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

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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 »





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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Everything We Feared.
13 July 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Bates Motel

Anthony Cipriano, Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, it took these names to recreate the Hitchcockian legacy, balancing the fame and art, it is TV horror- something that hasn't quite cultivated as it has in cinematic life- among the best. First of all, it is one of those rare spin-off that works, it bucks the trend, but that's not saying a lot considering that we haven't had major success in such derivations. And it is to not be easily forgotten that even a huge funded show as such, the series took some time before it started running on the field smoothly. Some might give it a few episodes, personally I think it was from the third season where they finally agreed, in sync, to what or how they have to showcase this troublesome family. And it is a family event.

Unlike the films, this one deals majorly with the reasoning and history of why these members were pushed like such. And as far as that part is concerned, I find that they are hitting all the notes on the right scale. Do notice that whenever a family drama is involved, the chapters soar above all the other genre it claims to be. Some of the best elements are them, these family members, trying to resist and accept each other in the middle of this blood bath and crime sites that they take along with them, wherever they go.

Another expected outcome, is the performance of the cast. The creators have invested smartly on Vera Farmiga and she serves the appetite you were expecting from her. What's surprising is, Freddie Highmore- especially in third season where he transforms from something innocent to less innocent- pouring his soul out, he crafts this infamous character with precision and watery communicative eyes. Just watching these two reside in Bates Motel, makes the day for me.

A Danger To Himself And Others

I like the way they start this season. They are known for cornering the audience from the first act that will tick behind the screen throughout the season. But this time along with time it deals with the inevitable subject that we all feared and were terrified to find ourselves in that position.

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