Bates Motel (season 3)

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Bates Motel (2013–2017) is a drama thriller television series developed for television by Carlton Cuse. Kerry Ehrin and Anthony Cipriano and produced by Universal Television for the cable network A&E. The series, being a "contemporary prequel" to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho (based on Robert Bloch's novel of the same name), depicts the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in the film, albeit in a modern setting. The series begins after the death of Norma's husband, when she purchases a motel located in a coastal Oregon town so she and Norman can start a new life.

A Death in the Family [3.01]

Norma Bates: [about her mother] It's her hair ribbon. She used to...she used to tell me how she wore it to a dance in high school with a blue dress. You know that's the only memory I have of her where she sounded happy? She gave it to me when I was little, and I-I always kept it. I-I always hoped that she would be that person again.

Norman Bates: So you're working? Is that where you're going?
Annika Johnson: It's a kind of work.
Norman Bates: Why do you do this kind of work?
Annika Johnson: You know how your mom takes care of you? I didn't have that luxury, so I'm doing this to get some money saved and make a living, that's all.
Norman Bates: I'm sorry.
Annika Johnson: Don't be. I'm fine. It's just people. People's bodies. Once you start touching somebody's body, the rest of it just kind of melts away, and then you're just there, two bodies. Sometimes it even feels good. It's just sex. Sex is sex. We all need it.

Norma Bates: I'm gonna go to sleep now Okay. But I think you should go to your bed.
Norman Bates: I should? I-I can... I do it all the time...
Norma Bates: Well, it's just that Dylan said something to me, uh, that it's not good for you to be sleeping in my bed - or *on* my bed. Like, sleeping in here.
Norman Bates: What's Dylan got to do with us?
Norma Bates: Well, he's a man, and I'm just your mother. I don't always know what's good for you in a manly kind of a way. You know, I mean you are 18 years old.
Norman Bates: So you don't want me sleeping in here anymore?
Norma Bates: No, it's not that I don't want it.
Norman Bates: [getting up] No, no, you just don't think it's good for me.
Norma Bates: Maybe not...

The Arcanum Club [3.02]

Norman Bates: You know, I really feel like everything's under control. The school work, the motel, and I'm really okay and I'm going to be dating Emma.
Norma Bates: You are?
Norman Bates: Mm-hmm.
Norma Bates: When did this happen?
Norman Bates: Just felt like the right time. I'm 18 now, time to start laying some foundation.

Emma Decody: It's so funny how people leave their things. There's such an energy in it, like the person's still present somehow in the animation -
Norma Bates: Emma, please.
Emma Decody: Sorry.

Emma Decody: Yeah, sex is complicated, you know? It's supposed to be. It's not cracking an egg. It's something of importance. It's the basis of procreation, you know? It's kind of magical and heady. It's not nothing.
Norman Bates: No, no. It's definitely big, I know, I'm not sure I'd refer to it using the term "magical".
Emma Decody: I love your mom, but I think she loves you so much that she can't stand the thought of you growing up. So maybe this gives you a feeling that being an adult, being sexual, is somehow wrong.
Norman Bates: Well, she does the best she can. We're just close.
Emma Decody: Yeah, and you always will be, but that doesn't mean you can't grow up. Unless you're Peter Pan. Do you want to be Peter Pan?
Norman Bates: Maybe. If you'll be Wendy.
Emma Decody: Peter and Wendy never got to have sex.

Caleb Calhoun: Man, you got a lot of guns.
Chick Hogan: Define "a lot".
Caleb Calhoun: Well, it means more than a few.
Chick Hogan: That's right. I have more than a few guns. Speaking of guns, Dylan, you shouldn't be shooting off guns around here. It attracts too much attention.
Caleb Calhoun: He didn't fire a gun. I did.
Chick Hogan: Yeah, you did. You know, it just It steps on the peaceful environment that we have here. It rattles Mother Nature. You understand that, don't you, Dylan?
Dylan Massett: Yeah, sure. We do.
Chick Hogan: You know, there's rules, right? We respect the rules. That's how we respect each other, right? If we all understand the rules, then we can coexist.
Dylan Massett: Yeah. Yeah, I guess.
Chick Hogan: Good. How many plants do you guys got?
Caleb Calhoun: Honestly, Chick, that's none of your Goddamn business.
Dylan Massett: We're cultivating 99 plants. It's the medical marijuana limit.
Chick Hogan: You guys remind me of these two guys in a book. You don't have any rabbits up there, do you? [raising his glass] To rabbits.

