Fri. Feb 28th, 2020

A&E’s ‘Bates Motel’ Creeps Closer To Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960’s ‘Psycho’ By Every Week’s Episode, Highlight Hollywood News

“Bates Motel” on A&E is really pushing the lever this season, and in Monday night’s episode, titled “The Pit,” writers proved how close they are prepared to go to Hitchcock’s Norman Bates in “Psycho” from 1960.  Freddie Highmore’s Norman Bates was still in a blurry haze after that creepy psychology professor suggested, in the pervious episode, that the lad is unnaturally close to his mother, Vera Farmiga’s Norma.
This week the show proved its not shying away from this creepy incestuous relationship.

“He said I might be attracted to you sexually,” said Norman tremulously. Norma reacted to this as she always does — with apoplectic denial: “It’s frickin’ normal!” she replied. “Sex is confusing!” she told her teen son. “Don’t ever let anyone’s words come between us,” said Norma, pulling Norman into a smothering hug. “This is the only thing that’s real, you and me.”

Where can this go?  I’m worried about the idea of it.  That’s what writers and showrunners want however.  It’s truly A&E’s only series worth watching now that “Longmire” has departed for greener pastures at Netflix.

At one point this week, Norma stated,  “You’re gonna kill me, Norman!” From any other exasperated mom, this would be a normal turn of phrase. But since we know this little relationship ends in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” the writers are pushing right up to that standard.


“Bates Motel” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on A&E.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: A&E
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