Bates Motel (season 2)

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Bates Motel (season 2)
Promotional poster with the tagline
"Blood is Thicker."
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 10
Original channel A&E
Original run March 3, 2014 (2014-03-03) – May 5, 2014 (2014-05-05)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 October 7, 2014 (2014-10-07)[1]
Region 2 October 13, 2014 (2014-10-13)[2]
Blu-ray Disc release
Region A October 7, 2014 (2014-10-07)[3]
Region B October 13, 2014 (2014-10-13)[4]
Season chronology
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Season 1
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Season 3
List of Bates Motel episodes

The second season of Bates Motel consisted of 10 episodes and premiered on on A&E on March 3, 2014. The season concluded on May 5, 2014.[5] The series itself is described as a "contemporary prequel" to the 1960 film Psycho and follows the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in the Hitchcock film.[6] The series takes place in the fictional town of White Pine Bay, Oregon.


The second season of Bates Motel follows the aftermath of Norman Bates and the mystery of the death of his teacher Miss Watson and her past secrets being revealed. Meanwhile, his mother Norma struggles to keep the motel open with the impending bypass about to be open just miles away, and his older half-brother Dylan deals with a disturbing discovery about his true parentage.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]


No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
11 1 "Gone But Not Forgotten" Tucker Gates Carlton Cuse & Kerry Ehrin March 3, 2014 (2014-03-03) BATE0201 3.07[7]
In the aftermath of Blair Watson's funeral, a depressed Bradley attempts suicide. Four months later, Bates Motel has become a hot spot for vacationers, but Norma is worried about Norman, who spends his time practicing taxidermy and obsessing over Miss Watson, thus frequently visiting her grave. Norman sees an older man at the graveyard and takes a photo of him assuming he could be Miss Watson's killer. He shows the photo to Sheriff Romero, who takes the opportunity to ask Norman about his whereabouts on the night of her killing. When Norman offers to email him the photo, he shows no interest. The success of the motel is in jeopardy when construction of the new bypass begins. Dylan learns that Bradley's father was cheating with Miss Watson, and Gil, her boyfriend, likely killed him when he discovered their affair. Dylan tells this to Bradley, who then murders Gil and sneaks into Norman's house, asking for his help.
12 2 "Shadow of a Doubt" Tucker Gates Kerry Ehrin March 10, 2014 (2014-03-10) BATE0202 2.21[8]
Norman hides Bradley in the basement and she confesses to Gil's killing. Sheriff Romero meets the older man at the graveyard. He happens to be Nick Ford, Miss Watson's father and the head of a drug family. Ford assures Romero that his family has nothing to do with Gil's murder. Zane Morgan, Remo and Dylan's new drug boss, suspects the opposing drug family of having killed Gil. A stoner named Kyle is arrested after his semen is found in Miss Watson, but there is also another unidentified semen sample. To bond with Norman, Norma signs them up for the community musical. Norman is supposed to be driving Bradley to the bus stop at that time so she can flee town. He has Dylan take her instead. A man comes looking for the Bates Motel, revealing that he is Norma's brother, Caleb.
13 3 "Caleb" Lodge Kerrigan Alexandra Cunningham March 17, 2014 (2014-03-17) BATE0203 1.84[9]
Caleb arrives at the motel, but Norma immediately throws him out. Caleb bonds with Dylan and says he helped protect Norma from their abusive father. Norma becomes friends with Christine, the former director of the community musical, and also meets Christine's brother, George. Norman makes a new friend, Cody Brennan. Dylan defends Caleb to Norma, but she claims he repeatedly raped her for years in their childhood. The discussion escalates into a fight between Norman and Dylan until Norma intervenes by ultimately revealing that Caleb is Dylan's father.
14 4 "Check-Out" John David Coles Liz Tigelaar March 24, 2014 (2014-03-24) BATE0204 2.23[10]
Norma's revelation deeply affects Dylan and herself. Angry, hurt and broken, Dylan leaves the house after accusing Norma of using his conception to get away from her family and marry young to her high school boyfriend, making him think Dylan was his child; Dylan's assumption turns out to be true. Norman imagines his mother's rape from Caleb, which puts him in a blank trance and leads him to Caleb's motel room. His fractured psyche causes him to lash out at Caleb in Norma's persona. Caleb hits Norman and leaves the motel room. Cody picks up Norman, who finally breaks from his trance, but does not remember anything
15 5 "The Escape Artist" Christopher Nelson Nikki Toscano March 31, 2014 (2014-03-31) BATE0205 2.27[11]
Norman admits to Cody about having had similar blackouts in the past. She takes Norman to her secret tree house, where they have sex. Sheriff Romero takes up residence at the motel after Zane has his house burned down. Romero cautions Norma about Nick Ford, whom she hopes will help stop the bypass initiative with the city council. Dylan protects Zane from a drive-by shooting and ends up hospitalized, where he meets his new boss, Zane's sister.
16 6 "Plunge" Ed Bianchi Kerry Ehrin April 7, 2014 (2014-04-07) BATE0206 2.24[12]
After distancing herself from Nick Ford, Norma is encouraged by Christine to meet with the Mayor for the empty city council spot. Norman has another blackout while with Cody; worried, Cody tells Emma, who informs Norma. Angry, Norman confronts Cody. Their heated discussion wakes her father, who becomes abusive with her. He scuffles with Norman and dies falling down the stairs.
17 7 "Presumed Innocent" Roxann Dawson Alexandra Cunningham April 14, 2014 (2014-04-14) BATE0207 2.44[13]
Norman is questioned on the death of Cody's father and his DNA is taken for processing. Cody, now an orphan, leaves for Indiana to live with her aunt; she tells Norman that Norma is hiding something from him and he must get answers from her. Norman is released as the death was ruled an accident, but Romero is later told Norman's DNA matches the semen found earlier from Miss Watson's body. Zane raids Nick Ford's warehouse, where Dylan is left unconscious for refusing to take part.
18 8 "Meltdown" Ed Bianchi Liz Tigelaar & Nikki Toscano April 21, 2014 (2014-04-21) BATE0208 2.10[14]
Norman becomes distant with Norma. Dylan meets Ford, who suggests killing Zane or the Bates family will be in danger. Norman confronts Norma and yells that their relationship has changed and will never be the same. In retaliation, Norma leaves and has sex with George. Alone at home, Norman is abducted by an intruder.
19 9 "The Box" Tucker Gates Carlton Cuse & Kerry Ehrin April 28, 2014 (2014-04-28) BATE0209 2.25[15]
Nick Ford's henchmen keeps Norman in a hot box in a field. Ford tells Norma he will let Norman go if Dylan kills Zane; if not, Norman dies. Trapped, Norman's sanity slips, causing him to envision his mother saying she will protect him, and he recalls the blackout he had at Miss Watson's house: it is revealed he sliced Miss Watson's throat while having sex with her. Dylan, unable to kill Zane, reports to Ford. Fearing for his life, Dylan inadvertently kills Ford before he can learn Norman's location. Romero informs Norma that Norman had sex with Miss Watson, and Norma tells him that Ford has kidnapped Norman.
20 10 "The Immutable Truth" Tucker Gates Kerry Ehrin & Carlton Cuse May 5, 2014 (2014-05-05) BATE0210 2.30[16]
At Nick Ford's house, Romero finds him dead and one of his henchmen emptying the safe. He convinces the man to reveal Norman's location. At the hospital, a weak Norman tells his mother about his "dream" of killing Blair Watson. She tells him to rest and not think about it. Romero insists on giving Norman a polygraph test. At home, Norman prepares a list of things he checks off after completing – packing up his taxidermy hobby, telling Emma about Norma's rape and Dylan's paternity, and dancing with his mother. Meanwhile, he takes a gun and bullets from his mother's drawer. In the aftermath of Nick Ford's death, Jodi – convinced by sheriff Romero – invites her brother Zane to her house to talk about the future of their business. They have an argument and Zane kills her. Romero comes in and shoots Zane to death. Romero gives Dylan a free pass and tells him how the story's going to be. Norma finds Norman wandering in the woods with a gun and she is able to talk him out of killing himself. Wanting to flee the country with her sons, she ultimately allows the polygraph, wherein Norman is asked if he killed Blair Watson. His mother's persona emerges again and he answers "no". Norman passed the polygraph with a knowing smile to himself.


