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.
“We’re young. We’re hot. And I’ve got a jet.” Well, what better justification does one need? Better yet, has anyone ever given a better reason why to do something than Juliette did in episode six of ABC’s Nashville?
In Juliette’s ongoing attempt to redeem her shoplifting self, she unselfishly shows up at a zoo fundraiser where a furry rodent firmly attaches itself to Juliette’s head. We know that Juliette’s poor mom, Jolene, has a narcotics monkey on her back (as far as we know, Jolene is still somewhere rehabilitating, thanks to Deacon) but Juliette had a furry rodent on her head.
The more we come to know Juliette the more we learn that she rarely does anything that isn’t motivated by self-serving intentions. We’re not judging, mind you, but the woman has now dragged an innocent and otherwise untainted pro football player down with her. Career sabotage is nothing new to Juliette. But what’s a girl to do? Juliette wrongs her right by making a $25,000 back-seat deal with the photographer to purchase unflattering images of the young NFL player. See? All done. That’s just how Juliette rolls.
While Juliette attempts to rebuild her public image (her self image is another story), Rayna heads to another part of town to rebuild her career, courtesy of a reluctant new producer named Liam. It’s Liam who tells Rayna that she’s all “moms and SUVs.” Really? Reality bites, for Rayna. Although Liam flat-out refuses her the first time, Rayna returns as a woman on a mission. Or as Rayna tells Liam, she’s “sharing my truth with people.” Soon we learn just how honest whiskey makes a person. Honest and very forgetful, as is the case for a hungover Rayna.
After confessing to Liam that she has a constant buzz in her head (she should get that looked at), Rayna and Liam collaborate on their first song. . .the song that is going to revitalize Rayna’s career. It’s so groundbreaking that Rayna doesn’t even remember it. She came home at two in the morning only to awaken to a mammoth hangover. But it was all worth it. Rayna and Liam are breathing new life into Rayna’s career. But wait! Did next week’s previews reveal that Rayna must record a duet with Juliette? Rayna refused to tour with Juliette so what makes us think she’ll share vocal space with the ingenue? Mama better get in her SUV and fast!
Lamar reminds tormented Teddy that political campaigns are “about creating opportunities.” Ole Peggy seizes the opportunity to become a campaign volunteer, just what Teddy needs! Although Teddy receives a positive campaign update, Lamar decides to turn up the heat on Teddy’s opponent, Coleman, by setting up a routine traffic stop in Belle Meade. It turns ugly fast when police discover Jolene’s pills, in the car, the very pills that Coleman accepted from recovering addict Deacon. Just when it appears Coleman is toast, he reveals that he has photos of Ole Peg and Teddy. Furthermore, we finally learn that Peggy and Teddy once dated. Sadly, Coleman has a conscience. Will he use the photos to drive the final nail in Teddy’s political coffin (and most likely his marriage to Rayna)? Oh, the suspense!
Now, soft-spoken little Scarlett has been content to hum along each week, waiting tables at The Bluebird and singing her poetry with Gunnar. Why, Scarlett even turned the other cheek last week when her boyfriend Avery hijacked her little songwriter’s showcase in front of a big-time Nashville record producer. Meek and mild Scarlett happily returned to her little kitchen and prepared dinner for Avery (surely after she had laundered all of Avery’s dirty clothes and cleaned the entire house).
When is this woman going to wake up? Apparently, on this week’s episode, that’s when. Still waters run deep, and Scarlett is leaving the shallow end of the pool. The same woman who sent a covered dish to her Uncle Deacon’s house leaves Avery because she thought he had the worst intentions where his would-be new manager is concerned. Scarlett packs her bags and heads to Uncle Deacon’s house. She’s had enough. Avery intends to make good on Scarlett’s less-than-stellar impression of him. Avery, who initially refused the advances of the older woman, makes a beeline for her house and makes an honest woman out of Scarlett.
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