BATES MOTEL Episode Recap: “Nice Town You Picked, Norma”

This week, Bates Motel was a lot more low-key than last, but it was no less strange. I gave most of the kudos to Vera Farmiga for her wacky, totally creepy performance as Norma, but already Freddie Highmore is really starting to find his own inner creep, from his nascent violent tendencies to his obsession with snuff manga. In fact, there are very few things about White Pine Bay that aren’t creepy, and this is where the Twin Peaks comparisons start to gain traction (ever so slightly, or did I confuse that with Top of the Lake? So many creeper shows on right now). The town is described by Deputy Shelby as being fake (how could people without real jobs have such fancy homes and drive such fancy cars?) with a vigilante underground. Will the Bates fit in, or will they be targeted? Hit the jump for why “I’m your mother, it’s not like it’s weird or anything.” READ MORE...

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