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.
Two Superstars, One Stage, Drama to Spare
Maybe it was the unusually beautiful moon last night. Perhaps the planets simply aligned. Or did Rayna and Juliette finally opt to take the path of least resistance for the sake of plot progression? Either way, these two country queens got everything right with “You’ve Got the Wrong Song,” the new tune the ladies wrote and performed together on last night’s episode.
After six shows of not even pretending to play nice, Rayna and Juliette take the stage and bring the house down at Edgehill Record’s 25th anniversary concert. Props to diplomatic Deacon who possesses a power of persuasion over seemingly every cast member. Need rehab? See Deacon. Cheating boyfriend? See Deacon. Rival artist driving you crazy? See Deacon. Loser husband bringing you down? See Deacon. Dr. Deacon the Voice of Reason, is in. Rayna, appalled at the thought of touring with her nemesis Juliette, is none too happy at the thought of performing even one song with Juliette at the big show. Once again, it’s Deacon, the voice of reason, who helps Rayna see the light. It’s not a big, bright light but just enough for Rayna to see her way to Juliette’s house where the two divas collaborate. Is the Rayna/Juliette tour next?
As sure as Juliette’s hemline is hiked up, Teddy’s still got a world of trouble in the mayoral race. Coleman is turning up the heat on Teddy. Coleman wants Teddy to drop out of the race, and Coleman’s ready to play on Teddy (actually Lamar’s) terms. Coleman offers encouragement when he announces that he’ll release the incriminating photos of Teddy with Ole Peg. Teddy assures Coleman that he’s innocent (aren’t they all?). Coleman relies on the ease with which perception becomes reality and reminds Teddy that voters will never believe him. What to do, what to do? Employ standard operating procedure. Lamar’s got this one. Coleman’s drug arrest, which was to be dismissed, is back on track. While Lamar pulls the strings, Teddy phones Ole Peg to put an end to their little relationship. Yes, a phone call, because Teddy’s just an all-around classy kind of guy.
Speaking of classy guys, abs-of-steel quarterback Sean demonstrates himself to be just that, much to Juliette’s dismay. When things get hot and heavy between these two, Sean puts Juliette on the backburner. It’s no place Juliette wants to be either. Later, Sean shows up, flowers in hand, at the big concert where he tells Juliette that it’s not her it’s him. Really, it is. The quarterback has some morals (did Stormy mention killer abs?), and Juliette is just going to have to learn to deal. Can Juliette comply or will Sean cave? Stormy’s money is on the latter.
While Rayna and Juliette whip the crowd into a frenzy (including Rayna’s too-cute daughters who just beam at their mama), Scarlett lets her hair down during her night on the town with Hailey. When Scarlett attracts the attention of another feller, her singing partner Gunnar intervenes. For the love of everything, the whole scene sends Scarlett running back to Avery. Toughen up, Scarlett. Will busting Avery with his new manager Marilyn finally be enough to convince Scarlett that this ship has sailed? Probably not, but it might up the ante between Scarlett and Gunnar. And that’s where the real action’s at . . . or at least it should be.