Bates Motel (2013–2017)
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Norma Louise 

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Norma contemplates a life outside of White Pine Bay; Emma and Dylan bond while helping Norman.


Phil Abraham


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





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Farmiga ... Norma Louise Bates
Freddie Highmore ... Norman Bates
Max Thieriot ... Dylan Massett
Olivia Cooke ... Emma Decody
Kenny Johnson ... Caleb Calhoun
Nestor Carbonell ... Sheriff Alex Romero
Wilson Bethel ... Taylor
Tomiwa Edun ... Marcus Young
Ryan Hurst ... Chick Hogan
Joshua Leonard ... James Finnigan
Peter Stebbings ... Trespasser
Madyson Parsons Madyson Parsons ... Young Norma (12yr)
Travis Breure Travis Breure ... Young Caleb (13yr)
Valerie Tian ... Clerk
Dominique Fricot Dominique Fricot ... Singer


After Dylan and Norman calmly suggest to her that she meet with her brother Caleb, Norma has a panic attack and runs off. She has nowhere to go but checks into a motel to sort herself out. She buys a new car and goes to a bar where a pick-up doesn't work out as planned. She finally ends up at James Finnegans' house where he tries to get to the root of her problem. Back home, a traumatized Norman has a blackout but Dylan sees him in full Norma-mode, dressed as their mother and making breakfast for him in the kitchen. Elsewhere, Sheriff Romero is recovering in the hospital from the attempt to kill him and gets a visit from Marcus Young. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

13 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Vera Farmiga (Norma) and Joshua Leonard (James Finnigan) previously starred together in Higher Ground (2011). See more »


[first lines]
Norman Bates: [throwing kitchen items] Get her back, Dylan! Get her back!
Dylan Massett: Calm down!
Norman Bates: Not calming down! She's never left me!
Dylan Massett: Stop it!
Norman Bates: No!
Dylan Massett: You have to! She's coming back!
Norman Bates: She's not gonna come back! She hates me! She hates me now, Dylan, and it's all your fault!
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A Sober Party.
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.

Norma Louise

It is trippy because it dares to project the hidden or maybe inner reality on screen. But it also does it in front of other characters too. That nakedness is not vulnerable but scary, no one's being coy but brave about it something that can maybe only happen in this hotel.

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