Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Review: 'Bates Motel: The Man in Number 9'

'Bates Motel: The Man in Number 9,' 2013, Universal Television. Written by Kerry Ehrin. Directed by SJ Clarkson. 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 watch full episodes on http://www.aetv.com/bates-motel/.

The trouble Norman (Freddie Highmore, pictured) and Norma (Vera Farmiga) have been having because of the sex slave ring seems to be at an end: Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell)  is taking the credit for stopping the ring and killing Deputy Shelby (Mike Vogel) in the line of duty. This should make everyone happy (it makes Norma ecstatic); but Dylan (Max Thieriot) is miffed he doesn't get the credit for saving Norma and Norman's lives. And he's still going to move out when his arm heals in a few weeks. 

Meanwhile, Norman keeps having erotic dreams about Bradley (Nicola Peltz), who still isn't answering his texts or calls. Norma wants Norman to pay more attention to Emma (Olivia Cooke), who she's hiring to help out at the motel. Norman sees this as the manipulation it is: a way to get him and Emma together more so he might fall for her. But Norma claims it's because she needs the help. 

Norman also finds a stray dog under the porch, who he names Juno. Juno is quite unfriendly, growling and snarling at Norman before running away; but Norman decides he's going to lure her with food and kindness, and keep her. 

And, finally, the motel gets its first customer: a man named Jake Abernathy (Jere Burns), who knew Keith Summers (Earl Brown) and had a standing reservation when Summers owned the motel. Abernathy is less than forthcoming about the information he's asked to provide, and it's pretty clear he has something to do with the sex slave ring; but Norma ignores all the signs and rents him the rooms he wants. 

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