Bates Motel Recap: Episode 1.03 - What's Wrong With Norman?

Emma came to visit Norman and convinced him to research the journal some more. Norman even brought her to the room where he found the book. When Emma tried to describe the previous owner's creepiness, Norman got a text message from Bradley about sharing custody of their plant. He smiled and Emma noticed, but that didn't stop her from continuing to look around. She found some characters under the sink and insisted that the girl from the journal was in that room before.

Norma found Deputy Shelby on the road side and tried to pry some information from him. He told Norma instead that they should talk later during dinner at his place. He'll tell her what she wanted to know and told her not to worry.

Back home, Norma explained to Norman that she was going to see Deputy Shelby that evening to find out if he knew about the belt.

Bates Motel: Recap of Episode 1.03 - What's Wrong With Norman? - Norma & Zack

Norma arrived at Deputy Shelby's all decked out, ready for her information gathering. During drinks, she started to ask about what was going on, but the deputy turned it on Norma to talk about the belt. The deputy found the belt and took it without anyone, including the sheriff, knowing it. He asked her outright if Norman killed Keith and she denied it. Then he started to seduce her.

Enjoying the spoils of their hunt, Dylan told Ethan more about his family, ingeniously cluing us, the audience, in on the Bates family's back story. Ethan was surprised Dylan didn't know where his mother was from.

At home, Dylan found Norman on the couch and had a conversation about their mother and how Norman needed to get out more. They even bonded over their screwed up family and Norman trying to kill Dylan the other night.

Norma came home and found Norman sleeping on her bed. Waking him up, she told him that the deputy had the belt and was going to protect them now. Norman did not like that but Norma insisted that they were fine. When she asked Norman why he kept the belt, he confessed that he wanted to keep mementos. When they hugged, Norman smiled creepily.

At school, Norman approached Bradley but was interrupted by Emma. Emma wanted them to tell the police about her findings and the journal. Norman refused and that sparked something in Norman and he got progressively angrier and angrier before he stopped himself and apologized.

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In his room, Norma told Norman that as long as the deputy had the belt, he'd have control of them. Norman now knew what he had to do. He had to go get the belt. Norma wasn't there. Norman was talking to an imaginary figure. In the dead of night, Norman walked to Deputy Shelby's house alone.

Having made his way inside Deputy Shelby's house, Norman searched extensively and found a large bunch of keys. After escaping from his tussle with a dog, Norman unlocked the basement door and went down. He found a video setup and another room. Inside that room, he found an unconscious Chinese girl with bruises. When she woke, she grabbed his arm and asked for help.

Outside, Deputy Shelby arrived home and entered the house.

What happens next? Was the captive in the basement real or do you think Norman imagined it? It couldn't be such a coincidence, could it? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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