Plunge – Season 2, Episode 6 – original air date 4/7/2014
Poor Norman. There he is, sitting behind the wheel of the family car, about to take his driver’s test, a significant rite of passage, when up storms his mom and rats him out to the driving instructor. Says that he has been blacking out. Under the circumstances, Norma is doing the right thing, but the timing of it makes it seem like a major betrayal. But what led up to this moment?
Norman blacks out a second time in Cody’s presence. Then they take a trip to the “swimming hole.” While they are making out, Emma shows up with her pot-slinging boyfriend, and at Cody’s insistence they decide to hang out together. First Emma’s guy jumps in the water on the rope swing, then Norman follows, and finally Emma. The end results here were so predictable that I was really hoping the storyline would go in a different direction. Emma has a scare in the water, Norman overreacts. It is obvious that Norman has feelings for Emma, but are they romantic feelings? It feels like any opportunity they had to become a couple has long since passed. Like they are both above and beyond that kind of relationship. Perhaps not. When Cody shares with Emma that Norman has been blacking out, and we see the conflicted look on Emma’s face, there is no doubt that she is going to tell Norma.
Norma meanwhile has severed her ties with Nick Ford, after the councilman that she called a dick conveniently dies in a car accident. Then Norma pursues the council seat for herself! Hard to believe that would sit well with Nick Ford, but it would appear that he had something to do with her getting the council seat. Norma has another encounter with George (Michael Vartan), and one has to believe a potential hookup is in the near future. But the writers are also building the potential for a relationship with Romero and Norma.
Of course the writers had to throw in another one of those awkward hugs, that is just a little to affectionate for a son of Norman’s age to be having with his mother. We seem to get one of these obligatory cringe-worthy moments every other episode. It’s also cool to see Norman stuffing a crow. In the movie Psycho, the room behind the office was filled with birds.
And Dylan is hooking up with the boss lady (Kathleen Robertson.) Nothing good ever comes from that, does it?
And the episode ends with a moment of violence that seems to have Norman in hot water again. How will this situation resolve itself? Congrats to the show being renewed for a third season. The ratings took a small dive but are now holding steady at around 2.25 million a week. Not too shabby.