Bates Motel (2013–2017)
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With Jake Abernathy expecting her to meet him at midnight with the $150,000 Norma goes to Sheriff Romero for help. He assures her that he will take care of it and that she has nothing to ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Farmiga ... Norma Louise Bates
Freddie Highmore ... Norman Bates
Max Thieriot ... Dylan Massett
Olivia Cooke ... Emma Decody
Nicola Peltz ... Bradley Martin
Jere Burns ... Jake Abernathy
Nestor Carbonell ... Sheriff Alex Romero
Hiro Kanagawa ... Dr. Fumhiro Kurata
Keegan Connor Tracy ... Miss Blaire Watson
Richard Harmon ... Richard Sylmore
Emmalyn Estrada Emmalyn Estrada ... Hayden
Jenna Romanin Jenna Romanin ... Jenna
Brittney Wilson ... Lissa
Jillian Fargey ... Maggie Summers
D. Harlan Cutshall ... Pedestrian


With Jake Abernathy expecting her to meet him at midnight with the $150,000 Norma goes to Sheriff Romero for help. He assures her that he will take care of it and that she has nothing to worry about. Not quite assured, Norma asks Dylan to get her a gun and show her how to use it. Romero visits Keith Summers' sister Maggie and learns Jake Abernathy's real name. Norma visits Dr. Kurata, without Norman, to get his advice on how to handle stress but leaves when his questions caused her to be ill. She shares a deep dark secret with Norman. Norman overhears his teacher Miss Watson having an argument with someone over the telephone. She is clearly upset and Norman promises not to tell anyone. Her attraction to Norman is obvious. Norman asks Emma to go to the winter dance but it doesn't go well after he keeps staring at Bradley. Her boyfriend has something to say about it as well. Forced to walk home in the rain, a friend offers him a ride. Written by garykmcd

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20 May 2013 (USA) See more »

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Before Norman goes to the dance with Emma, Norma's cell phone with a blue case is visible on a side table. Emma arrives, and Norma shows her and Norman out just as Abernathy calls Norma's cell and it vibrates in her pocket. At no point during an intense conversation with Norman nor the subsequent continuous scene with Emma does Norma have a chance to move her phone from the side table to her back pocket. See more »


Norma Louise Bates: You called me "Mom."
Dylan Massett: What?
Norma Louise Bates: Yeah. You haven't done that in like, I don't know how long.
Dylan Massett: Yeah, well you have a loaded gun in your hands, Norma.
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Season One
2 July 2019 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

When I first became aware that "Bates Motel" was coming to A&E, I was fascinated (as a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho") to see what direction the show would take the Bates characters. Unfortunately, there is too little of that juicy dramatic material in this show (at least so far) and far too much "stand-alone" stuff that just isn't interesting enough to hold my interest.

For a basic plot summary, the show sees Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) and her two sons Norman (Freddie Highmore) & Dylan (Max Theriot) trying to start a new life after the death of Mr. Bates by opening a motel in a small-town community. What they don't know, however, is that the town has more mysterious within it than those already bubbling to the surface of the crazy Bates family itself!

The trouble with this show is that it could almost be considered false advertising for fans like me (e.g. those watching for the nods to "Psycho" continuity). The series is 75% focused on original dramatic plotlines with only 25% on the real "meat" of the mother-son relationship that really should fuel the story. Basically, every episode would leave me mostly disappointed (and not raring to watch the next, by any means) but also with a nugget or two of really good canon material.

On the one main positive note, the acting in this show is excellent. Farmiga is chilling as Mrs. Bates, while one could easily see Highmore turning into a picture-perfect Anthony Perkins Norman.

Of course, that is just one man's opinion. I have a brother who also watches the show (he has never seen Psycho) and he loves the original plots. So, perhaps it really in this case does depend on why exactly you are sitting down to watch the show in the first place. If you just want another mini-series type drama, it might be okay for you. But if, like me, you have high expectations of the showing becoming true "Psycho canon" material, then you'll likely be disappointed (I actually consider the events of "Psycho IV" to be just as, if not more, interesting than this show so far in terms of explaining the backstory of Norman Bates).

I'll probably be back for the Second Season of this show, but it will be grudgingly and with a short leash. If it continues to only tease and tease with very little "payout", I don't think I could give it an entire season to play out again.

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