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.
THINGS GET TOPSY TURVY
A brawl in the street, embezzlement, drug abuse, jail, record a new album . . . it’s all in a day’s work on the fifth installment of ABC’s Nashville.
What’s Juliette to do? The girl doesn’t make any friends when she insists that band and crew pull an all-nighter to get her latest recording session just right. Meanwhile, things at home are falling apart for Juliette as her pill-poppin’ mama Jolene has a sleepover with another addict. Compassion comes in the form of recovering addict Deacon, who takes Jolene to a rehabilitation center. But not before Juliette tells her mama just what she thinks of her and vice versa. When is Juliette going to learn that the peering eyes of the public are focused squarely upon her? If there’s even a remote chance that your mama’s gonna unload on you, make sure you do it in the privacy of your spacious home in a gated community. Anywhere inside your expansive mansion but surely not on the front porch for all the neighbors to see and hear. Girl, guard thy privacy.
But back to Deacon and his compassionate heart. Bless it. The plot is thickening, like molasses in December. Deacon takes Jolene to rehab AND tries to convince Juliette to come to terms with her mama. Put the past in the past (apparently, the past is the busiest neighborhood in Nashville). Granted, Jolene’s never going to win Mother of the Year. Then again, Juliette is likely not to win the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for World’s Best Daughter either. Deacon steers Jolene toward sobriety and Juliette toward resolution. Good luck, there.
Meanwhile, that bottle of pills that fell from Jolene’s purse are staring Deacon down. He returns the stare with a look of longing. Will he take the bait? Here’s a guy who’s been kicked to the curb by Rayna. He’s lost his gig. He’s down and out in Music City. He surely wants to indulge but doesn’t. Instead, he calls Coleman, who’s really busy waging a political battle against Rayna’s husband Teddy. Deacon surrenders the pills and the beast that is Deacon’s addiction doesn’t see the light of day. But how much longer can Deacon resist? Stormy is worried that Deacon is about to break. What is going to push this man over the edge? Too many women and too much conflict. After a fist fight at the Bluebird Cafe, Deacon ends up in the detention center and calls Rayna only to have her shun him. In a weak moment, he turns to Juliette who gladly bails him out.
Speaking of limitations, Teddy is bracing for his first mayoral debate with Coleman. The men of Nashville are stretched to the limit this week. Coleman brings up Teddy’s daddy, obviously a sore spot for Teddy. Parents are nothing but trouble on this show! Speaking of trouble, it comes in the form of Ole Peggy for Teddy. Suddenly, we learn Teddy and Peg embezzled, to the tune of two million dollars. It’s Rayna’s daddy Lamar to the rescue. Lamar plays hardball with Ole Peggy, insisting that he’ll make the audit disappear as long as Peggy plays nice, and does what Lamar says. Something tells Stormy that Ole Peg has plans of her own. A good scheme or two, at the very least. This woman is a tempest in a tea pot. Stormy just wonders . . . does Teddy take his tea with one lump or two?
Back at home, Teddy finally confronts Rayna about her relationship with Deacon. Rayna denies everything; Teddy’s not quite convinced. Rayna’s not letting all of these emotions go to waste. No, sir. She’s written a new song called “Topsy Turvy.” It’s the soundtrack of her life. Little does she know that Teddy and Lamar have agreed to turn up the heat on an unsuspecting Coleman. Get ready to peel Rayna off the ceiling because we all know Rayna won’t take this well. At all. Things have only begun to get topsy turvy. Fasten your seat belts for what is certain to be a bumpy ride.
As if Teddy hasn’t displayed enough poor judgement, he agrees to meet Peggy for a little celebration. Both are stupid enough to think that Lamar has gotten them off the hook. These two couldn’t be any dumber–on so many levels. Their little celebration is snapped up by a photographer who frames each shot so that Teddy and Peg appear to be doing more than simply celebrating. This should be good. What is Rayna going to say? Will Lamar force his headstrong daughter to look the other way? Stormy doesn’t think so. Teddy has stepped in it, big time. Teddy will soon learn that the political arena is not for the faint of heart, the sloppy or the stupid.
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