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Season 2 | Ep. 2 | “Shadow of a Doubt” | Aired Mar 10, 2014

Who else is still reeling from Bradley’s transformation into a killer last week?

Norman has stashed her on a grimy mattress on the floor of his dead-animal laboratory/taxidermy studio.  She tells him what’s up: “I killed the guy that killed my dad.”

Norma is in stirrups at the gynecologist. Birth control? No, thank you. Norma isn’t having sex these days. She asks about blackouts — for a friend — or her sister — or someone. The doctor reassures her that, if there’s nothing physically wrong, it’s probably just a serious mental disorder. No biggie.

Dylan shows up at Gil’s house with Remo. Sheriff Romero tells them their pal has a hole in his face and vows to get the bastard who did this!

Later at marijuana HQ, Remo blames the competition for Gil’s death. No doubt in his mind, this murder is “a declaration of war — it’s just not done.” Dylan asks if he’s supposed to take charge. Remo kindly reminds him that running the operation is above his pay grade and tells him to wait and see who management brings in to run the joint(s).

Sheriff Romero meets with Nick, the mysterious guy Norman photographed at the cemetery last episode — he’s Miss Watson’s dad! Nick accuses the sheriff of not giving Miss W’s murder top priority like he obviously has with local drug dealer Gil. The implication: There will be consequences, sir!

Norma pesters Norman about auditioning for a local theater’s production of South Pacific. Bradley Martin’s mom calls. Norman claims he hasn’t seen or spoken to Bradley. Dylan walks in just in time to eyeball his brother suspiciously.

Later in Norman’s room, Norman rushes to pack a bag, and thrusts it under his bed before Dylan enters the room. Dylan interrogates Norman about Bradley, noting that her father was involved in the drug business. Norman reassures Dylan that he doesn’t know where she is, but helpfully suggests that, since she’d tried before, maybe she succeeded in killing herself. Dylan eyeballs Norman again. Perhaps Norman said that a bit too gleefully.

Norman goes shopping for hair dye. The cute young clerk tries to make small talk, calling Norman “a dying breed” for running errands for his mom – was that a pun? Norman reminds her that we all start dying as soon as we’re born. It’s very 1986-Robert-Smith-hair goth of him. (Norman would look good in eyeliner, a skull T-shirt and black jeans — he should definitely try that look before series end.)

Back to Dylan and Remo: Zane arrives to take over. Who’s Zane? Remo doesn’t like him. He’s stepping in for Gil, who, Zane says, got himself killed. Zane has come closest of anyone to the truth: that Gil had “some culpability” in getting himself whacked. There’s a mess to clean up, and Zane is just the janitorial supervisor to oversee Dylan and Remo cleaning up this yet-to-be-uncovered mess!

And at the sheriff’s office, they’ve caught a break in the Blair Watson case. Shot of police busting down some pothead’s door. You can tell Kyle’s a pothead because of his giant bong. Pothead emergency! Kyle dumps his stash in the toilet and jumps off of a second-floor balcony. He is easily caught, having made the amateur mistake of jumping down in full view of the entire sheriff’s office. Kyle: “What’d I do?” Sheriff Romero: “I don’t know, Kyle, what did you do?” — a line that is much more entertaining read in an Eric Cartman voice.

Norman rummages through Dylan’s room and finds a stash of money; meanwhile, Norma rummages through Norman’s taxidermy studio and almost finds Bradley. Adorable Bradley grabs a knife — you know, just in case she has to off her protector’s mother, who’s wearing a fetching polka-dot ensemble, btw. Norma has brought home some sheet music for their community theater audition. She plays “Mr. Sandman” and teases Norman about his days as a crooning toddler, while Bradley listens and broods in the basement. Norman gives in: “OK, fine. I’ll go make an ass out of myself for your sake, Mother.”

