Yes, this is a few days late, but don't hate me - I have reasons - one was that I didn't really like this episode on first watch and wanted to watch it again before reviewing. More importantly I'd just spent two days in hell - the air at work was not working so after the second day I came home expecting to be dead before morning. Then discovered that the air at home isn't worth shit either, so now I'm figuring heart attack or heat stroke I'm beating on heat stroke.

Anyway, on with the review:

Bates Motel 1x04 Trust Me

I am disappointed. Apparently, I shall now have to cancel incest-watch because this episode seems to be telling me that Norma and Norman are not having the hot sexxors. *frownie face* But to be fair that isn't the only reason I didn't like this episode. Actually that has very little to do with the fact that I didn't really like this episode.

In addition to that, I don't like the fact that Emma was totally shelved in the episode where Norman gets it on with Bradley. On the other hand, I'm just not exactly thrilled that Norman and Bradley got it on. Don't ask me why, because it should be nice to see Norman actually getting laid before everything goes all pear-shaped for him. Maybe I'm just afraid for Bradley - I like her, so I don't want her to become one of Norman's first victims, or one of many on Norma's list.

So, yeah, I didn't really love this episode, despite the fact that it did several things I wanted/was hoping for. Detective Guyliner now that we're seeing more of him, and seeing more of him outside of Norma's point of view, he's coming across as I was hoping - not so much a prick so much as a good cop. Also, I really like that Norman (or anyone, for that matter) finally clued Dylan in to why things in the Bates household have been crazier than I assume usual since he showed up.
(I don't know why, but I was hoping Dylan would figure it out, but without having to figure it out on his own.)

Anyway, this episode begins basically before the previous episode ended. Norman was walking trance-like to Shelby's house after "Norma" told him he needed to get the toolbelt back. And, yes, we even saw the motorcycle with Dylan riding down the highway as Norman was walking. Anyway, this episode reveals that Dylan stops and then follows Norman. Basically he then distracts Shelby long enough for Norman to escape - Dylan gets behind the house just in time to see Norman tearing out of there like a bat out of hell.

He confronts Norman, but Norman knows nothing, of course. Also, he (Dylan) later gets busted by Shelby - when he's waiting outside Norma's little motel room of love. Apparently he knew she was banging someone inside, but didn't see who she was banging. Anyway, Dylan like Norman (but without any collaboration between the two - at this point) doesn't like Shelby. Anyway, it appears that Shelby is basically content to pretty much pretend like Norma that Dylan doesn't exist, while he instead weirdly tries to bond with Norman. No, seriously, I'm not kidding that whole thing was as weird as the scene in the first episode where the cops show up out of nowhere at Norma's new motel in the middle of the night.

But probably the main reason I didn't like this episode was because it ended with Norma arrested for Keith's murder. I don't like that for so many reasons. One it just seems weird/wrong that Norma would actually be more than suspected at this point in the series. Then there's the whole thing where Keith raped her and I don't care how many times she stabbed the son of a bitch it was still a justifiable homicide. So, yeah, within the context of the show and based on personal feelings Norma being arrested just drags the whole episode down. But, yeah, seriously, leaving aside my personal feelings/issues I don't really see how this is gonna work within the context of the show, because honestly for things to play out as they must Norma actually can't be pulled out of Norman's life this way.