Persuasion [3.03]

Norma Bates: I'm in the wrong class. I'm supposed to be in marketing.
James Finnigan: Are you sure you don't think psychology might be a good idea?

Alex Romero: A dead girl was found floating in the tidal flats early this morning.
Bob Paris: You need a better opening line. And a better tie, but I wasn't going to go there.

Bob Paris: I feel the heavy weight of your judgment, Alex.
Alex Romero: Nah, Bob, I'm not here to pass judgment on your sex parties.

James Finnigan: [to Norma] So, I, I, I've got this theory called "The Secret Club of the Damaged". It's, um, people who have had crappy upbringings who can sense it in other people. It's like an aura around them that we can sense immediately. I, I, I don't know you from Adam, but I see a kindness and a sensitivity in your face, and also hurt. I don't know if you've never tried therapy before, or if you've had a ton of it, but if it's the former, and if you've ever thought about just sitting down and talking to somebody about all the stuff you've been carrying around with you your whole life, maybe you'd want to give me a call.

Norman Bates: If someone's always looking at you like you've done something wrong, talking to you like you've done something wrong, treating you like you've done something wrong, I mean, you start to believe that you've done something wrong!

Unbreak-Able [3.04]

Norma Bates: Is there something else that you're looking for?
Alex Romero: Chaos seems to swirl around you, and I'm not sure why.

Alex Romero: Why are you lying to me?
Norma Bates: I'm not. Why are you lying to me?
Alex Romero: About what?
Norma Bates: About what you're doing here.
Alex Romero: I'm not lying. I'm not revealing the whole truth. That's my job, to decide what and when to tell whom.
Norma Bates: Well, you're very good at it. Gold star, Sheriff.

Emma Decody: [to Norman] Are you joking? That is totally insulting. I have lived with this illness every day of my life, 24-7. I think I know my own limitations. I think I've earned the right to make my own decisions, not take direction from two people who wouldn't know their ass from a handbag if they had a head cold. I didn't think your mother was coming on this date with us.

Dylan Massett: What if Norma had seen you?
Caleb Calhoun: Look, what if she had, okay? I'm a human being. Is that a crime? She's the one who won't talk to me. She's the one being irrational.
Dylan Massett: I don't think it's irrational to not want to talk to the guy who raped her!
Caleb Calhoun: Look, you don't understand, Dylan. You never will!

Dylan Massett: Was it really like she said it was?
Caleb Calhoun: Yeah, it was. Maybe not exactly. I mean, we're so close, her and me. We were all we had. We were like two kids raising ourselves. So we spent all of our time together. It just happened. You know, she was more than a sister to me. I mean, she was my whole world, my whole life. I mean, I loved her. You can't help who you love. But your mom she was smarter than me, you know. She, she figured shit out. One day she came home and said it was bad, you know, that we couldn't anymore. And the way she looked at me, I couldn't breathe. You know, I loved her more than anything, and I just... [stifled cry] I just couldn't let her go. I hate myself for it. I know I don't deserve it, but I wish I could say I'm sorry. That's all I want. She doesn't have to forgive me. I just want to tell her I'm sorry before I never have another chance.

The Deal [3.05]

Norman Bates: I found out that Norma's brother has been staying up at Dylan's farm. I had to tell mother.
Emma Decody: Did you have to?
Norman Bates: He raped her. He's dangerous! I don't understand how Dylan could have anything to do with him.
Emma Decody: Because it's his father. And we all whitewash our parents' sins, because on some, some level... Because we need to.

Bob Paris: I'm going to talk to you like a person now, Alex. Like somebody I grew up with, played ball with, I felt sorry for because their home life was so crappy, okay? You are in a hole here. A deep hole. You want to do what's in the best interest of the town, find the damn flash drive and quit making this about everything else. I didn't particularly want to bring Marcus Young out here to take your job, you left me with no choice. You left none of us with any choice.
Alex Romero: You know what, Bob? I feel exactly the same way. And you're forcing me into a corner, and there's not gonna be room in that corner for both of us.

Chick Hogan: Life is shit. It's that way for everyone. There's only one thing that makes it better. [holding up meat] Boar. Jerky.
Caleb Calhoun: [laughing] What the hell is wrong with you, man?
Chick Hogan: Everything.

Chick Hogan: When the DEA burned this town down, took my transpo guy with it. I need a driver. The guy fled to Puerto Rico. Who flees to Puerto Rico? I could think of a million other places to flee to.

