Meltdown – Season 2, Episode 8 – original air date 4/21/2014
You really have to feel for the Bates family. (I would consider Dylan a Bates family member, even though he has a different last name.) Any time it looks like things might be going well for one of them, you can be sure that disaster is waiting around the corner.
The writers have done a good job of building tension over the last couple of episodes, as the finale of season two draws closer. This may be the best episode of the second season to date.
First off, Nick Ford is one serious dude. There is no doubt that he means what he says. Norma must be regretting that she ever struck up a conversation with him. He wants Zane dead. Who doesn’t? It seems like even Zane’s own sister is tacitly signing off on getting rid of him. So why in hell did she put him in charge in the first place? She had to know what an idiot and a hothead he is. So it would seem that there is a simple resolution here: Dylan kills Zane, everyone is happy. Of course nothing will resolve itself that easily on this show.
Sheriff Romero tries to get Norman to talk about what happened at Miss Watson’s house the night she died. Norman’s shock about having sex with Miss Watson is not feigned, because of course he blacked out that night. When will all the truths of that night be revealed? Hopefully we will not have to wait until season three.
And let’s not forget that Norma’s crazy comes back with a vengeance. Norma leaves her dinner date with George, partly because she feels so out of place, but also because she feels bad for Norman. Then, when Norman coolly brushes her off, she becomes enraged, ultimately flying back to George’s arms, and barely managing to keep her panties on until she gets in the door. What would a psychologist say about her behavior? How much blame do we lay at Norma’s door for Norman’s condition today? Did she trigger it? She certainly exacerbates it. And what of her own mental state? The next two episodes should be good. Here is hoping for some resolution. Don’t leave us hanging for a year!