Bates Motel (2013–2017)
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Norman plans a special event for his mother; Romero experiences pressure over his actions; Dylan considers reaching out to Norman.


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Carlton Cuse (developed for television by), Kerry Ehrin (developed for television by) | 4 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 (credit only)
Nestor Carbonell ... Sheriff Alex Romero
Jay Brazeau ... Justin Wilcock
Ryan Hurst ... Chick Hogan
Alison Matthews ... Doctor
Molly Price ... Detective Chambers
Enid-Raye Adams ... Dr. Smith
Sarwan Badesha ... Paramedic
Graeme Duffy ... Lab Assistant
Wolfgang Klassen ... Cop-DEA
Lisa MacFadden ... Orderly
Don MacKay ... Minister


Norman plans a special event for his mother; Romero experiences pressure over his actions; Dylan considers reaching out to Norman.

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Release Date:

16 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The female detective who questions Romero (Nestor Carbonell) at the start of the episode and later visits Norman (Freddie Highmore) has the last name Chambers (played by Molly Price). This is a homage to Sheriff Al Chambers, played by John McIntire, in Psycho (1998). See more »


Romero is arrested for perjury after allegedly lying to a federal agent. Perjury requires the suspect be under oath when he lied, which Romero was not, therefore perjury is an unsustainable charge. He could, however, be charged with lying to a federal agent and obstruction of justice. See more »


[last lines]
Norma Louise Bates: [stops playing the piano] Hi, honey.
Norman Bates: You're here. You *did* come back. I thought you'd left me.
Norma Louise Bates: I'd never leave you. You know that.
Norman Bates: Mother We're home. We're finally together.
Norma Louise Bates: Yes, honey, forever and ever.
[continues playing "I'll Be Home for Christmas"]
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Written by Mitchell Parish and Hoagy Carmichael
Performed by Glenn Derringer
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We're Finally Together.
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.


This was unexpected. I thought things would end up since usually the seasons in the series tend to end up the running plot leaving us with a satisfying closure. Still, the surprising factor that I will take home with me is how warm the Christmas felt to me, the tune is absorbing in here.

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