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Bates Motel recap: ‘Visiting Hours’

The battle for dominance over Norman Bates’ mind. Jodi Walker writes: So much of Bates Motel season 5 has been about the battle for dominance over Norman Bates’ mind. We saw hints of Mother throughout the first four seasons, from her first [...]

Bates Motel Recap: ‘The Body’

“He’s not a bad person; he’s not a criminal… he’s crazy.” Jodi Walker writes: Appropriately on National Sibling Day, Dylan continues his streak of plainly (and finally) stating facts about his brother Norman that we’ve all been [...]

Bates Motel Recap: ‘Inseparable’

Bates Motel Season 5 Episode 7 Jodi Walker writes: The promise of season 5 of Bates Motel, and the utter thrill of last week’s episode, came with the all-important knowledge that the series would finally be catching up with its source material. [...]

Bates Motel Recap: The Shower!

Season 5, Episode 6 Brian Tallerico writes: Few scenes in the history of film are as iconic as Norman Bates stabbing Janet Leigh to death in the shower. To audiences today, that famous scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho may seem somewhat standard, [...]

Bates Motel Recap: Meeting Marion

Dreams Die First Season 5 Episode 5 Brian Tallerico writes: Since the middle of last season, Bates Motel has been hurtling toward the direct action of the Alfred Hitchcock film that inspired it. This week, we arrive at a key point in that [...]

Bates Motel Recap: Norma’s Weakness

Most of the action this week goes down in the Bates house, specifically the basement. The morning after trapping his uncle, Norman wakes up to his mother’s voice telling him to stay out of the basement. Bad Blood Season 5, Episode 3 Brian [...]

Bates Motel Recap: The Caretaker

Season 5, Episode 2 Brian Tallerico writes: Last week’s incredible premiere meant a bit of a letdown was coming to Bates Motel, although it’s only marginal as it appears that this season will be paced like a runaway train. Knowing this is [...]

Bates Motel Premiere Recap: Dark Paradise

Season 5, Episode 1 Jodi Walker writes: When it comes to a force of nature like Norma Bates… you just knew she couldn’t stay dead for long. Though often controlling, needy, and ripping people out of cars, the Norma Bates of Bates Motel was [...]