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The Arrow Reviews: Bates Motel Episode #10

May. 21, 2013by: The Arrow
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EPISODE 10: Midnight

CHECKING IN: Norma (Vera Farminga) waits for the stroke of midnight to deal with Abernathy (Jere Burns) and Dylan (Max Therriot) and Bradley (Nicole Peltz) get even closer much to Norman's dismay. Moreover, Romero (Nestor Carbonell) shows us his true colors and Norman (Freddie Highmore) brings Emma (Olivia Cooke) to the school dance and of course as per the usual Bates Motel M.O. it goes sour!

THE ROOM: Last night's BATES MOTEL Season 1 finale was a fantastic episode that went against my expectations to surprise me via some of the answers it gunned my way while planting further seeds for what is sure to be a rocking and stabbing Season 2. Where do I start? How about our good friend Norma! I am starting to feel for the poor girl. I just wanted to hug her during last night's show. That whopper she dropped on Norman before he was off to the dance with Emma (great timing as usual Norma...sheesh) did explain a few things to me.  Now I know why Norma doesn't trust anybody (except Norman), why she is so obsessed with having control on everything and why she is still somewhat stuck in infancy (so well displayed during the endearing gun practice scene).

That disclosure came out of nowhere and kicked my ass all over my padded room! It also had me thinking that maybe that is why she is so distant from Dylan; her abuser is probably his father. Just a theory, don't quote me on it. It was also touching to witness Norma and Dylan warm up to each other some more. Max Therriot and Vera Farminga had well oiled chemistry together. Then again, not to take anything away from the cast, but anybody that acts with Vera in this show simply shines. She's just that good and giving of an actress! She brings out the best in everybody. 

Furthermore, we finally got some answers in terms of good old Romero. I got to hand it to the show, it had me fooled! All along, I was sure he was the kingpin of the sex trade operation and I was still threading that ground until the episode back-handed me with a change of direction. Well played Bates Motel, well played! I am glad that he didn't wind up being the big boss though, as it will make his character even more interesting come Season 2. Romero is a cop that works via his own individual code of ethics and although that played in Norma's favor this time, it might go against her in the future. Just ask Abernathy! He'll tell ya!

On his end, Norman was having a mucho hard time, still too obsessed with hottie Bradley Martin (aka his first Marion Crane) to appreciate Emma. Wake up dude! You have a great girl right in front of ya!  Nab her already! Finally, talk about a pulverizing cliffhanger! As the show's end credits rolled I thought to myself “We're entering full on PSYCHO territory come Season 2”. That was my knee jerk reaction to that cap off. NOTE: Nice touch in having Norma dressed up as Mother from the PYSCHO series in Norman's hallucination. With that, this show likes to play the slight of hand game like it's going out of style. I'm on to it now and I don't think the cap-off was as black and white as I initially thought it was. Remember that brief disturbing phone call with “somebody” that Miss Watson had (we will miss you Keegan Connor Tracy)? Well if this show is to go beyond Season 2, I have a feeling they won't pull the “Norman goes full on Psycho” trigger this early. Norman will not be the one responsible for her fate, the mysterious caller will be. I said it! One thing is for certain though, Norman's trances prompted by sexual desires are starting to get out of hand. The older the kid will get, the more he'll get them, the more he'll get them, the more bad things will happen. Yup we're in for a ride come Season 2! 

This was yet another fantastically acted, bold, racy, often funny (they've been running with the circumstantial humor since the last episode – I like it), well written and topsy-turvy episode. It gave me some answers and slyly posed new questions! The chess pieces were re-aligned and Season 2 should be a doozy! On the whole, Bates Motel played it smart throughout its first Season! Not only were the dire going-ons frequent and severe but the characters and their relationships were deliciously fleshed out and draped in biting shades of grey. I care about these people, no matter how f*cked up they are. Props to all involved in this show and thank you for a riveting first Season. I'll miss you Bates Motel!  

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Did Norman sleep with Miss Watson? It can be yes, then he ran off and somebody killed her. Or it can be no, he hit her or something and then somebody came and finished her off. I opt for the latter theory. You?

Is Abernathy (Jere Burns) truly dead? I don't know man....

Will Dylan and Bradley take their flirtatious relationship further? I say YES! Will Norman lose his beans? I say YES. But what will result from that? I have no idea. I just hope that Dylan survives Season 2.

I have a feeling that the mystery caller named Eric that was talking to Miss Watson will be taking a road trip to Bates Motel come Season 2 to have a chat with Norman.  

