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Bates Motel 1.7 “The Man In Number 9” (Reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

Really, Bates Motel? After all that build-up and all the dramatic cliffhangers, that’s how you resolve the Deputy Shelby subplot? Last week’s episode of Bates Motel ended with the evil Deputy Shelby (Mike Vogel) getting shot by Dylan (Max Thieriot) and ending up lying dead at the feet of Norma (Vera Farmiga) and Norman (Freddie […]

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Bates Motel 1.6 “The Truth” (Reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

(Warning: Spoilers Ahead) Ever since Bates Motel began, one of the central questions has been just who was responsible for the death of Norman’s father.  The implication from the start was that Norma (Vera Farmiga) was responsible.  After all, the series began with Norman (Freddie Highmore) finding his father’s body and Norma responding rather calmly […]

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Bates Motel 1.5 “Ocean View” (Reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

Norma Bates has got some issues, doesn’t she? Last week’s episode ended with Norma (Vera Farmiga) being arrested for murdering Keith.  Tonight’s episode begins with her sitting in jail and telling both Dylan (Max Thierot) and Norman (Freddie Highmore) that they’re not acting properly upset over her situation.  “Just leave me here,” she tells them, […]

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Bates Motel 1.4 “Trust Me” (Reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

Last night’s episode of Bates Motel might as well have been called “Norman Bates Gets Laid.” Oh sure, a few other things happened during the episode.  Norman hallucinated, Norma criticized, Deputy Shelby smiled blandly while thinking evil thoughts, a disembodied hand turned up, Dylan learned the truth about the man that Norman and Norma murdered […]

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Bates Motel 1.3 “What’s Wrong With Norman?” (Reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

“What’s wrong with Norman?” It’s a legitimate question because, as the saying goes, that boy ain’t right.  It’s also the question that gives Bates Motel its excuse for existing. Still, even as we consider what’s wrong with Norman, we might want to ask what’s wrong with everyone else in White Pine Bay?  Seriously.  Last week’s episode ended […]