Should we be surprised that Norma has known of Norman’s “episodes”? After a failed relationship that spurned an estranged son, could anyone blame Norma for wanting to keep her second son close to her, even at the expense of his mental health?
However, as Norma revealed to Norman that he has had these episodes for some time (and as I suspected when we learned of them last week in “What’s Wrong with Norman?”), it’s probably a safe assumption that Norman, upset with an unnatural affection for his mother, killed his own father in a fit of jealousy. Given Norma’s cold expertise at cleaning up dead bodies, we might even assume that Norman’s father wasn’t the first to die at his hands.
Even if he’s not himself when he commits these acts, he’s still a scrawny boy, and it bewilders me how he could possibly overpower anyone.
We also learned that, in addition to protecting good Norman, this evil side confuses things that good Norman experiences – or creates scenarios. For example, the Asian girl in Deputy Shelby’s basement seems to be something created in evil Norman’s mind. But this leads to a continuity problem: Good Norman isn’t supposed to remember things that evil Norman does. Case in point, good Norman doesn’t remember attacking Dylan. So, how is it that good Norman was able to tell his mother that there was a girl in Shelby’s basement?
There’s no doubt that good Norman is actually good. And I love how he expresses to Emma’s father, “I am decent.” I also love how he was able to go ahead and sleep with Bradley. The odds of this awkward, scrawny kid scoring with the hot girl at school is so far fetched that it’s impossible to believe. But, we’re all still cheering for the kid. Come to think of it, are we supposed to sympathize with Norman? Isn’t he ultimately the villain in this tale?
By contrast, despite an unlikeable entry, Dylan is turning out to be the hero in this tale. Actually, he’s turning out to be the most normal of this dysfunctional family – then again, he’s not actually a Bates. It might be a little late in the game, but he’s becoming the big brother Norman needs, and maybe the moral compass Norma needs – unless a spell in the clink turns her around.
Rock Hard \m/