Bates Motel (2013–2017)
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A Danger to Himself and Others 

Norma searches for Norman, who finds himself in unfamiliar surroundings; Dylan waits for news about Emma; Romero gets a surprising proposition.


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Carlton Cuse (developed for television by), Kerry Ehrin (developed for television by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Farmiga ... Norma Louise Bates
Freddie Highmore ... Norman Bates
Max Thieriot ... Dylan Massett
Olivia Cooke ... Emma Decody
Nestor Carbonell ... Sheriff Alex Romero
Louis Ferreira ... Doctor
Elizabeth Greer ... Dr. Louise Palma
Damon Gupton ... Dr. Gregg Edwards
Andrew Howard ... Will Decody
Karin Konoval ... Kara
Karina Logue ... Audrey
Kevin Rahm ... Bob Paris
Fiona Vroom ... Vicki Monroe
Kwesi Ameyaw ... Dr. Porter
Vanessa Richards Vanessa Richards ... Surly Receptionist


After his latest blacked out-killing, Norman is temporarily committed to a horrible psych ward. Norma can only get permission to return him home shortly, but has just a week to get him into the expensive private mental hospice she can't afford. Dylan is off to Portland for Emma's transplant surgery, which goes well, with her father Will Decody, but her absent mother checks in at the motel. Left only coked-in, Norman has another episode of transforming into killer Norma, and deals with the woman 'her' bloody way while Norma seeks the sheriff's help, in vain. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

7 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Norma (Vera Farmiga), while cutting Norman's (Freddie Highmore) hair tells him you need to see a doctor, a nice professional who can help you. Norman turns around and asks, "like Dr. Palma?" Norma says, "No, a nice doctor, okay. A good doctor." Freddie Highmore (Norman) later went on to have the title role in The Good Doctor (2017).

In the fall of 2017, Freddie Highmore began starring in the ABC drama The Good Doctor. See more »


[first lines]
Norma Louise Bates: [on the phone] Hello?
Dylan Massett: Hey.
Norma Louise Bates: Hi, did you find him?
Dylan Massett: No. No, I, uh I left pictures at 50 different places along the road. Nobody's seen him. I called some hospitals, too, and nothing.
Norma Louise Bates: Nothing? I don't know what to do. What are we gonna do?
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Seminal episode.
8 March 2016 | by TAoUZOneSee all my reviews

The writing and camera work had this down, so much space for the actors to work in, seriously one of the best eps. Who saw Norma coming up with those responses to the situations? It's a beautiful thing when the writers dare to keep flipping you the mind finger. Towards the end when it went all Hitchcock, skewed camera work for Norman's state of mind, the mirrors and reflections, cutting to the symmetrical framing before the storm.


The house shot dead centre, Norman in his robe shot dead centre then booyakha! Sheed hits the fan and Norman is the man or maybe woman.

This ep has pretty much everything, editor actors, camera and writing in perfect step. Perfect balance of the present with a nod to its roots. Damn good bit of Bates this.

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