Bates Motel: Season 1 Episode 3 ‘What’s Wrong With Norman’ Recap

Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: A&E)
Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: A&E)

Norman and his CF girlfriend are wigging out over being chased by the pot field guards.  That fainting scene in Norman’s language arts class was one of the best I’ve seen, mostly due to his leg flying up and knocking over the desk.  I don’t know why but it was pretty funny.  Turns out Norman’s brother is one of the new guards for the weed being paid $300 a day to watch the crop.  I have to say that I don’t find this unlikely in rural Oregon; actually it is probably quite accurate.

Bradley, the popular girl, cozies up to Norman in the hospital after his fainting incident.  They bond over tragic father deaths, not that hers has passed yet.  Meanwhile, back at the infamous Bates abode, mother Norma is signing for the new carpet in the motel when the cops charge in with a search warrant for the property.  Norma runs back to the hospital to retrieve Norman in a panic and Norman finds all his anime S&M comic book taken by the police along with his sleuthing gear and Keith’s belt (his trophy).  When he cries out, “What is wrong with me?” he sounds very much like Anthony Perkins.  Bravo!

Turns out Bradley’s father was a mid-level guy in the pot biz, burned alive for pissing someone off.  Emma (CF chick) and Norman continue to investigate the Chinese sex slaves from the graphic journal.  They find a Chinese symbol on the bottom of the sink in motel room number four, signifying that this journal might actually be real.

Norma and Deputy Hot Pants meet for dinner so Norma can probe him for inside police information about the search.  Turns out DHP wanted to do all the probing; he found the belt under Norman’s bed and is keeping it from Sheriff Romero to protect her – or so he says.  Deputy Shelby asks Norma for complete honesty but she evades all his questions, not that this stops him from probing her further.

After a volatile run in with Emma at school, Norman has a hallucination of his mother telling him to retrieve the belt from Deputy Shelby.  Like a good creepy psychopath, Norman goes to Deputy Shelby’s house (how did he know the address anyway?) and gets attacked by a dog just after he finds keys to the overly secured basement.  Guess what is down there?  Yep, a sex slave dungeon complete with drugged Chinese girl. Stay tuned…this is certainly one heck of a town they chose.

 

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BreAna Hansen studied Film & Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine graduating Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She won two UCI screenwriting awards while earning her Bachelors and continues to develop screenplays in her free time. BreAna is a member of Women in Film Seattle and the Society for Cinema & Media Studies. She is also the creator and principle writer of A Girl with Glasses, an entertainment blog.

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