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YMMV: Bates Motel
  • Dawson Casting: 17-year-old Norman is played by the 21-year-old Freddie Highmore, and 21/22-year-old Dylan is played by 25-year-old Max Thieriot.
  • Dull Surprise: Nicola Peltz as Bradley Martin. The show seems to try to get around it by having her wear dark sunglasses at all times when she's supposed to be mourning her father's death, and then by turning her into an emotionless head case- before finally putting her on a bus. * Fake American: Freddie Highmore as Norman. Don't worry, his accent has improved considerably since August Rush though it's still noticeable if you're listening for it.
  • Idiot Ball: Thinking that Shelby had leverage against Norma because he discovered Keith Summers' belt. Even if he'd kept it in his house, it would be hard for him to convincingly explain why he had it in his possession. But the truly idiotic part happens when it comes to the boat. How hard could it be to discredit the value of it as evidence? The boat it was being kept on belonged to the victim! Just leave it there.
  • Narm: Norma's whole "You went and got laid" speech to her own son. The show treated it as a serious part, but the acting was so terribly cliché, it just came off as hilarious!
  • The Woobie: Poor Norman...
    • Dylan repeatedly puts his neck on the line for everyone, as well as being a sane, stabilizing force. He gets absolutely no love.
    • Jerk Ass Woobie: Norma can be unreasonable, but she's gone through absolute hell.

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