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Bates Motel is a television show that was inspired by Psycho by Robert Bloch, a suspense novel. The show was immediately picked up for a 10 episode season by A&E, without even a pilot episode. Vera Farmiga will play Norman Bates' mother, and Norman Bates will be played by Freddie Highmore. The show is set to premier in early 2013. Bates Motel focuses on Norman Bates and Norma Bates, and their lives when they purchase a new motel in White Pine Bay, Oregon. It will show the early life of Norman Bates while living under the strict and slightly crazy roof of his mother. She constantly keeps Norman close, not wanting him to have a life outside of her and the motel.

Norman Bates and his mother end up in White Pine Bay, Oregon after his father is found dead in a room in their house. They had moved many previous times before settling in White Pine Bay, Oregon. Norma Bates decided to purchase this motel on a foreclosure, so her and Norman could start over in a new town, and build a new life for her and her son. Although Norman becomes quite popular early on in the town, his mother takes a strong disliking to it, and tries to space Norman away from the other kids his age as much as she can. Norma Bates also seems to have a strong dislike of any other women coming into Normans' life. She constantly abuses her son into shunning any other female presence in his life.

During the initial plot lines of Bates Motel, Norma Bates is attacked in her home by the man who used to own her newly bought property before the bank foreclosed. Norman had snuck out of the house that night, leaving Norma alone. He gets back in time and stops the assault, only to see his mother kill her assailant. After a brief moment of chaos and disbelief, she convinces Norman to help her get rid of the body. A very deep moment is shared, where Norman and Norma both agree that they are each others whole world, and its them against everyone.

5 Seasons, 51 Episodes
March 4, 2013
Drama, Horror & Suspense, Mystery
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke
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Bates Motel Full Episode Guide

  • A half hour special driven by fan questions and interviews with the Bates Motel cast, producers, superfans and critics celebrating the end of the Bates phenomenon.

  • Norman's legal issues get worse. Emma takes care of family business while Dylan discovers himself stuck between his past and his future. Romero seeks revenge.

  • Mother practices tough love to protect Norman. Sheriff Greene begins to investigate a homicide. Dylan finds his brother help.

  • Norman and Mother unite as insurmountable trouble looms. Romero heals with the assistance of an old friend. Dylan returns.

  • A special guest arrives at the motel; Dylan copes with devastating news; Sam and Madeleine's marriage comes to a crossroads.

  • Norman tries to piece together Mother's movements; in Seattle, Dylan and Emma confront an ugly truth; Sam's girlfriend, Marion, makes an impulsive decision with far-reaching consequences.

  • Norman learns who he can depend on as he tries to protect his secrets; Romero fights to find refuge.

  • Norman helps Chick with a task; Romero makes his move; a sorrowful Madeleine reaches out to Norman.

  • Norman's date doesn't go as hoped; Romero's frustrations come to a boiling point; Chick gives Norman a gift.

  • Norman attempts to keep up appearances in spite of a disturbing discovery; Dylan and Emma get an unexpected guest.

  • Norman plans a special event for his mother; Romero faces pressure due to his actions; and Dylan considers reaching out to Norman.

  • Norman plans a special event for Norma; Romero faces pressure due to his actions; and Dylan considers reaching out to Norman.

  • Norma is torn between Norman and Romero; during a holiday outing, Norman comes to the realization that everyone has changed while he was away.

  • Norman returns home after making an unanticipated discovery; Norma takes on new projects; Dylan's search for Emma's mother leads to disturbing results.

  • Norman uncovers painful truths as his therapy progresses; Norma works to prevent a secret from being revealed; Romero assists an old friend despite the risk to his career.

  • Norman tries to confide in Dr. Edwards, but worries he may reveal too much. Also: Norma hires a craftsman to fix a window and Romero uncovers a crime that threatens his new life.

  • Norman and his new friend have an adventure; Norma experiences her first taste of real happiness in some time during an annual festival in White Pine Bay; Dylan becomes caught between two families.

  • Norma and Romero take a big step together; Norman attempts to accept his new surroundings; Dylan tries to shed old business.

  • Norma and Norman each suspect the other in a terrible deed; Dylan contemplates his future with Emma; Romero makes a choice that drastically impacts the Bates family.

  • Norma looks for Norman; Dylan awaits information on Emma; and Romero receives an unexpected proposition.

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Bates Motel: Season 1, Episode 9: 'Underwater' Recap

Norma is confused by Abernathy's demands. Dylan and Bradley connect. Miss Watson encourages Norman to use his imagination.

Bates Motel: Season 1, Episode 8: 'A Boy and His Dog' Recap

Norma has a mysterious encounter with a stranger; Bradley becomes annoyed with rumors at school; and Dylan goes on a road trip. Meanwhile, Norman takes up a new hobby.

Bates Motel: Season 1, Episode 7: 'The Man in Number 9' Recap

The first guest arrives at the Bates Motel; Norman struggles with the "popular" girls.

Bates Motel: Season 1, Episode 6: 'The Truth'

Dylan suggests that Norman move in with him. Norma offers Emma some very good advice.

Bates Motel: Season 1, Episode 5; 'Ocean View'

Norman is anxious for Norma's return. Meanwhile, Emma and Norman make a huge discovery in their investigation.

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Executive producer Carlton Cuse opens up about the Norman Bates secret, and what it will hold for the characters in episodes to come... Spoilers for those who haven't caught it!

'Bates Motel' Season 1, Episode 4: 'Trust Me' Recap

Norma continues to be suspicious of the townspeople, but she continues to get distracted.

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