Bates Motel (2013–2017)
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Having spent the night with Bradley, a happy Norman gets home to learn that his mother is in jail, arrested for the murder of Keith Summers. Her bail is set at $100,000 but she tells both ... See full summary »

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Having spent the night with Bradley, a happy Norman gets home to learn that his mother is in jail, arrested for the murder of Keith Summers. Her bail is set at $100,000 but she tells both her sons to stay out it and refuses their offer to help her. Norman puts up the hotel as collateral for a bond. Norma goes out of her way to make him feel guilty about not being there when she was arrested and her subsequent behavior is bizarre. Dylan however proves to be supportive and has decided to move out. He offers Norman the chance to move in with him. Meanwhile, Dylan's friend Evan is shot and he decides to get even when the opportunity presents itself. Deputy Shelby goes out on a limb for Norma, yet again. Norman tells Emma he found the girl in the sketch book but that she's now disappeared. Emma thinks she knows where she might be. Written by garykmcd

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When Norman gets a text from Jonn's Bail Bonds, the date on his phone is "Monday, April 15" and that's the same date this episode aired on. See more »

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Emma's oxygen tank is using a continual flow regulator on it. With this regulator, she would only be able to go about 20 minutes without changing her tank for another full tank. She should be using an "on demand" regulator designed for the "M6" cylinder that she is using. See more »

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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.
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Ocean View
15 April 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Bates Motel: 'Ocean View' (2013)

Rating: C+

A&E's "Bates Motel" mini-series is basically going to be re-working PSYCHO IV. If you've seen that film then you know it shows what was going on with Mrs. Bates and Norman before the events in the original Alfred Hitchcock film. While that prequel wasn't perfect, it at least put a nice wrap-around story to the original film.

The fifth episode picks up with Norma (Vera Farmiga) in jail and Norman (Freddie Highmore) and Dylan (Max Thieriot) trying to figure out how they're going to get her out. While all of this is going on Dylan tries to explain to Norman that it's time he breaks free of his mother and he has the idea that the two of them should move somewhere together. While all of this is going on there are yet more twists in the story dealing with the sex slave as well as Dylan getting into his own trouble.

I must admit that I found this episode to be the worst so far and in fact I'd go as far as to say it's downright idiotic. I'm not going to give away major spoilers but there is way too much stuff happening in this small town to be believed and there's certainly way too much going on in this one episode. Everything seems to be rushed because there are so many stories opened and closed within this one episode and the entire thing just seems to be going on way too fast. We get this big dramatic moment at the end of the last episode with Norma getting arrested but how it plays out here is just too simple and too stupid. I'm not going to ruin the trouble that Dylan gets into but I just had to shake my head. Yes, it's unexpected but it's just too far-fetched for its own good and especially the outcome (with apparently no cop interested). As with the previous episodes, the performances are all extremely good and Farmiga is really taking this role on as her own. As her character begins to crack mentally the actress is really pulling it off wonderfully. Hopefully the rest of the series gives her something better to do.


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