Now, I know what you’re saying.
“Gee, Lisa — late much?”
Well, yes, this review of the latest episode of Bates Motel is rather late and for that I apologize. I have spent this week dealing with the world’s worst cold. Seriously, it has been pure misery! However, as I sit here rewatching “Plunge” and working on my review, I think that I may finally be on the road to recovery.
In short, I think I’m finally well enough to take the plunge and review this week’s episode!
This episode was all about people taking “the plunge,” both figuratively and literally.
For instance, Emma — after being goaded by both her new pot-dealing boyfriend and Norman’s latest unlikely girlfriend, Cody — removed her oxygen tank and took a plunge into freezing water and nearly died as a result. Fortunately, Norman Bates was on hand to pull her out of the water and save her life. On any other show, this would lead to the rebirth of Norman and Emma’s romance but, since this is Bates Motel, Norman ends up going so overboard in his anger towards Cody and Emma’s boyfriend (who I know has a name but I can never remember it) that he quickly goes from being a hero to being the guy who freaks everyone out.
(On a personal note, I have to admit that this whole sequence freaked me out because I don’t swim and, as a result, I very much found myself identifying with poor Emma.)
Norma, meanwhile, takes a plunge into municipal politics. With the encouragement of her new friend Christine (who I don’t trust) and Christine’s brother George, Norma lobbies to be appointed to the city council. The Mayor — whose name is Rob — agrees while making it clear that he’s mostly appointing Norma because of who she knows (i.e. Nick Ford).
To a certain extent, you have to wonder just how naïve Norma is. At the start of this episode, Norma confronted Nick and told him that she didn’t want to work with him anymore. Nick, more or less, told her that she didn’t have much choice in the matter. Now, she’s been appointed to the city council and you have to wonder if she realizes just how much of a pawn she has actually become.
Speaking of being a pawn, Dylan has taken the plunge of moving in with Jodi
Ford Wilson (Kathleen Robertson), Nick’s daughter and the head of one of the two drug cartels that are currently at war. Is White Pine Bay really big enough for two drug cartels? The drug war, to be honest, feels like it belongs in a totally different show. But, I like Max Thieriot so I can’t complain too much.
Sheriff Romero, who is still living at the Bates Motel, took the plunge of informing Norma that, from his motel room, he has a view of her whenever she undresses in her bedroom. The awkward flirting between Norma and Romero has been one of the highlights of the second season.
Finally, Norman took the plunge of trying to get his driver’s license. However, Cody told Emma that Norman suffers from blackouts and Emma responded by calling Norma and telling her (at the exact moment that Norma is watching Norman taking his test). Norma responds by running over to the car and telling Norman’s driving instructor. The end result: Norman can’t give his driver’s license and now has another reason to both resent and be dependent upon Norma.
- Vera Farmiga kicks ass. I know that’s become a running theme as far as my Bates Motel reviews are concerned but seriously, she really does. This week’s Vera Farmiga highlight was the scene where she literally ran down a hill to jump onto Cody’s car.
- Speaking of kicking ass, just how scary is Michael O’Neill in the role of Nick Ford? That man can make a simple hello sound like a threat.
- “Who’s Rob?” That’s okay, Norma. I’m not always sure who my mayor is either.
- I found myself wondering which three senators George helped to get elected.
- “There are reasons he should not drink. Medical reasons. And that’s all I’m going to say.”
- Norman’s flashbacks while hiding in the closet were disturbingly effective.
- Wouldn’t it be neat if it turned out the Mayor was related to Nick Ford as well and his name was Rob Ford?
- If I was Norman’s mom, I probably wouldn’t like Cody either. Seriously, mother’s worse nightmare that one is. That said, I relate to the character. I went through my Cody phase when I was younger. I think everyone has.
- George gets extra cool points for liking The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
- Bates Motel has been renewed for a third season! So, we’ve got at least one more year of White Pine Bay melodrama to look forward to.