Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Review: 'Bates Motel: The Truth'

'Bates Motel: The Truth,' 2013, Universal Television. Written by Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin. Directed by Tucker Gates. 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 catch up on full episodes at http://www.aetv.com/bates-motel/.

The sex slave ring storyline comes to a head in this episode, so hang on. It starts with Norma (Vera Farmiga, pictured) trying to come to terms with the fact that her boyfriend, Deputy Zack Shelby (Mike Vogel), is part of a sex slave ring. 

She doesn't handle it well. In fact, she goes a bit nutters, running off and trying to go see Zack, which Norman (Freddie Highmore, pictured on the right) thinks is a really bad idea. With difficulty, he convinces Norma to wait and do things the right way; and with Norma's help, he also convinces Emma (Olivia Cooke) to wait to tell the police. 

Then Dylan (Max Thieriot) and Norman go to Keith Summers' (Earl Brown) boat to look for Keith's belt, the incriminating evidence Zack has against Norma. But whilst they're out, Zack visits Norma, who must then act as if everything's normal whilst there's a sex slave in her hotel. 

Dylan also confesses to his boss that he killed Ethan's (Terry Chen) murderer; Dylan's boss tells him he did good, and also tells him how to get rid of the evidence. 

There's a terrific shoot-out scene in this episode, along with yet another shocking revelation as we finally find out what really happened to Norman's father. 

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