The Box – Season 2, Episode 9 – original air date 4/28/2014
It’s kinda funny to see Norma tiptoeing in the house, like a teenager sneaking home after a night with her boyfriend. Here she is, worried that she will disturb Norman. Little does she know that there is no Norman to disturb.
Of course we knew who took Norman. That was no surprise. This was set up well in the last couple episodes. It’s also no surprise that Norma would freak out, and immediately go to Dylan. How about that look on Norma’s face, when Dylan tells her what Nick Ford wants him to do. Obviously she was expecting something a little less violent, but to watch her face, as she goes from shock, to horror, to acceptance and resolve, all in a few seconds, is frightening. It is one thing to be willing to kill for your son. It’s another to ask one son to kill to save another.
And let’s not forget that Norma is the one that really got Norman into this mess. She is the one who got in deep with Nick Ford. Granted, she didn’t know who and what he was, at first, but for her to blame Dylan for Norman’s abduction is pretty sad. But even worse than that is the way Norma so icily dismisses Emma, rather than confide in her. Emma embodies everything that the Bates family is missing, and needs to find in themselves.
The outcome of the Dylan/Nick Ford meeting was not a big surprise, but it was pleasing; I was beginning to worry that Dylan might not make it to season three. This doesn’t change the fact that Zane really needs to go.
It makes sense that Norman’s confinement in the box would lead to an amplification of his mental problems. And the big reveal finally confirms what we figured was the truth. All in all, a very good episode.
Vera Farmiga deserves an Emmy nomination for her excellent work this season, don’t ya think?