Bates Motel script
Bates Motel  Episode #Pilot (2013)
Synopsis: After the death of her husband, Norma Bates buys a motel in the picturesque coastal town of White Pine Bay, giving herself and teenage son Norman a chance to begin anew. Shy Norman is reluctant at first, but with the help of his mother -- with whom he shares an intensely close relationship -- the boy begins to open up to others and make new friends. Some locals, however, aren't as friendly and welcoming to the Bates, who discover that because White Pine Bay isn't as peaceful as it appears, they are forced to do whatever it takes to survive. The drama series, from executive producers Carlton Cuse ("Lost") and Kerry Ehrin ("Friday Night Lights") and inspired by the seminal 1960 horror film "Psycho," explores the formative years of Norman Bates and how his complicated bond with his mother forged a serial killer.

We notice a SCRATCH MARK on her arm. She is nervous and

anxious but makes an effort to speak in an calm tone -

NORMA LOUISE:

What is it, Norman?

Norman is terrified.

NORMAN:

It’s Dad! He’s...

(too upset)

Hurry!

Norman turns and races back toward the garage. We STAY ON

NORMA a beat, watching her son go, bracing herself.

INT. GARAGE - MOMENTS LATER

CLOSE ON THE SHELVING. Norman GROANS like a weightlifter as

he LIFTS and SHOVES the unit, trying to get it off his

father. But it’s too heavy. It collapses back on top of

him. Norman falls down from the effort, starts CRYING.

CU ON NORMA as she STEPS INTO THE GARAGE and sees the scene.

Her expression is not SHOCK but SADNESS, an overwhelming

sadness, as tears flood her eyes.

4.

Norman starts trying to PULL HIS DAD OUT as Norma now comes

and kneels next to him.

NORMAN:

Mother, help me!

Norma looks at Sam’s dead face with REMORSE. She puts her

hand gently on Norman’s head.

NORMAN (CONT’D)

(anguished)

Dad? Dad?

NORMA LOUISE:

Norman.

Norman just keeps SOBBING. Gives up on his rescue efforts.

Instead, cradles his father’s bloody head in his arms, not

caring that his father’s blood is getting all over himself.

Norma gently pulls him away...

NORMA LOUISE (CONT’D)

Norman, honey, I’m so sorry...

Norman falls into her, sobbing. She sits on the floor

holding him. Rocking him against her. Her heart breaking.

But, we sense, only for him. We STAY ON TABLEAU OF THEM FOR

A LONG TIME. Maybe UNCOMFORTABLY LONG. It’s kind of

beautiful. These two beings who are like one, emotionally

absorbed into each other, sitting on the floor in the middle

of this complete chaos.

We now HEAR A DISTANT SIREN.

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Carlton Cuse

Arthur Carlton Cuse (born March 22, 1959) is an American screenwriter, showrunner and producer, best known as an executive producer and screenwriter for the American television series Lost, for which he made the Time magazine list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2010. Cuse is considered a pioneer in transmedia storytelling. more…

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