Presumed Innocent – Season 2, Episode 7 – original air date 4/14/2014
This episode briefly becomes a police procedural, as Norman is taken in for questioning, photographed, and swabbed for DNA. Considering how many people did in this quaint seaside town, one would think the police would be rather blase at this point. Cody’s dad was just killed by falling down a flight of stairs. It’s not like he was set on fire, or shot in the head, etc. But of course our Norman is connected with this death. Norman feels guilty. If he had not confronted Cody, her dad would still be alive. That is certainly a true statement, but Cody’s father was set up to fall. He was mentioned off screen at first, then heard off screen in another episode, and is only seen for the first time when he is about to die. By the time we see him, we know he’s a jerk.
Most of this episode deals with Norman’s time in jail, as he is questioned by Sheriff Romero. How do the people in Norman’s circle react? Well of course Norma is on the scene, and won’t leave. Yet what are Norma’s motives? Obviously Norma loves her son, and wants to protect him from harm. But is keeping his blackouts a secret really helping him? Is pressuring other people not to mention them helping him? Emma is the only character who fully supports Norman in his predicament, with no motives of her own. There is much tension between mother and son when they go home from the police station, as would be expected. Cody and Norman say their farewells, as she goes off to live with the obligatory aunt in a faraway state.
Zane demonstrates that he may be a little bit smarter than suspected. Not much, but a little. He confronts Dylan, who then has to make a choice. His choice may be his downfall. How about a quick mention of Remo (Ian Tracey), Dylan’s partner in the drug business. He has quietly made the most of his limited screentime. If you are going to work in the illicit drug trade, you could certainly do worse in the coworker department.
There are only three episodes left in this season, and we can maybe see how the threads are coming together. There is the drug war, with the Bates family having a connection with each side of the warring faction. There is Norman’s blackouts, and the consequences of them. And there is the big reveal at the end of this episode, as Sheriff Romero learns the results of Norman’s DNA test and where his bodily fluids were found. Not a surprise really, but I’m still not convinced that this particular aspect of the story is as clear cut as it seems. The biggest question at this point is…how on earth will they stretch this out for another season?