TV Review: Bates Motel Season 1 Episode 10

Bates Motel Vera Norma gun shooting Dylan

Dat Vera snarl.

Vera Farmiga could do pretty much anything in this show and I would endorse it.

It’s okay, I don’t understand this crush either.

Oh, this is the season finale, by the by.

TL;DR Sheriff RomeroZombie (becuase zombies have dark eye circles? You get it) kills the crap out of Creepy Guy, Vera bonds with Dylan but is mostly sidelined, Teacher finally makes her move on Norman. Oh, and Norman straight-up murders Teacher.

Get it on.

The plot is mostly a Norman show this week. The Winter Formal is coming up, so he and Emma decide to go together. However, Emma realises (duh) that he’s still hung up on Bradley because they banged 6 episodes ago, so ditches his ass. Ugly Popular Guy also punches Norman in the face. It wasn’t a magical night, okay? On the way home, his sexual tension with Teacher comes to fruition when she picks him up and takes him back to her place to “treat his wound.” She obviously means to seduce him, but an apparition of Vera appears and tells Norman he has to do something else. So he kills her. He’s a Bates, isn’t he? Meanwhile, Vera is freaking out about her threat from Creepy Guy for that cash. She goes to the Sheriff and he promises to take care of it. So he kills Creepy Guy. And Dylan has some sexual tension of his own with Bradley, which doesn’t really help with Norman’s emotional state.

At least there’s a chance Dylan might hook in. I told you I wanted that love triangle.

It’s been a 10 episode season with only 1 dud. You can’t really ask for more than that.

But, much like Once Upon a Time last week, this episode doesn’t really feel like a finale. It feels like a “tune in next time, guys.” And considering the next season isn’t going to be airing until 2014, that’s a bit shit.

Only in the final shot do we get to see Norman’s homicidal handiwork. Vera isn’t really an agent of her own destiny in her plot, either. She just lurks around while the Sheriff sorts everything out for her. Without even an explicit quid pro quo.

I don’t know. It’s just kinda sad that Revenge was able to outdo both of my top performing shows. It sucks.

Why I hate this episode:

Dylan doesn’t get to do fucking anything, either. He teaches Vera how to shoot a gun (which doesn’t pay off), and has some shallow UST with Bradley.

Bradley herself is sidelined, too. I just want more Bradley, k?

Though I should probably be careful of what I wish for. Ugly Popular Guy punches Norman because he believes he took advantage of Bradley when she was grieving. He could have just inferred this himself, but if he was as close as he appears to be with Bradley, she should have cleared that up. Which likely means she isn’t doing that. Bitch. She’s only a few steps away from being one of those “I said yes, but in retrospect I didn’t really want it, so it was rape” people.

Emma attention whores herself into getting Norman as her date for the dance. She plays the whole “I’m not going because nobody invited me harrumph” thing while Norman’s right next to her. Yeah, he was happy to oblige, but I can’t endorse that kind of compliment fishing-esque behaviour. Save it for Facebook, ladies (or don’t do it at all? Please?).

Norman also disses her when she’s lookin’ so fine. Dog move, bro.

As boss as the Sheriff’s execution of Creepy Guy was, it was totes rude. Dog moves all over the place this episode.

We still don’t know who the mysterious “B” who loved Bradley’s dad was.

Oh, and Apparition Vera makes a pretty ridiculous logic jump. She’s like “Teacher is trying to seduce you. Naturally, murder is the only option.” I get that Norman is a psychopathic future serial killer, but Apparition Vera just isn’t putting in the effort, you know?

Reasons to watch:

Norman finally gets his kill on legitimately. Teacher had it coming, too. Paedophilia deserves to be punished. Even the female-on-male kind.

Although she isn’t very proactive, Vera still manages to be valuable to the plot. She reveals to Norman (following an uncomfortable therapy session where she was obviously lying) that her brother forced her to have sex with him when she was a young teenager. And her father was insane and violent, so she knew she had to keep it secret from him or he’d kill her brother. That’s some Maury shit. She tearfully confesses it to Norman because she’s worried that Creepy Guy will kill her. This is probably the first time where I’ve respected the closeness of their relationship (incest aside, natch. Though I’m still waiting for it).

And I’ll give her props for learning how to use a gun in preparation for the showdown. The scene where Dylan teaches her also leads to a touching moment between them (where he calls her “mum” instead of “Norma”), and her reaction to making one of her practice shots is adorbs.

