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.
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Oh, the scandals! Stormy couldn’t get that Travis Tritt tune out of her head. The characters on ABC’s Nashville are more complex than Stormy originally thought. And they’ve got heartaches by the number, troubles by the score. But even the mellow sounds of Ray Price are little consolation to this motley crew.
Stormy naively thought that Rayna and Deacon’s love affair was a thing of the past. Turns out those two are still fanning the flames. In fact, to steal a line from the soulful Ronnie Milsap, Rayna actually got caught having daydreams about night things in the middle of the afternoon. Actually, it was late morning but nonetheless, we know what Rayna’s thinking. And very likely, what she’s been doing.
Juliette, who now shares her palatial estate with her drug addict mama, is reeling from her temporary lapse of judgement at the supermarket where she lifted a bottle of nail polish. 5-1-5-0, somebody called the po-po on Juliette, landing her firmly amid a public relations nightmare. Juliette was reminded that the internet is a blessing and a curse. It can shoot your latest single straight to the top of the charts. But shoplift a bottle of nail polish and four million people are invited to watch as you begin a painful, downward spiral. Viral, indeed.
When Juliette’s scandal reaches a fever pitch, management calls in a spin doctor. It’s McKenna, the straight-talking PR diva, to the rescue. McKenna cuts Juliette very little slack, and promptly schedules a sitdown with Good Morning America. A defiant Juliette goes one on one with the fabulous Robin Roberts. Against McKenna’s advice, Juliette denies everything and walks off the set after Robin inquires about Juliette’s mother (who now shares Juliette’s palatial estate). McKenna has her work cut out for her.
While Juliette has demonstrated herself to be a very talented songwriter, we quickly learn that she is in no danger of penning “Damage Control for Dummies.” She is a great example of what not to do, though. Tour sponsors say “bye bye” (hello Jo Dee Messina!), prompting the cancellation of her tour. It’s so bad, Juliette’s manager abandons her. What will Juliette do? Who will she turn to? Juliette’s career may be on life support, but Stormy isn’t ready to pull the plug on this one. Juliette is a fighter; we’ve not seen the last of her.
Back at Rayna and Teddy’s house, we learn Teddy is down 12 points in the mayoral race. It’s Rayna to his rescue. She agrees to perform at his country club fundraiser where Teddy and Deacon’s tempers flare. When they get home, Rayna announces that she is firing Deacon. Oh, my! Just days away from the kickoff of their intimate acoustic tour, Rayna is sending Deacon packing? What about all of those sultry duets they had penciled in on their set list? Rayna may save her marriage (what’s left of it, anyway) but her career may not survive Deacon’s departure.
If there weren’t enough fireworks at the country club, Margaret, aka “Ole Peggy,” entered the picture, played by none other than Kimberly Williams-Paisley, the stunningly beautiful wife of Opry star Brad Paisley. And she gave Teddy “the look” during Rayna and Deacon’s performance. Later, Teddy meets Ole Peggy, and the two share a tense conversation in the front seat of Ole Peggy’s car. What are these two hiding? It appears Teddy has more secrets in his past than Rayna has hit songs. Stormy thinks Ole Peggy is the kind of girl that doesn’t like to keep thinks quiet. Instead, she’s about to air Teddy’s dirty laundry for all of Nashville to see. (Even though Ole Peggy probably hasn’t done her own laundry in years, if ever.)
Meanwhile, soft-spoken Scarlet and Gunnar finally get a publishing deal, and the publisher’s office comes with a fully stocked fridge–not to mention a hot little number named Hailey, who immediately catches Gunnar’s eye. Scarlet’s boyfriend Avery is clearly jealous of the attention Scarlet’s getting. Stormy predicts his bad-boy behavior is going to bring out a side of Scarlet that we’ve never seen before. Perhaps Scarlet will pin Avery to a wall somewhere on Music Row with that big ole Volvo she drives? Stormy believes Scarlet needs to name that boat “Ole Peggy.”
The women of Nashville are at a crossroads. Will Juliette drag herself out of that bowl of pink macaroni, dust herself off and pull it all together? And who will suffer the wrath of a scorned Rayna? Stormy predicts that by next Wednesday night, there’ll be another political candidate who will feel even lower than Tuesday’s defeated presidential candidate. And that man’s name is Teddy.