This was a jam-packed episode full of thrills and suspense. The latest episode was a perfect merging of Bates Motel and Psycho. We were basically watching a shorter version of the original film (and I couldn't be happier). Here is your rundown of Episode 6 of Bates Motel.
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1. What Kind Of Game Are We Playing Tonight?
We pick up from last week's episode. It's a stormy night out and Marion has found herself checking into the Bates Motel under the name Marion Samuels. Norman is clearly interested in her, having taken a peek at her cleavage while she was signing her fake name. Marion says that she is in need of food, so Norman insists on making sandwiches. As he heads up to the house, who does he see glaring out the bedroom window? Mother, of course.
Displeased with her presence in the kitchen, Norman confronts Mother about "her" night out at the bar. Mother insists that getting "laid" isn't such a big deal. Norman is finally starting to understand everything — that he made Mother up and that she isn't really there. Of course, Mother fires back with sass. "If I'm not here, then why am I here?"
2. Parents Can Be A Bitch
Now with her sandwich in hand, Marion and Norman sit in the office and start to talk about their parents. We learn that Marion's mother died when she was 5, so she was sent to live with her aunt and mammy. At the age of 15 she caught a bus to Seattle and has been on her own ever since. There conversation is interrupted by a call from Sam. He says that he cannot make it to the motel because he is with a client — his wife Madeleine is loosing her shit. Marion hears Madeleine in the background and hangs up. She decides to cool off with a shower. I think we all know how this goes. Norman watches from the peephole as Marion undresses. Here comes the iconic shower scene we have all been waiting for — psyche! Marion shuts off the shower, exclaiming it's shit.
3. You Don't Mess With These Ladies
Marion pleads to Norman to show her Sam Loomis's address. Norman then informs her that Sam is actually married. In disbelief, Marion drives to the address given by Norman. As she pulls up to the house, she sees Sam hugging Madeleine through the window.
She gets out of her car with a crowbar in hand and smashes the crap out of Sam's car. He runs out to try and stop her, but she speeds off. When Sam heads back into the house, Madeleine throws her drink in his face and locks the door. Cue the music: Ima boss ass bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch.
4. Say It! I'm Real!
The following scene alone proves that #VeraFarmiga and #FreddieHighmore deserve Emmys. Norman heads up to the house, where Mother is serving dinner. He insists on making his own meal, saying that his food is better than her "pretend food." Norman expresses that he is finally starting to have some clarity on what's really going on. Mother starts provoking him, but Norman refuses to acknowledge her. Cue a furious Mother!
Norman continues to tell Mother that she isn't real. In response, Mother starts to smash everything in the kitchen! Norman yells at her to stop but she yells back. Knowing he cannot diffuse the situation any other way, Norman gives in and tells Mother she is real. They end with a hug, yet when the camera pans, it shows Norman leaning into thin air. When you remember that Norman is actually fighting with himself, it is a real mindf*ck for the viewers. Give them Emmys already!
5. The End Of Marion Crane
Norman hears something smash in Marion's room, so he goes to check it out. Marion is on the floor packing her things and accidentally knocked over a lamp. She says that she is an idiot for not taking Norman's word that Sam was cheating. She tells Norman that she can't go home because of something she "can't undo" (like stealing $400,000 in cash!). She confesses that she doesn't want to leave because Sam will come looking for her. She leans against Norman, aware that he is blacking out and that Mother is about to come out. He helps Marion pack and makes her leave. It's kind of sweet when you realize that he helped Marion escape from Mother.
With Marion gone, Norman sits down to fix the broken lamp with Mother watching over him. Suddenly a car pulls up out — it's Sam. Norman tells Mother that he hates him, and Mother says Sam reminds her of Norman's father — a self-centered asshole. Mother finally confesses that she is in Norman's mind, saying that Norman created her when he was little to cope with his father's violence and abuse against him. Mother then convinces Norman that Sam doesn't belong here. Cue the iconic #Psycho shower scene:
With Marion not answering her phone, Sam decides to hop into the shower. Shot for shot with the original, we see Norman walk into the bathroom, pull back the curtain and stab Sam until he dies. Bates Motel definitely managed to shake things up!
Wow, that was undoubtedly one of the most intense and thrilling episodes of Bates Motel. Major props to #Rihanna, I mean who else could play a character with one of the most iconic deaths in #horror, and walk away without a bruise? This is it folks, only four episodes left until we reach the end of Bates Motel. Where is Romero? Will Dylan and Emma make a visit to the motel?
Season 5, Episode 7 of Bates Motel airs Monday, April 3 on A&E at 10pm. Check out the promo below: