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Bates Motel recap: Refraction

Chick pays Norma a visit and Norman makes progress in therapy

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Cate Cameron/A&E

Bates Motel

TV Show
Mystery and Thriller
run date:
Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore
Current Status:
In Season

Last week, we ended Bates Motel with something good (Romero and Norma finally getting comfortable enough to be open with each other) and something bad (the fact that they returned home from the Light of Winter celebration and found Norma’s home broken into). While Romero cleans up, Norma’s understandably shaken. She can’t figure out why she’d be a target given how low-profile she’s kept herself; she’s worried it’s Bob Paris. Romero is CERTAIN it’s not Bob, but, well, only we know why. He makes up a story about people in the drug trade having it out for him still, and Norma leaves the motel to drive into town to ask about her broken stained glass window. She’s followed by a beat-up car, which we learn contains Chick (beat-up and limping and looking absolutely terrible), who stalks her into the store and learns what she needs and where she lives.

Meanwhile, Norman is talking to Dr. Edwards… and actually being a good therapy patient. He’s taking responsibility for his actions and he’s talking about his blackouts, and it’s probably the most astute and responsible we’ve seen Norman since the start of the series. He does drop that “my mother and I have a very typical teenage boy/mother relationship, I think.” I think not, and so does Dr. Edwards, who is suspicious of that wording. Norman explains how the reason for their closeness is because of his dad’s death, so they had to be close because they only had each other. Edwards soon realizes Norman’s problem IS his mother, and, hey, took someone long enough!

Norman asks if he can make a phone call to his friend, Emma, which Edwards allows. But are we surprised that he really calls Norma? At least his message is somewhat emotional and genuine — he tells her he really is working hard to get better. Later, Dr. Edwards receives a call from the police about Norman’s accusations and says they’re not grounded in reality. That’s just as well because Edwards tells him Norman denied the claim anyway.

As for Dylan? He’s finally bringing Emma home to her dad. He shyly (and adorably) asks if she needs help undressing and man, I love their relationship so much. Emma, all confident now without her oxygen tank, tells him he has to wait 4-6 weeks to, you know, do things… but sure, he can see her naked eventually. When Dylan leaves, Emma’s dad offers him an invitation to dinner. He turns it down on the grounds of having an early job interview for an assistant manager position for a hop distributor (I mean, not a bad job…). He’s unsure about his experience, because you can’t really put growing weed on your résumé, and Emma’s dad encourages him to lie. Because, hey. Why not?

But Dylan doesn’t lie. He goes in and tells the guy straight out that he was growing weed, given that occupations in White Pine Bay didn’t really lend themselves to anything substantial. I kind of love Dylan being so honest. The character has come such a long way since the beginning of the series, and it’s been a delight to watch.

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Chick comes to Norma’s house claiming he’s from the hardware store and can help with the stained glass window. Norma is a little wary given Chick’s state, but lets him in anyway because she’s Norma. (To be honest, he does sell himself, and how many people in White Pine Bay know about stained glass, anyway?) He feeds her a story about a dog and a car crash to explain for his physical appearance, which Norma also buys.

Back at Pineview, Norman is alone after experiencing a creepy run-in with his recently returned friend Julian, only to be interrupted by Norma. Good timing, Norma! Norma asks how therapy is going, and asks what he’s being instructed to talk about. When Norman mentions his dad, Norma’s firm in telling him he doesn’t have to talk about things that make him upset or that hurt him.

NEXT: Secrets and lies