I’m glad that Dylan and Bradley are making progress. Norman even gives him his blessing (falsely), and Dylan says he’ll go for it, then. Please do.

The is-he-or-isn’t-he-evil situation with the Sheriff was super compelling. It turns out (at least that’s how it looks for now) that he isn’t evil. Although he knows about the money, and evidently had some awareness of the sex slave operation, he shoots that shit down. Literally. He then proclaims, and earns third best line this episode, “Not in my town, you piece of shit,” before chucking the money into the water, along with Creepy Guy’s body. “Piece of shit” is my favourite insult, too.

Second best line goes to Creepy Guy, who is surprised when the Sheriff turns up to the exchange instead of Vera: “What happened to the cute but naughty lady who runs the hotel?” That’s pretty much how I’d describe her, too.

Best line goes to Vera herself, who explodes after being slighted by a random townsperson: “Screw off, shithead!” I would have also accepted “fuck off.” This is a safe place for profanity, V.

Emma looks cute in her dress. As does Bradley.

Keith’s sister says that the sex slave operation is in 3 more locations on the coast. So I think we can count on bigger, higher stakes drama coming to town.

Dylan admits what his job is to Vera. She judges him momentarily.

Oh, and as yuck-yuck as Teacher’s intentions were, I’ll give her points for getting in and going for what she wants. She also is overheard arguing on the phone with an “Eric” who is harassing her. An ex-husband? Or a former, inappropriately-aged flame? In any case, bitch knows hot to get the D.

Bates Motel Norman Teacher seduce

She’s not very subtle, is what I’m saying.

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21 responses to “TV Review: Bates Motel Season 1 Episode 10”

  1. loserbear says :

    “We still don’t know who the mysterious “B” who loved Bradley’s dad was.”
    I assumed it was Miss BlueFairy, since her necklace had the letter B on it.

    • ijusthateeverything says :

      That twinkly adulteress!

      • tyke says :

        I can only guess my comment is not of the usual fare in your comment section, which is probably all about the show. I’m just trying to clear up what you wrote in this. — When you say “one of those “I said yes, but in retrospect I didn’t really want it, so it was rape” people.” you mean people who say yes, are mentally and physically capable of saying yes, but later say they didn’t really want it, right? Or are you talking about someone who is mentally/physically unable to say no, or someone who is intoxicated saying yes when they can’t or they know they really shouldn’t, or someone who says yes for survival? The latter is not rape ONLY if the accused does not know you’re not able to give consent and/or if you don’t make it clear to the accused you don’t want it. They cannot ever know you don’t want it if your situation or feelings about it aren’t clear to them. It is rape if you take advantage of someone knowing their situation, or if you do it despite having doubts about their ability to consent, which Norman didn’t do. Bradley may have regretted it, but you can also regret many other things in which you have all of the information before agreeing, but it puts you in a nasty spot; you still made the decision with a (mostly clear) head (grief can do horrible things to people). Bradley made it pretty clear she wanted it, she never changed her mind, and Norman never thought it was a hookup. I never picked up that Bradley was regretting it in thinking it was rape during these earlier episodes.

        • tyke says :

          I left this part up to interpretation and really shouldn’t have, sorry for that. To make myself clear, yes someone would have to possess wretched social skills not to pick up on many situations in which someone does not want to have sex.

          • ijusthateeverything says :

            You are correct. My interpretation was that Bradley had either explicitly told UPG that she didn’t want the sex with Norman, or UPG had come to this conclusion on his own, and Bradley did nothing to correct him. Which lead to the altercation.

            I appreciate that regret is inevitable in life, even when you thought you were making the right decision (oh, how I know), but if you’ve got UPG over here beating on Norman and you could stop it by clearing things up, Bradley should have done that.

    • ijusthateeverything says :

      Also, great catch, babes.

      • tyke says :

        I could only watch the first 1 minute and 54 seconds of that video in that link before it stopped working. I agree with what the woman said in that time, but not her approach. This is why I commented; it was unclear what you meant in your statement/link.

  2. MV says :

    Well like i said before i kinda suspected that Romero “Bat lashes” was the big boss around, i gotta agree with you: this episode didnt felt like a season finale at all…in fact that episode where Shelby died was way-more-by-far season finale-ish than this one.

