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Ocean View 

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Having spent the night with Bradley, a happy Norman gets home to learn that his mother is in jail, arrested for the murder of Keith Summers. Her bail is set at $100,000 but she tells both ... See full summary »


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





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
Terry Chen ... Ethan Chang
Mike Vogel ... Deputy Zack Shelby
Lara Gilchrist ... Rebecca Craig
Lindsay Collins ... Legal Assistant
Christopher Laurence Christopher Laurence ... Tweaker (as Topher Allen)
Aliyah O'Brien ... Receptionist
Hinde Rabbaj ... ER Nurse


Having spent the night with Bradley, a happy Norman gets home to learn that his mother is in jail, arrested for the murder of Keith Summers. Her bail is set at $100,000 but she tells both her sons to stay out it and refuses their offer to help her. Norman puts up the hotel as collateral for a bond. Norma goes out of her way to make him feel guilty about not being there when she was arrested and her subsequent behavior is bizarre. Dylan however proves to be supportive and has decided to move out. He offers Norman the chance to move in with him. Meanwhile, Dylan's friend Evan is shot and he decides to get even when the opportunity presents itself. Deputy Shelby goes out on a limb for Norma, yet again. Norman tells Emma he found the girl in the sketch book but that she's now disappeared. Emma thinks she knows where she might be. Written by garykmcd

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15 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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Diana Bang (Jiao) & Aliyah O'Brien (Regina) also worked on Continuum as Docent & Alyssa respectively. See more »


Norma's car has AZ plates on the front and back. AZ only requires plates on the back of the vehicle and only issues one per car. See more »


Deputy Zack Shelby: [to Norma] I love you, you idiot!
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Interesting Episode!
26 February 2019 | by gab-14712See all my reviews

I seem to be in the minority, but I liked this episode, "Ocean View." Granted, many plot developments are thrown at us but I was more interested in the character development in all of our characters. In this episode, Norma is even loonier than usual, Norman continues to fall out with his mother but furthers his relationship with Emma (and moves further away from Bradley?), and Dylan decides to act brotherly towards Norman. As we progress farther into Season 1, Freddie Highmore is becoming more and more like Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga continues to shine as Norma.

After an eventful night with Bradley, Norman returns home to see that Norma has been arrested for the murder of Keith Summers. The judge posted bail for one-hundred grand, so Norman decides to post the motel as collateral. Norma, still salty over Norman opening up to Dylan, tells them both to stay out of her business. Dylan mentions to Norman that he can live with him and his new friend/co-worker is shot, so he seeks revenge. Meanwhile, Dylan and Emma continue on their adventure for the Chinese sex slave and they discover her on Officer Shelby's boat. After a sexually-charged night, Bradley ignores Norman's texts.

This episode has a lot going on so it's best to pay attention or you may miss something. The tone is all over the place so I can see why it would be jarring. One moment it is a teen drama, next moment it's an adventure story, and the next moment a bumbling comedy. I think that worked well with me because this does not have to be entirely a psychological horror drama, but it can be about the growing pains of a teenager. The relationships between Norman and the girls affected me here. It is clear that Emma has a crush on Norman, but it is painful to see because her illness is getting in the way and Norman is still pining over Bradley despite her being a no-show. I also liked how the Norma is introduced to the Chinese sex slave drama, but she does not believe a single word of it mainly because she believes in Officer Shelby. That might be a big mistake, Norma.

My Grade: A-

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