After finding his father dead, teenager Norman Bates and his mother, Norma, purchase a motel and move to White Pine Bay in search of a new life, but they soon discover this idyllic seaside town hides some deadly secrets. Unable to trust anyone but each other, the two indulge in a deeply twisted relationship that raises the question: does mother really know best?
Widow Norma Bates and her shy teenage son, Norman, seek a fresh start in a coastal town filled with secrets; the arrival of an unexpected guest turns the Bates' lives upside down.
Dylan immediately begins causing trouble; the Bates are drawn into the secrets surrounding White Pine Bay.
Dylan learns there is more to his new job than he originally thought; Emma and Norman make a shocking discovery.
Norma deals with distractions as her suspicions grow about certain town residents.
Norma receives some much-needed help, while Norman desperately awaits his mother's return home; Emma and Norman follow more clues, leading to a big discovery.
Dylan asks Norman to move in with him; Norma warns Emma that some things are best kept to themselves.
The Bates Motel welcomes its first guest; Norman learns that popular girls come with many complications.
A mysterious stranger causes problems for Norma; Bradley is not happy when rumors spread at school; Dylan and Remo go on a fateful road trip; Norman takes up a grisly hobby.
Abernathy increases the pressure; Bradley and Dylan connect; Miss Watson encourages Norman's active imagination; Emma takes a trip.