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What's Wrong with Norman 

Dylan starts his new job and there is more to Deputy Shelby, than meets the eye.

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Emma is obsessing over their inadvertent discovery of the marijuana field and is convinced the sketch in the journal Norman found in room 4 - a girl being killed and then buried in the woods - is real. They find a Chinese symbol drawn under the sink.Dylan starts his new $300 a day job - guarding those same the same marijuana fields.Norman collapses at school but all of the medical tests are negative. Sheriff Romero arrives at the Bates' home with a search warrant and Norman can't find Keith Summer's belt. Norma gets in touch with Deputy Zack Shelby who helps her out. After an imaginary conversation with his mother, Norman decides to take matters into his own hands and heads off to Shelby's house. He's not quite prepared for what he finds. Written by garykmcd

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(at around 18 mins) When Emma drags her oxygen cart up the front stairs of the Bates' house, the dramatic camera angle takes in the full width of the house, and it appears extremely narrow. Given that the front door is about 3 feet wide, the whole house is clearly less than 25 feet wide. There is also a long shot of the house in the previews, and we can see that the house is actually wider than it is deep. And yet there are in-door shots showing rooms that are much larger than this. See more »

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Dylan Massett: This where they shot Deliverance?
Ethan Chang: What's that?
Dylan Massett: A movie. Ya know, "Boy, you got a pretty mouth."
Ethan Chang: What kinda movies you watch?
Dylan Massett: The kind where bad things happen to people in the middle of the woods.
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What's Wrong with Norman
1 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

Bates Motel: 'What's Wrong with Norman' (2013)

Rating: B+

A&E's "Bates Motel" mini-series is basically going to be re-working PSYCHO IV. If you've seen that film then you know it shows what was going on with Mrs. Bates and Norman before the events in the original Alfred Hitchcock film. While that prequel wasn't perfect, it at least put a nice wrap-around story to the original film.

The third episode finds Norma (Vera Farmiga) and Norman (Freddie Highmore) once again being stalked by the local sheriff who is still trying to prove that they are behind a local man's disappearance. As all of this is going on Norman continues to try and build a relationship with two different girls with both of them needing something different. This episode also finds Dylan Bates (Max Thieriot) learning what his new job is going to be.

Thankfully this third episode is a major step up from the previous one and this one here contains probably the best writing of anything up to this point. I think there were a lot of very strong points here including the terrific scenes where we see some relationships building stronger. There's a very good sequence between Norman and Dylan that actually works perfectly well for both characters. We also get a sequence where we see that Norman is slowly losing his mind and the way this is handled was perfectly done. I also thought the tension in the relationship between mother and son is growing more weird by the moment. The film takes a few new twists in regards to the disappearance, which I won't ruin but it's certainly interesting. With that said, the search for the missing girl just doesn't seem to be working and this too leads to something rather silly. Still, the ending is quite good and it certainly makes you want to see what's going to happen next.


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