BATES MOTEL “TRUST ME” SEASON 1 EPISODE 4 REVIEW

Dylan watches Norman go inside Shelby’s home. Shelby arrives, and Norman is still in the basement with the young Chinese lady. Dylan rings the door bell and asks for the nearest gas station. Norman escapes through a basement window and runs home. Dylan confronts him about being in Shelby’s home but Norman doesn’t want to talk about it.

The next morning Norman goes to Emma’s house to walk with her to school. Her father says she has the flu and will be out of school for at least a week. He tells Norman that Emma has a crush on him.

Shelby and Norma have sex in one of the rooms at the Bates Motel. Dylan catches them coming out of the room, and he makes eye contact with Shelby. Later, Dylan tells Norma that he doesn’t trust Shelby.

Bradley’s father has died. She goes to the site of the crash, which is right outside of Norman’s home. He goes outside to console her.

Norman is walking home in the evening and Shelby calls out to him. Norman starts running but Shelby catches up to him and gets creepy. He tells Norman that they are going fishing soon, and Shelby warns him, ‘The next time I say hi to you out here on the street, don’t run away.’

Norman warns his mother that Shelby has a young woman locked in his basement. He then tells her about the journal that he found, and he tells her the sex slave story. He repeats the conversation that he had with her about getting the belt, and of course Norma doesn’t remember. She tells him that sometimes he sees and hears things that aren’t real.

Norma spends the night at Shelby’s home. She goes to the basement while Shelby is asleep but she doesn’t see the girl. The next day Norman confronts her about Shelby AGAIN. He claims that he’s not jealous, but he is worried because Shelby has a freaking girl in his basement! Norma tells him to get ready to go fishing, and stop talking about a girl in the basement because she looked and didn’t see anyone.

Norman and Shelby are fishing, and Shelby says he’s putting his neck on the line to protect Norma. He tells Norman that he’s going to be in his life, and he needs to know that he can trust Norman and vice versa.

Shelby gets called out to a boat. Romero has found Keith’s hand with a watch still around it.

Bradley and Norman meet for ice cream sundaes. She is still dealing with her father’s death, and Norman consoles her again. Then she mentions the hand that was found in a fisherman’s net. Norman runs home and tells Norma, and then Shelby knocks on the door. He wants her to come down to the sheriff’s office and speak to Romero.

Romero tells her that carpet fibers were found under the watch on Keith’s hand. He’s going to match those fibers with the carpet that Norma was pulling up on the night that Keith disappeared. He admits that he doesn’t actually have the carpet and he wants Norma to tell him where she dumped it. She doesn’t tell him.

Norma and Norman go to the trash dumpster where she put the carpet but it’s gone. They figure out the dump that it went to but it’s locked, and Norma loses it. She cries all night about it.

Norman tells Dylan about what happened on the night that Keith Summers died. He also discusses the belt that Shelby is holding, and the woman that Shelby keeps in his basement. Dylan says he will help.

Bradley texts Norman late at night and asks him to come over. They go up to Bradley’s room and she says she’s tired of being sad. She says she wants to feel something else for awhile. She kisses Norman and they get under the covers…naked!

Norma doesn’t find Norman in his bedroom and she finds out from Dylan that he went to a girl’s house. Dylan says he knows enough about Norma to have Norman taken away from her. The doorbell rings, and Romero and Shelby have arrived to arrest Norma for the murder of Keith Summers.
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BATES MOTEL “NICE TOWN YOU PICKED, NORMA” SEASON 1 EPISODE 2 REVIEW

Dylan tracks down Norma and stops by the house. He’s still bitter because Norma moved out of state without telling him. She doesn’t want him to stay at the house, even though he’s lost his job.

Norman goes to the bus stop and meets with Bradley. She sees her dad’s car driving erratically down the road and it crashes. Everyone runs to the car and her dad is severely burned. Officers suspect the dad was burned at the warehouse he owns.

Norma tells Dylan to start pulling his weight. She sends him to pick up linen for the hotel.

Keith’s car is found in a wooded area near Norma’s home. She lies to the officers and says she doesn’t know where he is or why his car is parked there.

Norman shows up at the hospital with flowers to see Bradley and her father. He’s cockblocked by a jealous guy who also likes Bradley.

Dylan is at a stripclub and he talks to a guy who is crying. Guy says his boss is in a coma after getting into an accident. This guy is carrying a ton of cash.

Dylan comes home late at night with the linen, and he argues with Norma. Dylan and Norman have different fathers, and Dylan thinks Norma cheated on his father with Sam, who fathered Norman. She says she is close with Norman because he likes her, and when Dylan asks her where she got the money to buy a hotel and a new car, she says that Sam’s insurance money covered it.

Norma and Norman are vigorously cleaning the kitchen where Keith was killed. Norman’s classmate Emma stops by to study. Norma grills her about her illness (cystic fibrosis) and her life expectancy. Emma finds the book that Norman has been hiding and she asks to borrow it.

