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TV Review: Bates Motel 5.1 “Dark Paradise”
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Bates Motel
Season 5 Episode 1: “Dark Paradise”
Directed by Tucker Gates
Written by Kerry Ehrin
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke
A&E
Air Date: Monday, February 20th, 2017, 10pm

Warning! Spoilers below for the 5th season premiere of Bates Motel!

When we last left Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) on Bates Motel, he had killed his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga), and threw away his meds to be reunited with her. He also dug up her body and put it in the basement. He almost pulled the trigger and ended it all, when the full psychosis kicked in complete with music, as Norma returned to live in the fantasy that they are happy together, forever. He did not tell Dylan (Max Thieriot) she was dead. Alex (Nestor Carbonell) freaked out in grief, knowing Norman did it, and was hauled off to jail for perjury, not the punch he gave Norman.

Spoilers below.

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Watch The ‘Bates Motel’ “Down The Drain” Teaser Trailer
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The 4th season of Bates Motel is less than 2 months away, and A&E has released an under 30-second visual metaphor, to let us know what season 4 has in store for us. “Down the Drain” is literally Norman Bates’ (Freddie Highmore) descent into madness.

Check out the teaser below.

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‘Bates Motel’ Renewed For 2 Seasons, ‘The Returned’ Cancelled
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A&E has renewed its prequel series, Bates Motel, not just for the upcoming season 4, but for season 5 as well. The series, created by Anthony Cipriano, Carlton Cuse, and Kerry Ehrin, focuses on the life of Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga), before he turned into a Psycho.

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‘Bates Motel’ Interview: Kenny Johnson
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Bates Motel may be over for the season, and we may have to wait til 2016 for season 4, but that doesn’t mean we cannot get our fix. The Psycho prequel tells the story of young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore), that famous motel, and the family and friends surrounding him – mother Norma (Vera Farmiga), brother Dylan (Max Thieriot), close friend and motel employee Emma (Olivia Cooke), and Uncle Caleb (Kenny Johnson).

Geeks of Doom got the awesome chance to speak with Kenny Johnson, now that the crazy season has come to an end. Johnson is a TV veteran, best known for his years on The Shield, where he played Detective Curtis Lemansky for five seasons. Other notable work includes Dewey on Saving Grace, Kozik on SOA, a brief stint on Dexter, and actually, he is currently also on Chicago Fire as Tommy Welch. He can soon be seen in Solace, alongside Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins. I think this guy is a workaholic.

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TV Review: Bates Motel 3.10 “Unconscious”
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Bates Motel
Season 3 Episode 10: “Unconscious”
Directed by Tucker Gates
Written by Kerry Ehrin, Carlton Cuse
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Kenny Johnson
A&E
Air Date: Monday, May 11th, 2015, 9pm

It’s Bates Motel finale time! But first a little recap of last week’s episode.

Caleb (Kenny Johnson) is the hero of the episode, beating Chick (Ryan Hurst) for the money, and coming though for his son and for Emma (Oliva Cooke). Of course then he feels he has to get out of Dodge. He has a really tender goodbye scene with Norma (Vera Farmiga), but then doesn’t really say goodbye to Dylan (Max Thieriot). To be fair, Dylan should have known the non-goodbye was just that. Norma is flipping out. Everything she has tried to keep hidden has been bubbling to the surface. Romero (Nestor Carbonell) didn’t help when he turned over the drive to the feds. I mean, he did the right thing, but it didn’t help Norma any. Bradley Martin (Nicola Peltz) came back to town and Norman (Freddie Highmore) hid her in one of the rooms. She’s supposed to be dead. Don’t worry, Bradley. I’m sure you will be soon.

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TV Review: Bates Motel 3.9 “Crazy”
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Bates Motel
Season 3 Episode 9: “Crazy”
Directed by Tucker Gates
Written by Steve Kornacki, Alyson Evans & Torrey Speer
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Kenny Johnson
A&E
Air Date: Monday, May 4th, 2015, 9pm

Last week on Bates Motel, the “pit” in question was a 23-ft deep monstrosity, that Norma (Vera Farmiga) thought meant Bob Paris (Kevin Rahm) was playing ball, but actually didn’t. In fact, he had his goons grab Norma’s little shrink/lover James (Joshua Leonard) to get the goods on her. And since she confessed all while on her bender, he had a lot to give up. Bob went straight to Romero (Nestor Carbonell) with this info. Needless to say, Romero is not pleased. Norman (Freddie Highmore) was really upset about what James said about him wanting his own mother. Come on, Norman! It cannot be that unbelievable to you. Caleb (Kenny Johnson) and Dylan (Max Thieriot) almost get killed gun running for Chick (Ryan Hurst). Caleb DID try to warn Dylan, but he couldn’t see past the money he needed to save Emma (Olivia Cooke).

