Bates Motel (2013–2017)
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Goodnight, Mother 

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Norma and Norman each suspect the other of a terrible deed; Dylan contemplates his future with Emma; Romero makes a choice that dramatically impacts the Bates family.


Tim Southam


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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
David Cubitt ... Sam Bates
Louis Ferreira ... Dr. Guynan
Andrew Howard ... Will Decody
Karina Logue ... Audrey
Fiona Vroom ... Vicki Monroe
Dustin Freeland Dustin Freeland ... Deputy
Nelson Leis ... Portland Dad
Hannah Levien ... Portland Woman
Sasha Rojen ... Portland Kid
Elizabeth Weinstein ... Nurse


Dylan is still in Portland, considering recovering Emma's future with her father Will Decody, unaware her mother was slain by Norman in the motel. Despite initially turning down Norma's request for a 'fake marriage' for access to his health insurance, the sheriff bribes the rehab manager promising a marriage certificate in two months, but then Norman must sign for voluntary admission. Norma can't convince him, and when Norman, who insists to step up as motel manager, finds the faxed papers, he believes his beloved mother is the psychotic killer -as his father tells him in a nightmare- trying to frame him, so mother and son play cat and mouse until Alex arrives. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

14 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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[first lines]
Norman Bates: [leaving a phone message] He had a bad episode yesterday. I got home, he had broken a lock on a bedroom door. He was blacked out when I was here that lasted hours. And then he finally fell asleep, and and I just let him sleep. But I-I-I need to get him into your facility as soon as possible...
Voice Prompt: [interrupts] To send your message, press the pound key.
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Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Performed by Bob Hope & Bing Crosby
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Best Episode Of The Entire Series so far!
22 March 2016 | by crenigma478See all my reviews

Wow! What Can I say? I have watched this show from day 1...and let me tell you...this is the best hour it has ever had! The two leads of the show..Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore, are what makes a good show great..and wisely the show chose to focus nearly the entire episode on just them...short of a few minutes.

Its not that I don't like the other characters, in fact the other two stars..Max and Olivia are fantastic...its just that the stories they are given are normally the weak point of the show. With this episode however..we get the best of the best!

I truly believe that if you are a fan of the classic Hitchcock film that the show is based on...this episode is a fantastic companion piece and prequel of sorts to the film.If you watch no other episode of the series...Watch this one!!

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