    About good ol´creeps i must say i´ll miss him, his character seemed promising and interesting, about the teacher i think since Norman tend to have those “black outs” -where he barely remember a thing- that maybe he didnt killed her after all but he´s unable to even remember being innocent…i dunno maybe is just me. That ending scene of Norman and Vera going back to their lovely (?) home was kinda out of place, specially because they are constructed as very neurotic characters who live on a emotional rollercoaster with each other.

    Vera pulling a “damsel in distress” was kinda hilarious specially with the sheriff “batlashing” away Creepy guy. So one doesnt understand if he was bluffing about being the “main boss of the town” or was just another way to mess with Creeps. I loved that “You can get out now Norma” line it made my day. Is kinda anoying how Vera uncappable of solving her own problems everytime: from get rid of some pot heads at the motel, selling her property or even facing Creeps for good. Is kinda touching see Dylan calling her Mom after all but still…Vera is a mess.

    Emma went from sympathetic character a typical teenager manipulative bitch ( i respect that) but for some reason i kinda like Bradley more, after all she is what she is…a very lost an insecure individual willing to do anything to cope with her own boredom and loneliness ( having sex with two brothers in a relative short period of time between them for example) but she doesnt reads “Bad person” she´s just a spoiled typical brat.

    I know since a first season is always like some kind of “trial season” the writers didnt went to hardcore with some stuff or too extreme with the mess up stuff we got ( i assume is a matter of budget too), but i´m quite sure Norman gonna end killing Dylan and Vera indulging it. About the incest thing…yeah is very subdubbed but is there still…let´s see if they are capable of developing that. (Honestly the only one who was missing of being sitting in that couch after Vera´s confession was Sygmund Freud himself). The finale was kinda lame and i dunno if people gonna be interesting on waiting until 2014 for more Bates Motel creepiness if the finale wasnt that spectacular.

  3. manuelvalero says :

    Well like i said before i kinda suspected that Romero “Bat lashes” was the big boss around, i gotta agree with you: this episode didnt felt like a season finale at all…in fact that episode where Shelby died was way-more-by-far season finale-ish than this one.About good ol´creeps i must say i´ll miss him, his character seemed promising and interesting, about the teacher i think since Norman tend to have those “black outs” -where he barely remember a thing- that maybe he didnt killed her after all but he´s unable to even remember being innocent…i dunno maybe is just me. That ending scene of Norman and Vera going back to their lovely (?) home was kinda out of place, specially because they are constructed as very neurotic characters who live on a emotional rollercoaster with each other.

    Vera pulling a “damsel in distress” was kinda hilarious specially with the sheriff “batlashing” away Creepy guy. So one doesnt understand if he was bluffing about being the “main boss of the town” or was just another way to mess with Creeps. I loved that “You can get out now Norma” line it made my day. Is kinda anoying how Vera uncappable of solving her own problems everytime: from get rid of some pot heads at the motel, selling her property or even facing Creeps for good. Is kinda touching see Dylan calling her Mom after all but still…Vera is a mess.

    Emma went from sympathetic character a typical teenager manipulative bitch ( i respect that) but for some reason i kinda like Bradley more, after all she is what she is…a very lost an insecure individual willing to do anything to cope with her own boredom and loneliness ( having sex with two brothers in a relative short period of time between them for example) but she doesnt reads “Bad person” she´s just a spoiled typical brat.

    I know since a first season is always like some kind of “trial season” the writers didnt went to hardcore with some stuff or too extreme with the mess up stuff we got ( i assume is a matter of budget too), but i´m quite sure Norman gonna end killing Dylan and Vera indulging it. About the incest thing…yeah is very subdubbed but is there still…let´s see if they are capable of developing that. (Honestly the only one who was missing of being sitting in that couch after Vera´s confession was Sygmund Freud himself). The finale was kinda lame and i dunno if people gonna be interesting on waiting until 2014 for more Bates Motel creepiness if the finale wasnt that spectacular.

    • ijusthateeverything says :

      Good call on Romero. And I dig your theory on Norman having a blackout and somebody else having killed the teacher. Now that’d be some twisty shit.

      I’m still Team Bradley, too. There’s an earnestness about her. Emma’s a teen bitch, which is also fabulous, but Bradley got there first.

      Here’s hoping season 2 will be even bigger and better (and that I’ll actually remember it exists in a year’s time).

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