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4:02PM on 05/22/2013
Awesome show. I just can't wait to see where this will go. Agree on all points mentioned in your review, especially that it wasn't Norman who killed Ms Watson. Completely gutted she's gone. I hope she gets decent work in soemthing else soon. I thought her character had more to give. I still think there could be a bit of shadyness to Romero or maybe he just likes to rule his town in his own way and will become an ally to Norma. Who knows with this show?
I have to say extremely good call on
Awesome show. I just can't wait to see where this will go. Agree on all points mentioned in your review, especially that it wasn't Norman who killed Ms Watson. Completely gutted she's gone. I hope she gets decent work in soemthing else soon. I thought her character had more to give. I still think there could be a bit of shadyness to Romero or maybe he just likes to rule his town in his own way and will become an ally to Norma. Who knows with this show?
I have to say extremely good call on the possible identity of Dylan's father. That makes heaps of sense to me. Must admit due to not really being a fan of Theriot and his previous work it took me a while to warm to his character but now am enjoying his interactions with Norma more than any other duo on the show. I think they could make a very fucked up pair to watch especially if they both continue to protect Norman and his spiral to insanity.
Final note - Farmiga is just one the best actresses out there. This show could have failed in the hands of a lesser performer as it really all hinges on her character. Just don't even bother nominating her, just hand the damn awards to her now!
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9:35AM on 05/22/2013

Good call!

Very good call on the B charm Delorean, I didn't notice it. Looks like another subplot is about to surface. Maybe Miss Watson's BF killed her cause he found out she was cheating on him with Bradley's dad. I am happy that you guys enjoyed my comments on Bates Motel S1, I hope to still do them come Season 2.
Very good call on the B charm Delorean, I didn't notice it. Looks like another subplot is about to surface. Maybe Miss Watson's BF killed her cause he found out she was cheating on him with Bradley's dad. I am happy that you guys enjoyed my comments on Bates Motel S1, I hope to still do them come Season 2.
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12:18AM on 05/22/2013
Very well played with the upsetting phone call to MS. Watson before her demise, although it sucks she has to go. Apparently the caller's name was Eric, so I'm assuming it's a male. Good call on the ""B'' charm Delorean. Went back and re-watched this one and I caught that as well. At this point, I don't think Norman killed her either. Romero was bad ass down at the docks! Glad he isn't running the ring as well! Season two can't come soon enough. Arrow, huge thanks for your insight on the show
Very well played with the upsetting phone call to MS. Watson before her demise, although it sucks she has to go. Apparently the caller's name was Eric, so I'm assuming it's a male. Good call on the ""B'' charm Delorean. Went back and re-watched this one and I caught that as well. At this point, I don't think Norman killed her either. Romero was bad ass down at the docks! Glad he isn't running the ring as well! Season two can't come soon enough. Arrow, huge thanks for your insight on the show each week! You've made the show that much better for a lot of us. I look forward to your (hopefully) season two reviews. At least I still have your Movie reviews to tide me over until then.
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5:39PM on 05/21/2013
Also did anyone else notice the charm around Miss Watson's neck? It was the letter "B". Bradley's dads mistress signed her letters with "B". Maybe she's been whoring around all over town and someone got tired of it?
Also did anyone else notice the charm around Miss Watson's neck? It was the letter "B". Bradley's dads mistress signed her letters with "B". Maybe she's been whoring around all over town and someone got tired of it?
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5:34PM on 05/21/2013
Great review, Arrow. i'm glad you didn't stop reviewing these a few weeks ago like you were speaking of.

That being said, at first my initial thought was Norman killed her. But after the show went off I was thinking Norman had no blood on him. Then the phone call the teacher got at school was put there for a reason, unless it's bad writing, which this show hasn't shown bad writing. I love how A&E is pushing the boundaries with the mother/son relationship. Very creepy. They walked up the
Great review, Arrow. i'm glad you didn't stop reviewing these a few weeks ago like you were speaking of.

That being said, at first my initial thought was Norman killed her. But after the show went off I was thinking Norman had no blood on him. Then the phone call the teacher got at school was put there for a reason, unless it's bad writing, which this show hasn't shown bad writing. I love how A&E is pushing the boundaries with the mother/son relationship. Very creepy. They walked up the stairs holding hands like lovers at the end.

I say Abernathy is definitely dead, bUT Romero is still shady as fuck. I mean he had that money(and still does, IMO) If he were a stand-up guy he wouldn't be hiding it or covering up Shelby's death.

To Sum it up: GREAT FUCKING SHOW!
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12:50PM on 05/21/2013

great ep and finale!

glad there's a season 2 coming our way. also, just because romero threw a bag into the water doesn't mean it was filled with money, right?
glad there's a season 2 coming our way. also, just because romero threw a bag into the water doesn't mean it was filled with money, right?
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5:35PM on 05/21/2013
I say Romero kept that money. He's as crooked as they come. Which is probably the reason no crimes get solved in that shit hole town of his.
I say Romero kept that money. He's as crooked as they come. Which is probably the reason no crimes get solved in that shit hole town of his.
12:17PM on 05/21/2013
Totally agree with you on every thing. Pretty sure Norman is not responsible for Miss Watson
Totally agree with you on every thing. Pretty sure Norman is not responsible for Miss Watson
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