Bates Motel (2013–2017)
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With Jake Abernathy expecting her to meet him at midnight with the $150,000 Norma goes to Sheriff Romero for help. He assures her that he will take care of it and that she has nothing to ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Norma Louise Bates
... Norman Bates
... Dylan Massett
... Emma Decody
... Bradley Martin
... Jake Abernathy
... Sheriff Alex Romero
... Dr. Kurata
... Miss Watson
... Richard Sylmore
Emmalyn Estrada ... Hayden
... Jenna
... Lissa
... Maggie Summers
... Pedestrian


With Jake Abernathy expecting her to meet him at midnight with the $150,000 Norma goes to Sheriff Romero for help. He assures her that he will take care of it and that she has nothing to worry about. Not quite assured, Norma asks Dylan to get her a gun and show her how to use it. Romero visits Keith Summers' sister Maggie and learns Jake Abernathy's real name. Norma visits Dr. Kurata, without Norman, to get his advice on how to handle stress but leaves when his questions caused her to be ill. She shares a deep dark secret with Norman. Norman overhears his teacher Miss Watson having an argument with someone over the telephone. She is clearly upset and Norman promises not to tell anyone. Her attraction to Norman is obvious. Norman asks Emma to go to the winter dance but it doesn't go well after he keeps staring at Bradley. Her boyfriend has something to say about it as well. Forced to walk home in the rain, a friend offers him a ride. Written by garykmcd

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During the final scenes where Norma is driving into the Motel parking lot as Norman is running across the parking lot, it was not actually raining (the first night all week that it wasn't). Because of this, Vera Farmiga had to be blow-dried between takes, while Freddie Highmore and the car had to be sprayed down with water bottles. Freddie would keep himself warm between takes by jumping up and down on the spot, as the scene was filmed January 31. See more »


Before Norman goes to the dance with Emma, Norma's cell phone with a blue case is visible on a side table. Emma arrives, and Norma shows her and Norman out just as Abernathy calls Norma's cell and it vibrates in her pocket. At no point during an intense conversation with Norman nor the subsequent continuous scene with Emma does Norma have a chance to move her phone from the side table to her back pocket. See more »


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.
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The Lady in Red
Written and Performed by Chris De Burgh
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20 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

Bates Motel: 'Midnight' (2013)

Rating: B+

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 season finale finds the Bates' in all sorts of new trouble. Norma tries to find out what exactly Abernathy wants from her and takes her concerns to Sheriff Romero. While all of this is going on Norman decides to invite Emma to the school dance but before going he finally learns that Bradley and his brother have been up to something.

Well, this series finale turned out to be one of the best episodes and it thankfully did a very good job at building off of the previous one. I think this one here offered up a lot of great sequences not just for the end of the season but it also gave us a lot to look forward to going forward. This includes Norma finally breaking down and revealing some stuff to a shrink but the weirdest part of her stories are to follow. There's also a terrific sequence where we see just how messed up Norman is and this happens when he finally finds out what's going on with Bradley who he's clearly obsessed with. The film has all sorts of very good moments including a talent between Norman and his mother, a sequence where Emma finally breaks down and then there's the ending that I won't ruin. To say this episode is rather creepy would be an understatement because there are so many scenes here that are just so wrong that you can't help but get caught up in everything going on.

My overall thoughts on season one is that for the most part it was a success. I thought the series hit a very weak spot there towards the end with some pretty bad episodes but thankfully things changed in the final three and the series went out with a bang, which is reason enough to tune in next season. A lot of the credit certainly has to go to the terrific cast who have really brought the story to life even when the writing has let them down.

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