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Norma Louise Bates (Character)
from "Bates Motel" (2013)

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Psycho III (1986)
Norma Bates: Put me closer to the window.
Norman Bates: Someone will see you, Mother.
Norma Bates: Are you ashamed of me?
Norman Bates: You know why, Mother. They've even written about you in the newspapers.
Norma Bates: Stop your whining, boy. All this fuss over nothing.
Norman Bates: Not nothing. I-I saw her. Even the initials on her suitcase, "M.C." Marion Crane.
Norma Bates: Another of your cheap erotic delusions, out of your cheap erotic imagination. You killed her. The slut deserved it. But she's dead and the dead don't come back.
Norman Bates: Y-Y-You came back.
Norma Bates: I never went away don't you know that by now? You can't get rid of me. I'll always be with you Norman. Always. Stand up straight and wipe your snotty little nose. If the disgusting little whore is going to upset you so much, just get rid of her.
Norman Bates: No!
Norma Bates: Then maybe I will.

Norma Bates: You dirty, dirty boy
Norman Bates: But I... I didn't do anything, Mother... I didn't do anything, Mother. She's a nice girl.
Norma Bates: She's a whore.
Norman Bates: But we didn't do anything.
Norma Bates: You let her come between us.
Norman Bates: But this... It isn't right. It isn't natural.
Norma Bates: It's perfectly natural for a son to love his mother.
Norman Bates: God, will you leave me alone, Mother? Will you leave me alone?

Norma Bates: Get that whore out of my house! Throw her down in the muck and filth where she belongs!
Norman Bates: I'll get you for this, Mother. I'll get you for this.
Norma Bates: You haven't got the guts, boy.

Norma Bates: It's lies. It's all lies. Norman, she's a lying whore!
Tracy Venable: Norman! Norman where are you?
Norma Bates: She's a slut!
Tracy Venable: Norman!
Norma Bates: Don't let her talk about me like that!
Tracy Venable: Norman! Please, Norman, please listen to me! Norman, Mrs. Bates, whoever you are, damn it doesn't it make any difference in that demented brain of yours?
Norma Bates: Kill her, boy. Get her! Just like the others! Get her!
Tracy Venable: Oh! No! Don't! No! Please! Norman, no!
Norma Bates: [Norman stabs mother] Norman! Can't you do anything right? How dare you treat your mother in such... a... way... Norman.
Norman Bates: So I don't have the guts, huh?

Norma Bates: [to Tracy] Why can't you leave my poor son, my poor Norman alone?

Norma Bates: Norman, is that you?
Norman Bates: Yes, Mother, it's me.

"Bates Motel: First You Dream, Then You Die (#1.1)" (2013)
Norma Louise Bates: Norman, no matter what, this'll become public. And it'll be in all the papers. Everyone in town will know about it. Who is going to book a room in the "rape-slash-murder" motel?

Norma Louise Bates: This is the part where you say, "Mother, this is beautiful. I am so happy we're moving here. You are so smart to have thought of this.""
Norman Bates: Mother, this is so beautiful. I'm so happy you're making me move here. You're so smart to force me to do things I have no say in.
Norma Louise Bates: You're an ass.

Norma Louise Bates: Norman, this is our chance to start over.
Norman Bates: Maybe some people don't get start to over. Maybe they just bring themselves to a new place.

Norman Bates: Mother, are you sure we shouldn't call for help?
Norma Louise Bates: No one's ever going to help us, Norman. No one's ever helped us.

[last lines]
Norma Louise Bates: What's important is, we're together. And as long as we're together, nothing bad can really happen. Right, Norman?
Norman Bates: Right, mother.

"Bates Motel: Trust Me (#1.4)" (2013)
Norman Bates: I told you to call the police the night it happened, I told you this was a bad idea! You had every right to defend yourself!
Norma Louise Bates: But I didn't defend myself, I killed the crap outta him!

Norma Louise Bates: Honey, sometimes you hear and see things that aren't there.
Norman Bates: It's not true.
Norma Louise Bates: It's true. I don't want you to worry but you've done this for a while. You know, it's like some kind of trance or something.

Norman Bates: I don't trust him.
Norma Louise Bates: Norman, you're just jealous, you're not used to me having someone.
Norman Bates: I'm not jealous, you're my mother not my girlfriend!

Norman Bates: Whatever.
Norma Louise Bates: Did you just "whatever" me?

Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990) (TV)
Chet Rudolph: Where does that boy get his ways?
Norma Bates: Not from me.

