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Bates Motel

Episode 1.09 : Underwater

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TV Info


Episode Premiere

May 13, 2013

Distributor

A&E

Genre

Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Show Period

2013 - Now

Production Company

Universal Television, Carlton Cuse Prod.

Cast and Crew


Director

Tucker Gates

Screenwriter

Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin

Main Cast


Additional Cast

  • Jere Burns
  • Ian Tracey
  • Vincent Gale
  • Matt MacCaull
  • Keenan Tracey
  • Alexander Calvert
  • Mercedes De La Zerda

Synopsis


Sheriff Romero listens as a shaken Norma recounts finding the corpse of Deputy Shelby in her bed. She's convinced that Abernathy moved the body into her room to scare her into revealing the location of something. The only problem is, she has no idea what he's looking for.

As Dylan, Norman and Norma carry the soiled mattress out to the dumpster, Norma smells someone smoking pot. She confronts the trimmers who are sincerely confused that she cares. Doesn't she know what the local economy is based on? She insists, and they reluctantly agree to stop. Norma takes Dylan aside to ask about the trimmers and finally realizes what he does for a living. It's the last straw for Norma. She tells Norman and Dylan that they're moving.

Bradley runs into Dylan, and asks him to do her a favor. She wants to visit her father's office at Dylan's job. He agrees to look into it.

Norma goes to her realtor in a rage. She accuses him of not telling her about the bypass, and demands that he put the motel back on the market.

At school, Miss Watson compliments Norman on a short story he wrote. She offers to help him edit it so he can get it published. Norman glows as she congratulates him on his improved grades. She tells him that she thinks the school will be good for him.

That night, Dylan notices Norman researching what it means when you have a dream about drowning someone. Dylan pushes Norman to tell him who he drowned in his dream. Eventually, Norman tells him it was Bradley. Norman assures his brother it's not a big deal, but Dylan seems concerned.

The next day, Dylan's boss, Gil, makes it clear that Bradley's dad is an unwelcome subject, but he offers Dylan the office. Dylan meets with Bradley for dinner, and tells her it's too dangerous to get her into the office, but he's happy to bring her her dad's stuff. Bradley is upset. She had hoped to spend some time there to see it as her father had left it. Moved, Dylan offers to sneak her in, although he knows it's a bad idea.

Emma arrives for work at the motel and spots one of the trimmers smoking pot. Having been charged by Norma to make sure the smoking ends, she confronts him. When the young man's attempt to hide his joint fails, he offers it to her. When she refuses, he agrees to put it out, and offers her a pot cupcake instead. She passes. He introduces himself as Gunner, and she thanks him for putting out the joint. Gunner watches, obviously smitten, as she walks away.

Norman and Miss Watson sit in close quarters as they edit Norman's story after school. She's impressed with his literary vision and calls him an old soul. Norman asks if she's ok, and she laughs off his concern before telling him that, as a minor, he'll need to get his mother's permission to have his story published.

The next day, Emma returns to the motel to work and finds a cupcake and a note from Gunner. She smiles, but ignores it. Eventually, the cupcake proves too tempting to resist, and she eats the whole thing.

Up in the house, Norma tells Norman that she's found a nice place in Hawaii for them to move to. Norman explodes. He's happy in White Pine Bay and doesn't want to move, he's tired of her attempts to start over, and he's convinced that wherever they go, nothing will change. Norma's hurt, but before Norman can apologize a very stoned Emma enters, muttering about being watched. Norma takes Emma to sleep it off.

At the docks, Dylan and Bradley sneak into the office, and someone starts shooting at them. Dylan calls out his name and finds that the shooter is none other than Remo. Remo recognizes Bradley and is not happy about the position that Dylan has put him in. Ultimately, he lets them go. They explore the office, and Bradley finds a pile of love letters addressed to her father from someone named "B". She runs out of the building with Dylan close behind. He comforts her, and they embrace.

Norman is in bed when Norma comes in. She's too scared to sleep in her room. He offers to sleep on the floor, but she tells him not to be silly and climbs in next to him. They reminisce about the sleepovers they would have when he was little. She apologizes to him about moving so much, and he apologizes for calling her crazy. He turns out the lights, and they go to sleep.

The next day, Norman tells Miss Watson that he doesn't think his mom will let him publish the story. She asks him about therapy, and he admits he only went once. She tells him that she knows what it's like to have a troubled life, then suggests that they publish his story without Norma's permission.

Norma returns to the realtor's office only to find that her agent won't be putting the property back up for sale. Due to the bypass, she'd be lucky to get back half of what she put into it. She threatens to sue him, but he tells her he's in debt and lives with his girlfriend. She smacks him around with her purse and storms out into the night, devastated.

As Norma gets in her car, Abernathy reaches out from the backseat, slaps a hand over her mouth and presses a gun to her head. He tells her that Shelby owed him $150k for the last batch of girls. He wants her to bring it to him at the docks the next day at midnight. Norma, not seeing any other options, agrees to bring the money, although it's money she doesn't have.

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