Norman: "Ten-four, Emma Dekody. I have never not been dicked around, so I was unfamiliar with the process. Now c'mere, you big lug."
Will walks in on them hugging -- every bit as complex and beautiful as Norma and Dylan, frankly, considering how balls-out Emma is about everything -- and gets the dad-chuckles about it, and they're both like, "Don't worry about it! Just hugging."
Speaking of normal, not-particularly-gendered fun, Norma is so thrilled when Dylan (somewhat guiltily, though he has no idea what's been going on today) shows up with his twelve trimmers, that she randomly asks him on a date! It's incredibly cute.
Dylan: "What happened to No. 9?"
Norma: "Oh, you were so right about that guy. So I just fucking handled it. Like a boss."
Dylan: "Well done, Norma. I'm sure this won't bite us all in the ass. Anyway, about my creepy hippie friends, there's something you should..."
Norma: "I'll go get their keys! And hey listen, Dylan? You know I love you, right?"
Dylan: "I did not."
Norma: "Well, more importantly Norman is having dinner at the Dekodys, so I've got an open boyfriend slot. No promises that I'll be nice to you tomorrow, but do you want to get a bite?"
Dylan: (Is essentially speechless.)
Norma: "Great! I'll go put on some weird dress!"
But when she gets upstairs, and finds Zack Shelby's dead body laid out on her bed, it's not Dylan's name she runs around in circles screaming. It never is.
Number Nine returns, offering to kill both her kids before doing some dreadful thing to Norma herself. Hopefully we'll get a couple more rungs, considering there's only two episodes left and I really want to know who the Big Bad is, and -- since the sex and drugs and vigilantism all have a proven common root at this point -- figure out how Norma plans to deal with finally realizing that WPB is actually hell on earth. And just as suspensefully whether or not Norman and Dylan will go with, "we fucking told you so" or the much more likely, "We no longer feel like moving out of town now that we have families and lives that are not solely about you."
JACOB CLIFTON is a freelance writer and critic based in Austin, Texas. He currently recaps The Good Wife, Bates Motel, and Defiance for TWoP. Jacob can be found online at jacobclifton.com, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as a regular column for Tor.com, Geek Love.