[Norman is on top of Norma]
Norma Bates: Get off of me! You are going to forget once and for all about that filthy thing of yours! You'll forget that you even have one of those things! Do you understand me, boy?
[Norma puts a dress and lipstick on Norman]
Norma Bates: There, that should help you forget it. See, look at yourself, boy. Girl. Yes, girl.
Young Norman Bates: No, not a girl.
Norma Bates: Mama's little girl.
[puts him in the closet]
Young Norman Bates: No. No, Mother, please! Please, Mother. Don't leave me here.
Norma Bates: [opens door, hands him a pitcher] Here, take this! You're gonna need it. You're gonna stay locked in there until you learn not to say "No" to your mother when she tells you you're a girl.
Norma Bates: And you'll probably have to make wee-wee and you'll squat over this. That's all that thing of yours is for, making wee-wee. You clear on that? Answer me, you clear on that, Norma?
[closes door]
Norma Bates: [sobbing] No, please, Mother! Don't leave me here alone! Dear God, don't let her... Please, Mother.

[Norma starts to hit Norman]
Young Norman Bates: What's the matter? What did I do?
Norma Bates: Nothing, nothing, nothing!
Young Norman Bates: Then why are you hitting me?
Norma Bates: Who else can I hit?
[gives him the newspaper]
Norma Bates: There not going to build it where the highway is. No, because from there the world would still be able to see us. It's gonna be miles away. Nobody will even know we're here!
Norma Bates: They're putting us out of business. What am I going to do? How will we live? You, you're just like my father. Never a drop of sympathy!
Young Norman Bates: I'm sorry.
Norma Bates: Sorry for what? What the hell good are you if you can't show a little sympathy?
Young Norman Bates: Well, I don't know how.
Norma Bates: No, you just know how to cause trouble. Because of you my bladder's damaged. I can't hold water. That's why I'm always running to the toilet. Did you know that?
Young Norman Bates: Yes, I know.
Norma Bates: I was fine until I gave birth to you. You caused a lot of damage. I should have gotten rid of you the day I found out I was gonna have you. Not one thing you've ever said or done has made all I've gone through with you worthwile! Not one blessed thing! I should have killed you in my womb. You sure as hell tried to kill me getting out of it.

[Norma finds pornography in Norman's bedroom]
Norma Bates: You dirty little pig! Take that right out to the garbage!
[Norman starts to put his clothes on]
Norma Bates: No! Go as you are! Maybe the rain will wash some of the dirt out of your system! Pig! Dirty pig! Dirty as your whole whore-mongering sex!
Norma Bates: [Norman goes outside in the rain, throws away the magazine, turns, sees his mother with a raincoat for him] Some day I'm going to wish I'd been firmer with you.

"Bates Motel: Midnight (#1.10)" (2013)
Dylan Massett: I don't need you passing judgement on me or on anything I do, okay. I'm 22 years old, I'm an adult.
Norma Louise Bates: Yeah, barely.
[shoots again at the targets]
Dylan Massett: Who's not the adult? I'm trying to teach you how to use a firearm, and you're doing whatever the hell you want.

Norma Louise Bates: You called me mom.
Dylan Massett: What?
Norma Louise Bates: Yeah. You haven't done that in like, I don't know how long.
Dylan Massett: Yeah, well you have a loaded gun in your hands, Norma.

Norma Louise Bates: Norman, you know what you have to do.

"Bates Motel: Unconscious (#3.10)" (2015)
[first lines]
Dylan Massett: [about fiddle] 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.

Norma Louise Bates: I'm not always gonna be in this world, Norman. Okay, you're gonna out-live me. And I want you to be safe.

[last lines]
Norma Louise Bates: It's okay. I will take care of all of this. Okay, no one will ever know. It'll be our secret. But you can't ever tell anyone, okay? You promise?
Norman Bates: I do.
Norma Louise Bates: Then we'll always be together. Hmm, won't that be nice?
Norman Bates: Yes, Mother. Yes, it will.

Psycho (1960)
Norma Bates: [voice-over] No! I tell you no! I won't have you bringing some young girl in for supper! By candlelight, I suppose, in the cheap, erotic fashion of young men with cheap, erotic minds!
Norman Bates: [voice-over] Mother, please...!
Norma Bates: [voice-over] And then what? After supper? Music? Whispers?
Norman Bates: [voice-over] Mother, she's just a stranger. She's hungry, and it's raining out!
Norma Bates: [voice-over] "Mother, she's just a stranger"! As if men don't desire strangers! As if... ohh, I refuse to speak of disgusting things, because they disgust me! You understand, boy? Go on, go tell her she'll not be appeasing her ugly appetite with MY food... or my son! Or do I have tell her because you don't have the guts! Huh, boy? You have the guts, boy?
Norman Bates: [voice-over] Shut up! Shut up!

