When Stormy Weather, a country character in her own right, watched the first episode of ABC’s NASHVILLE, she knew it was just the kind of show on which she wanted to dish online at opry.com each week. “Fashion. Young love. Old enemies. The potential for a catfight at every turn. Music born in the songwriting rooms of Music City. What’s not to love?” Stormy asks. Visit this page for Stormy’s unbridled thoughts on each episode as the series takes off and as we’re all introduced to Rayna James, Juliette Barnes, and the rest of the characters that make up NASHVILLE.
Just in time for Halloween, skeletons are about to start falling out of Rayna’s closet, and her past is sure to haunt the star of ABC’s newest hit Nashville. Episode two finds Rayna struggling with Nashville traffic only to discover that her nemesis, the coniving Juliette Barnes, is shooting her newest music video in the Music Row Roundabout. Stormy finds it appropriate that we find strumpet Juliette slithering amid the Musica statue. For those who don’t know, this particular work of art was quite controversial when first unveiled in Music City several years ago. The beautiful statue (in the eyes of most) features nine naked dancing figures. Stormy recalls the day when it caused quite a stir. A bit of foreshadowing, perhaps? Indeed, Juliette will prove to be controversial. And, by mid-episode, she was already naked with Deacon as an afternoon songwriting session down by the river turned into a skinny-dipping session there too. Dang that Deacon; he’s simply powerless against a cute blonde who drives a pickup truck and drops $50,000 heirloom guitars as gifts.
Rayna took a turn at playing the supportive politician’s wife at a campaign fundraiser while trying to reconcile the guilt she feels for turning her back on family friend Coleman Carlisle, her husband’s opponent for mayor of Nashville. Further adding to Rayna’s burden (as if her poorly selling arena tour wasn’t enough), she sat down for a vulnerability study where we get a glimpse of her relationship with Deacon. But the real bombshell is Deacon’s past stint in rehab. Remember Juliette’s mother from the series premiere? She didn’t appear to be a pillar of stability in Juliette’s life. Will Juliette lead Deacon down the same rocky road? Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, back in the enormous den, Rayna endures a long line of questioning. And Stormy predicts Rayna failed the vulnerability test. Miserably. What’s she hiding about her relationship with former lover and current band member Deacon? The plot thickens. These two have a past, and Stormy can’t wait to learn what Rayna’s hiding. Speaking of secrets, seems Rayna’s husband Teddy has a few, too. Drink in hand, Teddy burns a handful of papers, likely proof of his shady involvement in a failed business venture. Poor Teddy. He’s naive enough to think that ashes erase a paper trail? Is Teddy’s political career over before it starts? Not before we learn that he’s likely not the innocent, supportive cheering-from-the-wings husband we thought he was.
Stormy is most curious about waitress and wanna-be songwriter Scarlett, who works at the Bluebird Cafe. Does she pen Rayna’s next hit song? Does she leave rocker boyfriend Avery in the dust as her career takes off with coworker Gunner? She’s too young, too innocent but mostly too talented to stay in the shadows for very long.
See you next week, Scarlett. See you next week, skinny-dippers. See you next week, NASHVILLE!
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