The episode description said, "Emma takes a trip," and I thought, "How funny it would be if homegirl got high." Forgetting, of course, that we're in a drug paradise and that we now have twelve drug dealers living in the motel. So yes, Emma does eat an edible, and yes, it does make her paranoid. Of course, living in WPB should make you paranoid, so it doesn't really matter -- but it's nice to see Emma tying herself closer and closer to the Bates Family Unit, however that takes its shape.
Meanwhile, everybody else is just breaking the hell down: Dylan (Massett! But we're still calling him Dylan Texas) breaks Bradley into her father's office at Gil's warehouse, with Remo's reluctant approval. Daddies and sons and daughters all over the place there. And Norman, who's still having dreams about murdering Bradley, gets all caught up in editing his literary short story for some Miss Watson idea about his talent, which ends up in a whole new configuration: Norma wants to move the fuck out of WPB, while both her children -- the one she claims, and the other one -- are doing everything they can to stick around.
So Norma spends the episode freaking out about that highway, beating her real estate agent with her purse -- which yes, was amazing and a high point of the episode -- and later trying to figure out a way to reconfigure her connection with Sheriff Romero to benefit her. She's practically out of commission, between this and yelling (again, awesomely) at the trimmer kids for smoking pot on her property.
In the end, Norma wants to leave town and can't, and her boys have no interest in doing so. But with just the finale to go, one wonders exactly how weird -- between the boys' conflicted interest in Bradley and Norma's continual messing about with the established social order -- it's going to get. I would say one of the three (Emma, Bradley, Miss Watson) is going to buy it in the finale next week, but it's a testament to the show that all three would be both surprising and fascinatingly apropos, by turns.
Norma, you'll never leave White Pine Bay. Norman, your creative expression will not be through fiction (and stuffed Juno would agree). Dylan, I can't believe you didn't nail Bradley this week, but I'm guessing there's a Big Winter Formal next week where everything comes to head. My money's on Miss Watson, simply because her "caring authority" vs. "total pervo" is rating higher than anybody other than Shelby at this point.
Next Week: "Romero decides to take action" (meaning presumably Norma makes too much noise about her psycho stalker); "Norman brings Emma to the dance" (meaning presumably that he does that); and "Norman gets a ride home from Miss Watson" (meaning presumably that he ties her up and things get very awesome next season). But based on this week's cliffhanger -- Abernathy (#9) grabbing Norma in her car demanding huge sums of money -- and next week's trailer -- Emma telling her to shut up and give him that money -- that at least ol' Mr. Abernathy won't live out the finale. Jeez I love this show.
Bradley was like, "You know we're not dating, right?" And Emma was like, "You know you're not dating her, right?" And Norman was all, "Yeah no, yeah." But the truth was quite the opposite. Bradley had to make double sure that they were totally not dating, which resulted in him almost murdering her, but by the fourth or fifth time she dumped him he was starting to grasp what is going on. (Just kidding, he still only barely grasps it.) Dylan has produced for their mother a whole motel's worth of cute gross hippies for the marijuana processing that White Pine Bay runs on, but the sinister sex-slaver Jake Abernathy -- just the latest in a very long line of disappointing men to traipse past Norma Bates's window -- ruined even that fragile truce by leaving her autopsied ex-boyfriend's corpse in her bed. In her bed!
UP THE HILL
Orange Pants Hottie has been joined by Canadian Andrew Garfield Hottie -- one of whom has to be Remo's kid in real life? -- and all the hippies are watching the cops drag Shelby's body out of the house and down the hill for the second time.
Norma: "I was just about to go on a date with my distant second-choice son, and..."
Romero: "Any idea who would bring your boyfriend's dead body back to your house and put it in your bed?"
Norma: "Ordinarily I would say Zach Shelby, just a classic Zach Shelby Move, but I really don't think it was him this time. My new person who is constantly ruining my life is Jake Abernathy, an old friend of Shelby's and Keith Summers and presumably Gil and presumably you, who told me last week pretty explicitly, I am going to ruin your life in various ways such as putting dead bodies in your upstairs bedrooms, and the like."
Romero: "No, I'm sure these are all just random coincidences. But if you'd like to give me Abernathy's obviously fake information..."
"I THOUGHT HE WAS CRAZY! LIKE WHY? WHY DO CRAZY PEOPLE KEEP GRAVITATING TOWARDS ME?" Everybody on the show stares awkwardly at the floor and tries not to point out, or even think about, the fact that Norma Bates is easily the craziest person any of them have ever met or even heard of.
Dylan: "And now we have to throw out the mattress too? Just because some autopsied dude might have leaked on it?"
Norman: "I hear you, but I also never had a boyfriend accidentally rape me and then turn up dead in my bed after being autopsied. Possibly we don't have all the facts of what she's going through."