Norma Bates: This is the first time since I've moved to this crummy town that I have anyone by the short hairs. I'm getting something out of it.
Alex Romero: Have you lost your mind?
Norma Bates: Maybe. It's irrelevant. Listen to me, I want you to take me to see Bob Paris. I'm gonna tell him I have it, and I'm gonna ask for some favors in return. Why you looking at me like that? I've had a good education in this crappy town. And I'm ready to play ball with the big boys.
Alex Romero: Play ball? But they'll kill you.
Norma Bates: They can't. I have the flash drive. I'm the only one who knows where it is.
Alex Romero: And the two dead girls, they get no justice?
Norma Bates: The dead girl gave it to me. She wanted me to do this. She gave it to me before she died. This is gonna bring those poor girls back to life -
Alex Romero: Norma, think of what people in this town have done to you -
Norma Bates: - you don't think I know what they've done to me? No one knows better than me!
Alex Romero: - you're not gonna extort them -
Norma Bates: They raped me! They put a dead man's body in my bed. They kidnapped my child and they put him in a box in the ground. What else are they gonna do to me, kill me? I'm not going down without a fight, and no one's gonna stop me. Not you, not Bob Paris, not all of the scumbag criminals in White Pine Bay. You know what? If I was a man, one of these douche bags who lives here, you would say that it's totally doable. You're just saying it's a bad idea because you think I can't handle it because I'm a woman. Because I'm a mother. I can. I have seen how it's done. And I will handle it without you if I have to.

Norma Bates: So I'm here because I think I may have something I think you want back.
Bob Paris: ...
Norma Bates: ...Umm a flash drive?
Bob Paris: ...
Norma Bates: ...Umm so here's what I was thinking and you tell me what you think about it. This bypass that's being built. It's gonna destroy my business. I've tried so hard to fight it. There's just nothing I could do. You know I have no power here. I tried. I really did but I don't.
Alex Romero: Norma maybe just cut to the point.
Norma Bates: Well it's kind of all the point! ...Anyway umm this business of mine is very important to me. It is all that I have to support me and my son who has some...medical issues. And you know I'm kind of in a desperate position here you see. So I was thinking since you have this thing you want back that maybe I could ask you for something in return?
Bob Paris: ...
Norma Bates: So, I want you to create an exit off the bypass. One that would lead to Two Lane highway that would then easily connect to Main Street near my motel. And umm I would like a large billboard just before that exit on both the north and south side of the bypass. And umm I would like approval on any design...And I want a pool. Doesn't have to be anything fancy, say 20 by 40 feet with a Jacuzzi and of course a fence so that it's safe.
Bob Paris: ...So how do I know that you actually have the flash drive, that you've...opened it?
Norma Bates: There are a lot of important people in this town who have invested in the drug trade. I have seen the names.
Bob Paris: I see. And when do I get it back?
Norma Bates: Well maybe never actually. And it won't do you any good to threaten me or hurt me. Not that I'm saying that you would do something like that. But let's just say I suddenly go missing or my brakes suddenly go out, I will make sure there is one person, someone you do not know, who knows where that flash drive is and I will make sure that as soon as anything happens to me, it gets turned over to the FBI.
Bob Paris: ...Hmm. So I give you all of these things and you give me...nothing? And then because you still have the flash drive you could come back later and ask for more stuff.
Norma Bates: No, I'm telling you I won't. I'm making a deal with you. Okay and I'll honor it if you do.
Bob Paris: So no more asks?
Norma Bates: No. None. Ever.
Bob Paris: ...I have to hand it to you Norma Bates. You got me. Well done Norma. We have a deal.

Norma Louise [3.06]

Alex Romero: What are you here for?
Marcus Young: They were talking about you at the club. Bob's done with you, says you're no good to him anymore. They're gonna kill you. Should've gotten the flash drive back from that woman.
Alex Romero: Thanks for the tip.
Marcus Young: For my money, though, it's a waste them killing you. I am gonna be the sheriff here. That's a done deal. But you know this place. The ins and outs. I could use a guy like you. I could keep you alive. I can handle Bob. He just needs to know you're working for me.