Critical response[edit]

The second season of Bates Motel received mostly positive reviews. It received 67 out of 100 from Metacritic, based on 11 television critic reviews.[17] Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 12 out of 14 critics gave the second season a positive review, averaging an 86% rating.[18] For her work as Norma Bates in season 2, Vera Farmiga was awarded the 2014 Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television at the 40th Saturn Awards ceremony.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2014 4th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Drama Series Freddie Highmore Nominated
Best Actress in a Drama Series Vera Farmiga Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Best Drama Series Bates Motel Nominated
Best Music in a Series Chris Bacon Nominated
Best Production Design in a Series Peter Bodnarus, Mark S. Freeborn, Tony Wohlgemuth, Margot Ready, Rose Marie McSherry Nominated
Best Sound in a Series Alan Decker, Mark Noda, Nello Torri, Thomas DeGorter, Michael Mullane, Brian Armstrong Nominated
IGN Awards[19] Best TV Actress Vera Farmiga Nominated
Best New TV Series Bates Motel Nominated
Best TV Horror Series Nominated
40th People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Anti-Hero Freddie Highmore Nominated
18th Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated
Best Actress – Television Series Drama Vera Farmiga Nominated
40th Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Won
Best Television Presentation Bates Motel Nominated
Best Actor on Television Freddie Highmore Nominated
Imagen Awards Best Supporting Actor – Television Nestor Carbonell Nominated


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  18. ^ "Bates Motel: Season 2 (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  19. ^ "TV - IGN's Best of 2013". IGN. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 

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