Norma’s anxiety builds as the bypass is ahead of schedule. Norman obsesses on Miss Watson’s death and Bradley’s search for father’s killer leads to extremes.
Director: Tucker Gates
Writers: Carlton Cuse (developed for television by), Kerry Ehrin (developed for television by)
Stars: Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot
AMC’s “Bates Motel” debut season was astounding, and not just because I am a huge Psycho fan. From the casting of Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates to Vera Farmiga as his mother, Norma, and Max Thieriot as Norman’s brother, the characters are highly intriguing and I get the horror nerd chills down my spine watching the story unfold. The cliffhanger at the end of Season 1 saw Norman black out at his teacher’s house after an imaginery conversation with “mother.” It was a brilliant end to a fun season.
Season 2 begins with “Gone But Not Forgotten Review,” where Bates Motel is flourishing four months from Norman’s blackout. Norma has a new hairdo and business, but things take a quick turn for the worse as Norma discovers that the bypass that had been previously delayed has found the funding it needs and is breaking ground in a matter of days. Norma tries to talk at a council meeting and is basically ignored as her comments are taking as selfish reasons to try and stop progress.
Bradley is released from the hospital and deemed fit for society again, but this is now a new Bradley who is intent in finding her father’s killer. Bradley has a few really important scenes that make the episode, and since Norman is still obsessed with her, he gets pulled back into her world.
“Gone But Not Forgotten Review” ends up being one of my favorite episodes of either season and a brilliant start to the season off on the right foot.