Breaking Norman. It is a sick continuous loop of frenzied clinging and bad parenting. Norma has issues with Norman being mad at her so she has never disciplined him or taken him to the doctor for real help until now. Now that it is too late. But now Norman has talked her into letting him come home. Did she forget he was trying to kill her the night she put him in White Pines? Does Norma forget the reason why she married the Sheriff in the first place? Norma and Noman are attached at the hip and it’s not just Norman that needs psychiatric evaluation. Norma could do with some counseling or therapy herself. There is one long umbilical cord that runs from under her apron and makes a beeline straight for Norman. It’s not healthy.
Norman has managed to talk everyone into letting him out of White Pines. What kind of doctor falls for that? Norman is not stupid and he can charm the pants off of just about any one. His mother married the Sheriff just so she could have insurance to be able to afford to get Norman the overdue mental health care he so badly needs. Norman while doing paper mache, discovers in the shredded newspaper he is using that his mother got married while he has been away. He’s not a happy psychiatric mental camper. He wants out from behind those walls and he wants to do damage now. He is dotting his I’s, crossing his T’s, and walking the line just to make sure of it.
Norman is psychotically overly focused on his mother and you can’t blame him in a weirdly overt way look what he has experienced through her. Being under the bed while his dad forcibly has sex with her is nasty. The boy while under the bed reaches up to hold Norma’s had while she is getting banged to death. It is not a pretty sight and rather disturbing.
The funny thing is while Norman is in the ‘home’ we never really see him get a full diagnosis. We know he has blackouts and we know he becomes his mother at times. He has pushed himself so far down inside himself to get away from his ills that Norman just about doesn’t exist anymore. Norma Bates has an ‘evil twin’ and that person is her son. In themes like this it is always shown how the evil twin has a choice between ‘good and evil’ and is free to make that choice at any point. Norman Bates got off that boat and left that building a long time ago. He buried it and buried the shovel with it. All he knows is evil or die.
Dylan on the other hand is looking for Emma’s mom and so far the paper trail has led him right back to his brother Norman. Dylan confronts Norma on the subject of Norman being the reason why Emma’s mom is missing and she goes ballistic on Dylan. She doesn’t want to hear it or have a thing to do with it. It is the craziest thing she has ever heard of. Nope Norman coming home is not going to be a ‘good thing’ as in the ‘Martha Stewart way.’ No one had a chance to learn and grow with Norman away and there is going to be hell fire to pay when he gets out. We are coming to the end of the season with only a couple of more episodes to go. Didn’t this season just get started?
Emma didn’t even know her mom had come to see her while she was in the hospital getting her double lung transplant. Daddy ran her off and Dylan didn’t tell her about it. Emma wants answers. But now she is sure the woman has abandoned her again because her cellphone is ‘out of service’ and she has been kicked out of her apartment for lack of payment for the last four months. Norman brutally strangled her. Old hotels on a hill that does not get mowed are places to stay away from. Especially when the person answering the door is a young man dressed as his mother and has a boa around his neck. He could be gay or a cross dresser on one hand, but there is something about him that is way off. Emma’s mom is so intent on getting a message through to Emma she does not appear to notice Normans strangeness progressively getting worse. Emma will not be happy. Emma’s dad will be happy. Dylan on the other hand just might tear Norman a new one and give Norman the ass whippin’ he deserves. Besides the Sheriff being somewhat clean, Dylan is the most sensible one and the only person in town who has not killed somebody.
Breaking Norma. The Sheriff Alex, why doesn’t he see, sense, or get that he is caught in a trap and he can’t walk out, because he loves Norma too much. We fear for his life at this point and he seems to be the most normal person in town in a policeman sort of way. His old ‘girlfriend experience’ or hookup is ‘wanted’ by the DEA and now he’s got both his hands full of Norma. Everyone in town has dirty hands and his are about as clean as it gets considering what he does for a living and who he has killed. Norma is happily married for a change. She is making curtains for the hotel, wants to grow fruit trees, and is canning but Norman is not the kind of ‘crazy’ you give a drink and set them out of the porch. Norma must have grown up in the North because she has tried to hide Normans crazy every chance she had, but she has never tried to hide her own crazy. She feels justified and entitled to it. She’s all girl that woman is.