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Bates Motel: Shadow of a Doubt Review

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 9:48 pm by Jess Hicks

Oh how I have missed this family! Yes, it’s that time of year again when the cold starts to drift away and you start looking for a cozy place to spend your upcoming vacation. So why not make reservations at the Bates Motel and curl up for a good night’s sleep, don’t worry about the body next door. As always beware the spoilers that may lie ahead! 

Two episodes into the second season and we already have two bodies! The first of course being poor Miss Watson (alright alright she is carried over from season one), whose murder is still a bit of mystery to us. We jump to the conclusion that Norman would be to blame but as this town has shown, there are plenty of people willing to commit murder to keep someone quiet. The second body being old reliable drug running Gill who just should have learned to keep his hands to himself. In the first episode we were left with Bradley holding the smoking gun and enlisting Norman to help her cover it up.

Norman 2x2

Norman, Norman, Norman. Will you ever learn to avoid those cunning blonde women?! Will you please just show Emma an ounce of attention! Look at her! She is adorable and how can you avoid a girl who actually runs for you when the act of running could actually kill her!? Stop being a stereotype, Norman!

Thankfully the second episode of Bates Motel has seemingly gotten rid of Bradley for good. No no, Norman didn’t black out and rage kill her (much to my chagrin) he simply colored her hair and sent her away on a bus out of town with a pocket full of motel profits. Though I highly doubt this is the last we will see of Ms. Martin, it is Bates Motel after all, and the people in this town are not simply happy when their problems vanish without a trace. Unless of course they are doing the vanishing.

Norma and Norman

“Shadow of a Doubt”* actually focused less on the drama of the town and more on Norma and Norman’s crumbling relationship that will lead to its inevitable end. The underlying story revolves around Norma trying to get Norman involved in a community theater musical production. It’s a weak attempt at trying to save her son after finding a string of pearls, presumably Miss Watson’s, hidden in his room. Norma is already aware of her son’s vicious temper, and she is no stranger to covering up murder herself, so it’s no surprise she wouldn’t turn her son in.

Vera Farmiga really brings her A-game to this episode, in particular her audition for the musical. She brings a degree of depth and sadness to the character that we need. Norma Bates isn’t the terrible woman we had always believed her to be, she is actually extremely vulnerable and sad. She disguises herself as the strong woman but inside she is a scared little girl. I can only imagine the kind of performance we will get from her when Norma has to come face to face with her despicable brother.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Do you think Bradley is really gone? Who killed Miss Watson? Leave a comment below!

*Shadow of a Doubt is also the title of another Hitchcock movie. Coincidence? I think not.

Bates Motel Season 2 Episode 2, “Shadow of a Doubt” aired on A&E March 10, 2014 at 9/8c. 

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