Dr. Edwards: Do you remember what I told you about her?
Norman: Sometimes I see mother when she's not there and sometimes I become her.

Marion, um, one thing I really respect in my employees is a good sense of timing. Right now, uh, I've got a very important client upstairs and now is not a great moment. Maybe we can talk about this on Monday. Maybe be on time, lob your case.

Mr. Lowry

Norman: You didn't happen to see my friend Norma in here today, did you?
Bartender: Is that a trick question?

Norman: I don't need you to understand my life, Madeleine, because I barely understand it myself.
Madeleine: OK.
Norman: I'm sorry. You really didn't do anything wrong by inviting me over. But you need to talk to your husband because you're lonely and isolated for a reason. You just need to talk to him.

Norman: Look, I don't have anything else to say to you. I really have nothing else to tell you about the man.
Sheriff: What about the visit you made to him in prison just 24 hours before he escaped?

We all have bad days when we wonder what's real and what's not real.


Mother: What the hell crawled into your pants?
Norman: I don't like how things are.
Mother: Mmm hmm. Well, neither does anyone in all of God's creation. We are a species of complainers. What makes today so special?
Norman: Because nothing ever happens the way that I think it should, Mother!
Mother: Mmmm.

There is something very, very wrong with her, and she is going to ruin us if I don't reign her in, but I don't know how to reign her in, exactly.


We need to get rid of it in a better way than leaving it in the woods like the remains of a pie we didn't eat at a picnic.


It seems silly, right? A lot of police work is silly.

Sheriff Green

Mother: I took off the plates, I scratched off the VIN number, I wiped the whole thing down for fingerprints, I covered the whole thing with brush and I covered my tracks on the way back. Nobody is gonna find it, and even if they do, they are not gonna track it back to us.
Norman: How do you know all that?
Mother: It's not rocket science. Oh, look! There it is.

Sheriff Green: Hello, Norman. Pretty night, isn't it?
Norman: Oh yes, Sheriff. Isn't it just?

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.

Oh and by the way? My mother died. Here's your lunch.