'Bates Motel: Midnight,' 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. Mondays on A&E, or catch up on full episodes at http://www.aetv.com/bates-motel/.
The season finale, and it ends with a bang. This was one of our favourite episodes, as it was action-packed and tightly written.
It begins with Norma (Vera Farmiga) going to Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) for help with with Jake Abernathy (Jere Burns), who has demanded she give him the $150,000.00 he thinks she owes him. Romero says he'll 'take care of it,' but that isn't enough for Norma, who goes to Dylan (Max Thieriot) for a gun and lessons on how to use it. However, Dylan, who has more sense than Norma and Norman combined, says, 'you and a gun is a bad idea.' He's right, for various reasons; but of course he eventually breaks down and gives Norma what she wants.
Meanwhile, Norman (Freddie Highmore, pictured left) offers to take Emma (Olivia Cooke) to the school dance. He also notices the sparks flying between Dylan and Bradley (Nicola Peltz), and, though he refuses to admit it, is clearly quite disturbed by this. Bad Norman is emerging again.
Norman also witnesses a phone conversation of Miss Watson's (Keegan Connor Tracy, pictured right) and comes to be in her confidence. Norma confides in Norman, as well, telling him about her tortured childhood -- and perhaps bringing the two of them a bit too close.
Romero does 'take care' of the problem with Jake Abernathy . . . but not in the way Norma might expect. And something bad happens when Norman is brought home from the dance by Miss Watson.
Bad Norman, indeed.
We can't wait for next season!