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[S1E2] Our Town



This week, Bates Motel was a lot more low-key than last, but it was no less strange. I gave most of the kudos to Vera Farmiga for her wacky, totally creepy performance as Norma, but already Freddie Highmore is really starting to find his own inner creep, from his nascent violent tendencies to his obsession with snuff manga. In fact, there are very few things about White Pine Bay that aren't creepy, and this is where the Twin Peaks comparisons start to gain traction (ever so slightly, or did I confuse that with Top of the Lake? So many creeper shows on right now). The town is described by Deputy Shelby as being fake (how could people without real jobs have such fancy homes and drive such fancy cars?) with a vigilante underground. Will the Bates fit in, or will they be targeted? Hit the jump for why "I'm your mother, it's not like it's weird or anything."




[S1E2] Our Town



I didn't realize until this week how well Bates Motel had done in the pilot of establishing the world and main characters enough that already in the second episode we could expand on that (more Emma, meeting Dylan, the development of Deputy Shelby's crush on Norma) without a ton of exposition. The town is opening up in a way that makes it more than just the story of How Norman Became A Killer, which is certainly good news for the show. While it does, presumably, have to end up in a certain place, it also is finding a way to make itself more than just a prequel homage.


Though Dylan immediately gets himself drawn up in the seedy side of White Pine Bay, his descent helps illustrate this dark undercurrent that Deputy Shelby suggests to Norma. It also looks like that will tie in to whatever it was happened to Bradley's dad (burning seems to be a popular way to deal with problems in the town), and I liked that that didn't get wrapped up all in one episodes.


In fact, the episode was already a building block, setting up the fact that the manga is seemingly real (when Norman and Emma find the shed), and that the pot fields and other illegal goings on are just beneath the surface. The town seems to have a dark energy to it that also propels Norman into some unsavory directions, from peeping on his mom (and liking it, just a little!) to trying to kill his brother. In fact, compared to his mother and brother, Dylan may well be awarded citizen of the month.


Especially when it means putting your own life at risk; at this point, you've survived days, months, potentially years in a literal hell, and it would be so easy to turn your back on people you've never met if it means you get to see another day. But that's clearly not what is going on in this town.


Spending more time at Colony House lets us see the house in much more depth, and it's definitely an acquired taste. Communal living isn't for everyone, and we already knew there was a divide between the townsfolk and the Colony people that becomes crystal clear once the guys get Tabitha, Julie, and Jade to the house.


To hear her tell it is to believe that she's been coerced into committing murders that will instill greater fear into the town. Each murder just intensifies the panic, and if I had to guess, the reason they were able to achieve so many days without incident is due to keeping the ever-present dread as low as possible.


Obviously, it's not an answer I expect to get any time soon, but that's another fascinating thing to note. Why NOW would two cars descend upon the town? And why NOW is Sara being haunted and forced to slaughter her own?


Boyd: Look, these talismans, they will protect the houses in town. I don't know why it works, but you got one of those, you keep the doors and windows shut, they can't get in. Never tried it on a vehicle. Jim: This is impossible. Boyd: Yeah. It is.


Arondir and Bronwyn investigate the ruined town of Hordern. They find a secret passage and Arondir bravely steps into the darkness, probably thankful for something to do after being relieved of his 70-year-long post.


I personally have never been verbally eviscerated by a hottie at a ball, but can't argue with Charlotte's coping strategy: a bracing swim in the sea followed by a walk through town. The only downside is that she runs into Sidney who is still wearing his leather pants and a scowl, and studiously avoids eye contact. Not gonna lie to you, readers, I'm cooling on him.


Charlotte comes upon Tom Parker in his study, which is a DISASTER. Now reader, I know you can't see my own desk, but rest assured that if I'm saying Tom's office is a disaster, it's a real disaster indeed. Thankfully for him, Charlotte loves to sort things and is preternaturally helpful. This is perfect timing because Tom happens to be looking for an assistant. Just to prove how great she is, Charlotte proceeds to geek out over Tom's model Sanditon village and the architect pattern book he's using to design the town like some bizarre paint-by-numbers. They even go on a field trip to check out the job site and the cute construction foreman Mr. Stringer. Charlotte impresses everyone with her insights and her knowledge of building materials. By the end of this encounter, Young Stringbean is at least a little in love with Charlotte, which is a big mood even though his reasoning seems to be 95% based on her knowledge of slate.