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TV Review: Bates Motel 3.8 “The Pit”
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Bates Motel
Season 3 Episode 8: “The Pit”
Directed by Roxann Dawson
Written by Bill Balas
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Kenny Johnson
A&E
Air Date: Monday, April 27th, 2015, 9pm

Last week on Bates Motel, it really felt like “The Last Supper.” Romero (Nestor Carbonell) jumped into the crazy pool, blasted Marcus, and left him as a dead present for Bob (Kevin Rahm). He gets the flash drive from Gunnar and it shows his mother’s name. Now he has even more questions. The answers are definitely in the bottom of a bottle. Dylan (Max Thieriot) finds out that a $20,000 transplant could save Emma (Olivia Cooke) so he jumps at the chance to do a $25,000 gun running job for Chick (Ryan Hurst). Dylan asks Emma out, but Norma (Vera Farmiga) wants to have a family dinner. Caleb (Kenny Johnson) brings flowers over, so she invites him in. Drunk Romero was sleeping it off, but now is invited too. Norman (Freddie Highmore) is not happy about all this male attention on Norma. There’s even singing!

The last scene shows Norman sliding his hand over his sleeping mother’s nightgown clad hip. Gross!

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TV Review: Bates Motel 3.7 “The Last Supper”
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Bates Motel
Season 3 Episode 7: “The Last Supper”
Directed by Ed Bianchi
Written by Philip Buiser
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Kenny Johnson
A&E
Air Date: Monday, April 20th, 2015, 9pm

Each episode of Bates Motel builds momentum to an expected crescendo finish. Before we review the 7th episode of this buildup, let’s recap what happened last week.

Norma (Vera Farmiga) flipped out when Dylan (Max Thieriot) told her Caleb (Kenny Johnson) had been staying with him at the farm. Norman (Freddie Highmore) stood by his brother in a rare choosing of sides. That levelheadeness did not last long when Norma packed a suitcase and left, crashing her car, buying some “come get me” clothes, and checking into a (different) motel. This triggered a giant Norman episode, complete with his “Norma” personality mothering Dylan. Emma (Olivia Cooke) stayed to help, and she and Dylan had a moment (over phlegm). Norma slept with her therapist/lover then ran back home.

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TV Review: Bates Motel 3.6 “Norma Louise”
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Bates Motel
Season 3 Episode 6: “Norma Louise”
Directed by Phil Abraham
Written by Kerry Ehrin
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Kenny Johnson
A&E
Air Date: Monday, April 13th, 2015, 9pm

Bates Motel 3.6 “Norma Louise” review coming up in a few moments. First – let’s recap last week’s episode.

Last week’s 3.5 “The Deal” found Norma (Vera Farmiga) trying to play with the big boys. After Dylan’s friend cracked the secret of the USB, she dragged Romero (Nestor Carbonell) with her to blackmail Bob Paris (Kevin Rahm). He seemed amenable to her demands. I don’t believe his sincerity though. Norman (Freddie Highmore) told Dylan (Max Thieriot) that he revealed Caleb (Kenny Johnson) was staying at the farm, only… he never did. Dylan confessed to Norma with Norman offering moral support. Needless to say she did not take it well.

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TV Review: Bates Motel 3.5 “The Deal”
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Bates Motel
Season 3 Episode 5: “The Deal”
Directed by Nestor Carbonell
Written by Scott Kosar
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, and Kenny Johnson.
A&E
Air Date: Monday, April 6th, 2015, 9pm

Before we get to the Bates Motel episode 5 review, let’s recap last week’s episode. Beware of spoilers!

“You betrayed mother. She needs to know,” Norman (Freddie Highmore) tells Dylan (Max Thieriot) after finding Caleb (Kenny Johnson) at his farm. Dylan had just finished patching Caleb up after a nasty fall and tearful confession filled with regret, when Norman showed up. Norma (Vera Farmiga) and the whole crew is in danger from the big players in town after Annika shows up, hands Norma a flash drive, and dies. Romero now has to investigate two dead girls who are connected to the Arcanum Club and that “missing” USB drive.

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