Joe and Claire reunite. Claire realizes that Joe has the upper hand in almost every respect–he has a cult of followers who can do her harm and keep her from leaving the house, and he has her son locked up in the house somewhere. But she has one thing he wants that she can use to leverage or bargain with him–her affection.
One thing I find fascinating about serial killers is that they often aren’t completely closed off. They’re not all “empty shells”. They often have some emotional connection, however twisted it may be, and while they are often sociopathic, they are not always full-on sociopaths toward everyone and everything.
Joe is definitely one of these people–he’s diabolical and completely emotionless about the people he kills, but he genuinely, or at least he thinks it’s genuine, loves his wife and his son. That emotional connection is probably something that drew him to Poe in the first place–Poe loved very deeply judging by his wistful and mournful writings, but was unable to experience much of it because of all the loss and grief he endured throughout his life.
Anyway, enough psychobabble.
Ryan and Debra catch a break and discover Joe’s weapons depot and “training facility” where his recruits are “conditioned” and trained for a period of time to make sure they can be trusted.
I’m wondering if the writers are trying to work in a bit of a triangle with Debra, Ryan and Claire–mostly on Debra’s part–but it may be completely innocent. There were a couple scenes in which they seemed to connect on a deeper than professional level, but Mulder and Scully worked side by side without any romantic entanglements for years, so like I said, it could be innocent.
There are only 4 episodes left this season, so we’ll just have to wait and see!
It’s kind of creepy how good this show is. And it’s kind of a creepy show. It actually reminds me of American Horror Story a bit, especially with the opening credits, but mostly with Norman’s moments alone. AHS: Asylum and Norman’s new split personality/hallucination thing are rather in line with one another.
Norman’s brother Dylan has taken a job, an illegal one as seems common in this town, guarding pot fields. A pretty good gig–$300 a day just for hanging out in the woods and making sure nobody comes around or does anything they’re not supposed to with the weed.
While it’s been pretty clear there’s something “wrong” with Norman, I think the impression was that he was mentally unbalanced, not that he was physically ill in any way, but in this episode, he faints in class, falling into his rather petite teacher’s arms, and ends up in the hospital.
We see a few flashes of what was going through his mind in the moments before he blacked out, and they were not unlike the vulgar, cruel, bondage drawings in that journal he found in room four under the carpet.
However, it’s becoming clear that there’s a “normal” high school Norman who just wants to make friends and fit in, even date, and then there’s a darker Norman–one who tries to kill his brother (which he no longer remembers doing), who daydreams about S&M scenes with his teacher, who takes belts off of dead men, and who speaks to his mother when she isn’t even there.
We knew Norma and Deputy Shelby were getting closer, but this episode, we learn just enough about Shelby to understand it. The sheriff got his warrant and searches Norma’s house, where Shelby discovers Keith’s belt that Norman had taken and hid under his bed, as a “memento”.
Norma goes to Shelby’s house to find out what he knows and learns that Shelby seems to be on her side. He wants to protect her and Norman. But, Norman, with his unnatural boyish desire to protect his mother from perceived harm (though it’s pretty clear Norma would go to Shelby willingly), decides to break into Shelby’s house and get the belt back.
But, he discovers more than he expected–a Chinese girl like the one from the journal, in Shelby’s basement, locked up and afraid. However, the episode wraps on a hell of a cliffhanger with Norman still in the basement as Shelby gets home from his shift.
Next week ought to be a doozy 😀
Not quite as busy a Tuesday as usual, but we’ve got two season finales, The New Normal (an hour block starting at Go On‘s usual time), and Justified. Beyond that, we also have Smash and Golden Boy, but it’ll just be Smash for me for that time block.
Just a sidenote: I made some good progress with my Camp Nano project today, too! However, I’ve been avoiding working on marketing stuff for my book, so I’ll need to better this week on that front.
BONUS: I already made the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon post for next week, and it’s awesome! I’ll give you a hint: it has to do with someone from Mad Men, which premieres THIS Sunday night!
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