Norman Bates: [voice-over] Now mother, I'm going to uh, bring something up...
Norma Bates: [voice-over] Haha... I am sorry, boy, but you do manage to look ludicrous when you give me orders.
Norman Bates: [voice-over] Please, mother.
Norma Bates: [voice-over] No! I will not hide in the fruit cellar! Ha! You think I'm fruity, huh? I'm staying right here. This is my room and no one will drag me out of it, least of all my big, bold son!
Norman Bates: [voice-over] They'll come now, mother! He came after the girl, and now someone will come after him. Please mother, it's just for a few days, just for a few days so they won't find you!
Norma Bates: [voice-over] "Just for a few days"? In that dark, dank fruit cellar? No! You hid me there once, boy, and you'll not do it again, not ever again; now get out! I told you to get out, boy.
Norman Bates: [voice-over] I'll carry you, mother.
Norma Bates: [voice-over] Norman! What do you think you're doing? Don't you touch me, don't! NORMAN! Put me down, put me down, I can walk on my own...

[last lines]
Norma Bates: [voiceover in police custody, as Norman is thinking] It's sad, when a mother has to speak the words that condemn her own son. But I couldn't allow them to believe that I would commit murder. They'll put him away now, as I should have years ago. He was always bad, and in the end he intended to tell them I killed those girls and that man... as if I could do anything but just sit and stare, like one of his stuffed birds. They know I can't move a finger, and I won't. I'll just sit here and be quiet, just in case they do... suspect me. They're probably watching me. Well, let them. Let them see what kind of a person I am. I'm not even going to swat that fly. I hope they are watching... they'll see. They'll see and they'll know, and they'll say, "Why, she wouldn't even harm a fly..."

"Bates Motel: Persuasion (#3.3)" (2015)
[first lines]
Sheriff Alex Romero: Thanks for for getting down here so fast.
Norma Louise Bates: Of course.
Sheriff Alex Romero: I'm sorry I have to ask you to do this. They uh they found her floating in the tidal flats.
Norma Louise Bates: Okay.
[moving over to the body]
Norma Louise Bates: Oh, I think it's her. I recognize the toenail polish. God, I think it's her.
Sheriff Alex Romero: [pulls the sheet down]
Norma Louise Bates: It's not her.
Sheriff Alex Romero: You're sure?
Norma Louise Bates: I'm sure.

Norma Louise Bates: Did you kill her?
Norman Bates: Mother, stop it.
Norma Louise Bates: I'm just trying to help you, kiddo.
Norman Bates: I can't remember if I did. It's all starting to blur in my head.
Norma Louise Bates: Remember when you were trapped in that box and you couldn't get out, and you thought you were going to die all alone buried in the ground? You remembered everything in there, didn't you?

[last lines]
Norma Louise Bates: [walking out to the parking lot] Annika? Oh my God, you're alive! You're alive! Are you are you okay? Are you okay?
Annika Johnson: [walking unsteadily holding her stomach and then tips over]
Norma Louise Bates: Oh! Oh, God! Oh. What Oh, God!
Annika Johnson: You have to use this.
[presses something into her hand]
Annika Johnson: Use it! Do something with it. It's important. Use it for you and your son.
[passes out]
Norma Louise Bates: What Oh, no. No, no, no, no, no, no! Oh. Annika? Annika! Okay.
[rushes into the hotel office and dials the phone]
Operator: 9-1-1, what is your emergency?
Norma Louise Bates: Someone's been shot. I I'm at the Bates Motel. Highway 88. Please send someone. I think she's dead.
[opens her hand to see she holding a bloody USB drive]

"Bates Motel: The Pit (#3.8)" (2015)
Norma Louise Bates: Norman. Norman, listen to me. It is completely normal. You, you're... You are developing sexually. You're just confused. I-it, it's silly. Honey, we, we're... We're just people. We, we're on some level like animals, instinctual. You're a man. I'm a woman, so maybe you notice my breasts once in a while. Big deal. It's freaking normal. It doesn't mean you're weird, or that there's anything wrong with you.

Norma Louise Bates: Norman, you have no idea what it's like to be your mother! To see you have these blackouts. To worry about you night and day. It's killing me! It's killing me! You're gonna kill me, Norman!

"Bates Motel: Gone But Not Forgotten (#2.1)" (2014)
Norma Louise Bates: I'm just a little concerned that you seem obsessed with, uh... morbidity or something. I mean, you spend your days equally mooning over a dead teacher and taking apart dead animals - it's just weird!

