Rihanna Makes Her 'Bates Motel' Debut as Marion Crane -- Is She Headed for a 'Psycho' Death?
By Philiana Ng
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Rihanna made her television acting debut on Monday’s episode of Bates Motel -- and it’s going to leave the RihannaNavy wanting more.
The 29-year-old singer-actress plays Janet Leigh’s iconic Psycho role, Marion Crane, in the fifth and final season of the A&E drama, and her first scene is about as hot as you can get.
Viewers were introduced to Rihanna’s Marion smack dab in the middle of the action, as she and Sam Loomis (played by Austin Nichols) get it on in the bedroom -- except Marion doesn’t know she’s the other woman when she asks the already-married White Pine Valley real estate developer to marry her. Whoops!
The one time Sam did bring Marion by White Pine Valley was a night spent at the motel -- Bates Motel, to be more specific -- a small detail Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) brings up to Sam’s unsuspecting wife, Madeleine Loomis (Isabelle McNally).
So miserable is Marion in her life in Seattle working as a notary (she’s rejected when she seeks out “Janet’s job” -- a nice wink and a nod to Leigh -- and a raise), that instead of depositing $400,000 worth of cash for her boss, she decides to peace out instead. On her way to White Pine Valley, she gets pulled over by the police -- and lies about where she’s headed, nearly getting caught hoarding the cash.
When Marion hits 30 miles outside of town in the rain, she pleads with Sam over the phone to meet her at the motel they stopped at that one night. He reluctantly agrees -- after telling Marion bold-faced lies about his living situation and continuing to leave out that he has a wife. But just when Sam’s trying to figure out another white lie to tell Madeleine about where he has to abruptly run off to, she confronts him: “Who is she?” Madeleine asks him point-blank.
While all of this is going on, Marion makes her way to Bates Motel to wait for Sam to come meet her, just moments after Norman arrives at the motel after having visions of his late mother Norma (Vera Farmiga), who “tells” her son, “You’re supposed to be the killer, Norman.” Is Marion headed toward her demise?
In the teaser for next Monday’s episode, ominously titled “Marion,” Norman and Marion -- who is seen striking the window of a car -- finally interact and well, it’s about as tense and uncomfortable as you’d imagine, knowing what may be coming. “Parents can be a b***h,” Marion says as she sips a cup of tea. “You have no idea,” Norman creepily replies. Did anyone just get goosebumps?
As the episode played on the East Coast, Rihanna excitedly posted on Instagram about her TV acting debut and asked fans, “Who’s watching???”
Rihanna's casting was announced at Comic-Con last July, with the avid Bates Motel fan filming a special video message from her home revealing the exciting news.
"Hello Comic-Con! It's bad girl RiRi and let me tell you what the bad b*tch is about to do. I'm about to check into the Bates Motel very soon," she said in the video. "Guess what else? Guess who's playing Marion?"
What did you think of Rihanna’s television acting debut? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us at @etnow!
Bates Motel airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.
For more on Rihanna's debut, watch the video below.