Bates Motel

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Jacob Clifton: A+ | 2 USERS: A+
What You Feel Is What You Are

Matt: "I can't get your money back. Not between the highway and your epic bad luck."
Norma: "Then the value. Oahu can't possibly be the most expensive place in the entire universe, oh wait yes it is. Well, just enough for a cottage, then. On Oahu."
Matt: "Baby, it's worth less than it's worth. You're further underwater than a dream of Bradley Martin."
Norma: "I refuse to have that be reality."

But it's the next thing -- "The best thing you can do is to just walk away, let the bank take it back" -- that sends her over the edge. That's how she got the place. That's Keith Summers's mistake, his failure. Not hers. That was the shot, right there, and now Matt is saying, "Let somebody else benefit from your mistake, in turn. Hopefully a man this time." Which is why it does come to pass that she beats the shit out of ol' Matt with her purse.


But the next thing that happens is, she is still pissed when Jake Abernathy turns up in her backseat with a gun, causing her, causing everybody, to scream bloody murder.

#9: "Get the present I left on your bed? Apparently you don't take friendly direction too well, so we're escalating."
Norma: "Thank you for the flowers?"
#9: "Zack Shelby owed me $150,000 from that last batch of girls, and now it's missing. That's what I was looking for on the boat, that's what I've been looking all over for. I talked to everybody else in our sex ring, and they all say it's you."
Norma: "If I had a hundred-fitty grand I would be in Oahu right now."
#9: "Really?"
Norma: "No! Not Oahu. I would never move to Oahu. Ohio, I said."
#9: "I don't care. Come up with the money and bring it to me at the pier at midnight, in next week's episode, entitled 'Midnight.' Or else I will kill your son. Both of them, not just the one you hate. And then I will kill you. Got it?"
Norma: "I guess. Man, today sucks."


Norman brings Emma to the dance, but leaves with Miss Watson. I can't believe it's the finale. What am I going to think and talk incessantly about for the next forty-odd weeks?

JACOB CLIFTON is a freelance writer and critic based in Austin, Texas. He currently recaps The Good Wife, Bates Motel, and Defiance for TWoP. Jacob can be found online at, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as a regular column for, Geek Love.

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