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What's Wrong with Norman 

Dylan starts his new job and there is more to Deputy Shelby, than meets the eye.


Paul A. Edwards (as Paul Edwards)


Carlton Cuse (developed for television by), Kerry Ehrin (developed for television by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Vera Farmiga ... Norma Louise Bates
Freddie Highmore ... Norman Bates
Max Thieriot ... Dylan Massett
Olivia Cooke ... Emma Decody
Nicola Peltz ... Bradley Martin
Diana Bang ... Jiao
Nestor Carbonell ... Sheriff Alex Romero
Terry Chen ... Ethan Chang
Keegan Connor Tracy ... Miss Watson
Mike Vogel ... Deputy Zack Shelby
Peter Bryant ... Doctor Levine
Scott Patey ... Omar
Angela Moore ... Nurse


Emma is obsessing over their inadvertent discovery of the marijuana field and is convinced the sketch in the journal Norman found in room 4 - a girl being killed and then buried in the woods - is real. They find a Chinese symbol drawn under the sink.Dylan starts his new $300 a day job - guarding those same the same marijuana fields.Norman collapses at school but all of the medical tests are negative. Sheriff Romero arrives at the Bates' home with a search warrant and Norman can't find Keith Summer's belt. Norma gets in touch with Deputy Zack Shelby who helps her out. After an imaginary conversation with his mother, Norman decides to take matters into his own hands and heads off to Shelby's house. He's not quite prepared for what he finds. Written by garykmcd

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1 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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(at around 18 mins) When Emma drags her oxygen cart up the front stairs of the Bates' house, the dramatic camera angle takes in the full width of the house, and it appears extremely narrow. Given that the front door is about 3 feet wide, the whole house is clearly less than 25 feet wide. There is also a long shot of the house in the previews, and we can see that the house is actually wider than it is deep. And yet there are in-door shots showing rooms that are much larger than this. See more »


Dylan Massett: So, can we watch it, *and* smoke it?
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References Deliverance (1972) See more »

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Something Is Wrong with Norman!
9 February 2019 | by gab-14712See all my reviews

What is wrong with Norman, indeed? A mighty fine question in an episode so aptly titled and one that features Freddie Highmore's Norman Bates showing his psycho tendencies even more. I enjoyed this episode very much, even if not everything makes a whole lot of sense. Freddie Highmore's portrayal as Norman Bates has been growing on me and I think he finally makes his break in this episode. The whole mystery of the Chinese sex slaves got an added twist here and it results in one heck of a cliffhanger. The show does well depicting the mental breakdown of Norman's, but the sexual overtones of the show continues. As you might remember, the premiere showed a very gruesome rape scene to Norma and here, we have Norman fantasizing his English teacher in various forms of bondage. Yeah, Norman is messed up. The relationship between Norma and Norman continues to get weirder and the relationship between Norman and Dylan actually gets a little tender when Norman tells Dylan that he cannot recall almost killing him with a meat cleaver.

In this episode, "What's Wrong with Norman," Norman is taken to the hospital after he faints during his English test after thinking about all these fantasies about his teacher. The tests come back negative, but Norma refuses to allow Norman to stay the night. Sheriff Romero and his deputies issues a warrant to search the premises, but apparently Norman kept Summer's belt. Dylan has a new job guarding a marijuana field, the same field that Norman and Emma discovered previously. Emma is obsessed with the marijuana field and Chinese sex slave mystery. She claims the sketch book they found showing what was going on is actually real thanks to a Chinese symbol they discovered in one of the rooms of the motel. Finally, we learn that Deputy Shelby may not be the person he seems as he may be holding on to a horrifying secret.

I really liked this episode. This episode is where we see for the first time that Norman is not in the right state of mind as we can clearly see the darkness that is within him. The one scene that pops into my mind is when he rages at Emma after she suggest they go to the police after they discover the sketch book and the symbol. It was really scary, and it all works thanks to Highmore's great performance. I did not buy his performance much at first, but this episode proves he might have the chops to pull this off. That cliffhanger the episode leaves us on is a dandy and it makes us wonder what will happen next.

My Grade: A-

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