Sheriff Romero and Deputy Shelby stop by Norma’s house again to ask about Keith. She tells them they’ll need a search warrant if they want to look inside her house, and she sends them on their way.

The next day Norma catches Deputy Shelby alone and she flirts with him over coffee. Shelby says Romero and Keith were childhood friends. They make plans to meet at a local community event. Later she tells Norman, and he doesn’t want her to go. She changes her shirt in front of him, revealing a sexy bustier and he seems uncomfortable. She says ‘Norman, I’m your mother. It’s not like it’s weird or anything.’

Dylan and Norman fight because Dylan has Norma listed as ‘The Whore’ in his cellphone. Norman says ‘She’s not a bad person, she’s just not perfect.’ Norman attacks him with a meat hammer but Dylan lays him out with a few punches.

Norma meets up with Shelby, and he makes a strange observation about the folks who live in White Pine Bay. The residents seem to have low paying, farm-type jobs but they all live in fancy homes. He says the residents live by an ‘eye for an eye’ code.

Norman receives an urgent message from Emma and he heads to the shop that her father owns. She’s cracked the story behind the book: four Chinese women were brought to White Pine Bay illegally to work as maids and earn citizenship. Once they arrive they are forced to work as prostitutes and one woman dies from an overdoes. She’s buried by the other three women outside of a shed in a forest. Emma wants to find the grave. She kisses Norman.

Dylan meets with the guy he met at the strip club, and this guy introduces him to someone else. The second guy says ‘Do you know how to use a gun?’ It appears Dylan has found out how the people in this town make so much money.

Norman and Emma head to the forest to look for the shed. They come across a huge field of pot, and two guys chase them with guns. Norman and Emma run past the shed they were looking for, but instead of stopping they jump into Emma’s car and drive away.

At home, Norma tells Dylan that he needs to leave in the morning. He said he spoke to some insurance people who helped him locate Norma. The people talked about what a great husband and father Sam was, and Dylan said ‘What if I told them what life with Sam was really like?’ Norma smiles, and she knows that Dylan is on to her.

Later Norma is driving through town and sees Shelby directing traffic away from a burning body that is hanging from a boat mast. Maybe this is the ‘eye for an eye’ justice for Bradley’s father who was burned earlier in the episode.

 

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BATES MOTEL “FIRST YOU DREAM, THEN YOU DIE” SEASON 1 EPISODE 1 REVIEW

Norman finds his father dead on the floor. He alerts his mother Norma, who is very nonchalant and consoles her son.

Mother and son flee the house and drive to an abandoned motel and a separate house that Norma bought from foreclosure. Norman seems uncomfortable but his mother assures him everything will be okay.

One morning Norman is waiting at the bus stop and a group of pretty girls ask him to ride with them to school. He speaks to his advisor, Ms. Watson, and she gets the impression that things are not well at home- his father is dead and his mother seems unstable. She wants him to get involved at school and possibly join the track team.

Meanwhile, at the motel Norma is cleaning and she gets a phone call from her son Dylan. He’s upset that she didn’t tell him that she moved, and he asks her for money. She hangs up.

At dinner Norma guilts Norman into staying at home and working on the motel, instead of joining the track team.

Keith Summers stops by the house and rants about the motel and the house belonging to his family until it was sold to the bank. Norma threatens to call the police or shoot him if he comes back to the property.

The group of girls stop by the house and ask if Norman would like to study with them. He wants to go but Norma says there’s too much house work to do and she sends the girls away. Later he sneaks out and heads to a party with the girls. He likes a girl named Bradley and they start talking to each other, but she innocently talks to another guy at the party. Norman is jealous.
Keith comes by and attacks Norma. He handcuffs her to a table and begins to rape her. Norman returns home just in time to hit Keith and knock him to the floor. Norma puts the handcuffs on Keith and then she stabs him to death. She tells Norman that they can’t report the death because it will damage the reputation of the hotel.

Norman confesses to sneaking out of the house, and then he helps his mother dump the body into one of the hotel bathrooms. They start ripping up the bloody carpets until two officers – Shelby and Romero – stop by. Romero innocently goes into the room where Keith’s body is stashed and he uses the toilet. He does not see the body, and the officers leave.

Norma and Norman are on a boat and they dump Keith’s body into the water. Norma is feeling down on herself because she killed Keith, and earlier in the day she found out a new bypass will be built on the other side of town. This will certainly keep traffic away from their motel. Norman comforts her and tells her how much he loves and needs her.
Throughout the episode Norman keeps looking at a small book that he found, and it’s full of sketches that show women being abused (chained, needle sticking out of an arm, cowering in fear, etc.). Norma has the new ‘Bates Motel’ sign set up. The last scene of the episode shows a young woman shackled in a room, and someone sticks a needle into her arm.

 

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