Rihanna made her second appearance on A&E’s “Bates Motel” on Monday (March 27). Guest starring as Marion Crane, RiRi revives a role that was first made famous by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho.
Fresh from stealing a briefcase filled with $400,000, Crane lands at Norman Bates’ motel. She quickly becomes the apple of his eye and later in the episode, she takes a shower while Norman spies on her.
It’s the classic scene from Psycho, in which Crane dies. But, “Bates Motel” takes a different approach. Instead, Crane gets out of the shower and says, “Screw this shit.” With Bates’ help, she gets her boyfriend Sam’s address and then goes on a solo mission to smash his car after finding out he has a wife.
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Distraught from the heartbreak, she reflects on her past. “All my life, I’ve played by the rules,” Crane says. “Where has it gotten me?” Laying her head on Bates’ shoulder, she appears in need of comfort.
“I think you should go,” Norman tells her. “You need to go right now…Get away. Forget this place. Forget Sam, and just start over. Start over and start a new life for yourself.”
Hugging and thanking Norman, Crane leaves, making it unclear whether Rihanna will come back for another scene-stealing cameo.
Prior to the episode, executive producer Kerry Erin told EW that the show wouldn’t follow the film step-by-step.
“We’re taking threads of that story and definitely using them so it’s recognizable, it’s just where we go with it is very different,” said Ehrin. “It’s tough to be in a situation where you’re in love with a guy, and for whatever reason, he keeps stalling. You still have all this hot sex with him, and he’s saying he loves you, but he’s stalling. The internal story of that, for a woman, is a really interesting one. We never really got to see that. In Psycho, you just see the outside of that more. It was trying to do a story about a contemporary woman with some edge, with some expectations, who isn’t perfect, who isn’t always perfectly sweet, who is in that situation, but we’re rooting for her to get what she wants.”
“Norman is in an incredibly intense and interesting place that we’ve built him to when that sequence of episodes starts,” Ehrin added. “It’s this collision of ‘Bates Motel’ storytelling and then Marion Crane showing up into that. He’s in a very fragile and lonely place, and Marion Crane is a charismatic woman, she’s super present when she’s with him and she’s very attractive — all those things are exactly what he needs right at this moment.”