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Bates Motel Mega Buzz: Norma's Losing Her Grip

Medical care is just so darn expensive

Liam Mathews

In the Season 3 finale of Bates Motel, Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) escaped from the basement where his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) was holding him and ran off with Bradley (Nicola Peltz) -- only to end up bludgeoning her to death.

Season 4 begins soon after as Norman wakes up in a field. After a confrontation with a farmer who finds Norman talking to himself, Norman winds up in the county hospital.

This is a worst case scenario for Norma, who in the Season 3 finale met with an administrator at a beautiful private mental hospital to discuss admitting Norman, but it would cost at least $20,000 a month without insurance.

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She wanted to get Norman help on her own terms, and now that outsiders know about Norman's instability and have suspicions about her competency as a parent, she sees that she's losing control.

So she comes up with a plan to get Norman into the asylum she wants, and it involves getting Romero (Nestor Carbonell) much more involved than he wants to be.

Bates Motel premieres Monday, March 7 at 9/8c on A&E

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