13 Awe-Inspiring Reasons Bates Motel Season 4 Scores an A

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Trying to pick the special moments from an incredible season is not as easy as it seems.

Before realizing things had gotten away from me, I had to stop and whittle it down from 31 categories. The proposal through the wedding and the reactions from family and friends alone could spawn several categories. 

Norman's time in Pineview was a goldmine. From Normero to encounters with Chick to Dylemma and so much more, the season was impressive on a grand scale.

The bottom line is Bates Motel Season 4 scored an A in the TV Fanatic Report Card. Now, let's take a look at some specifics from the season!

1. Most Suspenseful Episode

Most Suspenseful Episode
Bates Motel Season 4 Episode 2, "Goodnight, Mother," was brilliant! Watching Norma fear Norman as he considered taking both of them out because they didn't belong on this earth, was far more dramatic than the actual event. She was running from him, flirting with him to get him to stand down and hiding in the attic, calling Alex Romero to say goodbye. It was shocking she made it out alive. But given what we know now, you have to wonder if Norman could have killed her in anger or if it was always going to be done out of love.

2. Best Norma/Norman Episode

Best Norma/Norman Episode
Bates Motel Season 4 Episode 6, "The Vault," had everything we could have ever wanted for Norma. It was her happy ending. She stood up to Chick and discovered he had respect for her. She shared all of her secrets with Alex and discovered he had a love deeper for her than she could ever imagine. At Pineview, Norman recounted his desperate days as a young boy when he and mother lived terrified of his father. We learned how he became so incredibly damaged, from Mother, who appeared to Dr. Edwards. It was incredible stuff, and the calm before the storm.

3. Best Female Performance

Best Female Performance
Alright. This is a cheat category, but how else to praise, once again, Vera Farmiga for all she did this season as Norma and Mother? Especially since Norma had a chance to grow beyond Norman for the first time with him away in Pineview. She got her sea legs and found herself for just a while. It was beautiful! It was also the last we'll see of Norma Bates as we knew her. Farmiga has to let go of the woman she became and start with only what Norman wants the character to be, so always a challenge. No doubt she'll be up for it.

4. Weirdest Marriage

Weirdest Marriage
From the proposal to the wedding to moving in, nothing about Norma and Alex marrying was normal. But the love they fell into head first sure was as normal as it gets. The two of them wouldn't have gone about marrying any other way, would they?

5. Best Male Performance

Best Male Performance
Freddie Highmore scores the win! He was given the most difficult material, of course, as he's the man in this scenario. But he had a tough dual with Nestor Carbonell this season. They had some great scenes together and with Vera Farmiga. They shared the stage and will continue sharing it into Season 5. Norman's roundup of insanity, self-pity and humor really played well to the crowd, though, and Highmore carried it out beautifully, as always!

6. Most Welcome Development

Most Welcome Development
Norma and Alex falling head over heels in love before she died was very welcome indeed. She got to feel real love before she kicked the bucket, even if she didn't quite have the confidence to pull it off. If Norman hadn't interfered, Alex would have pulled her up and given her the support she needed to move forward. There just wasn't enough time. But, for a while? Just look at that smile. Norma was happy.

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Bates Motel Quotes

Norma: I hear ya, but I can't take care of my self, 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: Yeah? And what about your own needs?
Norma: Parents do not have needs. You ever read the book The Giving Tree? It's about this 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.

You seem like you like to succeed. To win. And being a mother is an impossible job to win.

Norman