Norma Louise Bates: [at City Council meeting] Welcome to the world ladies! There are ax murderers and whores stuffed under every rug, so your kids better read up on it and get educated, because that's what life is! It's a cesspool you claw and scratch and fight to swim out of, but you never get to the top!

Psycho II (1983)
Norman Bates: [answering the phone] Hello?
Norma Bates: [on the phone] Norman?

Norma Bates: [to Norman] Remember Norman: only your Mother truly loves you.

"Bates Motel: The Last Supper (#3.7)" (2015)
Norma Louise Bates: We all go a little mad sometimes.

Dylan Massett: [about Norman] I found him in the basement with a dead pigeon.
Norma Louise Bates: That's nothing new for Norman. There's always something dead in the basement.

"Bates Motel: Norma Louise (#3.6)" (2015)
Norma Louise Bates: Parents do not have needs. You ever read the book "The Giving Tree"? It's about a tree, and this kid keeps coming and taking stuff from it his whole life, until there's nothing left but a stump. And then the kid sits on the stump. That's being a parent.

[last lines]
Norma Louise Bates: [opens the door to his van, then after a long confrontation, starts to walk away]
Caleb: [running after her] Norma Louise, I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry.

"Bates Motel: Shadow of a Doubt (#2.2)" (2014)
Norma Louise Bates: Norman.
Norman Bates: What?
Norma Louise Bates: Do you want to do a musical?

Norma Louise Bates: I just wanted to do something fun with you.
Norman Bates: Mother, we live together, yeah? We work together. We eat every meal together. We sleep six inches away from each other, with a thin wall between us. Don't you think that's probably enough?

"Bates Motel: The Escape Artist (#2.5)" (2014)
Emma Decody: What's it like the first time you have sex?
Norma Louise Bates: [after a long pause and a sigh] Why?
Emma Decody: [rambling] Well, there's someone that I met, and every time I'm with him that's pretty much all I'm thinking about. So it seems within the realm of possibility that it could happen. And, I mean, 'cause of my medical situation, I've never done it. And I don't have a mother to ask, or a close girl friend, and I can't exactly ask my dad. And I actually tried googling it, but what I read just scared me. I hope you don't mind that I asked you. I mean, you don't have to answer if you don't want to. It might be inappropriate.
Norma Louise Bates: If you have feelings for him, and he's a good person, then the first time you have sex should be lovely. It should.
Emma Decody: It should.

Norma Louise Bates: There's girls like her, girls that have no future. They're just raised like a weed, that are just trapped in some unbearable circumstance that they can't get out of. And I'm just saying, that's the kind of girl that can get you into trouble. They talk you into things, get pregnant, the next thing you know, your life is over. I didn't make the world the way it is. There are people who can help you, and people who can hurt you, and you gotta pick the right people.

"Bates Motel: Nice Town You Picked, Norma... (#1.2)" (2013)
[first lines]
Norma Louise Bates: [running to the doorbell] I'm coming!
Dylan Massett: [the door opens] Hi,mom.

Norma Louise Bates: I hate you. You have never had an ounce of kindness for me.
Dylan Massett: Oh, oh, I'm sorry I was a little bit hard to get on the tea party with you, Norma.
Norma Louise Bates: What are you talking about? What "tea party?" He likes me. He just likes me, so we are close. That is the normal arrangement between mothers and sons. Not this crap.

"Bates Motel: The Arcanum Club (#3.2)" (2015)
[first lines]
Norma Louise Bates: [knocking at Annika's room] Hello? It's Norma Bates. I have some fresh towels here for you, and I want to check your bathroom window shade to make sure it's working...

[last lines]
Norman Bates: [about her bumper] What happened?
Norma Louise Bates: I knocked over the Lee Berman Memorial Bypass sign with my car.
Norman Bates: On purpose?
Norma Louise Bates: Of course, on purpose. What do you think, I bump into signs by accident?
Norman Bates: What's going on, huh? Why are you all dressed up? Why are you dirty?
Norma Louise Bates: Because I went to a party, and then and then I decided to leave. It doesn't matter.
Norman Bates: What party?
Norma Louise Bates: [hugs him and begins to cry] It doesn't matter.
Norman Bates: You've been through a lot, mother.
Norma Louise Bates: No, it was just a bad party.
Norman Bates: No, I mean, in the last two years. I'm a little worried about you.
Norma Louise Bates: You're worried about me?
Norman Bates: You just... you seem a little different lately. Stop worrying.
Norma Louise Bates: [they start up the stairs together] It's all gonna be good, Mother. You'll see.

"Bates Motel: The Deal (#3.5)" (2015)
Dylan Massett: Someone ran you off the road?
Norma Louise Bates: Yes, and threatened me. Some guy who told me to contact some other guy because I had something of his. What's wrong with these criminals that they can't just hang on to their own shit?