Sheriff Romero questions Kyle in the interrogation room, dropping the bomb that Kyle was the one who had sex with Miss Watson within 30 hours of her death and divulging that they have a semen sample that matches his DNA. Kyle asks if there might’ve been other semen samples present. As a matter of fact, there were! Kyle explains that Miss Watson had a lot of sex. “She had daddy issues or whatever. I think that you’d call her troubled,” he says. Kyle’s point: Semen samples from two different donors are not proof that he is the killer.

Bradley’s gone brunette, and Norman rinsing her hair would be super cute if he wasn’t a psycho killer. “Qu’est-ce que c’est?” She looks thoughtful and tells Norman thanks for the cash and how special he is. She has no idea.

Remo explains to Dylan who Zane is: a “lame-ass poser,” a guy who thinks he’s a character out of Scarface, the brother of the boss, a guy who shouldn’t be in the business, “Kojak” — Kojak? Zane drives up with a trunkful of person. It’s one of their competitor’s henchmen. Zane asks him to take a memo to his boss and promptly shoots him in the chest. Zane tells Dylan and Remo to dump the body on their rival’s front lawn. Dylan gives an altogether reasonable half eye-roll — how the heck does anyone dump a body on a drug dealer’s lawn without being the next one dumped on someone’s lawn? Soon, bodies will be piling up on lawns like a plague of decomposing lawn elves.

Norma finds Norman’s hidden pearl necklace trophy from (presumably) Miss Watson, and puts it back. Curious.

Audition time. Annoying community theater singing happens, and Norman, eager to get back to Bradley, grows grumpy and restless. It’s not a great idea to agitate a serial killer. He storms out, then engages in a parking lot confrontation with Mother about her smothering. He lays it out for her: “Mother, we live together, yeah? We work together, we eat every meal together, we sleep six inches away from each other with a thin wall between us! Don’t you think that’s enough?” Norma pleads that she wants to keep him close to protect him. Norman has no idea what she’s talking about. And — bam! — the truth smears itself across Norma’s contorting face. She asks about the pearls. He reiterates that he doesn’t remember the night and claims he woke up with the necklace in his pocket. Norma breaks down, repeatedly crying, “I’m so scared.” Norman gradually catches on and redirects; he tells her that she’s being silly and that they’ll stay and audition. Placated, she returns to the auditorium. Norman calls Dylan, who’s couch potatoing in front of the TV and begs him to take Bradley to the bus station so she can leave for Boston and start her life over. Dylan, startled that Bradley is there in the house at that very moment, won’t pick up the task so easily, so Norman has to spill the fact that Bradley killed Gil. Dylan’s jaw hits the ground, but he’s now motivated and on it!

Norma performs “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret, singing about how she’s a big, fat loser and obviously feeling the lyrics most acutely. Applause! Naturally. She’s Norma Bates, the most winning loser of all! Or is that the most losing winner of this community theater effort? I seems like she got the part in any case.

Sheriff Romero cocktails in his office over his latest moral dilemma, then visits Kyle in his cell and informs him that he’s charging him with Blair Watson’s murder. Kyle: “You have no proof!” Romero just wants to shut this case as quickly and painlessly (for him) as possible.

Dylan looks after Bradley at a diner, instructing her to write a suicide note because his psychotic boss is hunting for the person who killed Gil. “You need to be off the map,” he advises.

Norma and Norman arrive home to a flustered Emma bursting out of the motel with news that someone’s been arrested for Miss Watson’s murder. Norma is ecstatic. It’s such wonderful news! But is she relieved because she now thinks Norman didn’t do it or because it now looks like other people think Norman didn’t do it?

A forlorn tune plays as Dylan watches Bradley board the bus. He arrives home and gives Norman a note from Bradley: “Norman, you are the best person I have ever known.” The psycho smiles.

On a lonely road, a man stops for directions. Someone new is looking for Bates Motel. It’s Norma’s brother. What was that Norma said about her messed up childhood? This won’t be good. Poor Norma.

On the bright side, Norma’s famine is Vera Farmiga’s feast — she’s killing it this season. How do you think she and Freddie Highmore are doing so far in season 2?

Bates Motel, rated TV-14, airs Mondays at 9/8 C on A&E.


TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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