Bates Motel (2013–2017)
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Norma is torn between Norman and Romero; during a holiday outing, Norman comes to the realization that everyone has changed during his time away.


Stephen Surjik


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
Nestor Carbonell ... Sheriff Alex Romero
Craig Erickson ... Howard Collins
Jaime Ray Newman ... Rebecca Hamilton
Danny Mac ... DEA Officer
Aliyah O'Brien ... Regina
Sian Sladen Sian Sladen ... Ticketing Agent
Christian Tessier ... Stephen


Norman is happy to be back home but biter to find out Norma paid for his therapy with a marriage and consumed it, while lying to him about it. Dylan and Emma were to get a festive sendoff with dinner and Christmas tree selection, but Norman's hostility to Romero spoils everything, he even sort of waves with an ax he chopped wood with out of frustration, especially as Norma seems to claim a love life of her own, Norman blames her having stifled every other love option for him. Federal agents stop Rebecca from returning home to the Midwest for a thorough DEA investigation. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

2 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?


As Romero (Nestor Carbonell) arrives at the motel during the night to see Norma (Vera Farmiga), Norman (Freddie Highmore) enters the room next to hers and removes the painting from the wall, creating a peephole to spy on them having sex. This is a reference to the peephole that he would go on to use in Psycho (1998) to spy on Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) as she showers. See more »


Norma Louise Bates: Norman, there's room in the human heart for more than one person. Didn't doesn't diminish the love that's already there.
Norman Bates: Oh, really? Imagine that we are on a ship at sea. The ship is going down. And there is one tiny boat and room and provisions for two. Who are you gonna put in that boat with you?
Sheriff Alex Romero: Well, maybe you and I get in, Norman, and we leave *her* on the ship.
Norma Louise Bates: [bursts out laughing] No, Alex, don't make jokes. That's inappropriate.
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Jingle Bell Rock
Written by Joe Beal and Jim Boothe
Performed by Brenda Lee
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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.


Maybe, maybe an uncalled drama. The way the chapter is set up could easily be called out miles before it hits the screen. It is a bluff. The game is to tease you and marginally hover around the threat that we know is inevitable as a result all you get is a good meal in the dining table conversation.

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