‘Bates Motel’ recap: Rihanna makes first appearance as shower victim Marion Crane in ‘Dreams Die First’

The fifth episode of the fifth and final season of “Bates Motel” entitled “Dreams Die First” introduced a new and pivotal character with singer Rihanna appearing as the ill-fated Marion Crane. Ever since this series was announced, the first question was would it incorporate the infamous shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” into the plotline? Tonight’s episode indicates that the answer will be a resounding yes.

Below, check out the Top 5 moments from “Bates Motel” Season 5, Episode 5.

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Introduction of Marion Crane
Janet Leigh earned her only Oscar nomination for playing the part in the movie; she lost the 1960 Best Supporting Actress race to Shirley Jones (“Elmer Gantry”). As played here by Rihanna, Marion is seen following the same path to the “Bates Motel” as in the film. Desperate for cash and to be with her boyfriend Marion steals money from her boss and sets out on an escape. While her trip is almost stopped by a police officer (as in the film) Marion is last seen in the episode driving at night with the wind shield wipers slashing across her face as a way of foreshadowing things to come.

This storyline took us away from the usual suspects of “Bates Motel” (Vera Farmiga didn’t appear) but was a well-made homage to “Psycho” as written by producer Kerry Ehrin and Erica Lipez and directed by series regular Nestor Carbonell. I am sure loyal viewers felt drawn into the new character and the foreboding of things to come.

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Norman runs into his old psychiatrist
A poignant scene involved Norman (Freddie Highmore) driving past his old doctor (another nice homage to “Psycho”) and obligingly having a cup of coffee with him. While Norman ran off without agreeing to continue therapy,the doctor’s words of how he sees his mother when she isn’t there and sometimes even becomes her seem to be finally becoming a reality to Norman.

Madeline finds out the truth
Norman finally tells his new friend Madeline (Isabelle McNally) that her husband has been cheating on her at the Bates Motel. Madeline first strikes out in anger at Norman but eventually comes to accept that the infidelity is really happening.

Norman at a bar
Norman goes to a local bar looking for Norma but is baffled that people at the bar already seem to know him not as himself but dressed as Norma.

Dylan confesses to Emma
Dylan and Emma’s domestic bliss is shaken when Dylan tells Emma that he fears Norman is actually a killer and may have murdered their school teacher and Emma’s mother. Dylan fears that Norma is covering up for Norman but is unsure if his assumptions are true or if the is just being paranoid. Emma goes online and discovers for the first time that Norma is dead, a fact that both she and Dylan didn’t know.

Keep watching and reading Gold Derby’s coverage since it looks like the moment everyone has been waiting for is quickly approaching: Marion Crane, Norman as Mother, the shower in cabin one, all the elements are falling into place.

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