Which makes tremendous sense on this show, of all shows: Dylan's reward for being more murderously man than the regular men with tenure, just like Norma wouldn't have a motel if Summers hadn't fucked up at life.
Norma checks on Jiao, whose track-marked arm is hanging over the side of the bed; she brings it up to her chest and covers the girl with a blanket, then leaves some snacks on the side table. These paired scenes are the first time you see her with girls, really, and she does have a softness about it, beyond whatever manipulations she's running. Norman was only ever half a daughter.
But there's also a definite mirror-effect in her eyes: Norman (and later Dylan) couldn't stop talking about how her relationship with Shelby was sexual slavery -- and I was appalled and Norma was appalled by that because it denied Norma's agency and oversimplified both her and Zach into sex cartoons -- but looking at this girl and feeling righteous rage on her behalf makes it okay, makes the parallel okay: When she looks at Jiao, "Beautiful," she looks on the outside how Norma feels on the inside. Beat to shit, used up, and most of all humiliated.
BACK UP THE HILL
Emma: "So we're going to the cops like immediately, yes?"
Norma: "Shhh. She's sleeeeeeeping."
Emma: "Wake her junkie ass up, I am tired of having no closure on this."
Norma: "I appreciate that, honey, but how much good will she do us like this?"
Emma: "Two different problems. One, I want to go to the cops right now. Two, she is our main evidence of the Asian sex-slave ring because she is one. The remaining one."
Norman: "Good points, valid points. Allow my mother to hypnotize you like Kaa."
Norma sits on the couch with Emma, eyes whirling her into a false sense of complicity, and explains that the last thing you wanna do with a human slave is put them into stressful situations. Especially when they're coming down from a massive drug addiction. Next thing you know you've driven them right back into the arms of the dragon. Just let her sleep, and go away, and shut the fuck up and don't tell anybody, and you are a very pretty girl with a well-developed moral sense, and all of these things give you value.
BACK DOWN THE HILL
Norma: "Now, are you good to drive? The fuck on out of here?"
Emma: "I guess so."
Norma: "Should I call your mom and tell her you're on your way, so you don't accidentally blow my spot and get me thrown in jail for murder?"