Bates Motel (2013–2017)
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Norman 

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

Director:

Tucker Gates

Writers:

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

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 Lisa MacFadden ... Orderly
Don MacKay ... Minister

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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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Trivia

Norman (Freddie Highmore) digging up Norma's corpse is a reference to the original film Psycho (1960). Feeling guilty over murdering her, he exhumed her body and eventually mummified it. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

Stardust
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Written by Mitchell Parish and Hoagy Carmichael
Performed by Glenn Derringer
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Season Four
3 July 2019 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

Much like the old Star Trek movies, I've had the unique experience with "Bates Motel" in that I've enjoyed the even-numbered seasons much more than the odd-numbered ones. That pattern holds true for Season Four, as I very much got back on the wagon for this show during this slate of episodes. A renewed focus on Norman/Norma and the show coming to peace with its secondary characters was a big reason for that.

Without giving away any major spoilers, this season really is based on the understanding of Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) that her son Norman (Freddie Highmore) is truly crazy. At the behest of Dylan (Max Theiriot) and with the support (more than ever before) of Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell), she finally gets Norman the professional help he needs...an institution. But how will Norman's mind handle this...his own mother "locking him away"? That is the main theme the entire season focuses on.

Whenever "Bates Motel" really gets down to the nitty-gritty of the Norma/Norman relationship, it succeeds with flying colors. Nothing different here, as both contributing chilling and riveting scenes. I am continually struck by how Highmore is literally transforming himself more and more into the "Anthony Perkins Norman" (from Hitchcock's "Psycho"), and Farmiga needs to get some sort of award before this show is over too.

What made me enjoy this season quite a bit more than the previous one, however, is that this go-round the writers/producers don't seem so set on having the ancillary characters "always up to something". So, no multiple episodes with Dylan building a cabin out in the woods, in other words. Besides the first season, when everything was still in "establishing mode", I've always felt that this show had a real problem with what to do with characters not named Norman/Norma. In seasons two and three, those characters were given things to do that didn't always directly contribute to anything real important. I know you can't just have Highmore and Farmiga in every scene, but I still was let down when they weren't. In Season Four, though, the auxiliary characters are more in just supporting roles for those two leads, and I feel that is when this show functions the best.

A final area about Season Four that particularly stuck out was its final couple of episodes. Those could have been the last episodes of the entire series, even though they didn't need to be (the show was renewed for a fifth and almost certainly final season). They were that jarring and emotional. I liked that shakeup, as it shows that the show runners really have a plan in place for what could be a dynamite final campaign in 2017.

So, though not my all-time favorite season of "Bates Motel" (that would still have to be the second season), Season Four is easily in the second spot. Many iconic moments, and not so much taken taken up by the banality of "finding something for everyone to do".


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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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