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Bates Motel Season 5 Episode 1 Review: Dark Paradise

20 February 2017 8:00 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Norman learned nothing from his treatment at the loony bin.

After watching Bates Motel Season 5 Episode 1, it's almost impossible to understand how he's a functional young man outside the confines of the motel property.

There's never been any doubt that Norman Bates was going to wind up a terribly mentally incapacitated young man, but he puts a whole new spin on crazy.

Somehow, Norman has managed to do things like buy shower curtains and log guests in and out of the motel. Sometimes he remembers doing it, others he doesn't.

Norman's lucid when he goes to town to buy paint for the motel, even telling his new friend, Madeline, that his mother passed away and he runs things by himself. But at home (and sometimes outside the house), he's living a dual life with and as Mother.

It's sometimes confusing for me, so it's bound to be impossible for poor »

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