Bates Motel (2013–2017)
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The Escape Artist 

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Norman trusts Cody with a family secret. Dylan finds himself fighting for his life as Zane's drug war escalates. Norma makes a deal with a mysterious man to help stop the bypass while Norman faces some of his childhood demons.


Christopher Nelson


Carlton Cuse (developed for television by), Kerry Ehrin (developed for television by) | 3 more credits »





Episode cast overview:
Vera Farmiga ... Norma Louise Bates
Freddie Highmore ... Norman Bates
Max Thieriot ... Dylan Massett
Olivia Cooke ... Emma Decody
Nestor Carbonell ... Sheriff Alex Romero
Michael Eklund ... Zane Morgan
Paloma Kwiatkowski ... Cody Brennan
Michael O'Neill ... Nick Ford
Kathleen Robertson ... Jodi Morgan
Ian Tracey ... Remo Wallace
Keenan Tracey ... Gunner
Michael J Rogers ... Jimmy Brennan (as Michael Rogers)
Geoff Gustafson ... Brian Fuller
Sarah Hayward ... Assistant City Hall
Sunita Prasad ... Andrea


Cody takes care of Norman until he comes out of his fugue state. He lies and tells her it's never happened before. He learns that she has a difficult situation at home and she shows him her hideaway. When he gets home however, Norma has harsh words about the girl and asks him not to see her again. Norma finds a supporter and a benefactor in her attempt to stop work on the bypass. Nick Ford gives her the ammunition to stop the work, at least temporarily. She doesn't realize just who she's dealing with however. Emma is thinking of having sex with boy she met on the beach and asks Norma for some advice. Romero moves into Norma's motel and subsequently delivers a message to Zane. Written by garykmcd

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31 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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Cody & Norman are in the forest drinking beer, both with their respective bottles. Cody then runs behind the bush and Norman follows, in the next scene, when they appear, neither of them have the bottles. See more »


[first lines]
Cody Brennan: Norman? Norman? Norman!
Norman Bates: [wakes up sitting in her car]
Cody Brennan: Hey, you're back.
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Written and performed by Harry Nilsson
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The Unruly Shah.
13 July 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Bates Motel

Anthony Cipriano, Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, it took these names to recreate the Hitchcockian legacy, balancing the fame and art, it is TV horror- something that hasn't quite cultivated as it has in cinematic life- among the best. First of all, it is one of those rare spin-off that works, it bucks the trend, but that's not saying a lot considering that we haven't had major success in such derivations. And it is to not be easily forgotten that even a huge funded show as such, the series took some time before it started running on the field smoothly. Some might give it a few episodes, personally I think it was from the third season where they finally agreed, in sync, to what or how they have to showcase this troublesome family. And it is a family event.

Unlike the films, this one deals majorly with the reasoning and history of why these members were pushed like such. And as far as that part is concerned, I find that they are hitting all the notes on the right scale. Do notice that whenever a family drama is involved, the chapters soar above all the other genre it claims to be. Some of the best elements are them, these family members, trying to resist and accept each other in the middle of this blood bath and crime sites that they take along with them, wherever they go.

Another expected outcome, is the performance of the cast. The creators have invested smartly on Vera Farmiga and she serves the appetite you were expecting from her. What's surprising is, Freddie Highmore- especially in third season where he transforms from something innocent to less innocent- pouring his soul out, he crafts this infamous character with precision and watery communicative eyes. Just watching these two reside in Bates Motel, makes the day for me.

The Escape Artist

The emotions are often on surface. That's what writers are trying to say, but they aren't expressive enough for you to nod with the weight the battle that it ensues carries. The storyline has always been well placed in this big maze and when it does come together you are surprised and happy.

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