Monday, 22 April 2013

Review: 'Bates Motel: Ocean View'

'Bates Motel: Ocean View,' 2013, Universal Television. Written by Jeff Wadlow. Directed by David Straiton. Starring Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore. Rated TV-14 for suggestive dialogue, language, sexual situations, and violence. Airs 10.00 p.m. EST on Mondays on A&E, or you can watch full episodes at

In this episode, Norma (Vera Farmiga) has been arrested for the murder of Keith Summers (Earl Brown). She sits in jail, furious at Norman (Freddie Highmore) for going out to see a girl whilst she worried. She won't let Norman or Dylan (Max Thieriot) help her; but Norman goes home, finds the deed to the motel, and uses it for collateral to post her bail. On the way home the next day, Norma forces Norman out of the car 10 miles from home. A serious rift is continuing to form between the two. 

Meanwhile, Norman is trying to get in touch with Bradley (Nicola Peltz), who he had sex with the night before. He also tells Emma (Olivia Cooke) that he found 'the manga girl' -- the Chinese sex slave he and Emma have been trying to find -- but that she has disappeared again. Emma does some digging based on what little he tells her, and finds out that Keith Summers had a boat where the girl might now be hidden. Emma and Norman go looking, and find the girl, whose name is Jiao (Diana Bang). 

Dylan thinks Norman should get away from Norma; he's set on getting a place of his own for him and Norman to live. He borrows money from his co-worker Ethan (Terry Chen), who is shot soon after by a man who owes money to Dylan and Ethan's boss. What Dylan does later is something of a shock. 

This is another exciting, enthralling episode. The dynamic between Norman and Norma continues to intrigue, and we're seeing a bit more of how threatened each feels when the other has someone else in their life. 

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