TV Review: Bates Motel Season 1 Episode 10
Vera Farmiga could do pretty much anything in this show and I would endorse it.
It’s okay, I don’t understand this crush either.
Oh, this is the season finale, by the by.
TL;DR Sheriff RomeroZombie (becuase zombies have dark eye circles? You get it) kills the crap out of Creepy Guy, Vera bonds with Dylan but is mostly sidelined, Teacher finally makes her move on Norman. Oh, and Norman straight-up murders Teacher.
Get it on.
The plot is mostly a Norman show this week. The Winter Formal is coming up, so he and Emma decide to go together. However, Emma realises (duh) that he’s still hung up on Bradley because they banged 6 episodes ago, so ditches his ass. Ugly Popular Guy also punches Norman in the face. It wasn’t a magical night, okay? On the way home, his sexual tension with Teacher comes to fruition when she picks him up and takes him back to her place to “treat his wound.” She obviously means to seduce him, but an apparition of Vera appears and tells Norman he has to do something else. So he kills her. He’s a Bates, isn’t he? Meanwhile, Vera is freaking out about her threat from Creepy Guy for that cash. She goes to the Sheriff and he promises to take care of it. So he kills Creepy Guy. And Dylan has some sexual tension of his own with Bradley, which doesn’t really help with Norman’s emotional state.
At least there’s a chance Dylan might hook in. I told you I wanted that love triangle.
It’s been a 10 episode season with only 1 dud. You can’t really ask for more than that.
But, much like Once Upon a Time last week, this episode doesn’t really feel like a finale. It feels like a “tune in next time, guys.” And considering the next season isn’t going to be airing until 2014, that’s a bit shit.
Only in the final shot do we get to see Norman’s homicidal handiwork. Vera isn’t really an agent of her own destiny in her plot, either. She just lurks around while the Sheriff sorts everything out for her. Without even an explicit quid pro quo.
I don’t know. It’s just kinda sad that Revenge was able to outdo both of my top performing shows. It sucks.
Why I hate this episode:
Dylan doesn’t get to do fucking anything, either. He teaches Vera how to shoot a gun (which doesn’t pay off), and has some shallow UST with Bradley.
Bradley herself is sidelined, too. I just want more Bradley, k?
Though I should probably be careful of what I wish for. Ugly Popular Guy punches Norman because he believes he took advantage of Bradley when she was grieving. He could have just inferred this himself, but if he was as close as he appears to be with Bradley, she should have cleared that up. Which likely means she isn’t doing that. Bitch. She’s only a few steps away from being one of those “I said yes, but in retrospect I didn’t really want it, so it was rape” people.
Emma attention whores herself into getting Norman as her date for the dance. She plays the whole “I’m not going because nobody invited me harrumph” thing while Norman’s right next to her. Yeah, he was happy to oblige, but I can’t endorse that kind of compliment fishing-esque behaviour. Save it for Facebook, ladies (or don’t do it at all? Please?).
Norman also disses her when she’s lookin’ so fine. Dog move, bro.
As boss as the Sheriff’s execution of Creepy Guy was, it was totes rude. Dog moves all over the place this episode.
We still don’t know who the mysterious “B” who loved Bradley’s dad was.
Oh, and Apparition Vera makes a pretty ridiculous logic jump. She’s like “Teacher is trying to seduce you. Naturally, murder is the only option.” I get that Norman is a psychopathic future serial killer, but Apparition Vera just isn’t putting in the effort, you know?
Reasons to watch:
Norman finally gets his kill on legitimately. Teacher had it coming, too. Paedophilia deserves to be punished. Even the female-on-male kind.
Although she isn’t very proactive, Vera still manages to be valuable to the plot. She reveals to Norman (following an uncomfortable therapy session where she was obviously lying) that her brother forced her to have sex with him when she was a young teenager. And her father was insane and violent, so she knew she had to keep it secret from him or he’d kill her brother. That’s some Maury shit. She tearfully confesses it to Norman because she’s worried that Creepy Guy will kill her. This is probably the first time where I’ve respected the closeness of their relationship (incest aside, natch. Though I’m still waiting for it).
And I’ll give her props for learning how to use a gun in preparation for the showdown. The scene where Dylan teaches her also leads to a touching moment between them (where he calls her “mum” instead of “Norma”), and her reaction to making one of her practice shots is adorbs.
I’m glad that Dylan and Bradley are making progress. Norman even gives him his blessing (falsely), and Dylan says he’ll go for it, then. Please do.
The is-he-or-isn’t-he-evil situation with the Sheriff was super compelling. It turns out (at least that’s how it looks for now) that he isn’t evil. Although he knows about the money, and evidently had some awareness of the sex slave operation, he shoots that shit down. Literally. He then proclaims, and earns third best line this episode, “Not in my town, you piece of shit,” before chucking the money into the water, along with Creepy Guy’s body. “Piece of shit” is my favourite insult, too.
Second best line goes to Creepy Guy, who is surprised when the Sheriff turns up to the exchange instead of Vera: “What happened to the cute but naughty lady who runs the hotel?” That’s pretty much how I’d describe her, too.
Best line goes to Vera herself, who explodes after being slighted by a random townsperson: “Screw off, shithead!” I would have also accepted “fuck off.” This is a safe place for profanity, V.
Emma looks cute in her dress. As does Bradley.
Keith’s sister says that the sex slave operation is in 3 more locations on the coast. So I think we can count on bigger, higher stakes drama coming to town.
Dylan admits what his job is to Vera. She judges him momentarily.
Oh, and as yuck-yuck as Teacher’s intentions were, I’ll give her points for getting in and going for what she wants. She also is overheard arguing on the phone with an “Eric” who is harassing her. An ex-husband? Or a former, inappropriately-aged flame? In any case, bitch knows hot to get the D.