Bates Motel: Season 2 (2014)


Season 2
Bates Motel

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Bates Motel reinvents a classic thriller with believable performances and distinguished writing.

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Critic Ratings: 21

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Air date: Mar 3, 2014

Norman fixates on Miss Watson's death; Dylan becomes involved in White Pine Bay's drug war; Bradley is driven to extremes as she searches for her father's killer; new romantic interests complicate the relationship between Norman and Emma.

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Air date: Mar 10, 2014

Norma tries to distract Norman; Bradley needs help escaping from a dire situation; Romero is pressured to make an arrest; Dylan and Remo are kept on edge by a new worker.

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Air date: Mar 17, 2014

Norma's brother Caleb arrives at the motel; Norma finds an ally in her efforts to prevent the bypass; Emma holds a memorial for a friend; a townie girl interests Norman.

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Air date: Mar 24, 2014

Dylan questions his loyalty to Norma and Norman; Christine introduces Norma to the town's social scene; Caleb's presence worries Norman; Romero is caught between Zane's war with a rival drug family.

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Air date: Mar 31, 2014

Norman shares a family secret with Cody; Dylan is caught in Zane's escalating war; Norma teams up with a mysterious man in an attempt to stop the bypass.

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Air date: Apr 7, 2014

Dylan is asked to manage an explosive situation; Norma and Norman's relationship is threatened by a growing secret; Emma lands in a dangerous situation.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2014

Norma's faith in Norman is questioned; Dylan is threatened by a revengeful Zane; Romero receives new evidence in the murder of Miss Watson; Cody and Norman's friendship reaches the breaking point.

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Air date: Apr 21, 2014

Romero digs deeper into the murder of Miss Watson; the conflict between the drug families leaves Dylan facing an impossible choice; Norma refuses to tell Norman the truth about his blackouts.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2014

Norma is desperate to connect with Norman; Dylan must decide if he should risk his life to save a loved one; Romero hopes a former colleague can help him determine Norman's involvement in a crime.

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Air date: May 5, 2014

A tragic event from the past haunts Norman; Norma tries to prevent Norman from making a terrible mistake; Romero and Dylan find a way to end the drug war; Emma makes a decision about her future.

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Cast & Crew

Vera Farmiga
Norma Bates

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Freddie Highmore
Norman Bates

Actor
Max Thieriot
Dylan Massett

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Olivia Cooke
Emma Decody

Actor
Nicola Peltz
Bradley Martin

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Nestor Carbonell
Sheriff Alex Romero

Actor
Michael O'Neill
Nick Ford

Guest Star
Paloma Kwiatkowski
Cody Brennan

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Rebecca Creskoff
Christine Heldens

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Michael Vartan
George Heldens

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Michael Eklund
Zane Carpenter

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Kathleen Robertson
Jodi Wilson

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Kenny Johnson
Caleb Calhoun

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Carlton Cuse
Executive Producer
Kerry Ehrin
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Bates Motel: Season 2

