After the showdown between Norman, Dylan, Norma and Deputy Shelby, it seemed as if the family's troubles in their new town had finally reached an apex. When Sheriff Romero arrives at the Bates Motel and finds Dylan injured, holding a gun and his deputy dead on the front walk, Norma finally decides to come clean. Apparently, she confesses everything starting with the rape and ending with a crazed Shelby brandishing a gun.
While Romero is initially shocked, he quickly pulls himself together and constructs a story that takes into account every misdeed leaving the key players other than himself and Shelby out of the chain of events. For some unknown reason, it is in Romero's best interests to orchestrate a cover-up for Norma and her sons. Like every other resident of White Pine Bay, he must have some nasty secrets or may be protecting someone who yields a great amount of power. So while Norma and Norman get a second chance at a fresh start, the
episode is otherwise filled with an abundance of firsts, all of which
seem likely to soil the Bates' clean slate.