Bates Motel (Season 1) – “Underwater”

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We have one more episode to go in Bates Motel (Season 1). It’s titled “Midnight,” and it’s likely safe to assume that the upcoming episode will focus on the money Norma has to give to Jake Abernathy. Yeah, remember that money Dylan took from Keith Summers’ boat? Yup, Jake suspects Norma has it – and he wants it.

Even though Norma’s desperate desire to move seemed to have faded by the end of “Underwater,” I’m sure we’ll hear more about it as the only option to save her and Norman’s lives. And I’m sure we’ll hear Norman protest some more. Also, I’m betting that if Norma tells Dylan about her predicament, he won’t admit to having the money, but he will offer to go after Jake in some capacity – he is the thug with a heart of gold, after all.

If Dylan does decide to deceive Norma, it shouldn’t come as a surprise since deception seems to be the modus operandi: the real estate agent deceived Norma; Dylan deceived Gil by bringing Bradley to her dad’s office; Bradley deceived Norman (sort of); Miss Watson suggested Norman deceive his mother; and the list could go on and on. It is interesting to note that the least deceitful character, apart from Emma, is Norman. While he is given to bouts of rage, he tends to wear his heart on his sleeve. And when he doesn’t put his emotions on display, he writes about them.

What he writes is about a man on fire from the inside. As Miss Watson informs us, Norman has an old soul and understands that we’re not meant to be happy. Norman claims that he doesn’t know where this inspiration came from, but I think we all know that it’s the more evil of the two personalities Norman has. The man on fire is surely evil Norman burning to get out, to express himself, to take over fully. And if evil Norman were present while Miss Watson helped Norman edit his story, I hope that evil Norman would have kissed his teacher.

Is it me, or does Norman have an unnatural ability to attract women? Even his own mother wants to sleep with him! That may be a stretch, but their closeness is disturbing. I can understand Norma not wanting to sleep in her own bed after Shelby’s corpse showed up in her room, and I can understand wanting to sleep in Norman’s bed with him, but the intimacy with which it was done was, well, post-coital.

For me, “Underwater” was a lukewarm bath at best; not much happened and it certainly didn’t lead to any Season Finale excitement. The most exciting thing, if you can call it exciting, was the development between Dylan and Bradley, which is only going to lead to a jealous rage from Norman.

Let’s hope the finale is something special.

Rock Hard \m/

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