Bates Motel: Season 1, Episode 1

First You Dream, Then You Die (18 Mar. 2013)

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Six months after the death of her husband, Norma Bates and her youngest son Norman relocate to White Pine Bay, Oregon where she has bought a small motel in a foreclosure sale. The place is ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dylan Massett (voice)
Keith Summers
Sam Bates


Six months after the death of her husband, Norma Bates and her youngest son Norman relocate to White Pine Bay, Oregon where she has bought a small motel in a foreclosure sale. The place is run down but she hopes to make a go of it despite threats from the former owner Keith Summers and news that the town may build a bypass around the town. Norman makes a good impression on some of the girls at school. His mother isn't keen on him being out much but when he sneaks out at night to be with them, Summers attacks his mother. There are things going on in the town that they're not yet aware of however. Written by garykmcd

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The filmmakers shot a scene with Dylan sitting on the floor in the Bates' empty former-home calling Norma. Their conversation was retained in the final cut, but only Norma's reaction is featured; Dylan remained unseen until the next episode. The slightly-longer alternate version of this sequence appears in the deleted scenes section of the DVD/Blu-Ray release. See more »


During the fight sequence after Keith broke into the kitchen up until Norma stabs Keith, some of the chairs around the kitchen table change positions between shots, being knocked on the floor or unmoved. See more »


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?
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References Psycho (1960) See more »


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BATES MOTEL "First You Dream, Then You Die (PILOT)" Advanced Screening Review Courtney Garbera

As the pilot episode of A&E's Bates Motel drew to a close, I actually dreaded not knowing what was going to happen next. I wanted it to continue and had hoped that a bonus episode would close my night out. But, alas, I must wait with the masses to find out how this contemporary prequel to Psycho unfolds.

Starting out with a death, Bates Motel automatically introduces us to Norma and Norman Bates (played by Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore, respectively). Young Norman is dragged by his mother to a dingy motel in what appears to be a small and quiet town. Their relationship isn't inappropriate, yet the lingering looks and constant touching make this mother/son relationship borderline disturbing. The chemistry that Farmiga and Highmore have is what will definitely make this show a much watch, wanting to see how this doomed relationship plays out on our television.

I do not wish to reveal much more of what happens in the pilot, for fear of being taken out by a sniper hired by A&E. However, I can say that this show will most likely be a critical darling, yet may struggle to find an audience. Disturbing and mysterious, this show evokes Poe as much as it does Hitchcock, a show the masses may not appreciate. I wait eagerly for March 25th, when I can see the second chapter of this intriguing prequel. Well played, A&E. Well played.

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