Bates Motel – Final Season Episode 1 Recap

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DARK PARADISE

 

Norman Bates is officially cuckoo. His beloved Mom, Norma, her remains preserved thanks to Norman’s taxidermy skills, sits in a darkened room surrounded by flowers, like a shrine to her very existence. Meanwhile, Norman, Manager of the Bates Motel, maintains his conversations with her in his mind, and goes about his daily existence in the belief that she’s still very much alive.

The episode starts with a time jump: Dylan is now married to Emma – her double lung replacement last Season paid off – and they have a young abby, a daughter. Dylan’s Father Caleb (actually Norma’s brother who raped her as a young teenager) calls at the  house when Emma’s birthday party is in full swing, but Dylan invites him in, and shows him his daughter. Emma later thanks him for paying for her life saving surgery and then demands that he leaves and never comes back. The horror that Caleb raped Norma hangs over Declan’s life, and she can’t have Caleb around ruining their lives. He agrees and leaves.

The insights into Norman’s psyche this season are very clear, and sharp. The way the big reveals are made to the audience are breath taking. In the opening scene, Norman sits down to a breakfast while Norma fusses over him, bemoaning the fact that she’s stuck in the house, dead, while Norman gets to go the new hardware store in the Village. Of all things, she misses going into the Village. Norman sets off to the Motel and a guest arrives, wanting a room for the afternoon only which sets off Norman’s nerves. He explains that the Motel isn’t that kind of place and the guest pays for one night, and promptly brings his female friend into the room for sex. Norman had checked them into room one so he could spy on them and jerk off. The phone rings suddenly, and its Norma telling him to come to the house before his meal gets cold, and he returns to the house.

There’s a scene where Norman looks through his journal. He’s recording his blackouts and comparing them to days when guests have stayed at the Motel to make sure the wallet he had in his back pocket which belonged to a now deceased guest isn’t all in his mind. Sadly, the wallet belongs to a dead guy who was sent there to murder Norman. As the assailant pulled his gun from his pocket, Norma clubbed him over the head, and then used a knife to voraciously stab him. She puts the body in the freezer then reveals to Norman later how she saved him, and warns him that people are going to come after him.

The kicker this episode is sheriff Romero is in prison serving a sentence for being corrupt.

Just as Norma and Norman are in a boat going to dump the man’s body his phone rings and Norman pulls it from under the plastic shower curtain and answers the phone.

It’s Sheriff Romero checking that Norman’ killer has done the job.

Scandal – Season 6 – Fates Worse Than Death

olivia-pope-scandalOh, boy. Scandal kicked things up a notch this week. Let’s dig in.

The episode opened with Michael and Cyrus playing happy families until Abby phones Cyrus and tells him to lock the doors and shut himself in the house. He turns on the news and there’s a live broadcast from the White House about how Fitz has opened an investigation into Vargas’s murder and how Cyrus Bean is part of that investigation. Cyrus if furious, then in flashback we see how Jennifer Fields was part of what went down on #electiongate.

Frankie Vargas had brought her on-board as the videographer for his Campaign so everything could be documented. Cyrus had gone to a lot of trouble to make sure nobody was close to Frankie, only for this woman to show up. Rightfully, he was suspicious of her from the start. Frankie had to convince Cyrus that she was a good addition to the Team.

Only Tom, blast from the bitter past, turned up demanding to meet with Cyrus; threatening to expose everything Cyrus had done in the past. It didn’t look good for him.

In flashback, we saw how Tom later met with Cyrus in the woods, and Cyrus had brought a gun with him. Whether it was for self defence or to kill Tom wasn’t clear, but Tom got the upper hand and put the gun into Cyrus’s mouth. Tom walked away after a lecture on how he was on top now and no longer Cyrus’s dog, and then Cyrus pooped his pants I reckon. He immediately told Michael that Tom was back, and Michael was horrified. Fitz makes Cyrus and offer: avoid the death penalty if you step down. Cyrus says if Mellie also steps down, he will. Fitz is silent as Cyrus leaves the car.

Meanwhile, Huck tracked down a friend of Jennifer’s who told him she was intimate with Vargas, and then the friend showed Huck a photo of Jennifer all beaten up and hinted someone menacing did it. Tom !

Huck goes back to the office and tells Olivia and her associates it must have been Tom after satellite images show he was in the area that night. They track Tom’s movements on the night of the election and boom. Tom’s in front of Fitz, having confessed to Vargas’s murder. Cyrus is arrested, and David Rosen reads him his rights. For some reason we flashback to the moment when Cyrus tries to convince Frankie Vargas that David Rosen would be the perfect running mate for his Campaign as David has already been vetted. Vargas had convinced Cyrus to run as Vice-President elect.

