Bates Motel (2013–2017)
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Romero looks into two strange deaths in White Pine Bay; Norma returns to school.


Christopher Nelson


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
Joshua Leonard ... James Finnigan
Kevin Rahm ... Bob Paris
Courtney Richter ... Portia
Tracy Spiridakos ... Annika Johnson
Peter Stebbings ... Trespasser
Keenan Tracey ... Gunner
Nick Hunnings ... Deputy Walker
Aaron Hutchinson ... Paramedic
Manny Jacinto ... Loner Guy


With the death of Annika Johnson in the Bates Motel parking lot, Sheriff Carbonell has a second murder to investigate. He can't quite understand why a wounded Johnson would drive herself to the motel but learns that the car she used belonged to the dead girl they found on the tidal marsh. He knows both girls are connected to the Arcanum club but club president Bob Paris warns him off. Norma is having trouble opening the files on the USB drive Annika gave her. Others are desperate to retrieve that information as well - and seem quite ready to kill for it. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

30 March 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 »


[last lines]
Dylan Massett: [pinning Norman to the ground] You can't tell her, you understand me?
Norman Bates: He raped her!
Dylan Massett: If you tell her, you'll be sorry the rest of your life.
Norman Bates: What are you gonna do, huh Kill me?
Dylan Massett: Please, Norman.
[on the verge of crying]
Dylan Massett: Everything I've built with Mom, it'll, it'll all be destroyed.
Norman Bates: You've already destroyed it. You betrayed mother, and she needs to know.
[gets up and walks away]
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Performed by Joshua James
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Brittle As Brick.
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.


I love how props are playing a vital role now. Also obsession is turned to 11. The nagging is getting into the head and the bickering almost vanished. It is a game of power and adding the outer ingredient, the dish is more edible even though still not spicy enough.

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