Bates Motel Season 4 Episode 8: “Unfaithful”
Directed by Steven Surjik
Written by Freddie Highmore
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke A&E
Air Date: Monday, May 2nd, 2016, 9pm
Last week on Bates Motel, Dylan (Max Thieriot) could not stop looking for the truth of what happened to Emma’s (Olivia Cooke) mom. He confronted Norma (Vera Farmiga), but she screamed at him. Norman (Freddie Highmore) found out his mother married Romero (Nestor Carbonell), and after some mind games from both, she admitted it – but said it was one just of convenience. Norman manages to get her to agree to let him come home, against Dr. Edwards better judgment.
Bates Motel 4.8 “Unfaithful” review: Norman is home, questioning the big TV and the choice of movies. There is no heat and he wants to sleep in her bed, but he can tell things are different. Remember how they used to cuddle? She won’t be straight with him though. “I’m really really happy!” Sure you are, Norma.
Romero and Norma miss each other, but she is not ready to tell Norman yet.
Mother and son conversation is stilted. Her attempt at levity – “Welcome home to your freezing house.” They laugh. There are so many things inside all of those looks.
Norman goes to thank Alex, who is genuinely glad to see him. Norman is grateful, but we all know the many faces of Norman. He wants them to get a divorce… “so as not to expose your fraud.”
Dylan is hesitant about Norman being home and Romero moving out, but agrees to come over that night before he drives away to Seattle.
Rebecca is stopped at the airport by the DEA. They want her to roll on Romero.
Norma visits Romero at his house. She doesn’t want to give him up, but also doesn’t want to tell Norman. What is a girl with a criminal sheriff husband and a psychotic son to do?
Dylan and Emma come over. She’s nervous. “Aw come on, it’s my family. How could it be weird?” Norman is genuinely happy for Dylan and Emma. He appreciates her friendship. I am getting as worried as Dylan. Hurry up and go to Seattle! I feel like one of you is going to die.
They go to the tree lot. Norman is trying too hard. Dylan: “It’s a Christmas miracle.” Emma is the only one actually happy (to breathe). Norma is moody. Surprise! She does have a bit of a reason though. In regular people world, it’s not nice to go behind your mother’s back and tell her husband to divorce her. They hash it out at the tree lot. She admits she likes Romero and he pukes.
We see the origin of his 1st peephole, used to spy on Norma and Alex.
Then there was family dinner, complete with a screaming match and an ax. Oh yeah. We all know where this is headed. There are only 2 episodes left in the season, and I keep expecting almost everyone to die any second.
Every time I watch I have more questions:
– Will Emma and Dylan make it to Seattle or die first? What about her dad?
– Will Romero go to jail or die first? (If it is following the Psycho lore, Romero would die at the same time as Norma).
– Where the heck is Chick (Ryan Hurst)? I keep feeling like he’s going to show up and threaten one or all members of this family, and either Caleb (Kenny Johnson) will show up to save them (and die) for closure purposes, or Norman will save them, staving off his complete family annihilation until next season.
– Will Dylan solve the mystery of Emma’s mom’s disappearance?
The music was exceptionally written and was its own character. It was so anticipatory and strategically placed. The whole episode was a potential jump scare.
This episode was written by the uber-talented Freddie Highmore, who has a long, successful career ahead of him. The little comedic quips (usually made my Norma during her scream-y moments) were in abundance.
Dear Carlton Cuse – please let the last scene of the series be “Marion Crane rolling up.” Cuse said in a 2013 interview with EW that the series would not necessarily end that way. It’s necessary! It’s necessary!
Bates Motel airs Monday nights at 9:00pm ET on A&E.