Bates Motel
What's Wrong With Norman?

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Jacob Clifton: A+ | 5 USERS: A
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Luminosity Entails Numinosity

The basement -- at first just a garage, quite similar to the one where we met Norman's father -- transforms into a sad sex den, with a video camera trained on a chaise-lounge and a disco ball going giggity over the whole thing, and then a smaller door, slide-locked from the outside. And you know -- and Norman knows -- what he's going to find in there under the fluorescent light.

I don't know what her name spells, but she's still alive -- barely, track marks all the way down just like last time we saw her -- and she knows enough English to beg him for his help. Just as Shelby's arriving home.

NEXT WEEK

Is she real? We still don't know. But we do know that Norman has all the proof he's gonna feel he needs. His problems, besides being a crazy, are twofold: The dead Chinese girl and the purloined rape-belt. And I think pretty quickly in the first act of next week's episode, both of those will not be any easier to solve, for having become two halves of the same problem: Deputy Zach Shelby, the Man Who Kissed Mommy.

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, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

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