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.

SMASH TO:

BLACK. Letters seep in reading, “Six Months Later”.

HOLD ON IT A MOMENT, then SMASH TO:

INT. NORMA’S CAR - DAY

NORMAN’S POV - A GORGEOUS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COASTLINE

As we drive by Humboldt Bay Harbor. A small and picturesque

inlet. We are seeing at seventy miles an hour. It’s amazing.

FIND NORMAN looking out the window. Lost in thought. FIND

NORMA glancing over at him. Then...

NORMA LOUISE:

This is the part where you say

“Mother, this is beautiful.

(MORE)

5.

NORMA LOUISE (CONT'D)

I’m so happy we’re moving here.

You are so smart to have thought of

this...”

The car turns off the main road into the town: a quaint,

coastal town built in the 1920’s which sits next to the

harbor. Charming, but also with an upscale quality to its

“quaintness”.

Norman smiles the half smile of someone who loves the person

who’s being a needy-pain-in-the-ass-at-this-moment. And knows

them well. And knows this ritual.

NORMAN:

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“Mother this is beautiful. I’m so

happy you are making me move here.

You are so smart to force me to do

things I have no say in...”

Norma smiles the same half smile. They are related.

NORMA LOUISE:

(I love you)

You’re an asshole.

(then)

Close your eyes...

NORMAN’S POV - BLACK

NORMA LOUISE (O.S.) (CONT’D)

Okay, here it is...

EXT. MOTEL/ BATES HOUSE - MINUTES LATER

Norma stands behind Norman, beaming as Norman opens his eyes

to see...

THE HOUSE AND MOTEL

A twelve unit, single story motel circa 1950 over which looms

a two story, California Victorian style house. There is

something odd and haunting about this place. And it’s

isolated -- on the edge of town.

NORMA LOUISE:

What do you think?

Norman just laughs.

NORMAN:

This is crazy, Mom.

6.

NORMA LOUISE:

It’s not crazy. We’re going to run

this place. We own a motel, Norman

Bates! Come on, I want to show you

the house...

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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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