Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Review: 'Bates Motel: Trust Me'

'Bates Motel: Trust Me,' 2013, Universal Television. Written by Kerry Ehrin. Directed by Johan Renck. Starring Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore. Rated TV-14 for suggestive dialogue, language, sexual situations, and violence. Airs 10.00 p.m. on Mondays on A&E, or you can watch complete episodes and get behind-the-scenes information at http://www.aetv.com/bates-motel/.

As one might guess from the title, this episode is all about trust: who can trust whom, and how far that trust can go. 

A slight rift is forming between Norman (Freddie Highmore) and his mother (Vera Farmiga); Norman returns from Deputy Shelby's (Mike Vogel) house and tells Norma Shelby has a Chinese girl locked up in his basement. Norma, who knows Norman 'sometimes sees and hears things that aren't there,' thinks he's been hallucinating; her refusal to believe him causes Norman to confide instead in his half-brother, Dylan (Max Thieriot). In fact, he tells him everything, from Keith Summers' (Earl Brown) attack on Norma to the murder and the Chinese girl -- everything.

Heartened that Norman feels he can trust him, Dylan says he'll help. The first thing he does is convince Norman to go to Bradley's (Nicola Peltz) house when she texts him -- to allow himself to be a 17-year-old for a while. This results in an action Norman may regret when next he sees Emma (Olivia Cooke). 

The tension between Norma and Dylan finally comes to a head, though things aren't resolved yet; and the murder investigation continues, with a hand (Keith's?) being found in the water. All in all, quite a good episode.  

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