A Danger to Himself and Others: (spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen episode 1 of season 4 yet but you really should have by now)
The episode starts with Romero sinking the boat that Bob Paris’s dead body is on while Norman is found talking to his “mother” in a field. Dylan goes to the hospital to be there when Emma wakes up from surgery. Emma has made it through the surgery so far.
We finally see Emma’s mother before her father chases her away. He doesn’t think she should upset Emma after being gone for so long. She then stays at the Bates Motel. (Really, I don’t think this is a good idea.)
Norman ends up in a mental ward (it’s about time). Norma does everything she can to get him out. Unfortunately he is 18 so he has to stay for a 48 hour monitoring period. When he is released Norma gets strict orders from the hospital staff that he needs a treatment plan by a doctor within another 48 hours or he will be taken back to the hospital’s mental ward. They really can’t believe she has never taken him to a doctor with his black outs.
Norma tells Emma’s mother she is not allowed to talk to her or Norman after trying to pry into their lives about Emma. Then Norma in a desperate attempt to get insurance to cover her son asks Sheriff Romero if he will marry her, just for insurance for Norman. This happened after waking him with a phone call early in the morning. Romero immediately dismissed her idea.
Emma’s mother goes to the house to talk to Norman and he is wearing his mother’s robe and in full crazy-blackout-Norma mode. She gives Norma a letter along with a stuffed rabbit for Emma and tells him to tell Emma she loves her. (This appears to be the same rabbit found in Norman’s room in the end of the original movie Psycho.)
Norman seems most violent when he blacks out and thinks he is Norma. It appears that he has killed Emma’s mother in the final scene of the episode.
After seeing ads for this season for weeks on various social media feeds the first episode did not disappoint.
Norman is loosing what’s left of his mind more and more each episode but so is his mother. This episode, like most, started with a few shocks.
I personally think the most shocking moment in all of it was when Norma asks Romero to marry her, even if just on paper. I can really see where Norman gets his crazy from. It is not surprising that Norman’s inbred half brother/cousin Dylan seems most mentally sound of them all at this point.
Bates Motel airs on A&E at 9 p.m. ET on Monday nights.