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SHOOT: Norma & Deputy Sheriff Shelby Hook Up at BATES MOTEL in Aldergrove for 1×04

Bates Motel has been renewed for a second season.

The one and only time I visited the 12-room motel and gothic house set in Aldergrove last year happened to be the day that Bates Motel filmed Norma’s estranged son Dylan catching her and Deputy Sheriff Zach Shelby coming out of a motel room after a steamy hookup. Since my visit was four months before the show’s premiere, I didn’t know what I was seeing. Now I realize that the motorcycle parked near the motel office belongs to Dylan (Max Thieriot) and the black jeep in the parking lot to Deputy Sheriff Zach Shelby (Mike Vogel). And if I’d got there earlier I might have seen Norma (Vera Farmiga) on set too. Or perhaps she was in the motel room when Mike Vogel came out during a break in filming, crossed the street and walked past me to grab something from the craft tent. Do you remember that scene of Norma and Zach coming out of the motel room from last week’s Trust Me?

Dylan: Hello there Norma. How are those new linens working out for you?

Norma turns to Zach and says: This is my son Dylan. And this is Zack Shelby.

Awkward silence.

Norma: Umm I’m gonna go get my car….

Shelby coolly walks to his black jeep, turns on the ignition and drives away as Dylan smokes and stares from a plastic green chair.

Promotional still from A&E of Dylan and Zach Shelby.

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Umm. Where is  Deputy Shelby’s grey shirt under that navy jacket? What was Mike Vogel doing in that motel room?

Promotional still from A&E of Zach and Norma post-hookup.

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3 thoughts on “SHOOT: Norma & Deputy Sheriff Shelby Hook Up at BATES MOTEL in Aldergrove for 1×04”

  1. I live very close to the old Jackaman land file. I saw the set

    being build. Oh yes this is good show I watch every Monday!

    1. It’s an incredible set. And there will be more filming on it now that Bates Motel has been renewed for second season.

      Someone tweeted a photo of it being built last year and it looked so much like the set from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho that I had to come out and see it for myself. Would have liked to see it at night but couldn’t stay unfortunately.

  2. Most of the time spent between shots, Vera would either hang out in the hotel (coffee was available in the “office”) or would get shuttled back to the Circus at the bottom of the hill… presumably to have any adjustments done to hair and makeup.
    The cast were very… public, I suppose would be the right word… they didn’t really hide out between shots or act like no one was allowed to see them (something that happens when big budget movies are done *coughTomCruisecough*), so you not seeing Vera was likely due to someone doing an on-the-spot makeup fix.
    Will we be seeing you come through the property once S02 starts taping?

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