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‘Bates Motel’ Recap: ‘Dark Paradise’

A whirlwind of delusion and disbelief. That’s how I would describe the season premiere of Bates Motel. We start the episode completely immersed in Norman’s deluded mindset. He wakes to the soothing sound of music and the sight of his long-dead dog Juno happily greeting him. As he wanders downstairs, we see an almost idyllic vision: Mother, full of life and donning an apron, presenting Norman with freshly baked biscuits. All is bright, clean, and perfect. Over a scrumptious breakfast, we learn that Mother has not left the house in...
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