Meanwhile, Ridgeway and Homer arrive in town and continue on the hunt for Cora and Caesar. They hear word of this skyscraper in Griffin, which is enough to pique their interest and continue on their hunt.


Just when it seemed as though Jamestown had lost the particularly bonkers style of storytelling that made it such fun to watch, the series comes roaring back with an installment that features everything from unhygienic outdoor surgery, drug-fueled nightmare visions, an out of wedlock pregnancy, a murder cover-up and some super awkward match-making.


My goal is your goal. To see our town thrive, to see it grow, but yet to keep its small town spirit and its small town power of caring for our neighbor. My administration will be transparent. We will run our town as a business. We have many plans ahead, we have many goals, and we look forward to watching our town grow with you!


The Town of Church Point is known for many attractions, like the Buggy Town Playground, Le Vieux Presbytere, Cajun Woodstock and Courir de Mardi Gras. We have many places to visit and events to be a part of here in Church Point. Many new and great ideas are being developed to continue tourism in our town.


Host Ira Glass talks with Larry Wegielski. For almost 50 years, Larry and his wife Ve-ve were inseparable. They worked together 13 hours a day, 6 days a week in a liquor store. If Ve-ve had an appointment somewhere in town, Larry would drive her. They even had a slogan: "Side by side, baby." When Ve-ve died, Larry wasn't ready to stop being together, so he came up with a plan to continue spending time with her. Sort of.


As expected, Honor, Loa, and Tane continue to meet nothing but hatred of prejudice as the townsfolk refuse to give them any treats. Some of the bratty kids throw flour on them, but Able comes to their rescue, giving Honor a chance to step up and punch the bully.


THE WARREN HOMEThe Napiers help a military family with three young kids transition to small-town life, renovating a run-down 1917 Craftsman cottage to create a family friendly dream home.


THE CARSON HOMEErin and Ben Napier welcome a new military family to town and help them transform a plain, drab box of a house into a home with loads of charm and a European soul.


THE WALKER HOMEErin and Ben Napier help a returning resident and her family transition from the city lights of Chicago back to small-town living in Mississippi. For their new home, a 1955 bungalow with modern era features is brought back from disrepair and given a fresh and vibrant look.


THE HAYES HOMEAfter living in Nashville for the last 15 years, this country music singer is looking to put down roots in small town Mississippi. She has set her budget and has provided Ben and Erin with a wish list that includes a historic home with a space for entertaining and a spa-like master bath.


After the excellent start to Sherwood on Monday night, all eyes were on episode two. That first instalment to this story introduced us to a sprawling, top-line ensemble cast who were tasked with bringing to life the story of a former mining community in Nottinghamshire, rocked by the murder of father, grandfather and former miner, Gary Jackson. Instead of many of his colleagues, Jackson was fully and passionately in agreement with the strike, while many of the miners in the town chose to carry on working.


Welcome to the deadliest podcast in town! In the second instalment, Bobby Mair (8 Out Of 10 Cats, @elevenish, Virtually Famous) shares his life-threatening views on the apocalypse, Gandhi and olives, amongst multiple other mortal subjects.More episodes: _bread/Produced by Louise-Afzal Faerkel, music by Grace Savage, post by Ben Worlidge, photography by Richard Davenport.Special thanks to Toast Rack bakery (Wandsworth Common).Find out more about Anneka here: ://www.vivienneclore.com/artiste/anneka-harry-2/ out more about Bobby here: ://www.bobbymair.net/Listen to Frank Sinatra's rendition of My Way here: =5AVOpNR2PIs


Michael is upset to find out that his "brothel buddy" Barry has also been enjoying Hayley's favours; and the girls consider ditching Maureen for an upscale outfit in town. While he's waiting in the Debonnaire's reception area, Michael is talking to Barry about going on holiday. Upstairs, he carries on the conversation with Hayley, and tells her that his fantasy is for the two of them to move to a villa in Kefalonia. "Don't you ever want to get away from it all?" he asks. "It must get quite depressing hanging around all day with prostitutes." "Michael," responds Hayley cheerfully, "I am a prostitute!". 041b061a72


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