So that when the person comes down the hill, backlit by the blazing lights of their house, it could be one or the other. For the second time in seventeen years, Norma finds herself hoping that shadowy figure stalking toward them down the steps, slowly, will be Dylan and not his double. Bad news: It is Shelby. Good news: He drops dead on his face right before taking her out where she sits, behind the wheel. And then there's Dylan. She's never been so happy to see his face.
She throws herself on him, like she just learned this new thing called "hugs" from Emma Dekody, and he is for a moment more her son than ever before: You can see him wanting to relax into it, just like this morning, and not knowing how. But we know their bodies, we know how they cry out for this and how much they can't stand to be apart and can't stand to be together, and so we feel their relief and repulsion right alongside them, and it is excellent.
And when Dylan tells her "We're safe," all she can do is cry. The "we" sounds right, this time.
6+ MOS AGO
Dylan jokes around to calm her down, and she notices her son is bleeding, and remembers she called the cops. Without a Norman handy, she immediately goes into hand-wringing about "what are we gonna do," but he quickly reminds her who she's dealing with. It's like a slap to the face.
Dylan: "We? We are going to tell the entire truth. Your world is lies right now and it's making Norman crazy, and between you and me I kind of care what happens to you, and that means it's making us both crazy too. And half the time you're just spinning stories and you don't even know what's going on. So I'm going to tell what I know."
Norma: "Like you know anything. You know what? You wanna help steer this shit? Because you are not prepared for the facts. You think you're in charge of the story now, you're going to protect and you're going to invade? Then by God, here's the whole story. It's going to set you on fire."
And it does. It's nothing we don't know, but it's 60 percent of the first season to get there, so we run through the pilot's opening few minutes again, explaining how Sam was a little bit angry one day six months or so ago. Feeling man pains about how they didn't have any money, and what money they did have she was spending, and what she was spending it on made him feel like crap too, things like curtains for their deteriorating house, and everything was going -- I'd imagine -- pretty close to the way it usually went, so Norman turned on the blender and tried to wait it out, but the slapping became punching and hair-pulling and bending her over, bending her in half, so he went redrum and dumped out his smoothie and clubbed Sam with it, and the blood was going everywhere, and Norma mourned her dead husband before noticing that Norman was gone, to a place he might not come back from, so she put him in bed and moved the body to the garage in a visually important way and pulled a shelf down on top of her dead husband, awkwardly, and got in the shower.