[Dylan finds Norman in the kitchen wearing Norma's robe]
Dylan Masset: What are you doing?
Norman Bates: Sit down honey. I'm just making some breakfast. French Toast!
Dylan Masset: Are you feeling better?
Norman Bates: Oh I'm fine! Got some beautiful blackberries yesterday. Wanna get them out of the fridge?
Dylan Masset: Norman?
Norman Bates: ...Norman's sleeping. Gimme the blackberries. They're on the bottom shelf.
Dylan Masset: ...Okay.
[Dylan gets the berries out]
Dylan Masset: Could I help you?
Norman Bates: Oh I'm fine. Why don't you just go wake up your brother so he can eat.
Dylan Masset: ...My brother?
Norman Bates: Yeah silly! What's wrong with you?
Dylan Masset: Nothing's wrong with me.
Norman Bates: Then run upstairs! You know how Norman is, he'll sleep all morning if you don't wake him up.

Norma Bates: I don't know if I can keep living my life. There's so much I have to deal with every day. I don't feel like I'm dealing with any of it.

James Finnigan: Look, I-I know it doesn't seem like it, but you're in a very fragile state right now. You need to stop worrying about everybody else and just take care of yourself.
Norma Bates: I hear you, but I can't take care of myself. I'm a mother. Now I have to go talk to my horrible brother. You know what, I have no choice because it is important to my sons.
James Finnigan: Yeah, and what about your own needs?
Norma Bates: Parents do not have needs. You ever read the book The Giving Tree? It's about a tree, and this kid keeps coming and taking stuff from it his whole life, until there's nothing left but a stump. And then the kid sits on the stump. That's being a parent.

Dylan Massett: I don't want to go!
Norma Bates: Well, neither do I, but I'm not gonna be the mom who says, "I won't talk to your dad because I hate him because he raped me". That's not what parents do. So get in the damn car!

The Last Supper [3.07]

Norma Bates: Jeez, all I did was leave for a few hours.
Norman Bates: With a suitcase! We spent the night wondering if you were ever coming back. If you were dead.
Norma Bates: What does death have to do with a suitcase? [checking her phone] What the hell? Alex left me a message saying he was shot?
Norman Bates: What do you mean he's been shot?
Norma Bates: I don't know. What the hell? I mean, can't a woman get in a freaking mood for one night without the whole world coming to an end?

Alex Romero: Why haven't you answered your texts for 36 hours? I thought you were dead.
Norma Bates: I just lost my phone. Why does everyone immediately jump to "I died"?

Gunner: [about the flash drive] I don't know what that is. As far as I know, it's just a piece of the timer for the grow light.
Alex Romero: Gunner, don't make me get out the gun and bang your head against the wall and all that shit, 'cause I will do just that. So open it.

Norma Bates: [to Dylan about Caleb] I can't let him back in my life, Dylan. Don't ask for the moon, okay? Just because we had one operatic meeting in the middle of a field doesn't mean we're all gonna hang out now and go bowling together.

James Finnigan: So you like taxidermy, no?
Norman Bates: Yeah, I do. I find it very peaceful. Sort of allows me to shut the world out.
James Finnigan: "Shut the world out"?
Norman Bates: Yeah, sometimes when I'm in the world, I feel almost like there's this annoying sort of buzzing that just won't stop. And then I get down here with my animals, and it all goes silent.
James Finnigan: It's interesting. Tell me more about that. Of the "buzzing" you experience.
Norman Bates: Well, it's like a world full of people. So many people, all with opinions and judgments and arrogance and theories. People who think that they help people. And they're pointless. None of them know anything. You might as well listen to a woodpecker pecking in a tree. Can I ask you something now?
James Finnigan: Of course, shoot.
Norman Bates: How was it, sleeping with my mother?
James Finnigan: What makes you think I slept with your mother, Norman?
Norman Bates: Let's just say I've known her a long time.
James Finnigan: And would it bother you if someone slept with your mother?
Norman Bates: Let's see, if your mother ran out on you and your brother one night, didn't tell you where she was going or when she was coming back, and then threw herself, like a whore, into the bed of someone she barely knows, some licensed family therapist who could probably lose his license for such behavior, but that's not really the point... Would all of that behavior bother you?
James Finnigan: Yes, it might.
Norman Bates: So what was she like?
James Finnigan: That's not an appropriate question, Norman.
Norman Bates: Come on. We're both men here. It's not like we don't know what goes on. Did she give too easily?
James Finnigan: You know, I think we're done here.
Norman Bates: What, are you uncomfortable? Huh? 'Cause I know? 'Cause I can imagine what it was like? Did you really think that you'd come down here and it would be your little secret? "Oh, we banged each other, but now let's send you downstairs to fix crazy Norman".
James Finnigan: Norman, why do you care so much who your mother might be sleeping with? What does it mean? That she could be attracted to someone? Does that take her away from you? Norman, do you want to sleep with her?

