REVIEW: Nashville – Love and Music

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A week has gone by and not much has changed on the streets of Nashville. Juliette Barnes, played by Hayden Panettiere, has miraculously recovered from the heartache she experienced at the Bluebird last week when she watched Rayna James (Connie Britton) and Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten) perform a duet that made them seem like a bit more than friends. How does a spicy little country starlet with a troubled family life recover? She throws herself at the man she is infatuated with a little more aggressively. Juliette’s solution to making sure that Deacon stays all hers is to say anything and everything (and do anything and everything) to get him to join her on tour. But will Deacon leave behind Rayna, his old flame who he clearly still burns hot for?

Speaking of Rayna, her husband, Teddy (Eric Close), is acting more and more suspicious as the weeks go by. It seems that maybe money has gotten Mr. Rayna James down, as we catch a glimpse of Teddy and Rayna discussing their financial status (otherwise known as “bankrupt”) with a financial analyst. It turns out the politician and former superstar have no liquid assets to their names. So, what does Rayna’s label suggest as a surefire way to cure their financial woes? You guessed it — hit the road with Juliette, of course. This tour seems to be the the key to solving many a’problem in Nashville! Later, Teddy headed to the Music City Credit Union to discuss his options, but reacted very oddly at the mention of the word “audit” and promptly excused himself from the premises. What is Teddy hiding?

While we are on the subject of Rayna, we finally get a taste of why the tension between Rayna and her father (Powers Boothe) is so thick, you can cut it with a knife. It turns out that Rayna’s mother was also a musician and she had an affair with a songwriter. It appears Rayna’s father sees his ex-wife in his daughter and cannot help but direct his animosity toward Rayna. Does Rayna’s father predict trouble between Rayna and Teddy now that Deacon is back in the picture? Regardless, Rayna made it well-known to her father that she resents his comparisons to her mother and, no matter how serious her financial troubles become, she will never resort to taking money from him.

If only Rayna’s father knew what Deacon was doing at the same time he was clenching his fists in fury at the idea of his daughter cheating on Teddy the way he was cheated on by his ex-wife — Juliette. That’s right, Juliette secured one more night with her beloved Deacon, and one more night to beg him to hit the road with her to snatch him away from Rayna. It seems that every time Juliette and Deacon sing together, she gets him to make other music with her as well. While, from the outside, Juliette seems a bit like a seductress, the truth is she just wants someone to commit to her, so she provides Deacon with a contract to commit him to her tour. However, after a talk with Rayna (where it is obvious her heart would break if Deacon left), Deacon turns Juliette down. Juliette may be young, but she’s no fool, as she tells Deacon “I hope she’s worth what you’re giving up.”

Oh, and in other news, Scarlett (Clare Bowen) and Gunnar (Sam Palladio) record a song with Avery’s (Jonathan Jackson) support. If anyone can tell me what these three have to do with this show (other than Scarlett being Deacon’s niece), I will declare you Nashvillian of the Week, because I have yet to figure out where this storyline is going. Perhaps they will pen a song for Rayna and Deacon at some point?

Back on track now…Juliette’s mom shows up again, drunk. Who knew Mindy McCready was interested in portraying herself on television these days?! Note, that is two Mindy references in three weeks. Possibly the most references made since 1996…or her last arrest. Anyway, after Juliette sends her mom away, she receives news that her mother has been arrested (see, she’s totally Mindy!). Her manager’s solution to keeping Juliette’s mom out of trouble and out of the tabloids is to have her move into Juliette’s house. If you have ever watched a dramatic series before, you know that things aren’t aways what they seem on the outside and, with all that is going on in Juliette’s life these days, it would be surprising if she didn’t break down. Rather than losing it, Juliette does the next best thing…sets herself up for disaster – calmly. At the end of the episode, Juliette is shopping in the grocery store and notices three teenage girls watching her, having just recognized her. Juliette calmly takes a bottle of nail polish off the shelf and slips it into her purse, knowing she is being watched. It is 2012, so, of course, these three teenage fans are videoing the entire episode on a cell phone. ***Some Nashville trivia — Can anyone name the girl who is holding the phone, recording Juliette commit her misdemeanor? I will give you a hint: If you were wandering the streets of Music City in mid-September, you might have seen this teenage vocalist performing outside of Bridgestone Arena! Submit your trivia answers by commenting on this post!*** My prediction on this act is that Juliette wants to “screw up” so she will lose momentum, gain Deacon’s sympathy, and possibly sucker the object of her affection into sticking with her and helping her heal.

The moral of this week’s episode, or at least as I see it. Love or music? Which prevails? Juliette seems to be choosing love (or lust); Deacon is choosing music that is laced with love; and Rayna is choosing love, but is couching that in her desire to perform music. Who will end up touring with who? Who will end up sleeping with who? Stay tuned to find out. I know I will!

This week’s Nashville music:

“If I Didn’t Know Better” – Sung by Gunnar Scott (Sam Palladio) and Scarlett O’Connor (Clare Bowen)

“Fade Into You” – Sung by Gunnar Scott (Sam Palladio) and Scarlett O’Connor (Clare Bowen)

“No One Will Ever Love You” – Sung By Rayna James (Connie Britton) and Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten)

“Undermine” – Sung By Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere)

“Country Caravan” – Blitzen Trapper

“Telescope” – Sung By Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere)

“I Will Fall” – Sung by Gunnar Scott (Sam Palladio) and Scarlett O’Connor (Clare Bowen)

“She’s Just A Girl I Used To Know” – Sung by Connie Britton & The Girls (originally sung by George Jones)

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