‘Bates Motel’ episode 2 recap: ‘The Convergence of the Twain’ scares up Norman/Romero drama

Things continued to spin out of control for poor Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) in episode two of the series’ final season entitled “The Convergence of the Twain.” Norman is trying to keep up appearances in town while the memory of his dead mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) lives on with him in the form of both an embalmed corpse in the fruit cellar and a split personality that lives inside Norman’s mind. Their unusual relationship is tested once again in this episode as the outside world continues to interrupt their domestic arrangement.

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Norman visits Romero in prison
Norman has figured out that the man the Norma aspect of his personality killed last week was actually someone Romero (Nestor Carbonell) sent to kill him. Norman takes a drive up to the prison Romero is being held in to show him that he is very much alive. Romero pointedly responds that “for now” he is alive.

Norman meets Madeline’s husband
Norman has developed a fondness for a local shop owner named Madeline (Isabelle McNally) who happens to look exactly like a younger version of his deceased mother. Norman runs into Madeline in the local coffee shop where she introduces him to her husband Sam Loomis (Austin Nichols.) Norman recognizes Sam as the man who came to the Bates Motel looking for a motel room for a few hours. Sam then proceeded to have a sexual tryst with a woman that Norman watched thru a peep hole in his office. Norman seems delighted to have an edge on the icy Sam who he now knows has secrets of his own. (BTW for fans of the original Hitchcock film Sam Loomis was played in the film by John Gavin and he was the boyfriend of the murdered shower user played by Janet Leigh).

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Caleb finds out Norma is dead
Norma’s brother Caleb (Kenny Johnson) checks into another motel in town only to be informed by the clerk that his sister Norma has committed suicide. Caleb is later seen visiting Norma’s grave which oddly already has an engraved place for Norman.

Norma discovers Madeline
Norman is in the middle of a double date with Madeline, Sam and another woman when Norma shows up. As the two are leaving Norma sees that Madeline looks like a younger version of herself. This upsets Norma who accuses Norman of being “one of those guys.” Norma (or the Norma part of Norman’s psyche) then flees from Norman and pours her troubles out to a local bartender.

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Caleb and Chick discover Norma’s body
Caleb is in a burst of rage thinking that Norman has harmed his sister. He breaks into Norman’s house and finds the body of Norma in the fruit cellar. Norman (dressed as Norma) knocks him unconscious with a blow to the head. Chick has followed Norman into the house and he sees Norman dressed as Norma to which Norman responds that now he knows Norma is still alive. Chick had been seen earlier in the episode apparently writing a book about Norman and his dead mother.

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