Jiao: "It's true. I was kept doped up and raped for months in your boyfriend's house."
Norma: "This is ludicrous!"
Norman: "Or is it awesome that I was totally right, and therefore not a crazy person?"
She stomps back to the office to find a recent newspaper story with a photo of two men, one of whom is Zach. Jiao confirms it, but not in a way where next week Norma couldn't just say she probably meant the other guy in the photo -- and for all we know, he could be a Grody Gus too, knowing this town. Finally Norma just sort of stands there, vibrating.
Which is the perfect thing to go out on, because nothing is more hilarious than watching somebody's mom -- and the central character of the best show of television -- nervously contemplating what to do with an Asian sex slave. Best case scenario: Awkward conversation with your boyfriend. Mid-level: Breakup. Slightly worse: Breakup, and he goes to jail. Way worse: He gets into trouble for having a sex slave, but I go to jail for killing my rapist.
Absolute worst: Maybe this could all go away.
All this does not go away. But now having confirmed that the brand-new love of her life is not opposed to keeping women -- besides her, which he already was -- in sexual slavery, Norma has some choices to make, some yelling to do and crazy driving stunts to pull with Norman in the car. Meanwhile I can't imagine that Norman is going to feel super great about being right this whole time, once the newness of validation wears off. And if the pattern holds, Bradley reappears and Emma's gonna be gone again. Hopefully, Dylan can move up the ladder so we can get a look at more of the power players in town.
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.