Audience Reviews for Bates Motel: Season 2

  • Jun 05, 2021
    Much more light hearted when compared to the other seasons but still a host to lots of horrific moments focusing more on Normans mind and sanity rather then the action. Another phenomenal season which does wonders at diving deep into the mind of Norman Bates.
  • May 30, 2020
    murder's not good. 9.25/10.
  • May 23, 2020
    Love it! Just keeps getting better and better each time I watch it..
  • Aug 23, 2019
    Vera Farmiga is Talented Best Show
  • Jul 07, 2019
    as the show deals with the death of one of its primary characters from the first season it does a good job at continuing and moving on into the investigation
  • Mar 31, 2019
    Slightly less interesting than season 1. Normans brother Dylan feels still out of place. Way too much killing, feels very unrealistic at times. But it's still a entertaining casual tv-show, probably mostly for younger audience
  • Jun 12, 2018
    I have to say this is the biggest surprise of a tv show that I have had. Far better acted, written, and was far more interesting then I ever would have given it credit. When I originally saw teasers and trailers for the show I assumed that it was going to be A&E's copy of a teenage CW show with teen angst and drama. I had absolutely no interest after catching the first episode because it dealt with Norman at a new high school. I was entirely wrong about the show. I had assumed it was only a teenager show mostly because the actor looks like, and it is a young Norman Bates, and they focused on his mom a lot in the beginning, but for some reason I assumed she wouldn't be a lasting character. I mean how do you make Norma Bates, AKA "MOTHER!" a regular character. Not only is she a regular (and she is there on screen until the last episode), she is on the same level as Norman and they are both great characters, acted by very good actors. There is of course a lot of drama, violence, death and insanity, but that is expected from a reboot prequel of the original movie "Psycho". It hit all the notes for me, including the surrounding characters, unexpected reveals and even though several key facts about Norman are changed it is definitely Norma Bates. The only thing I hesitate on, and this isn't a poor reflection it is still great, I would have handled the last 3 or 4 episodes differently. SPOILER ALERT: I would have not had the final 3 or four episodes end the way they did, wrapping up the storyline 100%, instead I would have changed a couple of things that would allow it to end, right about where the movie started. That however isn't a bad thing, just a style thing. Pros: Excellent acting, writing, and kept my interest over the five seasons, even if I cringed sometimes. Cons: I stylistically would have wrapped it up at a different point, but that is purely a dramatic choice. I am really glad I did start watching it, and I encourage others to give it a try.
  • Mar 19, 2018
    Bates Motel delivers an impressive second season that really opens up the series. The overall story arc follows Norma Bates as she unwittingly becomes involved with a local mobster when she enters into city politics in an attempt to stop the construction of a bypass that will ruin her motel; meanwhile Norman struggles with the trauma of his teacher's murder and slowly begins to realize that there's something wrong with him. Additionally, there's a side plot about a drug war that erupts when the local boss is killed. The serial storytelling is especially good, developing a smart and compelling story over the 10 episodes. The show also does a great job at building suspense, ending each episode on a gripping cliffhanger. And once again there are several surprisingly strong performances from the supporting cast, including, Paloma Kwiatkowski and Michael Eklund. Dark and edgy, Season 2 of Bates Motel is provocative and full of intrigue.
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  • Feb 25, 2017
    In the first season of Bates Motel, the show focused about 75% on "White Pine Bay" stuff (Dylan, pot fields, chasing oriental girls, etc.) and 25% on Norma/Norman "Psycho canon" material. As a viewer who came into the show wanting to see the evolution of Norman Bates into the Anthony Perkins character, I was disappointed by that formula. For the second season, however, the show creators pretty much flipped that formula, now focusing on 75% "canon" and 25% "White Pine Bay". For me, that made all the difference! From the very beginning of this season, it became very clear to me that this was a show with a refined purpose. Some of the highlights (minor spoilers) of the season included... -Much further exploration of Norman's (Freddie Highmore) "blackouts". -Norma's (Vera Farmiga) brother Caleb shows up with conflicting stories about their childhood together. -With Bradley (Nicola Peltz) gone for most of the season (likely to film her role in "Transformers 4"), new character Cody Brennan (Paloma Kwiatkowski) fills in quite nicely. Her character really exposes the holes in the Norma/Norman relationship. -Even though the drug war takes somewhat of a back seat this season, not over-exposing it actually makes for some pretty interesting stuff going on between Dylan (Max Theirot), Romero (Nestor Carbonell), and Nick Ford (Michael O'Neill). -Finally, just when you think "where can they go next?", the writers hit you with a whammy regarding further investigation into the death of Blair Watson. My only "complaint" about this season? Emma Decody (Olivia Cooke) is hardly used at all (or at least nowhere near her potential). She is in every episode, but her character arc is non-existent. With the news that the show will be back for at least a third season, I hope that the writers give her something more interesting to do in Season Three. She deserves it. Overall, then, this Second Season of "Bates Motel" saved my interest in the show, turning it from a chore (end of first season) to maybe the most anticipated "TV hour" of the week! With every episode, I saw a continued transformation of Highmore's Norman into the classic Perkins portrayal (which is what I ultimately want from this show). I look forward for what the next batch of episodes have to offer, as I'm charged up about anything "Bates" once again!
  • Feb 01, 2017
    This season truly shows the relationship between Norman and Norma and increases the thrills. But still struggles with to many sub plots

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