Bates Motel (2013–2017)
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Nice Town You Picked, Norma... 

Dylan Bates, Norma's older son from a previous marriage, arrives in town to the family's displeasure and Norman spends more time with Emma.


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Carlton Cuse (developed for television by), Kerry Ehrin (developed for television by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Farmiga ... Norma Louise Bates
Freddie Highmore ... Norman Bates
Max Thieriot ... Dylan Massett
Olivia Cooke ... Emma Decody
Nicola Peltz ... Bradley Martin
Nestor Carbonell ... Sheriff Alex Romero
Terry Chen ... Ethan Chang
Vincent Gale ... Gil
Keegan Connor Tracy ... Miss Watson
Mike Vogel ... Deputy Zack Shelby
Richard Harmon ... Richard Sylmore
Emmalyn Estrada Emmalyn Estrada ... Hayden
Jenna Romanin Jenna Romanin ... Jenna
Brittney Wilson ... Lissa
Francisco Cano ... Field Man #1


Norma is surprised - and not very pleased - by the unexpected arrival of her eldest son Dylan Massett. She's hoping he'll take some money and just go away but it looks like he's going to stay around for awhile. He clearly hates his mother and that doesn't sit well with Norman. Dylan quickly learns his way around town. Norman begins working with Emma Decody on a school project and she finds the book of pencil drawings. She thinks the events depicted in the book really happened and they go to some of places she recognizes. They find something interesting. Waiting for the bus with Norman, Bradley sees her father's car race by and crash. Her father is inside, badly burned as the result of a fire at his warehouse. While investigating the crash, Sheriff Romero finds Keith Summers' truck. The Sheriff catches her in a lie and she begins seeing Deputy Zach Shelby to try and bolster their story. He tells her that the town has its own way of dealing with problems. Written by garykmcd

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25 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The song playing at the strip club where Dylan (Max Thieriot) meets Ethan Chang (Terry Chen) is "Pony" by Ginuwine, recognizable as a "stripper song" from its use in Magic Mike (2012). See more »


[first lines]
Norma Louise Bates: [running to the doorbell] I'm coming!
Dylan Massett: [the door opens] Hi,mom.
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Features Road to Utopia (1945) See more »


This Guy's In Love With You
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by Herb Alpert
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15 October 2017 | by iagodeottoSee all my reviews

. . . up into the second episode of the first season. But could this thing be any more chock-a-bloc full of false notes? Vera and Freddy are excellent, as is much of the cast, if not all (haven't really paid that much attention to the other characters so far), but the sequence of events and the dialog supporting said events, seem rather, what's the word? Ridiculous? I'll give at least through the first season, anyway, 'cause of the two main leads and the overall apparent story line. Still, what the, you know, that word.

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