Bates Motel

Bates Motel – Season 2 Finale

I was anxious to see the season finale of this one and wow, did things go all over the place in this one. We start things right where we left off. Dylan is making a mad dash from the house of Nick Ford who’s laying dead on the floor and who should he run into but Sheriff Romero. Romero is unfazed by Dylan’s admission. Instead, he heads over to the house to see who can extract information out of in order to find Norman. Good thing one of the henchmen stayed behind to loot the place.

Norman is pulled from the iron coffin and the family is reunited again. But there is still trouble in paradise as Norman admits he has memories of killing Miss Watson. This is not going to bode well as Romero still insists Norman take the polygraph test.

But that will have to wait as the Sheriff and Dylan hatch a plan to get Zane under control. It wasn’t the best laid plan thusly unravels pretty quick. But the end result is what Romero wanted which is the heads of the drug families out of the way so he can install a man who "understands the rules" so "they can all live and work together". In fell swoon, Dylan is in charge! He’s on the hook for one murder and is seriously in deep on the cover up of two more. Damn, this kid is a magnet for trouble! And quite possibly a kingpin now.

Now that the Sheriff is coming for him, Norman sets the wheels in motion to protect himself. He’s scared of who he is and what he does and feels the best way to control that is to end his life. But he’s not as sneaky as he thinks and mom is hot on his trail. The tables are turned as Norman points the gun at his mom and demands to know what’s wrong with him. Norman’s blackouts do indeed lead to death for other people and as he admits, he blacked out the day his dad died.

Norma plans a flight from prosecution and even buys a ticket for Dylan. There’s nothing like fleeing the country to bring a family together. It’s the first time Dylan has actually felt close to Norma and the fact he even thought of her chips away at his cold heart.

Fleeing will only get them so far. Dylan convinces them to face the music and have Norman take the test. It looks grim, but Norman has a vision that relieves him of his burden. Mother says she will take care of him and she is responsible for what happened to Miss Watson. All the guilt leaves Norman and Sheriff Romero is satisfied he sent the right man to prison.

In that final shot we see Norman sitting in the chair with that classic smirk pulled straight from the Psycho movie itself. Creepy stuff my friends.

A pretty impressive season and who knows where this is going to take us. Dylan is set to take over the drug trade and Norman got a pass on all his transgressions. Who knows if it will last but we have an inkling of a mother-son relationship between Dylan and Norma.

But alas, Emma is still on the outside looking in. She desperately wants to be a part of the family and even though she has been in the thick of the soup with the Bates family, she still gets the cold shoulder. Norman offers the olive branch and asks her to reconsider and lets her in on Dylan’s checkered past. But will that be enough for her to stick around? And if she does, will she end up victim? Norman’s track record with the ladies isn’t that good.

I’m sure there will be plenty of mischief and mayhem in season 3. I guess we’ll have to take bets on who’s the first victim of the new season. And, will any of the previous characters come back? Is this the last of Cody? Can Bradley stay in hiding? Will Caleb (if he’s still alive) come to explain or face the music of what he’s done? How will Sheriff Romero position Dylan and what does he plan to do about all the next rival? And since he still doesn’t have a house how long will he be at the hotel?

And one final question, with Nick Ford out of the way what will happen to Norma’s seat on the council? This of course comes after she’s pissed off Christine who not only befriended her but tried to set Norma up with her brother. And wasn’t the mayor coming for dinner? Oh dear…

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Bates Motel – Kicking and Screaming to the Season Finale

image So here we are on the eve of the final episode of Bates Motel and it’s been a long and dangerous road. The season started off with a bang when Bradley, after suspecting Gil was behind her father’s murder, blows his head clean off. A murder that no one seems to want to investigate by the way. Desperate and in need of help, Bradley turns to Norman, who turns to Dylan who fakes Bradley’s death and sends her out of town. He’s such a helpful juvenile delinquent.

With Gil dead, Dylan and his rag tag band of weed whackers get a new boss in the form of Zane. A hot tempered chap who feels that disputes like this should be settled at the end of a gun. As you may expect, this leads to a few problems and some shootouts at the I’m Not OK Corral.

