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.

TEASER:

INT. BOY’S BEDROOM - DAY

OVERHEAD SHOT -- The light tells us it’s late afternoon and

we are looking down at a BEAUTIFUL TEENAGE BOY splayed on his

back across his bed -- still dressed like he fell asleep in

his clothes. Completely still -- unconscious? Dead? In the

BG we hear what sounds like DIALOGUE from an old romantic

comedy - David Nivens and Doris Day. We SLOWLY MOVE DOWN AND

CLOSER until we are RIGHT UP AGAINST HIS FACE...

CU ON NORMAN CHARLES BATES

Angelic in sleep. Sixteen years old. Good looking. Refined

features. A sweetness and a sensuality. We HEAR him

breathing. Good, he’s not dead. Soft, even breaths.

Then his eyes open. He just stares for a moment, almost as

if he isn’t sure where he is. Then he slowly sits up. Looks

a little disoriented. Turns off the TV. Was I watching this?

INT. HALLWAY - MOMENTS LATER

Norman walks down the hall. The way it’s shot is STYLIZED.

We see him from the back, shadowed. Then from a LOW ANGLE as

he PASSES BY CAMERA.

CU on his hands -- steadying himself on the wall for a

second. He seems almost dizzy.

Norman’s head tracks past FAMILY PHOTOS on the wall. Old,

black and white photos of hard scrabble depression-era

family members staring out at us hauntingly, like the photos

of Dorthea Lange or Walker Evans.

Further down, the photos get newer. BABY PHOTOS. Other

family members now in COLOR. We land on one photo in

particular -- a MAN and a WOMAN on their wedding day. All

happiness and light...

Norman stops to look at the PHOTO. The wide smiles of the

couple. It’s almost like it takes him out of his trance.

Norman starts to remember where he is. Then, anxious...

NORMAN:

Mom?

2.

INT. KITCHEN - MOMENTS LATER

CLOSE ON TWO POTS ON THE STOVE -- ANGRILY BOILING OVER.

STEAMING WHITE FOAM running down the sides into the FLARING

GAS BURNERS. Dinner ignored. CLOSE ON NORMAN’S HANDS

turning off the BURNERS.

NORMAN:

(where the hell is she)

Mother?

NORMAN’S POV - A FLICKERING LIGHT

What the hell is that? Sputtering on and off, coming through

the door into the house FROM THE GARAGE.

ON NORMAN:

Approaching the open door. Slowly. Not sure what’s

happening. He looks into the garage. STAY ON HIS FACE as he

sees something horrible and heartbreaking...

INT. GARAGE - CONTINUOUS

CLOSE ON A MAN’s FACE...head against the floor...eyes

open...staring...blood pooling on the floor around the back

of his head.

This is SAM BATES (45). PULL BACK SLOWLY to see A HUGE METAL

SHELVING UNIT has FALLEN OVER ON TOP OF HIM...Paint and tools

and hardware all over the place... PAINT PLOPS slowly from

one of the cans onto the floor.

BACK ON SAM’S UNSEEING EYES. We may recognize Sam -- he is

the man in the wedding picture in the hallway...

THE OVERHEAD FLUORESCENT LIGHT was hit by the falling

shelving unit. It is DANGLING on one side and slowly

SWAYING, FLICKERING and HUMMING, trying to stay lit.

CU ON NORMAN’S FACE as he kneels down and touches Sam’s face.

Realizes he’s DEAD.

NORMAN:

(shouting)

Mother!

He jumps up.

3.

INT. HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS

SMASH CUT TO Norman RACING DOWN THE HALLWAY, shot from

EXTREME UP ANGLES. Toward the BEDROOM. We now HEAR A

RUNNING SHOWER...

NORMAN:

MOTHER!

He runs THROUGH HER BEDROOM. HIS FISTS POUND on the BATHROOM

DOOR --

NORMAN (CONT’D)

MOTHER! OPEN THE DOOR!

The DOOR FINALLY OPENS and we see...

NORMA LOUISE BATES

Closing the ROBE she’s just put on -- a quick flash of skin.

Norma is a strikingly beautiful woman in her early forties.

Smart and grounded. At the moment she has a peculiar,

HEARTBROKEN look on her face. Considering the circumstances,

should she not seem more alarmed?

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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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