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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.

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Monday 10:00 PM et/pt on A&E
3 Seasons, 28 Episodes - Currently Airing
Drama, Horror & Suspense, Mystery
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  • Norma returns home to find things in disarray. Norman agrees to get some help.

  • Norma thinks of living outside of White Pine Bay, leaving Norman in a defenseless position.

  • Romero gives Norma after she finds herself in an unexpected position of power.

  • Norman and Emma take a day off from the motel. Romero investigates two mysterious deaths in White Pine Bay. Norma goes back to school. Buried secrets unravel for Caleb and Dylan. Guest stars: Peter Stebbings, Keenan Tracey, Joshua Leonard, Kevin Rahm.

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What's New Tonight: Monday, May 20th.
Bates Motel: Season 1, Episode 9: 'Underwater' Recap

“Bates Motel”, season 1, episode 9, “Underwater” The police carry away Deputy Zack Shelby’s rotting body, as Dylan’s crew of pot processors watch on in confusion. Inside the house, Norma tells Sheriff Romero that she knows Jake Abernathy is behind all of it, and wonders why crazy people seem to gravitate to her. Romero asks if she has Jake’s info, and Dylan says it’s in the motel office. He takes him out to the office. The next morning, Norman and Dylan drag Norma’s soiled mattress to the dumpster.

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

“Bates Motel”, season 1, episode 8, “A Boy and His Dog” Norman brings the dead dog to Emma’s dad, Will, a taxidermist. Will tells Norman the steps involved, such as skinning the animal, and then making it look as life-like as possible. Norman expresses interest in taxidermy, and Will offers to teach him how to do it. Norman agrees. At school, Emma escapes into the bathroom, as her illness is acting up. Once she gets it under control, a small group of Bradley’s friends enter the bathroom and begin to gossip about Norman and Bradley, and how Norman is weird and Bradley would never sleep with him.

What's New Tonight: Monday, May 6th.
Bates Motel: Season 1, Episode 7: 'The Man in Number 9' Recap

“Bates Motel”, season 1, episode 7, “The Man in Number 9” Following the last episode, Sheriff Romero arrives at the scene and sees his Deputy lying dead on the steps. He takes the gun from Dylan. Inside the house, Norma tells him what happened. He pauses for a bit and then comes up with a cover story for them. That Keith Summers and Deputy Shelby were working together, and Sheriff Romero grew suspicious, which drove Shelby and Summers into a violent confrontation, and Shelby killed him and tossed his body.

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

“Bates Motel”, season 1, episode 6, “The Truth” Still processing what she learned about Officer Shelby, Norma sits in a comatose state. When Norman and Emma talk about what to do, Norma springs to life and runs for her car. Norman chases after her, trying to stop her from going to Officer Shelby’s house. She starts the car and begins to drive, but Norman dives in through the passenger window and wrestles her for control of the car, throwing the keys out the window.

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

“Bates Motel”, season 1, episode 5, “Ocean View” Norman returns home after his blissful encounter with Bradley. When he gets home, he finds Dylan eating breakfast. He asks where his mom is, and Dylan informs him that she was arrested the night before and is in jail. Norman and Dylan visit Norma, who says she doesn’t want or need their help. Dylan says that they can put the motel up for collateral and bail her out. She tells them to leave, and that it’s all a huge mistake, and she didn’t do anything, so they’ll let her go soon.

What's New Tonight: Monday, April 29th.
The 'Bates Motel' Shocker... What Will The Future Hold?

Monday’s “Bates Motel” was a game-changer for the series, a major secret coming to light: Norman killed Norma’s second husband. Yes, the quiet, mild-mannered Norman we were first introduced to was already a killer... though he killed out of love, and doesn't remember the incident. Executive producer Carlton Cuse opened up about the surprise, and what the future holds for the young serial killer. “Our goal all along has been that we don't want the show to feel predictable.

What's New Tonight: Monday, April 22nd.
'Bates Motel' Season 1, Episode 4: 'Trust Me' Recap

“Bates Motel”, season 1, episode 4, “Trust Me” Continuing from the last episode, Dylan watches as his brother breaks into Deputy Shelby’s house. When Dylan sees Shelby arrive home, he helps his brother out by ringing Shelby’s doorbell, distracting him and giving his brother a chance to escape. He asks Shelby for the location of the nearest gas station as Norman climbs out of Shelby’s basement, struggling. Once he was free, Dylan left. Dylan waits for Norman at their house and confronts him when he runs home.

What's New Tonight: Monday, April 15th.
'Bates Motel' Gets A Second Season Order

He'll be back. A&E has ordered a second season of the 1960’s “Pyscho”-based thriller, “Bates Motel.” The show, which stars Freddie Highmore as the confused Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his mother (similarly named Norma) has another 10 episodes in the works after its first season premiered to decent ratings and reviews. Only three seasons have thus far aired, but the premiere brought in 4.5 million viewers, which made it the highest-rated drama debut in the key demographics in A&E's history.

'Bates Motel' Season 1, Episode 3: 'What's Wrong With Norman?' Recap

“Bates Motel”, season 1, episode 3, “What’s Wrong With Norman?” At home, Dylan practices in front of a mirror with his gun, trying to pick his most intimidating poses. After he’s satisfied, he joins Norma and Norman in the kitchen. Norma says she can use his help around the motel, but he tells her he has a job, but won’t go into detail. He walks out, grabbing a quick breakfast. In school, Emma approaches Norman, telling him she feels guilty about their little adventure in the woods and that she’s scared the men are going to come looking for them.

'Bates Motel' Season 1, Episode 2: 'Nice Town You Picked, Norma...' Recap

“Bates Motel”, season 1, episode 2, “Nice Town You Picked, Norma…” Norman obsesses over the book he found containing women bound and gagged, and even a woman in a shower. The doorbell ringing shocks him out of his trance, and his mother hurries to the door. She opens it to find her other son, Dylan. She’s not very pleased to see him. As Norma makes breakfast, Norman asks his mother how long Dylan is going to stay. Dylan walks in, and Norma and Norman are intimidated by him.

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