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"The Box" is the ninth episode of the second season of Bates MotelIt aired on April 28, 2014. 


Norma tries desperately to connect with Norman; Dylan must make a decision over whether to risk his life to save a loved one; Romero enlists a former colleague to help him ascertain Norman's involvement in a crime.


Nick Ford's henchmen keep Norman in a hot box in a field. Ford tells Norma he will let Norman go if Dylan kills Zane; if not, Norman dies. When Norman tries to escape from the hot box, he trips and Nick Ford's men grab him, finding a newspaper cutting with Blaire Watson's obituary and her pearl necklace. One of the men, Ben, later hands the pearls to Nick Ford, who realizes that Norman killed his daughter.

Dylan, unable to kill Zane, reports to Nick Ford. Fearing for his life, Dylan inadvertently kills Nick by slashing him across the face with a fire poker before he can learn Norman's location. Romero informs Norma that Norman had sex with Blaire Watson, and Norma tells him that Ford has kidnapped Norman. Norma also rejects George and he tells her he never wants to see her again.

Trapped, Norman's sanity slips, causing him to envision his mother saying she will protect him, and he recalls the blackout he had at Blaire Watson's house: it is revealed he sliced her throat while having sex with her and stole her pearl necklace as a trophy. Realizing what he's done, he comes to and screams.


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  • This episode was watched by 2.25 million viewers.
  • While Norman is in the box talking to himself, the dialogue he is quoting is from the 1941 Frank Capra movie Meet John Doe: "I'm gonna talk about us--the average guys, the John Does. If anybody should ask you what the average John Doe is like, you couldn't tell him because he's a million and one things. He's Mr. Big and Mr. Small, he's simple and he's wise, he's inherently honest but he's got a streak of larceny in his heart. He seldom walks up to a public telephone without shovin' his finger into the slot to see if somebody left a nickel there. He's the man the ads are written for. He's the fella everybody sells things to. He's..."


Song Title Performer(s)
I Fall To Pieces Patsy Cline



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Season 2
#201 "Gone But Not Forgotten" #206 "Plunge"
#202 "Shadow of a Doubt" #207 "Presumed Innocent"
#203 "Caleb" #208 "Meltdown"
#204 "Check-Out" #209 "The Box"
#205 "The Escape Artist" #210 "The Immutable Truth"