Meanwhile, after being coerced into trying out for a musical with his mom (creepy) Norman meets the hot and naughty Cody, a girl with a troubled home life that ultimately finds Norman intriguing. She leads him down a decadent road that oddly leads to her secret treehouse where she takes advantage of the young Norman. They make an interesting couple, by my goodness they have some turbulent times.

Sadly, Norma is rejected from the musical and her trouble compounds when her brother Caleb comes rolling into town. A brother she accuses of doing some very unsavory things to her; the result being Dylan. This of course sends Dylan into a bit of tail spin and he moves out of the house. In order to defend his mom’s honor, Norman goes to confront Caleb, wherein Norman channels the feelings and emotions of his mother getting abused – a scene that will surely leave you feeling woefully uncomfortable. Utterly confused, Caleb knocks Norman out of the way and adds a few kicks in for good measure. When we next see Norman he is catatonic in a diner with Cody coming to get him. It was of course Cody’s plan for Norman to confront Caleb to send him packing. So far, we haven’t seen Caleb again.

Norma meets some rich and strange new friends and gets introduced to Nick Ford. After making a deal with the devil she’s elected to the city council and is magically handed an environmental report that stops construction of the bypass. Norma seems to be in the middle of Stepford Wives and has a new love interest. A love interest that will run panty-dropping hot, then frostbite cold. Norma doesn’t do well in relationships.

On the drug cartel front, things escalate out of control and Zane goes in guns blazing. Dylan repeatedly tries to talk him out of it, since he obviously knows the truth about Gil’s death, but it falls on deaf ears. Zane barely escapes with his life, but not before killing multiple men from Nick Ford’s side of the house. This will not go unpunished and heads on a pike will be demanded.

Sheriff Romero, or rather his new Deputy is hot on the trail for the murderer of Emma Watson and finds a match to the DNA they took off Norman when they investigated him for the murder of Cody’s father. Norman put a damper on their relationship when dad got hostile with his lady friend and thusly Norman sent dad tumbling down the stairs to the sound of crunching bones. But this proves that Norman did indeed sleep with his teacher the night she was killed.

Nick Ford feels the best way to settle the dispute between the rival drug families is to meet with Dylan. He goes through Norma to set up the meeting and demonstrates his power and influence over her. Nick wants Zane out of the way and wants Dylan to handle it. Dylan isn’t quite on board so Nick uses a power play of kidnapping Norman to sweeten the deal. Norman spends a night in the box and when the henchman come to feed and water him they discover the newspaper clipping of Emma Watson’s death and the string of pearls.

With the new motivation, Dylan does what he can to get rid of Zane, but Zane is too heavily armed and Dylan can’t get the job done. He explains the situation to Nick who no longer feels Dylan has any use to him. With gun drawn, Nick looks to dispatch Dylan who feels he has to defend himself and uses the power of the fireplace poker as his weapon of choice. Dylan ends up dealing a fatal blow to the head and quickly realizing the sack full of shite he’s found himself in, makes a very hasty retreat out the side door.

Finally, we have Norman, locked in a box in parts unknown coming to terms with his situation. The night of Miss Watson’s murder begins to play out in his mind and at least according to Norman’s interpretation of events, we see her seduce him. She wears quite a fetching outfit and in a slow, seductive style she lures him to bed. The moment is intermixed with Norma telling Norman to stop and that it’s wrong and Miss Watson is a bad person for doing this. It ultimately ends with Norman, a knife and Miss Watson’s throat. And this right after he’s finished himself off inside her leaving a dastardly trail of evidence. What a mess on multiple levels!

Norman leaves the bloody scene, but not before taking a strand of pearls from Miss Watson’s nightstand. Souvenir of the night? Either way, we fade out as Norman is left to rot in the box, in the rain, without his family knowing where he is. Dylan didn’t quite get that written down before cracking Nick in the skull.

