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‘Bates Motel’ Recap: ‘Bad Blood’

Norma Bates was loved. If we hadn’t known this before, we most definitely know it now. This entire episode was essentially a love letter to Norma, a letter that described in great detail all the things she meant to the men who held her close. Tonight’s episode started where last week’s left off with a knocked-out Caleb in the basement finally coming to. As he wakes, he has visions of himself and Norma as children. It’s a flashback that shows us -- as Kenny Johnson’s interpretation of Caleb has -- that...
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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...

‘Bates Motel’ Season Finale Preview: ‘Norman’ With Norma’s fate still uncertain, Norman and Alex will have to finally face each other. If we can gather anything from the preview, it's that this is going to be a terribly trying time for the Bates-Romero  family. What will the fallout be for Norman's actions? Will Alex find it in himself to give Norman a pass because of his mental state? It'll be interesting to see how their dynamic plays out as next week’s season finale unfolds. That said, I do think there'll be a lot of loose ends by the end of the episode that won’t be resolved until next season (it’s just the...
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