The Pit [3.08]

Bob Paris: James, listen I need you to tell me anything she told you, anything, 'cause I need to get some leverage on her.
James Finnigan: You're asking me to violate patient confidentiality, I, I-I, I can't do that. I won't do that. Look, I don't know what you guys are up to, and and, frankly, I don't I don't care, but there are some things that matter in this world, some lines that can't be crossed. Basically, I'm telling you that you can go to hell.

Chick Hogan: Great. Sort of father-son gun-running bonding trip, whatever. There's a preset rendezvous time, so get your ass on the road.
Caleb Calhoun: Just between you and me, if anything happens to him, I'm gonna come back, and I'll kill you.
Chick Hogan: Maybe that's a little dramatic, but sure.

Norman Bates: [to his dead dog] The world's a lonely place sometimes, isn't it, Juno?

Norma Bates: [to Norman] Don't ever let anyone's words come between us. They're meaningless. This is the only thing that's real. You and me.

Norman Bates: Are are you really here?
Norma Bates: Yes, I'm here, and it happened!
Norman Bates: Well, then how could you do that?
Norma Bates: Because, Norman, you have no idea what it's like to be your mother! To see you have these blackouts! To worry about you night and day! It's killing me! IT'S KILLING ME! YOU'RE GONNA KILL ME NORMAN!!

Crazy [3.09]

Caleb Calhoun: You are gonna give me the 25 grand you owe me for doing the job, and you're gonna be grateful that I'm a different man than I used to be, okay, that I'm willing to just take the money and leave and not put a bullet in your damn skull.
Chick Hogan: You've got the gift of wit. I'll give you that.

Dylan Massett: [about his incestuous parentage] I'm sorry that you know that. It, it took me a long time to get my head wrapped around it, and I, I can't imagine what someone like you must think.
Emma Decody: No. We come into the world the way we come into the world. It's not our choice, but at least we're here.

Norma Bates: Where's the stupid piece of computer gear that's ruining my life?
Alex Romero: I turned it over to the DEA.
Norma Bates: You did what?
Alex Romero: Yeah. You know, all those people involved with it, they're all criminals, and they're gonna go to prison. And they can go to hell for all I care, 'cause I'm I'm sick of it. I'm sick of trying to accommodate them and accommodate everybody, and I'm I'm sick of trying to make all of this shit work. I'm done. I'm done with them, and I'm I'm done with this town. I'm done with everything.

Norma Bates: There's nothing wrong with Norman. There's nothing wrong with him.
Caleb Calhoun: Look, you can see the world however you want, Norma. Okay, I know you don't like looking at the truth, but the truth is Norman is gonna hurt someone. I just hope it isn't you. Good-bye, Norma Louise.

Unconcious [3.10]

Emma Decody: Are you hitting on me?
Dylan Massett: Well, if you don't know, then I'm doing a pretty shitty job.

Alex Romero: I am sorry that I... That I couldn't protect you. If I could change that, I would, but I can't. I-it's it's done, it's in motion. And I wish it was different.
Norma Bates: It's not your fault, Alex. It's bigger than us. It was my fault, anyway. I tried to hide it. You know but now it's coming out, and it's just too much to shove away. I'm not gonna lie, I'm so scared. He's my son, and he's broken. And he is the dearest boy that ever lived, and I just can't bear it if Bob Paris has this thing investigated, if they take him away. If they put him in prison just for defending me. You know, it will kill me. But I you know, in some way, I don't even care anymore. You know, maybe fate wins here. We're all doomed in the end, right?

Alex Romero: The truth is, you're not reliable. You can change your name, but you can't change who you are.
Bob Paris: I guess none of us can change who we are. I mean, we can pretend to be someone else, someone who's doing things for the right reason.
Alex Romero: Whatever the words are that come out of your mouth, Bob, you still killed those two girls.
Bob Paris: Tell yourself whatever you need to, Alex. We both know why you're doing this, and it isn't about those girls. You know, right now, you are more like your dad than you ever have been. This is about you and what you want. How does that feel? To have spent your whole life trying to get away from someone you hate, only to turn into them.

Mother: [to Norman] We belong together. There's a cord between our hearts.