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Bates Motel (season 2)

Bates Motel (season 2)
DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 10
Release
Original channel A&E
Original release March 3, 2014 (2014-03-03) – May 5, 2014 (2014-05-05)

The second season of Bates Motel consisted of 10 episodes and premiered on A&E on March 3, 2014. The season aired on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on A&E, and concluded on May 5, 2014.[1] The series itself is described as a "contemporary prequel" to the 1960 film Psycho and follows the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma in the fictional town of White Pine Bay, Oregon prior to the events portrayed in the Hitchcock film.[2]

The season received positive reviews from television critics,[3] and the premiere episode drew in a total of 3.07 million viewers.[4] Bates Motel was renewed for a third season after five episodes of the second season had aired.[5] For her performance as Norma Louise Bates in the second season, Vera Farmiga received nominations for the 2014 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, the 2014 Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama, and the 2014 Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television.[6] Freddie Highmore was nominated for the 2014 Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama for his performance as Norman Bates.[7] The second season was released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 7, 2014.[8]

Plot

Four months after the events of the first season, the Bates Motel has become a hot spot for vacationers, though plans for a new bypass could affect its success. Norma Louise Bates (Vera Farmiga) is worried about her son Norman (Freddie Highmore), who is practicing taxidermy and obsessing over Miss Watson's (Keegan Connor Tracy) unsolved murder. During a visit to her grave, Norman sees an older man there and assumes he could be the killer. When he tells Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell), the sheriff takes the opportunity to ask Norman about his whereabouts on the night of her death.

Dylan (Michael Eklund), Dylan's new boss, suspects an opposing drug family killed Gil.

A stoner is arrested after his semen is found inside Miss Watson, but another unidentified semen sample is also discovered. To bond with Norman, Norma signs them up for community theater, where Norman makes a new girlfriend, Cody Brennan (Paloma Kwiatkowski). Norma's brother, Caleb (Kenny Johnson), arrives at the motel, but Norma immediately throws him out. He bonds with Dylan, telling him he helped protect Norma from their abusive father when they were younger. Dylan defends Caleb to Norma, but she claims he raped her for years. Their argument comes to a head when Norman and Dylan start fighting. Norma intervenes by saying Dylan is Caleb's son. The revelation deeply affects Dylan.

Norman's hallucination of Norma's rape leads him to Caleb's motel room. His fractured psyche causes him to lash out at Caleb in Norma's persona. Cody picks up Norman, who comes out of his trance but doesn't remember anything. Norman admits his blackouts to Cody. She takes Norman to her secret tree house, where the two have sex. Meanwhile, Romero stays at the motel after Zane has his house burned down. Romero cautions Norma about Ford, whom she hopes will help stop the bypass initiative with the city council. Later, Norma learns that one of the city council members has died in a mysterious auto accident. Dylan protects Zane from a shooting and is hospitalized. He meets Zane's sister, Jodi (Kathleen Robertson), who takes him to her house so he can recover from his injuries.

Norman, Cody, and Emma go to the river, where Emma nearly drowns due to exposure to the cold water. Norman has another fit while with Cody. This news gets back to Norma who, just when Norman is about to take his drivers test, tells the instructor about his blackouts. Angry at Cody, Norman confronts her about betraying his trust. Their heated discussion wakes her abusive father. As Norman scuffles with him, Norman accidentally pushes him down a flight of stairs, killing him. Norman is questioned about the death, and his DNA is taken for processing. Cody leaves to live with her aunt.

After Cody's father's death is ruled an accident, Norman is released. Romero is told that Norman's DNA matches the semen found in Miss Watson's body. Norman becomes distant with Norma. Dylan meets with Ford, who asks him to kill Zane or the Bates family will be in danger. Norman confronts Norma about their altered relationship, and Norma leaves. Alone, Norman is abducted by an intruder; Ford's henchmen keep him in a hot box, where his sanity begins to slip. He recalls the blackout he had at Miss Watson's house: he sliced Miss Watson's throat while having sex with her. Ford orders Dylan to kill Zane or Norman dies. Unable to do so, Dylan reports to Ford, but inadvertently kills him before he can learn Norman's whereabouts.