Elizabeth North turns up at Cyrus’s house and demands he makes her his Chief of Staff. He agrees, then sends her to Fitz with a message that he accepts the offer Fitz made – he will step down rather than face the death penalty for Vargas’s murder.

The episode ended with Olivia telling Mellie the College electorate had no choice but to vote for her now that Cyrus was in handcuffs.

Why do I not believe her?

 

First Look – Bates Motel The Final Season

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This just in from Deadline.com

Our first glimpse of Rhianna as Marion Crane. Go to: https://youtu.be/lp-s-Vb76v8 to watch.

The premiere of the fifth and final season of A&E’s Psycho prequel Bates Motel will be on February 20.

Season 5 picks up picks up nearly two years after Norman (Freddie Highmore) murdered his mother. He’s now a grown man, living a double life. Publicly he’s a happy and well-adjusted member of the White Pine Bay community, but at home he struggles; his violent blackouts continue to increase as “Mother” (Vera Farmiga) threatens to take over his mind completely. Meanwhile, Dylan (Max Thieriot) and Emma (Olivia Cooke), now with lives of their own, soon find themselves drawn back into Norman’s insanity, while a vengeful Romero (Nestor Carbonell) hungers for a chance to destroy his stepson.

Scandal Season 6 Survival of the Fittest

SCANDAL-SEASON-3-TV-SERIESThe wait is over!

Scandal roared into life within minutes of the opening episode.

Mellie Grant was in her campaign headquarters giving her team yet another pep talk. The numbers were good, and it looked like she was set to win California, and therefore the President-Elect would be announced as Mellie.

However, Oliiva smelt a rat and got her people to run down the numbers properly.

Wait for it – election tampering again. Mellie had lost the race and would lose to Frankie Vargas, with Cyrus Bean as the Vice-President. What a blow for Mellie, after all she’d done to get there. She was so close.

She is in denial for a while, but Olivia Pope’s-her and gets her to call Vargas and concede so he can make his acceptance speech and Fitz can swear him in before the College votes a month later officially make him the new President of the United States. But hold on to your popcorn, because old sly dog Cyrus isn’t content with just a Vice Presidency, he wants the Oval, and this is how he gets it.

VARGAS is shot, live on national television. One in the arm, one in the stomach but the vital one in the face exits out of his brain, and boom, Cyrus is poised to be the next President of the United States, but hey now, hold on a cotton-picking-minute, because Fitz notes to David Rosen, concerned, that the Public didn’t vote for Cyrus, so he can’t step into the slot now Vargas is DEAD of his injuries, wife at his side, complete with blood splatter and brain matter on her new suit.

I half-expected Sally Langston to pop up with her ‘lovers of liberty’ schtick but old gal Sally was nowhere to be seen. That’s all by the by, because Olivia, she rocks up to her Daddy and gives him hell. How could he assassinate Frankie Vargas. The very notion of it doesn’t sit well with her. But Poppa Pope, not content to be typecast as a lecture-giving-miscreant, puts the idea into Olivia’s head that the person behind Vargas’s assassination is closer than she thinks, and while Jake is nowhere in sight, having spent the entire time preventing his Wife from getting blind drunk at the ceremony, he looks like a candidate – until he wasn’t even consider. Whatevs.

Turns out Olivia whispered in Cyrus’s ear how she is on to him and only time will tell until she exposes his secret.

I never did like Cyrus when he used Tom and then rolled over and reunited with his fake husband Michael the hooker who was only in it for the money.

Bates Motel – The Final Season

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Bates Motel returns for its farewell season Monday, Feb. 20 at 10/9c on A&E.

The 10-episode swan song “is, in a way, the funniest” season yet, “[with] the most dark comedy,”  showrunner Kerry Ehrin revealed to Yahoo TV, adding, “I would say it still somehow manages to be weirdly life affirming.”

Pop star/actress Rihanna will recur in Season 5 as Marion Crane, the iconic, ill-fated character that Janet Leigh played in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. “She was an incredibly sweet and hard working person, and we couldn’t be more thrilled,” Ehrin told Yahoo.

“The episodes that she’s in were very much designed to be like a collision between Psycho and Bates Motel, and, really, it’s the first and only time we’ve ever truly stepped into Psycho.”

Bates Motel‘s farewell season will also give fans a front row seat to the “Mother” in Norman’s head (since the one outside his head is, you know, dead). “We’re gonna get to spend more time with her now,” Ehrin continued.

ABC delays return of Channel’s Thurday Night Hits

the-thursday-hotlist-tv-divaBlame Trump.

ABC has announced a delay to the return of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder due to the airing of a pre-Inauguration 20/20  special for President-elect Donald Trump.

Repeats of Grey’s and Scandal will lead in to the 20/20 special set to air at 10/9c.

Set your DVR’s to record our Thursday night hotlist from January 26 instead.

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