Norman breaks into Deputy Shelby's house, looking for find Keith Summers' belt. Shelby returns home and nearly discovers Norman, but Dylan manages to distract him long enough for his brother to get away.
The next day, Norman goes to meet Emma, but her father, WIll Decody, says she's ill. He also tells Norman that Emma has a crush on him, and that he should be decent to her. Norman assures him that his is decent.
Norma and Shelby have a romantic rendezvous in the motel, but are busted by Dylan, who is shocked to see the cop from the night before with his mother. Shelby is clearly not intimidated by Dylan. Dylan warns Norma that he doesn't trust Shelby, but Norma tells him to mind his own business.
Norman runs into Shelby later that night. He tries to ignore the deputy, but Shelby makes it clear to him that for Norma's sake, he and Norman are going to get to know each other, whether Norman wants to or not.
Norman tells his mother about the manga he found and the girl he discovered in Shelby's basement. Norma is horrified that he would break into Shelby's house, and when Norman tells her he did it because she told him to, she tells him that he sometimes sees and hears things that aren't there. He denies it and storms out.
Shelby convinces Norma to let him take Norman fishing, where they have an awkward conversation about trust until Shelby is called away on police business.
Norman meets with Bradley at an ice cream shop where they bond over talk of death and loss. Norman is having a lovely time until Bradley mentions that the police found a severed hand in the bay.
Norman rushes home to tell his mother about the discovery. He's worried the hand is Keith's. As they talk, there is a knock at the door. It's Shelby, there to take Norma to the station for questioning.
Sheriff Romero tells Norma that they found carpet fibers in Keith's watch that match the carpets she had pulled up the day Keith disappeared, but admits that they don't know where the carpets are to make the match. Romero makes it clear that he considers her his number one suspect, but when she clams up, he dismisses her.
Norma and Norman head to the dumpster where they threw out the carpets, but there's no sign of them and the dump where they may have ended up is closed. Norma freaks out, and Norman tells her she should have just told the police what happened. Norma tells him it wasn't just self defense; she "killed the crap out of him." They return home where Norma cries herself to sleep. Norman, overwhelmed, leaves the house and finds Dylan sitting by the motel rooms.
The brothers share sips of bourbon and Norman tells Dylan everything that has happened. Dylan is shocked, but swears to help him. Norman gets a text from Bradley, and Dylan convinces him to go see her.
Norman and Bradley meet at her house. Her mother is heavily sedated, so they are effectively alone. They spend the night together after Bradley reveals that she's "tired of being sad" and "just wants to feel something else for awhile."
At home, Norma wakes up and searches for Norman. Dylan tells her where he is, and they fight until a pounding at the door breaks it up. Norma answers the door and is arrested by Romero for the murder of Keith Summers. Shelby stands by, unable to intervene.