Romero informs Norma that her son had sex with Miss Watson, and Norma tells him that Ford has kidnapped Norman. Romero convinces one of Ford's henchmen to reveal Norman's location, and Romero and Dylan rescue him. In the aftermath, Jodi invites her brother to her house to talk business. The siblings argue, and Zane kills her. Romero then shoots Zane dead. Norman informs Norma of his "dream" of killing Miss Watson, who tells him to not tell anyone. Back home, Norman takes a gun from his mother's drawer. Norma finds him in the woods and is able to talk him out of suicide. Wanting to flee the country with her sons, Norma ultimately allows Norman to take a polygraph test insisted by Romero. When Norman is asked if he killed Blair Watson, he envisions his mother and answers "no". With a smile to himself, Norman passes polygraph.

Cast and characters

Main

Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, and Max Thieriot (left to right) portray leading roles Norma Louise Bates, Norman Bates, and Dylan Massett, respectively, who appear in all episodes.
Nestor Carbonell, Michael Vartan, and Kathleen Robertson (left to right) portray Sheriff Alex Romero, George Heldens, and Jodi Morgan, respectively.

Recurring

Guest

Production

Casting

For the second season, [12] The following day, Michael O'Neill joined the cast as Nick Ford, the season's major villain.[13]

Filming

At the beginning of the first season, a replica of the original Bates Motel set from the film Psycho was built on location in Aldergrove, British Columbia on 272nd Street, where the series is filmed.[14][15] Principal photography for the second season began on July 24, 2013.[16] Production at the series' Aldergrove set concluded on November 6, 2013, with only location filming left to be completed for the season.[17]

