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'Bates Motel' Premiere Recap: 'Psycho' Prequel Promises Murder, Mayhem

At first glance, Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) looks like any gangly teenage boy. He's sprawled across a tiny twin bed, fully-clothed and napping. A beam of late afternoon sunlight shines across his chest. His Girl Friday plays on a TV in the background. All of the sudden, he wakes. He leaves his room and enters the hallway. Norman is unsteady on his feet as if drugged or in some type of drunken stupor. He calls out for his mother with no response. He wanders from room to room. Norman spots a steaming iron in the living room and dinner bubbling on the stove in the kitchen. He wanders into the basements and sees his father lying on the floor, apparently trapped under a heavy shelf. There's been an accident, and this is the premiere episode of Bates Motel, which tells the story of Norman Bates and his beloved mother, characters from Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller, Psycho.


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