Norman's issues push Norma to the breaking point; Emma has an unexpected reaction to good news.


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Carlton Cuse (developed for television by), Kerry Ehrin (developed for television by) | 4 more credits »





Episode cast overview:
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
Andrew Howard ... Will Decody
Nicola Peltz ... Bradley Martin
Kevin Rahm ... Bob Paris
Fiona Vroom ... Vicki Monroe
Anika Noni Rose ... Special Agent Liz Babbitt
Colleen Winton ... Ginny


Norma decides she can no longer deal with Norman's problems and visits a group home where he could get the best care. When she speaks to him about it, Norman concludes that his mother has given up on him. Bradley Martin convinces him to run away with her and in the circumstances, he agrees. When he tells his mother he's leaving with Bradley, Norma - believing the girls is dead - is now convinced that Norman is completely mad. Norman makes his escape but once alone in the car with Bradley, he tells her that his mother wants to speak to her. Meanwhile, Emma learns from the hospital in Portland that a transplant donor has been found for her. Afraid, she runs off but Dylan convinces her to go through with it. Written by garykmcd

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During an interview in June 2015, Farmiga (Norma) revealed that she was injured while filming the final scene of the season with Nicola Peltz (Bradley) and Freddie Highmore (Norman), resulting in her having to go to the emergency room. See more »


[first lines]
Dylan Massett: [about Caleb's guitar] Where did this come from?
Norma Louise Bates: Caleb left it for you.
Dylan Massett: He didn't say why?
Norma Louise Bates: No, he just said, "Give this to Dylan," and I didn't ask him to explain it.
Dylan Massett: After all that shit...
Norma Louise Bates: People are generally disappointing, honey. They can't help it. And you can't let it kill you.
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Be My Baby
Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector
Performed by The Ronettes
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The love of a mother to her son
25 May 2015 | by MattBrady099See all my reviews

Norma Louise Bates: "Norman I will kick your ass to the moon and back".

Bates Motel as a TV series has been pretty good so far, I mean it's a lot different from most shows base on a classic horror films. I know we Hannibal which is another TV base on movie and that's great as well. Season 3 as a season was pretty solid and as I said before this is very rare that this happens.

Vera Farmiga as Norma Louise Bates was the stand out of this season and she gave in my opinion the best TV performance of the year and she always steals the show in every episodes she's in. Her performance was Emmy worthy and I heard some rumors about the Emmy nominations and I hope there put her on the list because she owned it.

For a while now I wasn't so sure of Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates because in the first season I thought he did okay. In the second season I thought he did better, I know it's suppose to be a slow build to his craziness but if I have to judge him playing the character I say he did okay, but in this season I sawed the real Norman Bates and a break through performance from Freddie Highmore. He played the harmless boy but really he's dangerous and he pulled that off really well.

The writing was fine, the rest of the cast did good and some of the character's this time actually matted and wasn't forgettable as the other ones.

Now for problems and these not a lot that I can name off: When I said about some of the character's matted, well these some didn't and those character's are not very interesting and don't do anything with the show. This was my other problem with the previous seasons and it's still happening in this season.

Overall season 3 was a solid season just like the second season of the show.

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