Episodes

No.
overall 
No. in
season 
Title  Directed by  Written by  Original air date  Production
code 
U.S. viewers
(millions) 
11 1 "Gone But Not Forgotten" Tucker Gates Carlton Cuse & Kerry Ehrin March 3, 2014 (2014-03-03) BATE0201 3.07[4]
The episode opens with Blair Watson's funeral, after which a depressed Bradley attempts suicide. The episode then jumps forward four months, by which time the Bates Motel has become a hot spot for vacationers. Norma is worried about Norman, who spends his time practicing taxidermy and obsessing over Miss Watson and her unsolved murder, including frequent visits to her grave. On a visit to the graveyard, Norman sees an older man at Miss Watson's grave and takes a photo of him, assuming he could be Miss Watson's killer. He shows the photo to Sheriff Romero, who takes the opportunity to ask Norman about his whereabouts on the night of her killing. When Norman offers to email him the photo, he shows no interest. The success of the motel is in jeopardy when construction of the new bypass begins. Dylan learns that Bradley's father was cheating with Miss Watson, and that Gil, her boyfriend, likely killed him when he discovered their affair. Dylan tells this to Bradley, who then murders Gil and sneaks into Norman's house, asking for his help.
12 2 "Shadow of a Doubt" Tucker Gates Kerry Ehrin March 10, 2014 (2014-03-10) BATE0202 2.21[18]
Norman hides Bradley in the basement of the house, where she confesses to Gil's killing. Meanwhile, Sheriff Romero meets the older man at the graveyard. He turns out to be Nick Ford, Miss Watson's father and the head of a drug family who controls the marijuana cultivation and wholesales in town. Ford assures Romero that his family has nothing to do with Gil's murder. Zane Morgan, Dylan's new drug boss, suspects an opposing drug family in a nearby town of having killed Gil. A stoner named Kyle is arrested after his semen is found inside Miss Watson, but another unidentified semen sample is also found. To bond with Norman, Norma signs them up for the community musical. A problem arises when, at the same time Norman is supposed to be driving Bradley to a bus stop for her to flee town, he now has to be at a rehearsal. Norman therefore has Dylan take her instead. At the end of the episode, a man arrives in town looking for the Bates Motel, revealing that he is Norma's brother, Caleb.
13 3 "Caleb" Lodge Kerrigan Alexandra Cunningham March 17, 2014 (2014-03-17) BATE0203 1.84[19]
Caleb arrives at the motel, but Norma immediately throws him out. Caleb bonds with Dylan and says he helped protect Norma from their abusive father. Meanwhile, Norma becomes friends with Christine, the former director of the community musical, and also meets Christine's brother, George. Norman makes a new girlfriend at the community theater, the troublemaking Cody Brennan. Dylan defends Caleb to Norma, but she claims he repeatedly raped her for years during their childhood. The discussion escalates into a fight between Norman and Dylan, until Norma intervenes by ultimately revealing that Caleb is Dylan's father.
14 4 "Check-Out" John David Coles Liz Tigelaar March 24, 2014 (2014-03-24) BATE0204 2.23[20]
Norma's revelation deeply affects Dylan and herself. Angry, hurt and broken, Dylan leaves the house after accusing Norma of using his conception to get away from her family and marry young to her high school boyfriend, making him think Dylan was his child. Dylan's assumption turns out to be true. Meanwhile, Norman's imagining of his mother's rape by Caleb puts him in a blank trance and leads him to Caleb's motel room. His fractured psyche causes him to lash out at Caleb in Norma's persona. Caleb hits Norman and leaves the motel room. Cody picks up Norman, who finally comes out of his trance, but does not remember anything.
15 5 "The Escape Artist" Christopher Nelson Nikki Toscano March 31, 2014 (2014-03-31) BATE0205 2.27[21]
Norman admits to Cody about having had similar blackouts in the past. She takes Norman to her secret tree house, where they have sex. Meanwhile, Sheriff Romero takes up residence at the motel after Zane has his house burned down. Romero cautions Norma about Nick Ford, whom she hopes will help stop the bypass initiative with the city council. Later, Norma learns that one of the city council members has died in a mysterious auto accident. Dylan protects Zane from a drive-by shooting and ends up hospitalized, where he meets his new drug boss, Zane's sister Jodi.
16 6 "Plunge" Ed Bianchi Kerry Ehrin April 7, 2014 (2014-04-07) BATE0206 2.24[22]
Jodi takes Dylan to her house to help him recover from his injuries. After distancing herself from Nick Ford, Norma is encouraged by Christine to meet with the Mayor for the empty city council spot. Meanwhile, Cody invites Norman, Emma and Emma's friend to go swimming at the river, but Emma nearly drowns due to exposure after jumping into the cold water. Norman has another fit and blackouts while with Cody. Worried about Norman, Cody tells Emma about it, who then informs Norma. Just when Norman is about to take his drivers license test, Norma reveals to the instructor about Norman's physical blackouts. Angry, Norman confronts Cody for betraying his trust to keep his problems to themselves. Their heated discussion wakes her father, who becomes abusive with her. As he scuffles with her father, Norman pushes him down a flight of stairs to their basement, breaking his neck and killing him.
17 7 "Presumed Innocent" Roxann Dawson Alexandra Cunningham April 14, 2014 (2014-04-14) BATE0207 2.44[23]
Norman is questioned about the death of Cody's father, and his DNA is taken by police for processing. Cody, now an orphan, leaves for Indiana to live with her aunt. She tells Norman that Norma is hiding something from him and he must get answers from her. Norman is released as the death of Cody's father was ruled an accident, but Romero is later told Norman's DNA matches the semen found earlier from Miss Watson's body. Zane raids Nick Ford's warehouse, where Dylan is left unconscious for refusing to take part.
18 8 "Meltdown" Ed Bianchi Liz Tigelaar & Nikki Toscano April 21, 2014 (2014-04-21) BATE0208 2.10[24]
Norman becomes distant with Norma over her refusal to talk about his blackouts or mental state. Dylan meets with Ford, who suggests killing Zane or the Bates family will be in danger. Norman confronts Norma and yells that their relationship has changed and will never be the same. In retaliation, Norma leaves and has sex with George. Alone at home, Norman is abducted by an intruder.
19 9 "The Box" Tucker Gates Carlton Cuse & Kerry Ehrin April 28, 2014 (2014-04-28) BATE0209 2.25[25]
Nick Ford's henchmen keep Norman in a hot box in a field. Ford tells Norma he will let Norman go if Dylan kills Zane; if not, Norman dies. Trapped in a confined place, Norman's sanity slips, causing him to envision his mother saying she will protect him, and he recalls the blackout he had at Miss Watson's house: it is revealed he sliced Miss Watson's throat while having sex with her. Dylan, unable to kill Zane, reports to Ford. Fearing for his life, Dylan inadvertently kills Ford before he can learn Norman's location. Romero informs Norma that Norman had sex with Miss Watson, and Norma tells him that Ford has kidnapped Norman.
20 10 "The Immutable Truth" Tucker Gates Carlton Cuse & Kerry Ehrin May 5, 2014 (2014-05-05) BATE0210 2.30[26]
At Nick Ford's house, Romero finds him dead and one of his henchmen emptying the safe. He convinces the man to reveal Norman's location, and Romero and Dylan find and rescue Norman. At the hospital, a weak Norman tells his mother about his "dream" of killing Blair Watson. She tells him to rest and not think about it or tell anyone. Romero insists on giving Norman a polygraph test. At home, Norman prepares a list of things he checks off after completing – packing up his taxidermy hobby, telling Emma about Norma's rape and Dylan's paternity, and dancing with his mother. Norman takes a gun and bullets from his mother's drawer. In the aftermath of Nick Ford's death, Jodi – convinced by Romero – invites her brother Zane to her house to talk about the future of their business. They have an argument, and Zane kills her. Romero comes in and shoots Zane dead. Romero gives Dylan a free pass and tells him how the story's going to be. Norma finds Norman wandering in the woods with a gun and she is able to talk him out of killing himself. Wanting to flee the country with her sons, she ultimately allows the polygraph, wherein Norman is asked if he killed Blair Watson. His mother's persona emerges again and he answers "no". Norman passes the polygraph with a knowing smile to himself.