So we have Dylan on the run because he just killed he head of the rival drug cartel, Norman locked in a box, in the woods without anyone knowing where he is and perhaps coming to the realization he killed his teach, Norma in a fit of hysterics because she doesn’t know where Norman is, Emma is on the outs because no one will put their trust in her, and let’s not forget that Sheriff Romero wants Norman for questioning in the murder of Emma Watson. He’s pretty sure he just sent an innocent man to prison.

Things are unravelling quite badly for the Bates family. Seems the whole family has gotten themselves in quite a bind. Where oh where do we go from here?

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Bates Motel – Caleb – S02E03

image Things are getting downright creepy in the world of Norman Bates. In this latest episode we see Norma meet up with the Stepford Wives when she gets invited to the party that Christine is throwing at her insanely large and most likely paid for with drug money mansion. We also see Norman hanging out and attending Bradley’s "memorial" with his new buddy Cody, the smart talking cashier he met when buying hair dye for Bradley and now one of the techs for the theater production his mom was rejected for. She seems to be a sassy, worldly broad with designs on Norman. How does he keep ending up with these ladies?

But the big and nasty part of the episode is the revelation about Dylan. Norma has been hiding a lot about her past including Dylan’s father. Turns out it not who Dylan thinks it is. Oh my goodness, do we really have to go down this road? Is Norma just spouting her usual lies and mistruths or is this the real deal? Has Dylan been mislead about his father that Norma supposedly killed which caused all the strife in beginning? And did you see the way Norman threw his brother around like a rag doll? My word, when he loses his mind people get a serious ass kicking.

And let’s not forget all the disparaging remakes being made about Miss Watson. It seems the entire town may have been hot for teacher and she wasn’t one to say no.

Things are just getting bad. Bad, Bad, Bad.

So for next week we get to see the aftermath of Dylan learning the truth. Is he hanging out the window of his truck in a drunken stupor, because of brawl or perhaps him dealing with the news of parentage in a less than complimentary manner?

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Bates Motel – Season 2 Premiere

image For the Season 2 premiere of Bates Motel we catch up with Norman 4 months after the murder of his teacher Miss Watson. Norman has no real memory of the events after the dance that took him over to her house nor does he have any idea where he got the pearls he keeps playing with. But, the life of Miss Watson isn’t all it appears to be and we get the impression her past has more blemishes than her prim and proper demeanor would have us believe.

But apart from Norman sinking into depression and obsession about his teacher we have Bradley who’s gone over the edge quite literally. Her tether to the earth has pretty much snapped and she finds herself on the ledge of a bridge. Alas, there is no one there to catch her as she makes her leap of faith. This lands her a plum position at the local sanitarium. After her therapy she’s released, but she quickly goes over the edge another way.

It appears that Gil is intertwined with Miss Watson and perhaps the death of Bradley’s father – the fiery accident we saw in the first season. Seems Miss Watson enjoyed the company of Bradley’s father and Gil was none to pleased about this.

After some of the saucy details are revealed we find Bradley’s over at Gil’s house trying to learn the truth. It seems Bradley is pretty persuasive with a gun and one hell of a shot. Gil meets with a "premature" end and his brains meet the window. Bradley has severely stepped in this time by not only committing murder but by shooting the head of the drug cartel. Oh the wrath that will be coming.

But fear not, she has a desperate plan and ends up in the doorway of Norman’s room asking for help. His boner for Bradley all but assures he’ll do anything to help her.

Quite a riveting start to this new season. Mom is beginning to worry that Norman had something to do with the murder, a murder Norman has no recollection of. Sheriff Romero starts to wonder about Norman and his odd behavior. Bradley is off the deep end. And once again it seems that Dylan is the sane one in the family. And with Gil out of the way, is he going to step into the role of head of the organization? Lots of things in motion in this opener. Looks like we’re going to learn a lot about Miss Watson and the "cartel" of the city. Norman will more than likely have some sort of breakdown so who knows will meet their end at his hands. And Norma will be so overbearing as to make someone snap. This should be one hell of an amusing season. I almost shudder to thing where this will lead us.

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