy George; I smell STALKER material. For her, he was a substitute for Norman (yuck). I don't think she'll want to continue the relationship. But I have a feeling he will and won't take rejection very well.

You think Nick Ford is gonna find out or assume that Norman slept with and maybe killed his daughter? Looks like it to me...

The Jodi Wilson (Kathleen Robertson) character is kind of so-so thus far. I wonder if they're gonna do something more with her or will she just be a love interest for Dylan that wll by the farm down the road. I'll go out on a limb and say: she'll be dead by the end of the Season!

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5:39PM on 04/22/2014

Another great review and fun to read

I loved this episode. Although everyone else has seen it I've not really felt that much of a sexual tension between Norma and Norman until this ep but wow, George definitely reaped the benefits of it this week. I was wishing she'd run to Romero instead. I really don't like George and could easily believe him to turn into a stalker type I agree. Something about him seems shady and he already told Norma after the first date that he wanted to see her again and she only said "thank you." lol. No
I loved this episode. Although everyone else has seen it I've not really felt that much of a sexual tension between Norma and Norman until this ep but wow, George definitely reaped the benefits of it this week. I was wishing she'd run to Romero instead. I really don't like George and could easily believe him to turn into a stalker type I agree. Something about him seems shady and he already told Norma after the first date that he wanted to see her again and she only said "thank you." lol. No way do I believe she's interested in that guy.

Finally things are getting interesting with Dylan's storyline! I agree I'm glad he's being brought back into the Bates family circle again! I hope he doesnt kill Zane but I hope somebody does soon. Maybe David from the Lost Boys finds him and tells him he wants his hair back.

I have to hand it to Freddy Highmore, I think he's killing it as Norman. Norman really is about to break and he's going over the edge very convincingly! I wish he had told Romero about the phone call he overheard of Miss Watson and Eric but I know he wasn't in the right mental state to tell Romero much of anything at the time. I think he's suspecting himself since now he knows something is going on when he blacks out. I'm still not convinced that Norman killed her, I think it's the obvious choice but that's why i don't think he did it. I hope not, I'd not want to be on Nick Ford's bad side he's one scary guy. Two episodes left. :(
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3:54PM on 04/22/2014
Didn't want this one to end as well Arrow. Great episode filled with a ton of tension. The Norman/Norma feud managed to be creepy, disgusting, as well as captivating all at the same time. It finally feels like we are getting some payoff and purpose with what has been a rather useless Nick Ford character as well. I thought he was quite intimidating this week. I know I wouldn't fuck with him!
I see you're still not ready to get on my ''Norman killed Miss Watson'' train, but after the
Didn't want this one to end as well Arrow. Great episode filled with a ton of tension. The Norman/Norma feud managed to be creepy, disgusting, as well as captivating all at the same time. It finally feels like we are getting some payoff and purpose with what has been a rather useless Nick Ford character as well. I thought he was quite intimidating this week. I know I wouldn't fuck with him!
I see you're still not ready to get on my ''Norman killed Miss Watson'' train, but after the conversation he had with Nick Ford, I'm even more convinced!! I have to say, I'm not all that thrilled at where things are heading from the looks of the previews as well, but I'm sure we will be in for an entertaining ride these last two shows nonetheless. Great review as always, See ya next week!
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2:10PM on 04/22/2014
It kinda bugs me that the sent Bradley Martin, Cody, and Uncle-Daddy away. Curious that all the women Norman has slept with (Bradley, Cody, Blair) have traditionally male or unisex names.
It kinda bugs me that the sent Bradley Martin, Cody, and Uncle-Daddy away. Curious that all the women Norman has slept with (Bradley, Cody, Blair) have traditionally male or unisex names.
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