Reception

Critical response

The second season of Bates Motel received mostly positive reviews. It received 67 out of 100 from Metacritic, based on 11 television critic reviews.[27] Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 12 out of 14 critics gave the second season a positive review, averaging an 86% rating. The site's consensus reads: "Bates Motel reinvents a classic thriller with believable performances and distinguished writing."[3] Farmiga and Highmore were nominated for Satellite Awards[7] and Critics' Choice Television Awards for Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively, for their work on this season.[28] On April 7, 2014, A&E renewed the series for a third season following the positive reviews and good ratings after the first five episodes.[5]

Ratings

The season premiere episode drew in a total of 3.07 million viewers, with 1.3 million tuning in from the coveted 18–49 demographic.[4] The season finale episode drew in 2.30 million viewers, with 0.9 million watching in the 18–49 demographic.[26] Overall, the second season averaged 2.30 million viewers, with a 0.9 ratings share in the 18–49 demographic.[29]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2014 4th Critics' Choice Television Awards[28] Best Actor in a Drama Series Freddie Highmore Nominated
Best Actress in a Drama Series Vera Farmiga Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Awards[30] Best Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Best Drama Series Bates Motel Nominated
Best Music in a Series Chris Bacon Nominated
Best Production Design in a Series Peter Bodnarus, Mark S. Freeborn, Tony Wohlgemuth, Margot Ready, Rose Marie McSherry Nominated
Best Sound in a Series Alan Decker, Mark Noda, Nello Torri, Thomas DeGorter, Michael Mullane, Brian Armstrong Nominated
IGN Awards[31] Best New TV Series Bates Motel Nominated
Best TV Horror Series Nominated
Best TV Actress Vera Farmiga Nominated
Women's Image Network Awards[32] Best Actress – Drama Series Nominated
Best Drama Series Produced by a Woman Kerry Ehrin Nominated
Best Drama Series Bates Motel Nominated
Imagen Awards[33] Best Supporting Actor – Television Nestor Carbonell Nominated
18th Satellite Awards[7] Best Actor – Television Series Drama Freddie Highmore Nominated
Best Actress – Television Series Drama Vera Farmiga Nominated
41st Saturn Awards[6] Best Actress on Television Nominated
Best Limited Run Television Series Bates Motel Nominated
TV Guide Awards Favorite Horror Series Nominated
2015 41st People's Choice Awards[34] Favorite Cable TV Drama Nominated

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