Bates Motel

10 Worst Episodes of Bates Motel

A "contemporary prequel" to the 1960 film Psycho, depicting the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in Hitchcock's film, albeit in a different fictional town and in a modern setting. The series begins after the death of Norma's husband, when she purchases a motel located in a coastal Oregon town so she and Norman can start a new life.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jan 12, 2023.

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Bates Motel - S2E5

#10 - The Escape Artist (Season 2 - Episode 5)

Norman shares a family secret with Cody; Dylan is caught in Zane's escalating war; Norma teams up with a mysterious man in an attempt to stop the bypass.

The episode was rated 7.77 from 1258 votes.

Bates Motel - S4E7

#9 - There's No Place Like Home (Season 4 - Episode 7)


Norman returns home after making an unanticipated discovery; Norma takes on new projects; Dylan's search for Emma's mother leads to disturbing results.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 1984 votes.

Bates Motel - S3E8

#8 - The Pit (Season 3 - Episode 8)

Romero confronts Norma about newly learned information. Caleb and Dylan take a risky job. Meanwhile, Emma makes a decision about her future with Norman, who is left reeling from a recent discovery.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 1250 votes.

Bates Motel - S3E5

#7 - The Deal (Season 3 - Episode 5)


Norma turns to Romero for guidance when she finds herself in an unexpected position of power. Meanwhile, the fallout of a secret impacts Norman and Dylan; Caleb contemplates a surprising offer.

The episode was rated 7.73 from 1288 votes.

Bates Motel - S4E4

#6 - Lights of Winter (Season 4 - Episode 4)

Norman and his new friend have an adventure; Norma experiences her first taste of real happiness in some time during an annual festival in White Pine Bay; Dylan becomes caught between two families.

The episode was rated 7.73 from 1993 votes.

Bates Motel - S2E2

#5 - Shadow of a Doubt (Season 2 - Episode 2)


Norma tries to distract Norman from his current obsession; Bradley needs help escaping from a dire situation; Romero is pressured to make an arrest; Dylan and Remo are kept on edge by a new worker.

The episode was rated 7.71 from 1338 votes.

Bates Motel - S3E9

#4 - Crazy (Season 3 - Episode 9)

Norman spends the day with a surprise visitor. Norma attempts to keep secrets from being revealed. Meanwhile, Caleb pays a price for helping Dylan with a good deed at the farm.

The episode was rated 7.71 from 1252 votes.

Bates Motel - S3E2

#3 - The Arcanum Club (Season 3 - Episode 2)


Norma and Norman focus on Annika's disappearance. Norma learns the truth about the Arcanum Club, while Caleb and Dylan meet a new neighbor.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 1328 votes.

Bates Motel - S3E1

#2 - A Death in the Family (Season 3 - Episode 1)

Norman and Emma make decisions regarding their future. Norma informs Norman of his boundaries. Meanwhile, Dylan's new start is complicated by an unexpected visit.

The episode was rated 7.59 from 1459 votes.

Bates Motel - S3E4

#1 - Unbreak-Able (Season 3 - Episode 4)


Emma and Norman spend a day away from the motel. Romero looks into two strange deaths in White Pine Bay. Norma returns to school. Caleb and Dylan's hidden secrets unravel.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 1313 votes.

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