[last lines]
Norma Louise Bates: [as Norma throw her luggage into the car] Your brother will look after you!
Norman Bates: [struggling against Dylan] She can't do this! She can't leave me!
Dylan Massett: Emma, go back in the office now!
Emma Decody: What's wrong?
Dylan Massett: Go back! Norman!
Norman Bates: You can't do this! Stop!
Dylan Massett: Norman. Norman, let her go!
Norman Bates: Mother!

"Bates Motel: Underwater (#1.9)" (2013)
Norma Louise Bates: When I moved here, no one prepared me for the colossal, frickin' facedive off a cliff that living in this crazy town really is!

Norma Louise Bates: I will sue you!
Matt Brownstein: Okay, you can. But I'm $40,000 in debt, I live with my girl friend, and my mom owns my car. So I don't think...
Norma Louise Bates: [whacks him in the head with her purse]

"Bates Motel: Ocean View (#1.5)" (2013)
Norman Bates: What can we do? How can we help?
Norma Louise Bates: I'm glad you want to help, Norman. Really, it's big of you. Any mother would be broken in half by such devotion.

"Bates Motel: Plunge (#2.6)" (2014)
Norma Louise Bates: [about council member's death] It's so sad.
Nick Ford: "It's sad." And convenient.
Norma Louise Bates: Well, I would never say someone dying is convenient.
Nick Ford: Well then you'd be lying. Or ignorant. There are many times, Norma, when death in convenient.

"Bates Motel: Presumed Innocent (#2.7)" (2014)
Max Borowitz: I'm sorry I missed that last meeting when you called Lee Berman "a dick."
Norma Louise Bates: Yeah, well uh, I'm a little embarrassed about all that now.
Max Borowitz: Don't be, he was - God rest his soul.

"Bates Motel: A Death in the Family (#3.1)" (2015)
Norma Louise Bates: I'm gonna go to sleep now Okay. But I think you should go to your bed.
Norman Bates: I should? I-I can... I do it all the time...
Norma Louise Bates: Well, it's just that Dylan said something to me, uh, that it's not good for you to be sleeping in my bed - or *on* my bed. Like, sleeping in here.
Norman Bates: What's Dylan got to do with us?
Norma Louise Bates: Well, he's a man, and I'm just your mother. I don't always know what's good for you in a manly kind of a way. You know, I mean you are 18 years old.
Norman Bates: So you don't want me sleeping in here anymore?
Norma Louise Bates: No, it's not that *I* don't want it.
Norman Bates: [getting up] No, no, you just don't think it's good for me.
Norma Louise Bates: Maybe not...

"Bates Motel: The Truth (#1.6)" (2013)
[last lines]
Dylan Massett: [about Norman] What's wrong with him?
Norma Louise Bates: I don't know. Maybe it was an isolated incident. All I know is he's innocent of it. He didn't know what he was doing, so he needs to be protected. So you can either get out of my way, or you can help me.

"Bates Motel: Caleb (#2.3)" (2014)
Dylan Massett: You'll do anything to get your way!
Norma Louise Bates: I've never gotten my way, and that includes being your mother!

"Bates Motel: The Man in Number 9 (#1.7)" (2013)
Norma Louise Bates: What is she like?
Emma Decody: She's only the prettiest girl in the school. And the most popular. And she's nice, so you can't even hate her. She's like a locomotive of sexual energy.
Norma Louise Bates: She's only a high school girl, she can't be that big a deal.

"Bates Motel: Check-Out (#2.4)" (2014)
Dylan Massett: There are things in life that have consequences, Norma. You're looking at one. I'm a consequence.
Norma Louise Bates: No you're not. You're not a consequence. You need to be strong, you need to put this behind you.
Dylan Massett: I can't put this behind me. It's me. How can I put me behind me?

"Bates Motel: Meltdown (#2.8)" (2014)
Norma Louise Bates: [about Dylan] We don't really talk, we had a falling out.
Nick Ford: Then for no other reason, you need to see him and fix that. I lost a daughter; I was estranged from her when it happened. I can tell it's the most horrible thing that ever happened to me. Talk to your son. Do it while you can. Do it right away.

"Bates Motel: Crazy (#3.9)" (2015)
Norma Louise Bates: Norman, listen to me. We have a lot of trouble on our plate. We don't need anything more.
Norman Bates: Okay. Yes. Yes, Mother. You're you're right, I'm so sorry. I just felt bad for her.
Norma Louise Bates: I know, honey, I know. Your heart is too big. Come on, let's go to the house. Of course, Mother...